The Fall & Winter New York Researcher is Out: Here's What's Inside

The Fall and Winter 2021 issue is now available to read online.

Read NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor's letter below, and browse the issue's table of contents. 

From the President

There is so much to look forward to as we say farewell to 2021 and welcome 2022. With your support, the NYG&B’s improved offices are now open, and we are eager for each of you to join us online or in-person for numerous activities in the coming year.

The new digitization center is fully operational and has already increased our capacity to preserve New York’s records by more than 50%. Image capture and preservation of New York’s records are central to our mission, and we are grateful for your support as we expand our capabilities.

In September we welcomed Mr. James D. Laur to the NYG&B Board of Trustees. A resident of California, Mr. Laur has a passion for New York family history and digitizing New York’s records. We are grateful for his support and the leadership he will bring to the organization.

New faces at the NYG&B include Alisha Delisle, who joined as the NYG&B’s Grants Coordinator in August. Ms. Delisle brings more than 20-years of experience to the organization and is charged with seeking funding for preservation and educational activities in 2022 and beyond. The addition of a Grants Coordinator is an essential step in our growth, as it enables us to seize further opportunities as we move our mission forward.

In addition, Noah Zimmerman joined in November as the Online Programs Coordinator. The position reflects our dedication to continuing our robust online educational programming in the coming year. You will certainly have the opportunity to meet and interact with Mr. Zimmerman through our online programs in 2022 (see page 84 for an exciting calendar of upcoming NYG&B events).

In September, we presented the New York Family History School to our community. This new educational resource will provide unique programming and carefully curated courses related to New York family history and genealogy. Topics will vary from offering to offering, transitioning to meet your needs as often as possible. If you have not yet had a chance to visit, be sure to take a moment to explore at

These critical activities, alongside new online records collections and free webinars, rely upon your support to continue. I am immensely grateful to our members and donors who make each of these programs possible. As you know, membership fees cover only a small portion of the NYG&B’s overall operating activities. Your generosity and support enable all that we do.

Thank you!

Until next time,

D. Joshua Taylor

In This Issue

  • Involuntary Immigrants: Enslaved Africans, by Anne Sibert Buiter
  • “A Splendid Baritone”: How A.E. Lewry’s WWI Naval Service Enabled Him to Sing for an American President, by Bob Kells
  • New York State Archives 50th Anniversary
  • Central New York Genealogical Society 60th Anniversary, by Joyce H. Cook
  • 40th Anniversary for the Capital District Genealogical Society, by Christopher White
  • Latest Online for NYG&B Members
  • The Black Experience in Dutch New York
  • Featured New York County: Delaware County (formed 1797)
  • New Records and Access
  • Catching Up with Our Blog (, by Jake Garfinkle
  • NYG&B 2022 Events Calendar
  • 2022 New York State Family History Conference—Save the Date
  • Highlights of The Record
  • Five Next Steps: World War I Draft Cards
  • New On-demand Programs
  • William G. Pomeroy Honored by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Exploring our Past: NYG&B Visits Northern Ireland
  • In Other Lines: Shannon Sipes, Terra Haute, Indiana, Member since 2020. By Jennifer Davis
  • New York Family History School
  • NYG&B Week January 24–28, 2022
  • NYG&B Experiences: Empire State Exploration and Research In Albany Tour

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