Work is underway on a guide to New York’s state archives

NEW YORK CITY – April 27, 2018

The NYG&B, New York’s oldest and largest genealogical organization, is spearheading the key publication.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has begun work on a guide to the New York State Archives, designed specifically for genealogists, local historians, and other researchers.

The groundbreaking publication is being produced in cooperation with the New York State Archives and will be authored by professional genealogist Jane E. Wilcox.

The publication will feature more than 20 chapters outlining numerous materials from the New York State Archives collections key for tracing New York families.

Ms. Wilcox, a member of the New York State Archives Advisory Committee and the NYG&B Family History Advisory Committee, brings a wealth of experience to the project. A full-time professional genealogist and the founder of Forget-Me-Not Ancestry, Ms. Wilcox focuses on colonial and early national New York and area research.

“We are grateful that the NYG&B is working to improve access to and awareness of the collections of the New York State Archives,” said New York State Archivist Thomas Ruller.

The publication follows two award-winning NYG&B titles, the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, recently released as a revised edition in two comprehensive volumes and the New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians released in 2016.

D. Joshua Taylor, President of the NYG&B noted the importance of the project and its “careful alignment to the NYG&B’s mission of providing resources to those seeking to discover and share the stories of all New Yorkers.”

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving local history throughout New York, is onboard as the project’s platinum sponsor. “We are grateful for the Pomeroy Foundation’s extraordinary support of this project,” noted Taylor.

More State Archives Resources

If you can't wait to learn more about research at the New York State Archives, the NYG&B has some resources worth exploring. 

Every year, we run a Research in Albany Tour, where attendees have the chance to research in person at the State Archives and State Library, with guidance and assistance from our experts. 

We also have a webinar Searching for Genealogical Information in the New York State Library and New York State Archives Online Catalog, taught by two librarians from the New York State Library. 

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. 

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