New NYG&B Records Online: Member Biographies and Religious Records

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 9:15am
Author: 
Frederick Wertz and Carlos A. Santiago

We're pleased to announce that we have added useful new material to our Online Records Platform. Five new collections have been created and three existing collections have had more records added. 

Additions include biographical information of NYG&B members from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and religious record transcriptions from six counties in New York and one in New Jersey. Read below for descriptions of the new records and links to search or browse them. 

NYG&B Member Biographies

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, NYG&B members were sent biographical surveys and asked to return them to the society. Most survey responses are handwritten and around four pages long. Some have several pages of supplemental material included.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim, founder of the Guggenheim Museum, was an NYG&B Life Member and can be found in this collection

This collection has been enhanced with an every-name index that includes members and all names mentioned in survey responses. Our collection description contains a full list of typical questions asked. Explore the NYG&B Member Biographies collection to learn about past society members—you may even be related to one! 

Cayuga County Religious Records

Scipio Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

New York State has a rich history of Quakerism since the colonial era. Quakers—also known as the Society of Friends—are spread all across the state and have established many meeting halls over the last couple of centuries. 

One of those meeting halls is documented in this volume, which covers the Society of Friends’ monthly meetings in the town of Scipio in Cayuga County, New York. 

Every month, Quakers from across New York State traveled to Scipio for this event, so this record set will contain more than only residents of Cayuga County. The transcribed records range from 1795 to 1834 and include the names and place of origin of every participant. Search or browse this volume in our Cayuga County Religious Records collection.

St. Peter’s Church, Auburn

These transcribed records from St. Peter’s Church in Auburn, New York include baptisms from 1801 to 1863.

Researchers can search or browse these records in our Cayuga County Religious Records collection.

New York County Religious Records

Canal Street Presbyterian Church

Canal Street Presbyterian Church was founded in 1808 and was known as the Orange Street (modern-day Baxter Street) or Irish Presbyterian Church until it was renamed in 1825. This church dissolved in 1894.

This volume contains baptisms and marriages performed at this church, which span 1816-1831 and 1815-1853, respectively. Researchers can search and browse these records in our New York County Religious Records collection.

Rensselaer County Religious Records 

Park Presbyterian Church, Troy

The Park Presbyterian Church was established in 1853 to serve the southern part of Troy and replace a nearby Presbyterian Church that burned down that spring. 

This volume contains lists of pastors, elders, and deacons as well as registers of communicants, baptisms, marriages, and deaths.

Researchers can search and browse these records in our Rensselaer County Religious Records collection.


A photo of the Park Presbyterian Church
in Troy, found in the volume of transcriptions.
Circa 1920.

New Jersey Religious Records

Clove Dutch Reformed Church of Clove Valley, Wantage

This church was located in Clove Valley, which is close to present-day Sussex.

The Dutch settled the area in 1740 and were soon followed by settlers of English descent from Long Island and New England, as well as Scottish, Irish, and Germans from the south.

The Dutch settlers practiced their religion with ministers from the Minisink until 1787 when they established their own church. In 1817 the congregation merged with the people of Deckerstown to create the first Presbyterian Church of Wantage. 

The transcribed records range from 1785 to 1818 and include baptisms, marriages, and a member list. Search or browse this volume in our New Jersey Religious Records collection. 

Queens County Religious Records

Presbyterian Church in Newtown (now Elmhurst)

These records are transcriptions created for the NYG&B by Arthur White of Elmhurst around 1928. 

The Newtown Presbyterian Church was founded in 1652, but records do not exist until beginning in 1708. Baptisms begin in 1727, marriages in 1709, and deaths in 1728. Unfortunately, there were entire years missing from the original records. There are no records from the Revolutionary War period—the church was badly damaged by the British and the congregation scattered. Records from 1810–1819 are also missing. Researchers can search or browse these records in our Queens County Religious Records collection. 

Westchester County Religious Records

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tuckahoe

St. John's was built in 1798 on land donated from the nearby Bowne homestead. The digitized transcriptions—created and contributed by NYG&B member Innes Getty in 1948—cover 1853–1939. Included are baptisms, marriages, and member lists. 

Researchers can search or browse these records in our Westchester County Religious Records collection. 


A sketch of St. John's Church in Tuckahoe, done by a parishioner around 1850.

Richmond County (Staten Island) Religious Records

Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond, Staten Island

These transcribed baptismal records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond showcase many key inhabitants of Staten Island between 1696-1772. This is an important set of records because it captures Staten Island’s Dutch colonial heritage as well as its French Huguenot roots.

Researchers can search and browse these records in our Richmond County Religious Records collection.

United Brethren Congregation, Commonly Called Moravian Church, Staten Island

The Moravian Church on Staten Island is a development of the establishment of this Bohemian institution in the United States. This church captures the religious and ethnic diversity that exists on Staten Island. 

Included in this transcribed volume are births and baptisms between 1749-1853; marriages between 1764-1863; and deaths and burials between 1758-1828.

Researchers can search and browse these records in our Richmond County Religious Records collection.

St. Andrews Church, Staten Island

Before this church was established, its members attended the Reformed Dutch Church. 

Included in this transcribed volume are births and baptisms between 1752-1795; and marriages between 1754-1808.

Researchers can search and browse these records in our Richmond County Religious Records collection.

About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society


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