45 reasons to attend the New York State Family History Conference

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:15pm

The 2018 New York State Family History Conference features a program full of fascinating classes that will improve your research skills and teach you all about the most important online record sets and genealogy repositories.

It's a fantastic place to learn from experts in the field, who will equip you with the tools to make more discoveries in your family history research. 

Attendees look forward to more than just the 45 expert-led sessions - there is a vibrant exhibit hall, pre-conference tours and workshops, and lunches, dinners, and receptions where you can connect with fellow genealogy researchers with an interest in New York State families. 

There are many reasons to attend the conference - for more information on everything NYSFHC, head over to the conference website, nysfhc.org.

Remember, early-bird discounts end after May 31, so reserve your spot for the lowest price possible today. 

Each lecture itself is a reason to attend NYSFHC - read on for an overview of the lectures, organized by category.

See the conference program to determine the date and time of each lecture. 


D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is President of the 
NYG&B, a nationally known genealogical author
and lecturer, and a host of Genealogy Roadshow.
He will be teaching two courses at NYSFHC 2018.

New York

Courting the Empire State: New York’s Early Court Records, Judy G. Russell

Outstanding Long Island Research Repositories and Resources, Terry Koch-Bostic

New York Records and Resources at FamilySearch.org, Cherie Bush, FamilySearch

30 Resources for Tracing New Englanders in New York, D. Joshua Taylor, NYG&B

Researching New York Dutch Families, Henry B. Hoff, NEHGS

Turnpikes, Canals, and Railroads: Transportation and Migration in New York State, Karen Mauer Jones (sponsored by the Capital District Genealogical Society)

African-American Families in The Hills Community, 1830–1890s, Westchester County, NY, Edythe Ann Quinn

Pre-1850 New York City Methodology, Meryl Schumacker, NYG&B

Small Footprint, Big Apple: Researching Ancestors of Meager Means and even Less Fame in 18th Century NYC, Judith A. Herbert

Navigating NYG&B Member Resources for New York Genealogy, Frederick Wertz and Susan R. Miller, NYG&B


New York Repositories and Websites

New York State Archives Content Digitized by Ancestry.com, Presented by the New York State Archives

Outstanding Long Island Research Repositories and Resources, Terry Koch-Bostic

Uncharted Waters: Diving into the Holdings of the New York State Archives, Jane E. Wilcox

A Tour of Upstate New York Genealogical Research Repositories: Some Gems, Jane E. Wilcox

Westchester County Archives, Jackie Graziano, Westchester County Archives, Interviewed by Fred Wertz, NYG&B

Genealogy Resources at the Center for Jewish History, J.D. Arden, Center for Jewish History

Lesser-Known Collections at the NYC Municipal Archives, Susan R. Miller, NYG&B

Chancery Court Records Held at the New York State Archives, Presented by the New York State Archives


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A genealogist with a law degree, Judy
G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a lecturer,
educator and writer. She authors the 
popular blog, The Legal Genealogist 
and will be teaching four classes

United States

Using Ancestry.com’s Records Online, D. Joshua Taylor, NYG&B

Unlocking Roman Catholic Records on Findmypast, Jen Baldwin, Findmypast

More than Just Names: Advanced US Census Research, Judy G. Russell

Genealogy and Maps, Philip Sutton, New York Public Library

They Became American: Our Ancestor’s Naturalization, Jen Baldwin, Findmypast

Happily (N)ever After: Using Divorce Records, Michael Provard, FamilySearch

New Jersey’s Early Land Records: Unprecedented Access to Colonial Sources, Joseph R. Klett, New Jersey State Archives (sponsored by the Genealogical Society of New Jersey)

MyHeritage’s Powerful and Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries, Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage


DNA and Genetic Genealogy

DNA Testing for Genealogy: The Basics,  Janine Cloud, Family Tree DNA

DNA 101: From Taking the Test to Understanding the Results, Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage

Behind the Scenes of DNA Testing and Living DNA David Nicholson and Katie Welka, Living DNA

Plenary Session: The Future of Family History and DNA, David Nicholson and Katie Welka, Living DNA

Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches? Blaine T. Bettinger (sponsored by the Central New York Genealogical Society)

Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a DNA
specialist and creator of the popular blog, 
The Genetic Genealogist. He has authored
several books on the subject as well, and
will be teaching three classes at NYSFHC. 

Tracing Your European Ancestry, David Nicholson and Katie Welka, Living DNA

Y-DNA and the Peopling of Europe, Jim Brewster, Family Tree DNA

DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard, Blaine T. Bettinger (sponsored by the Central New York Genealogical Society)​

Shared Matches and Genetic Networks, Blaine T. Bettinger (sponsored by the Central New York Genealogical Society)​

The Science of Genetic Genealogy, David Nicholson and Katie Welka, Living DNA



Copyright Mythconceptions, Judy G. Russell

Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion, Thomas W. Jones

Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How, Thomas W. Jones

Writ in Stone: Cemeteries and Genealogy, Judy G. Russell

Using Geo-Tech Tools to Answer New York Research Questions, Frederick Wertz, NYG&B

Writing Your Family History, Kyle Hurst, NEHGS/Newbury Press

Solve Research Problems Using Surname Variants & Surname Mapping Tools, Terry Koch-Bostic 

Genealogy in Context: Using History to Find (more than just) Family Facts, Susan Kriete, New York Public Library

Finding Your Own Jewish Roots, Lauren Orenstein, (sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society)


Click here to learn more about NYSFHC 2018


NYSFHC 2018 sponsors and conference participants

Many thanks to the sponsors of the New York State Family History Conference:

  • Living DNA
  • FamilySearch
  • Findmypast
  • MyHeritage
  • Family Tree DNA 
  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society

We would also like to thank the following organizations for their participation in the conference: 

  • The Central New York Genealogical Society
  • Capital District Genealogical Society
  • New York Public Library
  • New York State Archives
  • Center for Jewish History
  • Genealogical Society of New Jersey
  • Jewish Genealogical Society
  • Westchester County Archives
  • Westchester County Historical Society


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Award for Excellence in 2016, and is now
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About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

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.​