The January issue of The Record is out: Here's what's inside

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 2:00pm
Frederick Wertz

The January issue of The Record  is out and available for NYG&B members to read online.  

The first issue of volume 151 is packed with useful and fascinating articles. This blog will list each article in the issue and contains the full "Editor's View" column – the introduction to each issue written by Editor of The Record, Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS. Enjoy! 

The Editor’s View 

With this first issue of 2020, The Record celebrates a century and a half of publishing historical, genealogical, and biographical information about New Yorkers and their families.  

When the first issue of The Record was published in 1870, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society had just over one hundred members. Annual dues were $5.00 and a subscription to The Record cost $1.00. The report from that year’s annual meeting stressed the leaders’ views on publishing: “In these days, the society which publishes nothing, is lost. Its influence upon the world is naught—its best opportunity of power is neglected.” The Society’s Publication Committee sought for the pages of The Record submissions of “literary material, such as ancient records, pedigrees, wills, &c., together with short essays on historical incidents relating to genealogy or biography, and announcement of forthcoming works in genealogy, biography, or local history.”

The NYG&B has grown considerably since 1870, and so has The Record. For example, each issue of the journal now consists of eighty pages—ten times the page count of the first issue, and scant documentation found in early volumes has improved substantially, allowing readers to better assess evidence supporting authors’ conclusions. 

In 1995, in celebration of The Record’s 125th anniversary, Henry Hoff and Harry Macy Jr. (then the Editor and Associate Editor) wrote an editorial in which they touched on technological growth in the preceding decades. In the 1990s genealogists frequently accessed materials and resources on microform and CD-ROMs. Today, researchers examine digital images and search databases in their home offices and on mobile devices. Twenty-five years ago, Hoff and Macy credited the country’s bicentennial celebration and the television broadcast of Roots for an increased interest in genealogy. Interest continues to grow in 2020, in large part due to the surging popularity of genetic testing for genealogy. 

David L. Greene wrote in 1995, “For many of us . . . it is impossible to consider scholarly genealogy without The Record or to contemplate a future genealogical world in which The Record does not exist.” Those who value scholarly research on New Yorkers and their families still look to The Record. May the next 150 years be just as successful. 

Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS 


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Table of Contents

The Man Who Lived as Marcus Folderman (1849–1922): Identifying the Origin of a German Immigrant to Renssalaer County, New York  

By Jeanette Shiel, CG

​Identifying a Second Roelof Cornelisz in New Amsterdam in 1648 

By Ann L. Messecar

​Margaret (Hogan) Malloy (1835–1876) of Ireland and New York City 

By Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS 

​Andrew Sinclair (circa 1795–1874) of New York City and His Family (concluded) 

By Scott Wilds, CG 

Identifying Samuel Fletcher (1758–1826) of South Hero, Vermont, and Westville, New York (concluded) 

By Denise Engelhardt Cross 

​Early Sicard–Secor Families of New York: Origins of United Empire Loyalist William Secord (continued) 

By R. Kirk Moulton 

Bookstore Receipt Book, 1804–1816, of John C. Totten, Printer, of New York City (continued) 

By Michael R. Britten-Kelly 

Book Review: Wayne, ed. Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies

By Angie Bush, MS 

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