Members of the U.S. 64th regiment celebrate the Armistice that ended World War I.

Roots in military service

For its next meeting on Saturday morning, May 18, the Irish Family History Forum features author and leading genealogist Rhonda McClure who will describe an overview of local, state, and federal sources for researching ancestors who served in the U.S. Civil War and World Wars I and II.

McClure, a senior genealogist at American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), is the author of 12 books, including “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors” and “Digitizing Your Family History.”

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The meeting, beginning at 10 a.m., will take place at Bethpage Public Library, 27 Powell Ave., Bethpage, N.Y.  It will follow the usual format: Meet & Greet, with light refreshments available, is followed by Ask the Experts, a one-on-one advice session, and announcements. The main presentation is at 11 a.m., (online via Zoom available for IFHF members only). 

IFHF can be reached at P.O. Box 67, Plainview, New York 11803-0067, at or by visiting its website here.