We recently unveiled a restored stained
glass window, now at our offices in New 
York City - the window has been a part
of the NYG&B for decades.

January 8 - 12, 2018 was our second annual NYG&B Week!

We had some very special events take place at our offices in New York City, and we hosted six expert-led webinars over the course of five days. 

The live broadcast of each webinar was free and open to the public, and NYG&B members can access to on-demand recordings in our webinar library.

This year's event lineup included a diverse array of topics that zeroed-in on some of the most important subjects to learn about, both for New York researchers and general genealogy enthusiasts.

Read on for a brief description of each event and a link to watch the recording.

If you missed NYG&B Week, make sure to sign up for our free email newsletter below. The NYG&B eNews is delivered to your inbox only twice a month, and has the most up-to-date news and tips about New York records and genealogy. It also contains announcements about webinars, online Q&A sessions, and other events that are free and open to the public. 

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Meryl Schumacker

Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy (Webinar)

In this online webinar, the NYG&B’s Genealogist-in-Residence will share essential techniques for tracing your Jewish ancestry.

Meryl Schumacker is a genealogist, writer, and the NYG&B’s Genealogist-in-Residence.

She earned her Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and completed continuing education at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia.

NYG&B members can access an on-demand replay of Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy



Scottish DNA and Genealogy

The NYG&B and New York Caledonian Club welcomed Living DNA as our special guests for an evening of talks about DNA, genetic genealogy, and Scottish genealogy.

In the first talk, given by Living DNA, the audience heard about currently available DNA tests for individuals and how these tests can apply to learning about your recent cousins and your deep ancestry. This lecture focused heavily on DNA from the British Isles, with an emphasis on Scotland. 

The second talk, presented by NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor, discussed foundational elements of Scottish genealogy from a more traditional, documentary evidence perspective. 

Thanks to everyone who attended! If you missed this event and will be in the New York City area in April, you might be interested in attending All the Scottish Genealogy Sources You Didn't Know You Needed to Know, with Dr. Bruce Durie. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

If you're interested in more genetic genealogy resources, you can also sign up for our upcoming webinar: Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries, with Dr. Blaine T. Bettinger. 

We were thrilled to host Living DNA, who gave a fascinating talk on Scottish DNA and genealogy. 


German Names and Naming Patterns (Webinar)

The naming patterns and quirks that are found in German names range from needing to "look in the middle" for first names to dealing with families who used the identical name for surviving children.

This webinar will demystify these and other potential problems. 

James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania.

NYG&B members can access an on-demand replay of German Names and Naming Patterns


Dual Citizenship: Italy and Ireland (Webinar)

Melissa A. Johnson, CG, is a board-certified genealogist, writer, and editor. She specializes in Italian-American and Irish-American dual citizenship, with a focus on New Jersey and New York City ancestral families.

In addition to dual citizenship services, Melissa’s research specialties include New Jersey and New York City from the colonial period to the present, British families in the U.S. and abroad, using DNA to solve genealogical problems, and genealogical writing, editing, and publishing.

NYG&B members can access an on-demand replay of Dual Citizenship: Italy and Ireland


One of the record set's we're currently digitizing are 
transcriptions of Trinity Church records. 

Click here to watch a video demonstration.

Digitization Day

Our Indexing and Digitization efforts in 2017 were amazing! Hundreds of volunteers - at our offices in Manhattan and across the country via the internet - spent hours hard at work, and exceeded even our wildest expectations.

Launched in 2017, the New York Digitization and Indexing Project aims to place thousands of records from across the state of New York online. The project is specifically focused on gathering, digitizing, and indexing records from New York's local towns and counties.

We're currently digitizing vertical files from the Holland Society, and transcriptions of Trinity Church records. Watch a video of Susan R. Miller demonstrating the digitization process.

This event kicked off our second year of continuous digitization and was a fantastic success - with enough help, we can add these collections to our eLibrary in 2018! 

Visit our events calendar to see when the next digitization day is scheduled. 


A Look at 2018 and 2019 for the NYG&B (Webinar)

Join NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor as he gives a sneak peek into our big and exciting plans for 2018 and 2019. 

Both members and non-members may watch a replay of A Look at 2018 and 2019 for the NYG&B.


David E. Rencher

Irish Church Records: Church of Ireland─ Presbyterian─ Catholic (Webinar)

This webinar combines information about the time period, content and record availability of records for the three major religions in Ireland - Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian. Additional information on some of the non-conformist sects is also included. 

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. He is both an Accredited GenealogistCM and a Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

NYG&B members can access an on-demand replay of Irish Church Records: Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, and Catholic




Tim Pinnick

Examining African American Migrations (Webinar)

This webinar will explore African American migrations large and small, along with many of the factors that spurred movement.

Oftentimes genealogists are faced with the perplexing movements of their ancestors. Armed with a better understanding of black migrations, researchers can increase their ability to explain inexplicable moves and solve lingering mysteries.

Tim Pinnick is a book author, article writer, and national speaker with more than 30 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories.

He is an associate instructor in the biennial “Researching African American Ancestors” course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

NYG&B members can access an on-demand replay of Examining African American Migrations

If you're interested in this webinar, you may be interested in another upcoming event we're hosting at Columbia University, in partnership with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society: The Andrew Williams Family of Seneca Village: A Case Study of African American Research in New York

Thanks to everyone who participated in NYG&B Week! To keep up to date with all things New York genealogy, make sure to sign up for our eNews, or consider becoming a member for access to all of our on-demand webinars and a lot more! 

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About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The NYG&B's Publications have won
back-to-back Awards of Excellence from
the National Genealogical Society 
in 2016 and 2017.

Since 1869, the NYG&B's 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. 

To learn more or join us, please visit our member benefits page


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