eNews no. 3, May 2017: Explore Our Updated Website

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on May 4, 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


Updates to newyorkfamilyhistory.org Launched

We're happy to announce the NYG&B's website, newyorkfamilyhistory.org, has received a major upgrade and refresh. We have re-organized our many resources for researching New York families, and designed the website to look great and function well on any device (including tablets and mobile phones).

All NYG&B members should have received an email with instructions for activating their account on the new website. If you haven't received it, or have encountered any difficulty, please email webmaster@nygbs.org and we'll help you get set up. 


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Spring Issue of The New York Researcher

NYG&B Members should be receiving their copies in the mail soon. Here's a look at what's inside: 

  • New York State - 240 Years Old in 2017
  • Don't Forget the Card Files! - Part 2
  • NYG&B Website Tour
  • Introducing NYG&B Labs
  • NYG&B Indexing and Digitization Project
  • Research in Albany 2017
  • DNA and Family History: A Seminar for Genealogists
  • Repository Tours, NYG&B Webinars, and Conferences
  • Highlights from our Blog
  • Book Notes
  • In Other Lines
  • NY Articles from Beyond Our Boundaries


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Featured Event: Albany Research Tour

September is not far away, so don’t put off registering for the NYG&B's annual Research in Albany trip. You’ll enjoy three days of assisted research and genealogical camaraderie with the people who know New York best.

Our experts will be with you every step of the way, helping you prepare, plan and execute your research to make the most of your time in these valuable repositories. The Library and the Archives are both rich in material available nowhere else that pertains to people who have lived throughout New York State. 

Join us from Wednesday, September 13, 2017, to Friday, September 15, 2017. 


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Connect with us at NGS!

We'll be in Raleigh, North Carolina next week for the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, taking place from May 10 to May 13. Our New York experts will be at our booth (#215) in the exhibit hall, so make sure to swing by and say hello.

We're also proud to sponsor "Civil War Records You Didn't Know Existed: Pensions, Relief Funds, Hospital Records and More!" a luncheon featuring Terry Koch-Bostic, a member of the NYG&B's Family History Advisory Committee.

The NYG&B's President, D. Joshua Taylor will also present four topics:

  • Running Away to Join the Circus: Tracing Our Performing Ancestors
  • Beyond the Facts: Digital Ways to Preserve Your Research Process
  • Key Player, Participant, or Partisan Follower: Discovering An Ancestor's Political Leanings
  • Past but Not Forgotten: North Carolina's Jersey Settlement


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From our Blog: Researching A Kings County Potter's Field

What happened to the bodies interred at a little-remembered potter's field in Brooklyn?

Through his research, one of the NYG&B summer interns uncovered the history, controversy, and ultimate fate of a potter's field known as Kings County Cemetery. But would he be able to determine where, if anywhere, the bodies were re-interred when the field was built over? Read his report to find out.  


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