Digitize New York

The NYG&B’s Digitize New York initiative seeks to empower and educate communities across New York State in the preservation of at-risk historical documents.

Many historical societies, churches, and town hall offices as well as researchers hold at-risk documents that they are unable to digitize because of lack of staff or financial resources.

To help preserve important records and improve access for people conducting New York family history research, the NYG&B launched the Digitize New York initiative in 2023. Through this initiative, the NYG&B is partnering with organizations across New York State to digitize these records and make them available online. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation first supported Digitize New York through a pilot preservation and outreach project in Central New York.

Organizations can either submit their records for preservation at one of the NYG&B’s Digitization Centers or request a digitization kit that empowers them to preserve and upload records at their own sites—at no cost to participating organizations.

By the Numbers 

  • 88,000+ images scanned
  • 51,000+ corrected and enhanced images
  • 1,100+ volunteer hours logged
  • 11 counties represented

Our Digitization Centers

New York City cityscape photo

Opened in 2021 thanks to generous donor support, the New York City Digitization Center is located at the NYG&B’s office in midtown Manhattan. Materials are scanned, digitally preserved, and uploaded online to an ever-growing collection of New York historical records.

Syracuse cityscape photo on the water

With generous additional funding from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the Central New York Digitization Center is slated to open in Syracuse in 2024—doubling the NYG&B’s capacity to preserve and make available historical records.

Submit a Project

If your organization has at-risk records and would like to participate, submit a project application request via the button below. For further questions, see our FAQs below or contact DigitizeNY@nygbs.org.

Support Digitize New York

Help us support Digitize New York and expand it across New York State.

Donate Today

If you or your organization are interested in further supporting Digitize New York, please contact DigitizeNY@nygbs.org.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our Digitization Centers, please contact volunteer@nygbs.org.

New Releases from Digitize New York

Church of the Transfiguration

Added April 2024

Onondaga Cemetery Records

Added April 2024

All Releases

Have questions about Digitize New York? Please contact DigitizeNY@nygbs.org.