eNews no. 9, August 2017: Genealogy Advice from D. Joshua Taylor, eLibrary FAQ, NYC Coroner's Reports & more


Fall Benefit Luncheon announces, genealogy advice from D. Joshua Taylor, eLibrary FAQ, connect with us in Pittsburgh, and NYC Coroner's Reports

This issue of the NYG&B eNews was delivered on August 11, 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


Join Us for the Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon

Last year's luncheon was such a success that we are making it an annual event. This year's luncheon will be held on October 10 at Sarabeth's on Park Avenue.

Proceeds from the event will help to support the NYG&B fulfill its mission of preserving, documenting and sharing the stories of families across New York.This year will feature a talk by Brooke Kroeger about her book, The Suffragents.  Ms. Kroeger is a journalist, author of five books, and a professor of journalism at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

We hope you can make it for another memorable afternoon!


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Genealogy Advice from D. Joshua Taylor and Susan R. Miller

Looking for tips on immigration records, land records, NYS Red Books, common surnames or other research challenges? 

Earlier this summer, we hosted our second YouTube Live Q&A, in which our New York State research experts - D. Joshua Taylor and Susan R. Miller - answered questions submitted by our viewers. 

We had a large audience and some excellent questions that will apply to everyone's New York State research. Read our blog for written summaries for the tips and video clips of each answer. 


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Upcoming Webinar: Using the NYG&B Website for Family History Research

Our website, newyorkfamilyhistory.org, has many resources that can help you discover your New York family history. We will take a tour of the website and demonstrate how members and non-members can take advantage of our expertise.

By the end of the webinar, you will know how to find and use the many free resources available to members and non-members, browse and search our digital records, improve your skills using the New York Knowledge Base and our webinar library, and more! 

The live webinar will be free and open to the public. 


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Connect with us at FGS

Later this month, the NYG&B will be at the FGS 2017 National Conference"Building Bridges to the Past" at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Visit us in the exhibit hall at booth 421, or attend one of our two sponsored events: 

  • “The New York Gateway: Immigration, Emigration, and Migration” by Jane E. Wilcox
  • “Does New York Research Require "Mull & Pondering?" A Southern Perspective” by J. Mark Lowe


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Need Help Using newyorkfamilyhistory.org?

We just added a new Help Center to our website, newyorkfamilyhistory.org.

Here, you will find a list of help articles and videos that show you how to use the website. This page will be updated frequently - we just added a new eLibrary FAQ page this week. 

The page also offers articles related to general genealogy research help as well. 


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New York City Coroner's Proceedings

Evidence of an ancestor's death can be located in numerous types of genealogical sources - newspaper obituaries, municipal or religious death records, tombstones and more. One overlooked source - which will be an absolute goldmine if your ancestor turns up here - are Coroner's records.

We have several books in our online store that capture years worth of mysterious, suspicious or otherwise unnatural deaths that were investigated by the Coroner's Office.

For family historians, these records can solve (or create) family mysteries that will remain share-worthy stories for years. A blog post of ours detailed the dangers eighteenth and nineteenth century New Yorkers faced on a daily basis, which can be found in the pages of these records. 


coroner's reports in our store


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Upcoming Events and Programs

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

Thursday, August 24: Webinar: Using the NYG&B Website for Family History Research

Wednesday, September 13 to Friday, September 15: Research in Albany - sold-out, join the waiting list

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 Conference

Tuesday, October 10: Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon

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

Friday, October 27 to Saturday, October 28: DNA and Family History: A Seminar for Genealogists - only a few spots left!


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