eNews No. 4, May 2017: New webinars, Indexes to The Record & more!

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on May 25, 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 webinars: DNA and researching at the NYPL

Two new recorded webinars have recently been added to the Webinars & Video section of our website, and are accessible to NYG&B members on-demand. All webinars are broadcast live - the live session free and open to the public. Keep reading the NYG&B eNews to find out when our next live webinar will be. 

Integrating DNA with Family History: Presented by Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage, this webinar outlines the basics of DNA testing and how to incorporate it in your family history research. Daniel also gives some "behind the scenes" information on the exciting new DNA testing that MyHeritage has recently debuted.  

Watch the DNA webinar


Genealogical Research at the New York Public Library: Join Philip Sutton - an NYPL Librarian in the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy - as he teaches the various ways you can use this division of the New York Public Library for family history research. Philip touches upon the many genealogy collections of the library (including online resources and navigating the library's website), how to access them, and how to best prepare for a research trip.

Watch the NYPL Webinar

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From our blog: Have you explored these 5 indexes to The Record?

It is well-known that The Record is one of the most powerful collections accessible in the NYG&B eLibrary, and an essential source for anyone researching their New York State family. 

But did you know there are five indexes that will help you get even more out of this collection?

Members of the NYG&B can search The Record by name or keyword, and can also browse issues by volume and year within the eLibrary. The NYG&B also has assembled five indexes - which are free and open to the public - that allow you to explore The Record in a variety of ways.

While only NYG&B members can view images, these five indexes are available for anyone to search – if you’ve never explored The Record, these indexes are the perfect jumping-off point!

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Municipal Archives Guide wins award: Free shipping to celebrate!

Aaron joined us (via smartphone) to pose
for a group picture with the award. 

We're proud to announce the recognition of Aaron Goodwin, author of the NYG&B’s New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians, who won an award from the National Genealogical Society (NGS). 

Earlier this month, Goodwin received the "Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources" from NGS for the groundbreaking guide to New York City’s archives, published by the NYG&B last year.

To celebrate this accomplishment, we're offering free domestic shipping on this book, which can be purchased only through the NYG&B online store, through June 1, 2017! 

This is the second year in a row that an NYG&B publication has won this award from the National Genealogical Society (the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer won the same award in 2016). 

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Members: Have you activated your new website account?

We recently launched a major update to our website, newyorkfamilyhistory.org, and all NYG&B members need to create a new account. Members can choose the same username and password as the old website, but will need to re-create their account in a few easy steps. 

Our new website allows easier access to the NYG&B eLibrary, expert-authored articles in the New York Knowledge Base, and members-only webinar and video content. Members can also fully manage their membership and contact information in their personalized account management portal.  

If you haven't set up your new account yet, please click the button below and enter the email associated with your membership. You will receive an "account recovery" email instantly. Clicking the link in that email will bring you to a form where you can choose your new username and password. 

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Upcoming Events and Programs

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Support the NYG&B

Thanks to the support of our members and the generous gifts of our donors, we have been very busy so far in 2017. 

Early in the year, we launched the New York Digitization and Indexing initiative, which is already outpacing projections. With a goal to place more records from across the state of New York online—a team of 200 dedicated volunteers have indexed more than 50,000 records and digitized more than 80,000.

We recently launched a major refresh of our website, which will allow easier access to our already large volume of resources for New York family history research. We're adding new material to the website every week, and will soon be debuting some exciting new tools, which will be developed by our first ever NYG&B Labs team - an initiative debuted this year, which will allow us to create and deliver new ways to explore New York’s family histories through technology.

We're looking forward to an upcoming conference in Buffalo with the Western New York Genealogical Society, and will be publishing the first definitive book on immigration to New York this year. 

Your support of the NYG&B annual fund allows us to keep the cost of membership low, while improving member services, launching new publications, and continuing our mission to preserve and share the stories of New York. We are sincerely grateful for any contribution you can make. 

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