eNews no. 8, July 2017: New York repository guide, FamilySearch microfilm updates & more news


Read our guide of selected repositories for New York State research, watch a video tutorial on managing your NYG&B membership, and learn the details you need to know about FamilySearch ending their microfilm distribution services. 

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on July 28, 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


Featured Repositories for New York Genealogy

Since 2006, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been publishing a series of guides to notable New York State repositories in the New York Researcher. We have compiled all of these articles and listed each repository covered in this guide. 

Each article is written by a librarian, archivist or another expert who knows the repository well. These articles will help you decide if a research trip is worthwhile, and will be essential to formulating your research plan if you decide to visit any of these repositories.

Click the button below to see what records await you within the "brick and mortar!"


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How to Manage Your NYG&B Membership

All New York Genealogical and Biographical Society members will benefit from watching this short video tutorial. After watching, you will know how to: 

  • Access your Member Dashboard and Account Management Portal.
  • View member-only discounts.
  • Update your publication delivery preferences (including how to select "digital only" delivery).
  • View your membership status and renew your membership. 
  • Update your address, email or other contact information. 

Click the button below to watch this brief video.


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FamilySearch Ends Microfilm Distribution

Earlier this month, FamilySearch announced that they will discontinue microfilm distribution services as of September 1, 2017. The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017. 

Click the button below to read our blog - see the bright side of this news, how it will affect New York State research, and how to take advantage of FamilySearch's already-digitized New York State microfilm collections. 


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NYG&B and OGS Announce Partnership

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), offering reciprocal membership at a discount to all members.  We hope that this will allow members of both societies to gain access to even more records and resources. 

The OGS, the largest such organization in Canada, was founded in 1961 with the vision of being recognized as the authority and leader in all aspects of Ontario related family history research, preservation, and communication. Click the button below to read the full release. 


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Grow your Family Tree with the NYG&B

Are you a member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society? If not, we invite you to consider joining. We're the second oldest genealogical society in the country, and our mission is to help you navigate the difficult research-landscape of New York State and to tell the stories of New Yorkers everywhere. 

As a member of the NYG&B, you will have access to all of the tools to make huge leaps in your research. Our eLibrary contains information on millions of New Yorkers from all over the Empire State. Search our archive of every issue of The Record - published quarterly since 1870 - or search our many other collections, which include religious records, colonial records, cemetery records and more.

In total, we have over 40 different digital record sets in the eLibrary, covering a wide range of record types and locations from all over New York State.


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From our Store: German Churches of Metropolitan NY

This pioneering work should be of immense value to anyone researching New York families of German origin. Dr. Richard Haberstroh has identified over 400 Protestant and Catholic churches which have served the German communities in the present five boroughs of New York City, as well as Jersey City and Hoboken, from the 1600s to the present.

For each church he gives year founded, location(s), whereabouts of records, and in the case of Protestant churches, names of pastors. NYG&B members receive a $5 discount (make sure to log in to your NYG&B account to receive this discount). 


german churches of metropolitan ny


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Upcoming Events and Programs

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

Wednesday, August 23: YouTube Live With D. Joshua Taylor and Susan Miller

Wednesday, September 13 to Friday, September 15: Research in Albany

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

Thursday, October 12: Family History Research in Central New York Webinar

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


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