Live Genealogy Q&A Video Replay

We hosted another Live Genealogy Q&A this past Thursday on Facebook. We had many great questions, hundreds of live viewers, and shared some great tips about genealogy research in New York State. 

If you missed the live broadcast but would like to watch a replay, you can do so right from this blog article. Read on to see a list of the exact questions we received and the timestamp in the video when they are discussed. 

If you would like to submit a question to be answered during our next live broadcast, click here - we'll be live once again on August 9! 


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Questions Answered

1:30 - What are some of the best ways to find the will of an ancestor online? 

4:30 - I'm having trouble locating the obituary of my grandfather, who passed away on October 28, 1971, in New York. What advice do you have? 

7:05 - What are the best resources to learn about ancestors' land plots in Dutchess County/Fredericksburg?

9:10 - What does the NYG&B have to offer those who no longer live in New York?

11:47 - Receiving vital record certificates from Albany is now taking up to 14 months in my experience - is there anything we can do to expedite the process? 

14:52 - What are the best resources for finding births in Dutchess County between 1725 and 1775? (Finding vital records for this period in all NYS counties is discussed as well)

16:38 - How do you find a list of Churches that were active in a certain area and time period? 

18:45 - What do you do when you feel like you've exhausted every possible avenue for finding an ancestor? 

23:02 - Where can you find passenger arrival lists for cities other than New York City? 

26:00 - How can I find more information on an ancestor who was a resident of a state hospital that has since been closed? (This question includes a great discussion on using New York State Archives online finding aids)

29:45 - I'm trying to learn more about family history research in New York. What are your tips? 


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About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is 
a registered 501(c)(3) organization devoted to 
preserving, documenting, and sharing the history of
New York State families. Read more about our mission.  

Since 1869, our mission has been to help our thousands of worldwide members discover their family's New York story, and there has never been a better time to join.

The cost of an Individual Annual Membership is less than six dollars a month, and includes the following benefits: 

  • Access to over 50 exclusive digital record sets covering the entire state of New York, including the fully searchable archives of The Record
  • A complimentary subscription to all of Findmypast's North American records, as well as U.K. and Irish Census records.
  • Access to hundreds of expert-authored Knowledge Base articles and webinars to help you navigate the tricky New York research landscape. 
  • Exclusive discounts and advanced access to conferences, seminars, workshops and lectures to learn more about researching people and places across New York State. 

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