eNews no. 11, September 2017: New webinar recording, genetic genealogy resources, mapping African North American migration & more!


Learn to use the NYG&B website for family history research, learn more about genetic genealogy with the resources in our blog, and see what our summer interns learned about African North American migration patterns before and after the U.S. Civil War. 

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on September 6, 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


Visualizing African North American migration 

What can be learned by mapping and visualizing regional clusters of Canadian-born African North Americans in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses? One of our NYG&B Labs interns shares his exciting discoveries from this summer. Click the button below to see what he discovered.


check out the maps


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7 resources for learning genetic genealogy

One of the most rapidly advancing areas of genealogy and family history research is genetic genealogy. But for those of us who haven't yet taken the plunge into DNA testing, the world of genetic genealogy can be overwhelming - where do you start? Click the button below to find out!


use these essential resources

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Webinar: Using our website

Our website, newyorkfamilyhistory.org, has many resources that can help you discover your New York family history. In this webinar, we take a tour of the website and demonstrate how members and non-members can take advantage of our expertise.

This is an essential webinar for all NYG&B members and even non-members who may just be getting started researching their New York story. Our website has fantastic resources for everyone. The webinar recording is free and open to all. Click the button below to watch. 


watch the webinar 

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Digital County Guides on our website

Did you know that in addition to the printed county guides for sale in our store, we also have a digital county guide for each New York county on our website? NYG&B members can access any of these guides, which include:

  • A list of all municipalities and links to their websites
  • A list of all repositories, resources and societies and links to their websites
  • Census and vital record directories
  • A list of online records and resources
  • Articles related to the county in The Record
  • Selected bibliography

Each guide is very detailed and contains many links to useful places on the web. Click the button below to find your county.


explore your family's county

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It's back to school time! Are you going to return to "hitting the books"
or have you been researching all summer?

From our store: New York State Probate Records

Finding New York state probate records can be a daunting task due to the complexities of the Surrogate's Court system, the changes in government from Dutch to English in the early days, and the movement of records to and from various repositories over the years. This recent edition (2011) of New York State Probate Records makes that task much easier and offers significant improvements over the 2002 edition. 

This book, by Gordon L. Remington, FASG, is available in our online store. It was reviewed in the April 2011 issue of The Record - NYG&B members can read the review after clicking here and signing in. Click the button below to learn more about this resource. 


NYs probate records

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Upcoming Events and Programs

Do you have family in Western NY? Join us for a fantastic one-day event
this October! Click here for more information

Wednesday, September 13 to Friday, September 15: Research in Albany - sold-out, join the waiting list

Monday, September 25: Webinar: Should You Add DNA Testing to Your Genealogy Toolbox?

Thursday, September 28: Digitization Day

Saturday, October 7: Western New York Genealogy Conference

Tuesday, October 10: Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon

Thursday, October 12: Webinar: Family History Research in Central New York

Tuesday, October 24: YouTube Live Q&A with D. Joshua Taylor and Susan R. Miller

Friday, October 27 to Saturday, October 28: DNA and Family History: A Seminar for Genealogists - only a few spots left!


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