What is the NYG&B eLibrary?
The NYG&B eLibrary is a section of our website where you can find all information about all of our our online record collections. With over 50 unique collections - including religious records, cemetery records, land records, naturalization records and the entire archive of the NYG&B Record - and well over 1 million names, the NYG&B eLibrary will be an essential resource for anyone researching their New York State family.
While collection pages and descriptions are on the NYG&B website, www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org, the actual digital images and search pages are hosted by our partner, Findmypast, on their website, findmypast.com. Hosting digitized record sets is a resource-intensive project - Findmypast is one of the leading repositories of online genealogical data in the world, and their experience, infrastructure, and servers allow us to host all of our images while keeping membership costs low.
NYG&B members perform a simple one-time activation process that will grant them access to all NYG&B collections. Members can use Findmypast's robust search algorithm and easy-to-use image viewer to search NYG&B online records. There is an additional benefit to this - NYG&B members get free access to all North American records on Findmypast, as well as U.K. and Irish censuses. Click here to learn more about the bonus records your NYG&B membership entitles you to.
Who can access the eLibrary?
Anyone with access to the internet can visit our eLibrary home page and view all of our collections - you can also search each database for free, but only NYG&B Society members will be able to see images and full transcriptions.
Each record set has its own page, which gives a basic overview of the collection, what it contains, and relevant tips for searching or browsing.
How do I get to the eLibrary?
There are many ways to get to the eLibrary on our website. There is a link directly below the main banner on our home page, as well as a link from your Member Dashboard (where you are taken immediately after signing in). You can also access the eLibrary from any page on our website - there is a link under the "Collections & Research" heading of the main menu. Of course, you can also just click here!
How do I search a record set in the eLibrary?
On each collection page, you will see one or two buttons underneath the title of the collection. You may see a button labeled search, browse or one of each. To perform a name or keyword search, click the search button. To browse the record set by volume, year or other criteria, click browse. Click here to watch a brief tutorial on using the eLibrary.
What's the difference between the search and browse buttons?
If you see a button labeled "search," this means you can query the collection by name or keyword. Clicking the search button will bring you to a screen on findmypast.com, where you can enter your search term and view the results.
If you see a button labeled "browse," this means you can browse images in the collection based on certain criteria. For instance, if you would like to flip through the pages of a certain archived issue of the NYG&B Record, you would click "browse" on the Record collection page, and then select the volume and issue you would like to read. If you would like to flip through the records of a certain Church congregation in our New York State Religious Records collection, you can do so by clicking the "browse" button and then selecting the congregation from filter menu on that page.
When I click the search or browse button on most collections, I am taken to a new website, findmypast.com. Why is that?
Many of our images and search indexes are hosted with our partner, Findmypast. Hosting digitized record sets is a resource-intensive project - Findmypast is one of the leading repositories of online genealogical data in the world, and their experience, infrastructure, and servers allow us to host all of our images while keeping membership costs low.
Our partnership with Findmypast also provides additional benefits to members - all NYG&B members receive a complimentary voucher that enables free access to all of Findmypast's North American records, as well as U.K. and Irish census records. Click here for more information and instructions about activating your voucher.