eNews no. 27: Genealogy Resources of the DAR & more!

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on July 3, 2018. Our email newsletter is published twice a month and includes:

  • The latest news about online records
  • Research tips and guides from the New York State experts 
  • Announcements about upcoming webinars and programs
  • Special discounts on NYG&B publications, events, and membership

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In This Issue


New data added to Mapping The Record

We recently uploaded another 30 years of data to our NYG&B Labs project, Mapping The Record. This tool allows researchers to search an index of articles from The Record - the quarterly journal of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, which has been published continuously since 1870 - and view results organized on an interactive map interface, so you can find articles about a New York State location easily.

Researchers can use this tool to see what record set transcriptions, case studies, compiled genealogies or other articles have been written about each New York State location of interest. 

Our newest upload including all articles published from 1870 - 1900. This batch joins articles published from 1970 - 2017 in the search engine. We look forward to completing the index in the coming months. 


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2018 Fall Benefit Luncheon Featuring Russell Shorto

The Fall Benefit Luncheon is an annual NYG&B event that helps support our mission of preserving, protecting and promoting New York stories. 

Join us October 26 for a fantastic meal, great conversation, and a talk by award-winning author Russell Shorto, whose books include the bestselling Island at the Center of the World and, most recently, Revolution Song: America’s Founding in Six Remarkable Lives.

Mr. Shorto will discuss those subjects as well as his current research interest: his own family. In the process, he’ll talk about similarities and differences between writing history and family history, and the unique challenges of the latter.

Click here to learn more - we look forward to seeing you this October! 


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Improve Your Skills & Find More Ancestors at NYSFHC 2018

The 2018 New York State Family History Conference features a program full of fascinating classes that will improve your research skills and teach you all about the most important online record sets and genealogy repositories.

If you're trying to find more New York State ancestors, this is the place to learn how.

The conference features nationally-recognized experts in the field, who will equip you with the tools to make more discoveries in your family history research. 

Attendees look forward to more than just the 45 expert-led sessions - there is a vibrant exhibit hall, pre-conference tours and workshops, and lunches, dinners, and receptions where you can connect with fellow genealogy researchers with an interest in New York State families. 

The conference is well on the way to selling out, so make sure to save your spot by registering today! 


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Living DNA maps go into even more detail for each region. Read our blog to see the developing detailed maps for the U.K. and Western Africa 

Living DNA offers exciting new possibilities for genetic genealogy

Have you heard of Living DNA? Founded in 2016, this England-based company is a relative newcomer to the DNA testing scene and offers some intriguing capabilities that all researchers will want to learn more about, especially those with ancestry in the British Isles.

Living DNA is a Excelsior-level sponsor of the 2018 New York State Family History Conference - if you're joining us in Tarrytown this September, you'll have the chance to attend lectures from their experts and learn more about their DNA tests in our exhibit hall.  

One of the most intriguing aspects of Living DNA's genetic ancestry testing is their ability to pinpoint your heritage to a level of detail not yet achieved by other DNA tests. For example, the British Isles have been broken down into 21 distinct regions, and Living DNA is working on getting this level of detail for other parts of the globe. Click here to read our blog and learn more about this exciting project.


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Free Webinar: D. Joshua Taylor on DAR Genealogy Resources

To celebrate Independence Day, we're exploring the genealogical resources of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This 30-minute recorded webinar is free and can be watched on-demand by anyone. NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor dives into a number of important resources on the DAR website that are free and open for all to search. 

The DAR holds authoritative and exhaustive databases of Revolutionary War soldiers and their descendants. The organization has safeguarded the lineage of America’s founders over the past 125 years by identifying more than 144,000 Patriot ancestors. DAR resources are some of the best for tracing families before 1850. 

Joshua authored a blog on the subject, which also contains the more in-depth video presentation. For those interested, there is a code for discounted NYG&B membership at the end of the video. 


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Upcoming Events and Programs

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

Wednesday, July 18: Facebook Live Genealogy Q&A with D. Joshua Taylor and Susan R. Miller

Thursday, September 13 - 15: New York State Family History Conference 

Monday, October 15: Webinar - Mapping Your New York Ancestors

Tuesday, October 16: Webinar - Finding Ancestors in New York City Vital Records in the 1800s and Early-1900s

Friday, October 19: Webinar - Using the NYG&B Website

Friday, October 26: NYG&B Fall Benefit Luncheon Featuring Russell Shorto

Wednesday, October 31 - November 2: Research in Albany Tour (sold out - waiting list available)

Thursday, November 15: Webinar - Proving Parentage Through Indirect Evidence: The Importance of Sibling Records


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About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is 
a registered 501(c)(3) organization devoted to 
preserving, documenting, and sharing the history of
New York State families. Read more about our mission.  

Since 1869, our mission has been to help our thousands of worldwide members discover their family's New York story, and there has never been a better time to join.

The cost of an Individual Annual Membership is less than six dollars a month, and includes the following benefits: 

  • Access to over 50 exclusive digital record sets covering the entire state of New York, including the fully searchable archives of The Record
  • A complimentary subscription to all of Findmypast's North American records, as well as U.K. and Irish Census records.
  • Access to hundreds of expert-authored Knowledge Base articles and webinars to help you navigate the tricky New York research landscape. 
  • Exclusive discounts and advanced access to conferences, seminars, workshops and lectures to learn more about researching people and places across New York State. 

To learn more or join us, please visit our member benefits page