Upcoming Meetings

Please check the schedule for meeting dates and speakers

The German Genealogy Group meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from September through June. Orientation begins at 7:00PM. Meetings begin at 7:30 PM. Building doors open at 6:30. The meetings are open, and YOU are invited to attend! Please feel free to drop by and check us out.

Hicksville VFW Hall - Post 3211
320 S. Broadway (Route 107)
Hicksville, NY 11801

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**There are no meetings during July and August**

Sep 1, 2016
  “Hidden Inheritance” 
  Presenter – Heidi Neumark

This presentation will discuss the discovery made by the daughter of Heidi Neumark, a Lutheran pastor, that she had hidden Jewish heritage. Heidi will take us on her journey as she finds out about her roots in Germany, the Czech Republic to Brazil, and newly found cousins in Los Angeles.

Oct 6, 2016
 "Newspaper Research Using Old Fulton NY Post Cards"
  Presenter — Laura H. Congleton

This quirky website is the best, free online resource for the US newspapers. More than 34 million scanned pages represent 25 states, Australia, the Bahamas and Canada. The bulk of the material is from New York State. This talk offers navigation and search tips to improve your use of the website. 

Nov 3, 2016
 “NARA Mythbusters”
  Presenter — Judy Russell

Your family IS in the Archives. “All the military records were burned in the fire.” “There isn't any birth, marriage or death information in federal records.” “There aren't any details about ordinary families at the National Archives.” These kinds of myth-statements stop genealogists from breaking down all kinds of brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records. Join the mythbusters with the treasures the National Archives holds for your family.

Dec 1, 2016
Come and enjoy our Christmas Celebration and share in the music, singing and good cheer.
If you can, please bring cake, cookies, cheese, crackers, cider, or whatever you would like to share.

Jan 5, 2017
"Show and Tell"

The meeting this month will feature the ever-popular “Show & Tell.” Bring along your favorite finds, artifacts, family heirlooms, clothing, and stories to share with your fellow members. Enthusiasm is catching and new ideas often spawn more successful approaches to our research.

Feb 2, 2017
"Fact, Fiction or Fishtale? Proving Family Stories"
Presenter-----Kathleen McGee

Family stories are often the foundation of our genealogical research but are these tales fact, fiction or just exaggerations of the truth? So how can you prove if your family stories contain some truth and separate the facts from the fishtales? This lecture will show you how the presenter found the grains of truth in her family stories and uncovered more fascinating tales then she could have imagined.

Kathleen McGee has been tracing her family history for the past twenty five years. Her interest in family history began when she was a girl listening to the stories her grandparents told her about her family. When she became an adult she attempted to document the stories she was told as a child and discovered the fascinating hobby of genealogy. Kathleen is the moderator of the popular Genealogy Tips and Tricks classes presented before the Irish Family History Forum meetings at the Bethpage Library every month. She has been a volunteer family history librarian at the Plainview Family History Center for over twenty years where she helps people uncover their family history. Kathleen is a Board member and program coordinator for the Genealogy Federation of Long Island. She has presented genealogy talks at many libraries across Long Island. Kathleen is a graduate of St. John's University where she earned a Master of Science degree in education. Kathleen worked in the telecommunications industry before retiring recently allowing her to devote more time to her favorite pastime. You will find her on Thursdays at the FHC in Plainview showing people how to get started with this addictive hobby.