New NY Records Online

With so many new genealogy records coming online around the web, it can be hard to keep up!

Here is our roundup of some notable New York records that have debuted around the web in late 2020 and early 2021.

If you know of any other new records we should let share, please send us an email and we'll make sure to include them in an upcoming update. 

Digital Collection of Hunt Family Papers 

The Women’s Rights National Historical Park debuted a digital collection of the papers of the Jane and Richard Hunt family, who were integral to the Seneca Falls Convention that took place in Seneca County, New York in 1848.   

Jane, Richard, and their extended family were key contributors to the early Women’s Rights movement, and now plans, contracts, essays, store records, and correspondence dating from 1828 to 1856 are available to search and view online.

Search the collection on the National Park Service website – you may also be interested in participating in an ongoing online scavenger hunt organized by the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, “Hunting in the Hunt Papers” on Facebook 

Voyages of New Netherland, 1609-1664 

This new database, which debuted at the end of 2020, will be of interest to those researching Colonial Dutch New York. Brought to you by the New Netherland Institute,  

“This project produces a database of voyages to New Netherland that aims to integrate the activities of ships into the larger story of the colony. It provides an extensive resource for the reconstruction of maritime activity at the foundation of, and essential to, the development of New Netherland. The database offers accurate, up-to-date, details about voyages and corrects misinformation, often reprinted many times over from secondary, outdated, or misinterpreted sources. Structured for searching, correlation, and analysis, the database consists of more than 10,000 data points derived from primary sources.” 

The site includes more than just a searchable database. Researchers will find an overview of methods and sources; route maps; a social network graph; timelines; and other charts and graphs.  

If you’re interested in learning more about the project, we have a recorded program from November 2020 that discusses this exciting project. Click here to watch 

Click here to visit the Voyages of New Netherland website.

Episcopal Church of Western NY 

In 1983, the records of certain Western New York Episcopal pastors and parishes were microfilmed, but the resulting records were difficult to use.  

Now, thanks to the efforts of Buffalo History Museum librarians, there is a new, detailed table of contents that will help researchers navigate the microfilm reels. Digitized versions of the microfilm are free to access on FamilySearch.  

Each entry includes the name of the church/institution, event type, date range covered, collection notes, and page number.