eNews no. 1, February 2017: African American research tips, new Catholic records online & more


Essential Resources for African American Research in the NYG&B Record; Findmypast Debuts Catholic Heritage Archive; Attention NYG&B Members: Share your success story for a chance to win a prize; Resource Spotlight: Municipal Archives Guide. 

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on February 9, 2017. Our eNews - published twice a month - contains the latest news about New York State genealogy, news about the NYG&B, and helpful tips for research related to a variety of New York State subjects and locations. Starting with this issue, we will be posting the eNews as a blog shortly after it is published.

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In This Issue


Attention, NYG&B Members: Share Your Family Photos

Do you have some great photographs of your favorite New York people and places?Share them with your fellow members on the NYG&B website.
Nothing says “New York family” like personal photos, and many of the best historical pictures on our website have been submitted by members. We want to invigorate our website with more photos of people and places around New York State.
Save your picture as a jpeg and email it to webmaster@nygbs.org. If you can, tell us the subject name, place name (with county), and date.
By submitting your picture you grant permission to the NYG&B to reproduce the image on its website and you affirm that you hold the copyright to the picture (or the picture is out of copyright).

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From Our Blog: Essential Resources for African American Research in the NYG&B Record

Are you researching African American families from New York State? This kind of research can be amazingly complicated and full of brick walls.

If you're looking for more tips or a good way to get started, check out these examples of successful African American research from the NYG&B Record, which has been published quarterly since 1870.

All members of the NYG&B have access to the full digital archives of the NYG&B Record - these articles (and 147 years of others) are available online and are also text-searchable.


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Findmypast Debuts Catholic Heritage Archive

Findmypast has recently announced an exciting new initiative that will bring millions of Catholic records online for the very first time. 

The first stage of their release includes 3 million records from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (1757-1916) and from the British Archdioceses of Westminster and Birmingham (beginning in 1657). The next phase of the Catholic Heritage Archive will include records from the archdiocese of New York and Baltimore, as well as additional records from Philadelphia.

As a reminder, all NYG&B members receive a voucher code for complimentary access to Findmypast's Starter Plus package, which includes access to the new Philadelphia records. 


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NYG&B at the 2017 New England Conference

The NYG&B will be at the 2017 New England conference on April 26-29 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

This year's theme is "Using the Tools of Today and Tomorrow to Understand the Past." Featured speakers include F. Warren Bittner, Kenyatta D. Berry, and Thomas MacEntee.

Early bird pricing ends February 28, so if you're planning to attend, now is the time to purchase a ticket. We hope to see you there!  


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NYG&B Members: Share your success story for a chance to win a free one-year membership renewal or gift membership

Have you had a research breakthrough thanks to the NYG&B that you would like to share?

Perhaps it was due to a Record article, a Research Aid, a collection in our eLibrary, an education program, or a combination of the above. Tell us how the NYG&B helped you in 200 words or less and what you learned about your family in the process. Up to five winners will be selected; winning entries will be published on our blog and/or in the New York Researcher


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Resource Spotlight: New York City Municipal Archives Guide

For anyone researching family in New York City, the Municipal Archives is a must-visit location. Use this authorized guide for family historians to dramatically increase your productivity during your next research trip. 

Extensive coverage is given to vital records of births, marriages, and deaths; court records; real estate records; and photographs. Less well-known collections are also covered, including Dutch and English colonial records; Farm Histories; Civil War records; and Almshouse Records.


Learn more


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