eNews no. 6, June 2017: New NYC directories, summer issue of the Researcher online now, & more!


New NYC directories are online now; read our NY research tips blog; the summer issue of the NY Researcher is now online; register for our upcoming DNA and family history seminar. 

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on June 20, 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


From our blog

New NYC directories added to NYPL digital collections

New online records are now available for those researching their families in New York City - the NYPL Digital Collections have recently added more New York City directories to their already substantial collection.

Overall, the NYPL has 137 years of New York City directories, covering years from 1786 through 1923. The recent additions cover the late eighteenth-century and early twentieth-century. Many in-between years are also available


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New York genealogy tips from Joshua Taylor and Susan Miller

During our last YouTube Live Q&A, Josh and Sue answered many questions about a wide variety of genealogy topics.

Read the highlights from last time to improve your research skills and see what's in store for the upcoming Q&A this Wednesday.

A few tips covered in our blog round-up of this Q&A were:

  • German last name spelling
  • Cattaraugus County land records
  • Locating divorce records
  • Early nineteenth-century birth certificates


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DNA and Family History: A Seminar for Genealogists - Member Discount Ends Soon!

On October 27 and 28 of this year, the NYG&B will host “DNA and Family History: A Seminar for Genealogists,” featuring two of the world’s leading genetic genealogists, Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., JD and Angie Bush.

Through the course of eight sessions, the seminar will cover the fundamentals of DNA testing for genealogists and quickly move to advanced tools for analysis, incorporating the DNA findings into your writing, and ethics and standards in DNA testing. Personal consultations will also be available ($).

NYG&B members who register before July 1 will receive $60 off the ticket price for this seminar. 


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Read online: Summer Issue of the New York Researcher

The summer issue of the New York Researcher is at the printer and will be delivered to members soon.

If you would like to read the issue digitally, it is now available for members to read on our website.

Here's a preview of what is inside:

  • Reversing the Course: Tracing My Family's Migration from Virginia to Upstate New York, by Kenyatta D. Berry
  • New York County Insolvency Assignments at the New York City Municipal Archives, by Meryl Schumacker
  • New Record Access, Indexes, and Databases
  • NYG&B 2016 Year in Review
  • Digital Material from the New York Society Library

The Spring 2017 issue of The Record is also available for members to read online. 


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Resource Spotlight: New York City Municipal Archives Guide

2017 NGS Award Winner!

For anyone researching family in New York City, the Municipal Archives is a must-visit location. Use this authorized guide for family historians to dramatically increase your productivity during your next research trip. 

Extensive coverage is given to vital records of births, marriages, and deaths; court records; real estate records; and photographs. Less well-known collections are also covered, including Dutch and English colonial records; Farm Histories; Civil War records; and Almshouse Records.


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Upcoming Events and Programs

Wednesday, June 21: YouTube Live Q&A with NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor

Thursday, August 3: NYC Municipal Archives Basics: Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Wednesday, September 13 to Friday, September 15: Research in Albany (only a few spots left!)

Monday, September 25: Webinar: Should You Add DNA Testing to Your Genealogy Toolbox?

Thursday, September 28: Digitization Day

Saturday, October 7: Western New York Genealogy Seminar

Friday, October 27 to Saturday, October 28: DNA and Family History: A Seminar for Genealogists


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