eNews no. 24, May 2018: Fire at the NY State Capitol

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on May 11, 2018. 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


45 reasons to attend the NY State Family History Conference

Our New York State Family History Conference features a program full of fascinating classes that will improve your research skills and tell you all about the most important online record sets and genealogy repositories.  

Each expert-led class itself is a reason to attend NYSFHC 2018 - take a look at all 45 classes in our program, organized by category. 

The conference program includes lectures about:

  • United States research
  • New York research
  • Using genealogy websites and repositories
  • DNA and genetic genealogy
  • Tips, tricks & methodology

The New York State Family History Conference takes place September 13 - 15 in Tarrytown, New York. Early-bird discount prices end soon, so register today for the lowest price


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Live Genealogy Q&A with D. Joshua Taylor and Susan R. Miller

Join us on Thursday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m. EST for another New York Genealogy Q&A with D. Joshua Taylor, President of the NYG&B, and Susan R. Miller, the NYG&B's Director of Programs.

This time, we'll be broadcasting live on Facebook. Follow our page on Facebook and you'll receive a reminder notification when we begin the live broadcast. 

We'll be answering as many of your submitted research questions as possible, and giving you a sneak peek into what's in store for the 2018 New York State Family History Conference.

Even if you don't have a burning question you want Josh or Sue's opinion on, join us and you'll certainly pick up a few valuable pointers about New York research. 


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When can you benefit from a genealogy consultation?

One of the best things you can do for your family history research is schedule a consultation with a professional genealogist.

Talking to a professional for even as little as 30 minutes can energize your research and help you make exciting new discoveries.

The best thing about consultations is that they can help you no matter where you are in your genealogical journey, or whether you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or advanced researcher.

Read our blog to learn exactly what a consultation entails, and review some common scenarios in which researchers may benefit from professional guidance.


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The 1911 fire at the State Capitol was one of the worst library disasters in history, and it had a huge impact on New York genealogy

1911 fire at the State Capitol

Sooner or later, all researchers encounter the sad fact that a massive fire destroyed a crucial piece of evidence in their family history. 

Almost everyone knows about the 1921 Washington, D.C. fire that destroyed much of the 1890 Federal Census, and those of us with ancestors who served in the military are probably aware that a 1973 fire in St. Louis destroyed between 16 and 18 million Official Military Personnel Records. 

But did you know that New York State has its own infamous fire, and it is considered one of the worst library disasters of all time?

Read our blog to learn about the fire, the heroic librarians who saved what they could, and the fire's overall effect on genealogy research.  


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Upcoming Events and Programs

Thursday, May 17: Facebook Live Genealogy Q&A with D. Joshua Taylor and Susan R. Miller

Tuesday, May 22: NYG&B Spring Theater Benefit

Thursday, June 7: Prepare for a Cemetery Trip

Tuesday, June 12: Webinar - Soy Boricua: Researching Your Puerto Rican Roots

Thursday, July 12: Webinar - Exploring New York's Catholic Stories: The Archdiocese of New York Collection on Findmypast

Saturday, June 23: Tracing World War I Relatives, Presented by D. Joshua Taylor at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture 

Thursday, September 13 - 15: New York State Family History Conference *Early-bird discount ends May 31!*

Wednesday, October 31 - November 2: Research in Albany Tour


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