eNews no. 13, October 2017: New records online, new edition of our NY guide, new webinars onlnine & more!


Revised Edition of NY Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, New images of NYC vital record index available, New webinars available for NYG&B members, and more! 

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on October 17, 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


Revised Edition of NY Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer available for pre-order

We're excited to announce a new, Revised Edition to our award-winning textbook for New York genealogy research!

The new edition features major updates to the vital records chapter, as well as more than 100 other revisions throughout the 16 chapters and 64 location guides. It now comes in two volumes, which make transporting this resource much easier. Visit our store for more details.   


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Watch our experts answer your questions live on YouTube

Are you facing a NY brick wall? Do you have a research question that would benefit from the input of an expert? If so, submit your question today and watch our NY research experts answer live on Thursday!

We'll also be talking about a very important issue - New York City is considering a proposal that would greatly restrict access to birth and death records. Read more about it here and join us for some tips on making a difference. 

This event has already happened, but click here to watch a replay on our YouTube channel


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New images of NYC vital record index available on Ancestry.com

Last week, Ancestry.com added a new searchable database containing crucial information on New York City births between 1910 and 1965. The images in the collection have been digitized from official New York City Department of Health print indexes and contain information on name, date of birth, borough of birth, and birth certificate number. 

Our blog has the scoop, along with information about obtaining a birth certificate when you find the certificate number in this index. 


Click here to read the blog


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Attendees at the Western NY Genealogy Conference, which took place in early October, take a tour of
The Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center in Buffalo, NY.

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Save NYC vital records access: Why we all should act

New York City is trying to restrict access to important records, and we need you to act now to stop this from happening! 

Even if you don't have New York City research interests, this is an important fight to join - other states and municipalities may follow suit if New York City is successful.To keep these historical records accessible to the millions who have New York ancestors, we need to mobilize quickly and act decisively.

Note: This event has passed, but you can read our blog about the hearing for a summary of what happened.


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New webinars available for NYG&B members

NYG&B members now have access to the recordings of two recent webinars:

  • Should You Add DNA Testing to Your Genealogy Toolbox? This presentation provides you with a basic overview of DNA testing for genealogy, covering the principal tests available, how the testing is performed, the three major testing companies, and gives you a better understanding of the risks and rewards involved. 
  • Family History Research in Central New York: This webinar takes a look at the resources available in Central New York including the Syracuse area, including an overview of where you might look, what archives, repositories, resources are available to you - in brick and mortar settings or available remotely.


click here to view all recorded webinars

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Upcoming Events and Programs

Wednesday, November 15: Digitization Day

Wednesday, December 6: YouTube Live With D. Joshua Taylor and Susan R. Miller

Thursday, December 7: Brown-bag Lunch at the NYG&B: Tapping the member resources on the NYG&B website

Thursday, December 7: Book Talk: It's All Relative

Monday, February 5: Empire State Exploration

Tuesday, February 13: Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries

Friday, March 16: Write it up! A Workshop for Family Historians (Syracuse, NY)

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