eNews no. 2, March 2017: New website coming soon, New York county guides & more!

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on March 30, 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


New NYG&B Website to Launch in mid-April

Your New York research is about to get a little easier.

The NYG&B will launch a new website in mid-April with enriched resources and tools to make your searches faster and more productive.

A chief benefit of our new website is the ability to conduct an integrated search by subject or location across all NYG&B online resources, from our New York Knowledgebase (home to more than 100 Research Aids, 62 New York county guides, and more) to our eLibrary of digital collections.

And while the website has been optimized for NYG&B members who are logged in, there is valuable free content that nonmembers may access. 

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our blog for further details.


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From our Blog: Research Tips Q&A with Joshua Taylor and Susan Miller

A few weeks ago we had our first ever Live Hangout session: The NYG&B community submitted questions via email, and our New York genealogy experts answered them in a live video session, broadcast on YouTube. Those who were watching live were also able to ask questions and chat during the broadcast.

NYG&B President Joshua Taylor and NYG&B Director of Programs, Susan Miller answered many interesting questions including some about about German surname spelling, early-nineteenth-century naturalization records, Cattaraugus County research, divorce records, and early-nineteenth-century birth certificates.

Our blog posts rounds up the questions and answers - we hope you enjoy them, and keep your eyes open for more future live Q&A sessions. 

Click here to read the blog

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New York County Guides for Genealogists

Are you trying to break through brick walls in one specific New York County? Or did one branch never seem to pick up and move? If your research calls for you to zero in on one particular county, you'll definitely want to check out our series of New York County Guides.  

Each guide contains:

  • A detailed county map showing current town and city borders, as well as the location of Indian reservations. 
  • A gazetteer containing the historical and contemporary names of every municipality, including changing geographical borders. 
  • An annotated list of resources, including government offices, repositories, societies and any other organizations holding records and collections useful to your research. 
  • Selected print and online resources about the county that will be particularly useful for genealogists. 

Guides are available for every county in New York State. A guide for the entirety of New York City, as well as one covering all of Long Island, is also available. 

order yours today 

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The Record, Volume 148, Issue 1

NYG&B Members can expect the latest issue of The Record in their mailboxes and available to read online soon. Here is a preview of the articles in this issue: 

  • Identifying the Families of Lorinah (Brush) (Hait) Olmstead
  • The German Origins of Michael Righter and His Wife, Anna Dorothea Weining, of Schenectady and Schoharie Counties, New York: Ancestors of the Rector Family
  • Adolph DeGrove, 1720-1796, of Newburgh, New York, and Some of His Descendants (continued)
  • "A Continual Claim and Struggle": DeGrove Gleanings from the Appellate Court
  • Apprentishships in Early Dutchess County, New York (continued)
  • Book Review: Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold and Murder on the Erie Canal


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