Winter 2019 NY Researcher Issue Now Online

The final issue of volume 30 of the New York Researcher is out and available to read online. The Researcher is one of two quarterly publications NYG&B members receive as a benefit of membership - NYG&B members can expect to receive the print edition of the issue very soon. 

Included in each issue is a letter from NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor. The full text of his letter has been reproduced below - read for a wrap-up of our 150th Anniversary year and a look ahead to the many exciting things in store for 2020. Below that you will find a list of articles in this fantastic final issue of 2019.  

NYG&B members can read all recent issues online after logging in to our website. 

Read The Winter 2019 Issue

From the President

Dear Friends,

What an exciting year 2019 has been for the NYG&B. We traveled across the United States, toured the Netherlands, continued development on our new online records platform, and pressed forward with the final preparations for new publications. It has been a remarkable year, taking time to celebrate our history while looking forward to our future.

A few short weeks ago, our final 150th Anniversary Event featured a fascinating dialogue on the future of genealogy and family history between journalist, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera; genetic genealogist, Blaine Bettinger; and FamilySearch International CEO, Steve Rockwood. While we will share a brief recap of the evening as part of NYG&B Week in January 2020, themes of partnerships, preserving records, and the role of genealogical scholarship filled the evening.

In addition to events, the NYG&B continues to expand its published resources. Our newest title, Tracing Immigrations through the Port of New York: Early National Period to 1924 will arrive in January 2020. Authored by NYG&B Trustee Anne Sibert Buiter the publication is the culmination of more than six years of research and analysis on the subject. Each chapter offers important perspectives and resources for genealogists, historians, biographies, and other researchers exploring immigrants who passed through New York.

In addition to publications, we have focused on new digital developments. This issue of the New York Researcher features a look at the new online records platform (page 91), which is currently undergoing a final phase of testing before its release. With the platform’s launch, we will begin providing access to unique New York collections and improved methods for exploring The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and other datasets. This new resource would not be possible without the support and generosity of the NYG&B community. Because of the generosity of many, millions of New York’s stories will soon be more easily accessible to researchers.

While so many resources are available online, this year has been a reminder of the large number of collections waiting to be uncovered in archives and libraries. Looking ahead, 2020 will offer research trips to Salt Lake City, Albany, and the return of our popular Empire State Exploration tour in New York City. In addition, we will explore the rich history of Northern Ireland and Belfast during our heritage tour there in late April/early May 2020.

The NYG&B relies upon the generosity of members of our community - and the leadership and insight from those who work to promote our mission. I am also pleased to welcome Sharon W. Vaino, JD, to the Board of Trustees. Mrs. Vaino was formerly President General of the Colonial Dames of America and brings a wealth of non-profit experience to the board.

On a final note, thank you for your support of the NYG&B and our mission. The work we do not only helps others discover new ancestors, it builds a strong foundation for future genealogists. Your membership and support enables us to ensure the preservation of New York’s stories.

With gratitude,

D. Joshua Taylor

In This Issue

  • A Gold Mine of Early Land Records: The Holland Land Company in Central New York, By Mack D. “Skip” Duett
  • A Glimpse at the NYG&B’s New Online Records Platform
  • Featured New York County: Franklin County (formed 1808)
  • Did You Know…Past Members of the NYG&B
  • In Memoriam: Robert G. Goelet
  • New Access and Databases
  • The 1869 Circle: A Legacy of Giving
  • Six Things to Look for in a Census Record
  • In Other Lines: Charlotte M. Hix, FGBS, and Henry Z (“Hank”) Jones, Jr., FASG, FGBS
  • In Memoriam: Wilhelmina Rhodes Kelly
  • 2020 New York State Family History Conference
  • Exploring our Past: NYG&B Visits Northern Ireland
  • January NYG&B Week Webinars and Digitization Day.
  • New York Land Records Indexing Project: Update

Click here to read the Winter 2019 Issue

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