Gift Ideas for Genealogy Enthusiasts

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 10:00am

Is there a budding genealogist with New York roots on your list this holiday season? Do you know an advanced researcher who yearns to discover more New York family history stories?

If so, our gift ideas for genealogists contain a wide variety of items - from stocking stuffers to big ticket items, we have something for everyone.

Who said genealogists were hard to shop for? 

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Holiday Discounts for NYG&B Members

What better time than the holiday season to give the gift of family history? In adition to our regularly discounted items (see below for the discounted member price of each item), all NYG&B members receive $5 off of orders of $25 or more starting December 1, 2019! Just make sure you're logged in to your NYG&B account when in our online store, and you'll see the discounts listed for each item.  

Read on to see some items we think are particularly great gifts for those who love family history and genealogy. 


Gift Membership

The NYG&B is New York's oldest
genealogical society & the second
oldest genealogical society in America.

Do you know a budding or advanced genealogist with New York roots? Keep them busy with your gift all year - send the gift of an Individual Annual NYG&B membership this holiday season! 

Members of the New York G&B all share a deep appreciation for the history and families of New York State, and many of history's most prominent New Yorkers have been a part of the society.

Today, our society offers more to members than ever before: 

  • Access to digital records only avaliable through the NYG&B.
  • Hundreds of New York State research help articles and dozens of on-demand webinars from experts. 
  • Priority registration and discounted tickets for NYG&B research trips, workshops, and special events. 
  • Print subscriptions to The Record and The New York Researcher. 
  • Members-only discounts in our online store and with our partners. 

When you purchase this gift, you will be able to download a PDF gift card that will entitle the recipient to 1 year of membership in our society.

Click here to give the gift of NYG&B membership


NYG&B Titles

Tracing Immigrants through the Port of New York: Early National Period to 1924 (new, estimted ship date: January 2020)

  • Non-member price: $29.95
  • NYG&B member price: $24.95

Between the late 1700s and 1924 New York was a key gateway for millions who journeyed to the United States to establish new lives. Today, millions of Americans descend from immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and Castle Garden. Tracing Immigrants through the Port of New York: Early National Period to 1924 details the records and research strategies for use when tracing immigrants who passed through New York City. Genealogists, family historians, local historians, social scientists, and others will find the book essential to their research. Compiled by Anne Sibert Buiter, PhD, professor of Economics at Birkbeck, University of London, during the past 6 years, this unique publication provides an informed perspective on a topic of interest to so many Americans. Click here to learn more.

New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer (Revised Edition)

  • Non-member price: $90
  • Special NYG&B member holiday price: $60 ($25 member discount + $5 holiday discount)

The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer is an essential New York resource and serves as a definitive, comprehensive textbook for researching New York genealogy.

This is the book that all genealogists researching in New York need! 

The Revised Edition (2017) includes an updated vital records chapter that keeps researchers informed on the many new online records available. 

More than one hundred other revisions keep researchers up-to-date in the 16 chapters and 64 guides to all counties and special regions.

County and special regions guides are available for individual purchase- click here for more information.

Copies can be purchased in print, as a digital PDF, or as a bundle that includes both. NYG&B members receive a substantial discount on all versions.  Click here for a detailed overview of this comprehensive resource


New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide

  • Non-member price: $34.95
  • Special NYG&B member holiday price: $19.95 ($10 member discount + $5 holiday discount)

This book answers the need for historians, genealogists, students, and others to have a clear, rational description of New York City's relevant public records - where they are located, what they contain, and how they can be accessed.

If you know someone with many ancestors in New York City, they must have this book in-hand during any trip to the Municipal Archives. 

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 be covered, including early records of the Dutch and English colonial eras; extensive Farm Histories that trace deed chains for former Manhattan farms to their earliest days; records of the Civil War Volunteer Soldiers’ Family Aid Fund; and Almshouse Records, which span 200 years and provide information on the inmates of numerous City institutions. Click here to learn more


NYG&B Guide: New York Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

  • Non-member price: $23.95
  • Special NYG&B member price: $19.95

New York vital records - one of the most important and complicated genealogical records sets - is explained in this guide. 

Extracted from the 2017 Revised Edition of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, every New York researcher will want to have this on hand. Includes information on this history of vital record-keeping in New York that all researchers need to know, as well as detailed overview New York State and New York City vital records. 

Our store page for this guide contains a complete list of all sections and topics covered in the book. Click here to learn more.


New York City: Five-borough Research Guide 

  • Non-member price: $34.95
  • Special NYG&B member price: $24.95 ($5 member discount + $5 holiday discount)

This 62-page volume is a comprehensive resource for anyone researching ancestors in New York City.

It combines 6 of our printed county guides - one for records and research specific to each borough, and one that covers city-wide records for New York City.  

Each chapter includes maps; historical geographical names and boundaries; descriptions of repositories; and selected print and online resources. 

Click here to order this research guide.


New York State Research Bundle 

This research bundle is perfect for someone just beginning to research their New York roots, but even advanced genealogists will find the information in these volumes invaluable. 

The bundle consists of New York State Censuses and Substitutes and any two of our printed county guides, available for all counties in New York State. 

Click here to order this research bundle.


Gifts Under $20

NYG&B New York Holiday Ornament

Give an Empire State touch to your holiday decorations this season!

This holiday ornament celebrates the NYG&B and New York State - the perfect gift for anyone with New York stories in their family history.

Click here to order an NYG&B Holiday Ornament


New York County Guides

Does the researcher on your list need to zero in on a single NY county? You can order a guide for each individual county in New York State, as well as a guide for New York City and Long Island. Each guide includes:

  • County map: Shows current town 1and city boundaries, and the location of Indian reservations
  • Gazetteer: Each county guide inventories historical and contemporary names of every city, town, and village in a county, as well as any changing geographical borders. 
  • Repositories and Resources: Locate the records you need - an annotated list of government offices, repositories, societies, and organizations holding records and collections useful to genealogists. 
  • Selected Print and Online Resources: Each guide offers selected print and online resources about that county that will be particularly useful for the genealogist. 

Click here for a list of all county guides


NYG&B New York City Bookmark

Celebrate New York and its stories! This bookmark is in the shape of the iconic Chrysler Building in New York City. 

The perfect gift for an avid reader.

Click here to order the NYG&B New York City Bookmark.


More Books

Irish Ancestors in New York City

This excellent book provides a comprehensive overview of Irish immigration to New York City and methods of finding the place of origin for Irish ancestors. The author, a native-born Irishman, a sociologist, and a professional genealogist covers the relevant record groups and publications, offers research strategies, and provides a list of every Catholic parish that has existed in each of the five boroughs of New York City. 

Click here to learn more about Irish Ancestors in New York City


New Netherland in a Nutshell

This beautiful and readable gift book offers a concise yet comprehensive history about one of the most important settlements in early America. 

This book, by Firth Haring Fabend - NYG&B member and student of the early Dutch in America -  has been endorsed by two of the giants in New Netherland history and research — Charles Gehring, Director of the New Netherland Research Center, and Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World.

Click here to order New Netherland in a Nutshell


New York State Probate Records

This is an important new edition which serves as a comprehensive guide to 350 years of probate records in New York State. The improved design, addition of online resources and appendixes, plus the additional detail all assist the New York researcher in navigating the challenges of this important group of records.

Click here to order New York State Probate Records


New York State Censuses and Substitutes 

This book provides a comprehensive overview of a valuable resource for New York genealogy researchers - the state census. New York State censuses were generally administered every five years from 1825 to 1925. The book identifies exactly where to find originals for every county in every year, and goes into detail on what researchers can expect to find and how to interpret the records. 

As some of the New York State censuses are missing for certain locations, the book also identifies 1,200 substitutes that can be used depending on the time period and location. 

Click here to learn more about New York State Censuses and Substitutes


The main lobby of the NYC Municipal

Research Services

Gift Consultation

Connect with a professional NYG&B genealogist to receive personalized expertise on next steps for your own research. 

This half-hour review can open new avenues of exploration and point you toward resources to pursue. If you're considering this gift, learn when researchers can benefit from a genealogy consultation to see if it would be a good fit for your loved one. 

Consultations can be held in-person at the NYG&B offices in midtown Manhattan, over the phone, or online via Skype (or a related service). Click here to learn more.


Hourly Research

With our staff, researchers can kick back and let us do the work for you.Our professional researchers can be hired by the hour, and conduct projects ranging from single research questions to multi-generational family histories. Research rates begin at $120/hour for NYG&B members. Because each research project is unique, we recommend filling out our Research Services Questionnaire - we'll then be in touch to get the ball rolling. 


Concierge service visit to the NYC Municipal Archives 

Is someone on your gift list new to researching at the New York City Municipal Archives? Or is there an intermediate genealogist who is familiar with the birth, marriage, and death records but wants to delve deeper into the vast genealogically-related collections there?

Our concierge visit is a personalized 90-minute guided excursion, in which our genealogist will research with the participant in any collections of interest. Click here to learn more about our guided visit to the NYC Municipal Archives



Visit the New York Public Library and
other world-class repositories on 
our Empire State Exploration trip.

Empire State Exploration 

Give the gift of joining New York’s largest genealogical society for four days of research in New York City to help your genealogist uncover their New York ancestors. This experience focuses on tracing ancestors from across the entire state of New York, not just within the New York City area. 

With a home base at the NYG&B headquarters, researchers will be steps away from the NYG&B’s statewide collections at the New York Public Library - and access to experts to guide them along their way.

Click here to learn more




Salt Lake City Research Tour, March 1 - March 6, 2020

Join the NYG&B on its inaugural research tour to the famed Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2020. This six-day tour includes guided research under the careful eye of the New York experts. This tour can assist anyone just beginning their search as well as those seeking to answer longstanding New York research questions.  Click here to learn more


We hope this list gave you some great ideas - visit the NYG&B store for even more gift ideas.