Inside the Spring 2021 Issue of the New York Researcher

Volume 32 of the New York Researcher has arrived! Issue number 1, the Spring issue, is available to read online and in the mail. 

Read the "From the President" column and the table of contents for the rest of the issue below. 

From the President

As Spring begins to wind its way towards us all, it is often a time of renewal, inspiration, and enthusiasm. This issue of the New York Researcher offers many opportunities to expand your knowledge. In addition to the NYG&B’s Annual Review, you will find an in-depth look at tracing Japanese American families, a focus on Wyoming County, New York, tips for using resources at Find-a-Grave, and information on new online New York collections.

I invite you to take a few moments and explore the latest updates in New York family history and enjoy a summary of our recent activities.

Each day we welcome new faces to the NYG&B. They join thousands of current members, many of whom have been with the NYG&B for 20 years or more. We sincerely appreciate your dedication to our mission.

As our community grows, our commitment to preserving New York’s records remains steadfast. By embracing new technologies, we continually strive to enrich each member’s experience.

Already in 2021, the launch of Office Hours has proven to be a popular and useful online connection point between the NYG&B team and our members. New on-demand educational programs from past webinars and new tools were added to our website, The recent addition of online member profiles is just one example of improvements throughout the year.

Our programs continue to transition to meet the realities of the present.

In February, Ben Richards joined the team as our Online Programs Coordinator. We welcome Ben to the NYG&B as he sets his sights on expanding our programs even further. Recent online events include Russell Shorto’s discussion of his new book, Smalltime, and a joint program with the Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society with James McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project.

A few weeks ago, attendees at the new virtual version of our popular research experience, Empire State Exploration, took part in individual consultations, discussions, lectures, and social hours. Future events include programs similar to Empire State Exploration, in addition to our ever-popular webinar series. Also, plans are underway for a smaller version of the New York State Family History Conference (NYSFHC) in September.

We look forward to welcoming you at upcoming events and remain eager to assist as you continue your New York research. Stay safe and healthy.

Until next time,




Issue Contents

Inside the issue you will find:

  • An in-depth look at Japanese American Research 
  • Details on new online collections from across the state 
  • Information regarding newly found Oneida County, New York records 
  • A spotlight on Wyoming County, our featured county 
  • The NYG&B 2020 Annual Review 

In addition to the articles above, the issue also includes our regular columns, including:   

  • Six Next Steps, focusing on Find-A-Grave 
  • In Other Lines, highlighting member Joyce Ogden in Washington 
  • Highlights from the recent issue of The Record 

Read the issue