New York City’s Municipal Archives Guide is an Award Winner

We're proud to announce the recognition of Aaron Goodwin, author of the NYG&B’s New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians by the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

Last week Goodwin received the "Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources" from NGS for the groundbreaking guide to New York City’s archives published by the NYG&B last year. To celebrate this accomplishment, we're offering free shipping on this book, which can be purchased only through the NYG&B online store, through June 1, 2017! 

The award, which is given each year for a “specific, significant single contribution…that serves to foster scholarship and/or advances or promotes excellence in genealogy,” recognizes the quality of his work and the importance of the publication’s mission to make the records of New York City’s Municipal Archives more accessible to researchers.

New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians spotlights numerous collections that assist researchers in discovering and preserving the stories of New York’s families – both past and present. The work was commissioned by the NYG&B in 2015 and since its release has benefited thousands of researchers across the country as they prepare to visit one of the world’s largest municipal archives.

The Municipal Archives houses a wide variety of records, and an entire chapter of the book is dedicated to each collection:

  • Vital Records (1795–1949)
  • Coroner and Office of Chief Medical Examiner Records (1823–1955)
  • City Cemetery Burials (1872–1980s)
  • Bodies in Transit (1859–1953)
  • Civil War Volunteer Soldiers' Family Aid Fund (1861–1867)
  • Almshouse Records (1758–1953)
  • Assessed Valuation of Real Estate (1699–1979)
  • Department of Buildings (1866–1970s)
  • Property Cards (1939–1990s)
  • Farm Histories [Dutch period–mid-1800s]
  • New Amsterdam Records of the Dutch Colonial Era (1642–1674)
  • Common Council/City Council Records (1675–1977)
  • Court Records (1683/4–1987)
  • Old Town Records (1644–1898)
  • Richmond County Clerk Records (1706–1947)
  • Censuses [City and State]
  • City Directories and Civic Directories (1802–1988/89)
  • WPA Federal Writers' Project New York City Unit (1935–1943)
  • Photography Collections (1850–2013)

“Congratulations to Aaron and the entire NYG&B team for this remarkable accomplishment,” remarked D. Joshua Taylor, president of the NYG&B. “For two years in a row NYG&B publications have been recognized for a leading role in discovering, sharing, and preserving the stories of New York’s families, and we look forward to continuing that mission for many years to come.”

Congratulations once again to Aaron for winning this award, and for all of his hard work in producing a book that is so valuable to anyone researching their New York family.