Upcoming Free Webinars

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 10:00am

As the nation and the world grapple with the profound impact of COVID-19, the NYG&B’s top priority remains the health and safety of our community.

Our physical offices will remain closed until at least April 15, 2020. However, our team is working remotely and is available by phone and email to continue supporting our members. The new Online Records Platform (currently in beta) is always open, providing access to numerous collections, including enhanced access to the complete archive of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
 
During March and April 2020 the NYG&B will be offering free live webinars for our community. We are grateful for the many speakers who will join us for the series, anchored by the NYG&B team. For the complete schedule of events and instructions for registering, read below. We look forward to having you join us for one (or all) of these virtual events.

Please note this schedule is subject to change. 

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Upcoming Webinars

PERSI Across the Generations

Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 pm ET  |  Presented by Jen Baldwin

PERSI is an outstanding resource and we can utilize it for every generation on our family tree. Learn the basics of PERSI and application of powerful filters to find the context of each of your ancestor’s lifespans. 

About our speaker: Jen Baldwin is the North American Data Acquisition Manager, and Project Manager, Catholic Heritage Archive, Findmypast. She writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of genealogy topics.

Click here to download the PDF handout.

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Online Family Trees: Avoiding Pitfalls and Maximizing Possibilities (rebroadcast)

Thursday, April 9, 2:00 pm ET  |  Presented by D. Joshua Taylor

Many genealogists are well aware of the drawbacks of using online family trees. Explore tips to analyze their contents, use trees effectively, and verify their contents. 

About our speaker: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized speaker and author on genealogy and family history. Passionate about the diverse and dynamic field of genealogy, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B).

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Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups and Religions

Monday, April 13, 1:00 pm ET  |  Presented by Jane E. Wilcox

The Hudson (North) River valley was an ethnic and religious melting pot long before the late nineteenth century immigrant influx. Find out who was in New York in the beginning. You will be surprised!

About our speaker: Jane E. Wilcox is a professional genealogist in Albany, NY, a NY State Archives Advisory Committee member, and author of the forthcoming NYG&B guide to the NY State Archives. 

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PERSI Across the Generations (rebroadcast)

Wednesday, April 15, 3:00 pm ET  |  Presented by Jen Baldwin

PERSI is an outstanding resource and we can utilize it for every generation on our family tree. Learn the basics of PERSI and application of powerful filters to find the context of each of your ancestor’s lifespans. 

About our speaker: Jen Baldwin is the North American Data Acquisition Manager, and Project Manager, Catholic Heritage Archive, Findmypast. She writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of genealogy topics.

Click here to download the PDF handout.

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The NYG&B: Who We Are, What We Do, and How We Can Help You

Thursday, April 16, 4:00 pm ET  |  Presented by the NYG&B Team

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society offers so much more than webinars. Meet key staff members, learn about the resources that can help you with your own family history, and discover how you can support the genealogical community.

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Beginning Your African American Genealogy Journey (rebroadcast)

Friday, April 17, 2:00 pm ET  |  Presented by Kenyatta Berry

Join Kenyatta for a 45-minute webinar on beginning African American Genealogy. Kenyatta will discuss breaking down the 1870 Brick wall, Enslaved Genealogy, Reconstruction, DNA and sharing your story. Attendees will walk away with resources for African American Genealogy, understand the impact of slavery on discovering your ancestry and how DNA can help in your research.  

About our speaker: Kenyatta is a Contributor to the groundbreaking “1619 Project” published by the New York Times. She is the 2019 Honorary Chair for Preservation Week and was recently named a “Newsmaker” in American Libraries magazine a publication of the American Library Association. . . . Read more

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Identifying and Examining DNA Outliers

Monday, April 20, 4:00 pm ET  |  Presented by Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

The amount of DNA shared by two people with a specific genealogical connection can vary considerably. The Shared cM Project attempts to identify these ranges by collecting information from thousands of example relationships. However, sometimes we find shared DNA amounts that don’t fit the expected relationship. Does this mean the expected relationship is incorrect, or that it is truly an outlier? Together we will examine the methodologies used to examine possible outlier situations.

About our speaker: Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

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Fair Work: Labor Unions and Your Ancestor

Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 pm ET  |  Presented by Jennifer Baldwin

Labor and work have been in question since the first colonies were established on our eastern shores. Developing a greater understanding for how labor unions effected American history - and your ancestor - can lead to highly valuable genealogical material.

About our presenter: Jen Baldwin writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of genealogy topics and has a passion for uncovering the many layers of life as our ancestors experienced it. She is especially interested in ways in which people gathered: religious history, fraternal organizations, and social movements. She currently works for Findmypast in their content team as the Data Acquisition Manager, North America.

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Genealogy Resources of the Daughters of the American Revolution (rebroadcast)

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm ET  Presented by: D. Joshua Taylor 

For those tracing ancestors in the United States before 1850, the resources of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are essential. This session explores online and onsite tools for every genealogical researcher. This webinar will be a rebroadcast of a webinar in the NYG&B Webinar Library.

About our speaker: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized speaker and author on genealogy and family history. Passionate about the diverse and dynamic field of genealogy, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B).

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Uncle Andrew was a Stamp Deputy for the Federal Government

Friday, April 24, 1:00 pm ET  Presented by: J. Mark Lowe

Discover these great resources filled with information about Federal Agents, Clerks and more Using the Register of Officers and Agents, Civil military, and Naval in the Service of the US and other records available to researchers today. 

About our presenter: J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR [GA] and has directed the Southern courses for the SLIG [UT].

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Discover Unique Family Connections to Southerners Living in New York

Wednesday, May 6, 3:00 pm ET  Presented by: J. Mark Lowe

In the late 1890s, a group of Tennesseans living in New York gathered together to form a small societal organization. All were graduates of the state university and wished to maintain their friendships in a large, diverse place. Thus was formed a luncheon group called the N.Y.U.T. Club (New York – University of Tennessee Club). This expanded to a group of societies focused on every Southern state and many non-Southern states and International communities. 

About our presenter: J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR [GA] and has directed the Southern courses for the SLIG [UT].

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Please note: Handouts are only available during the live sessions and cannot be emailed later.

Before You Click: Developing an Online Research Plan

Tuesday, March 17, 4:00 pm ET   Presented by D. Joshua Taylor

Eager to make your online research more effective? Examine ways to sort, organize, and prepare for your time spent online – including preparing to research at commercial websites, genealogical society databases, and other online collections.  

Click here to download the handout

About our speaker: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized speaker and author on genealogy and family history. 

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The Many Benefits of NYG&B Membership

Wednesday, March 18, 3:30 pm ET Presented by Jennifer A. Davis

Are you taking full advantage of your NYG&B membership? Membership gives you access not only to The Record and New York Researcher but on-demand webinars, discounts on products, and access to online records. Join Jen Davis, Director of Development and Membership, for a look at the many benefits of membership to make sure you are not missing out!  

About our speaker: Jennifer A. Davis is the NYG&B Director of Development and Membership. Ms. Davis has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and volunteer engagement across a variety of organizations. 

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Indexing New York: The New York Land Records Project

Thursday, March 19, 6:00 pm ET Presented by Susan R. Miller

Learn about one of the largest volunteer indexing project in New York State. This mammoth project indexes the grantor, grantee, mortgagor, and mortgagee clerks indexes. A project overview precedes detailed instructions on the indexing process. 

About our speaker: A NYG&B member since 1993, Sue is the Director of Programs; editor of the NYG&B’s award-winning magazine the New York Researcher; and was a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer. . . . Read more

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Mapping Your New York Ancestors

Friday, March 20, 12:00 pm   Presented by Frederick Wertz

Learn to use maps and online mapping tools to discover more and share the story of your New York ancestors. Maps can be used to discover new record sets to investigate and can also help to fill in some fascinating details about the lives of your ancestors. Researchers can also use many of the free online mapping tools available today to tell the story of their family in an exciting new way. We’ll take a look at some crucial methods and tools, while exploring some interesting examples from around New York State. This webinar will be a rebroadcast of a webinar in the NYG&B Webinar Library

About our speaker: Fred is the NYG&B Director of Digital Services, and has experience with GIS software in a variety of disciplines. He has a Master's Degree in History from Fordham University.

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Strategic Searching on Findmypast

Tuesday, March 24, 5:00 pm ET  |  Presented by Jennifer Baldwin

Explore Findmypast, its records and features, and gain valuable best practices and research tricks along the way. Make the most of your research time by using the site wisely. 

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About our speaker: Jen Baldwin is the North American Data Acquisition Manager, and Project Manager, Catholic Heritage Archive, Findmypast. She writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of genealogy topics.

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How to Find New York State Death Certificates

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm ET  Presented by Susan R. Miller

When and where did my New York ancestor die? Often this is the first research question we ask. Learn when and where to find a death certificate for an ancestor from New York from the late-1800s to the 1960s.

About our speaker: A NYG&B member since 1993, Sue is the Director of Programs; editor of the NYG&B’s award-winning magazine the New York Researcher; and was a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer. . . . Read more

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Introducing the NYG&B's Online Records Platform

Monday, March 30, 3:00 pm ET  |  Presented by Frederick Wertz

Explore the NYG&B's new online records platform with NYG&B's Director of Digital Services, Frederick Wertz. This webinar will feature a tour of the new platform and its key features, including new ways to uncover The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and other essential online collections.  

About our speaker: Fred is the NYG&B Director of Digital Services, and led the development of the Online Records Platform. He has a Master's Degree in History from Fordham University. 

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Online Family Trees: Avoiding Pitfalls and Maximizing Possibilities

Tuesday, March 31, 12:00 pm ET  |  Presented by D. Joshua Taylor

Many genealogists are well aware of the drawbacks of using online family trees. Explore tips to analyze their contents, use trees effectively, and verify their contents. 

About our speaker: D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized speaker and author on genealogy and family history. Passionate about the diverse and dynamic field of genealogy, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B).

Click here to watch a replay

Finding and Accessing New York State Birth Certificates: 1880s through the early-1900s

Thursday, April 2, 3:00 pm ET  |  Presented by Susan R. Miller

“I need my ancestor’s birth certificate!” is an often-heard plea. Learn when and how births were recorded by New York State from the late-1800s on, and how to obtain extant copies. And we’ll discuss a few strategies for when one doesn’t exist or can’t be found.

About our speaker: A NYG&B member since 1993, Sue is the Director of Programs; editor of the NYG&B’s award-winning magazine the New York Researcher; and was a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.

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More Recorded Webinars

NYG&B members have access to on-demand replays of past webinars. Visit the NYG&B Webinar Library to browse available titles. If you're not a member of the NYG&B you can join for immediate access. 

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About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society


The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is 
a registered 501(c)(3) organization devoted to 
preserving, documenting, and sharing the history of
New York State families. Read more about our mission.  

Since 1869, our 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