NY State Family History Conference: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the 2022 New York State Family History Conference?

Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked by those attending or interested in purchasing a pass.

We are very excited to be returning for our first in-person conference since 2018 and we hope to see you in Albany or have you join us from home!


Q: Why should I attend NYSFHC? 

NYSFHC is New York’s only statewide family history event, with plenty of informational sessions about New York, family history, and genealogy.

If you have interest in your family history or that of others in New York, NYSFHC is a fantastic way to improve your researching ability. You will meet people with varying degrees of experience—those just starting their research journey to professional genealogists. We hope you will be with us too. 

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Q: What will the sessions cover and what will I learn? 

We have more than 50 sessions total at this year’s conference, split up between five topics and tracks:

  • All About New York
  • Methods & Tools
  • Migration
  • New York & Beyond
  • People & Places.

Each of these sessions are brought to you by experts on the topic and/or New York. 

Each session has materials created by the presenter, that’s the syllabus/handout.

Often the materials contain links to online resources, or a listing of articles and books to dig deeper into the topic discussed. The syllabus/session materials are available to all registrants as a downloadable PDF for your ongoing reference. 

Q: How do I watch sessions with the NYSFHC @ Home pass? 

The NYSFHC @ Home Pass livestream runs from Thursday, September 8 to Saturday, September 10 so those at home can take part in the sessions and events during the in-person conference. Simply log into the conference site for access.

Click here to see the livestream schedule for the conference.

On Monday, September 12, the on-demand sessions become available with the recordings of the livestreamed sessions being added a few days later. 

With the NYSFHC @ Home pass, you will be able to enjoy more than 40 sessions at your leisure, download handouts and syllabi, and take part in our online forum and expo space until the conference pass ends on October 17. 

Q: Can I change my pass from NYSFHC @ Home to an in-person ticket? 

Yes! If you would like to join us in person and have already purchased a NYSFHC @ Home pass, please call us at (212) 755-8532 for further information.

You will be charged the difference between your NYSFHC @ Home pass and the current NYSFHC pass price. 

Q: What can I do in Albany aside from attending NYSFHC sessions? 

Albany is home to wonderful research resources, including the New York State Archives and New York State Library.

It may be difficult to visit these during the conference, but we recommend taking some time before and/or after the conference to visit.

There will also be a handful of events at the conference, including New York Stories night on Friday and local entertainment during lunches and meals. 

Museums and historic homes abound in the Albany vicinity like the Ten Broeck and Schyuler mansions, Underground Railroad Education Center, and Albany Rural Cemetery are just a few places to visit.

Plan tours and itineraries on the Discover Albany website. Genealogists and researchers may be particularly interested in exploring Albany's cultural heritage

Q: What is New York Stories Night? 

New York Stories Night will feature entertaining and enlightening stories from across the state told by members of the NYG&B’s community on video.

If you are participating from home, enjoy the livestream with your favorite beverage and join the chat. 

Q: How can I help at NYSFHC 2022? 

Volunteers are an important part of making sure the conference runs smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering to help us at the conference, please contact the NYG&B Team at aking@nygbs.org

Q: What opportunities are there to network with other attendees? 

Everyone attending in Albany is invited to join us for a welcome reception Thursday night at 5:00 pm, for New York Stories Night Friday at 6:00 pm, and for the closing reception Saturday at 4:00 pm. All these events are free and are a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with other attendees. 

We strongly encourage all NYSFHC @ Home participants to visit the NYSFHC Forums, a place where attendees can talk to each other, ask questions of presenters, and chat with Expo Space exhibitors. 

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Want to learn more about the 2022 New York State Family History Conference? Email us at education@nygbs.org, call our office at (212) 755-8532.

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