The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

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About The Record

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the second oldest genealogical journal in the country and is full of valuable documentation to aid you in your family history research. These volumes span the years 1870 to present day and cover people and events from the seventeenth century and beyond.

You can browse The Record by issue, year or volume by clicking the "browse" button. Clicking the "search" button will bring you to a searchable version of The Record, which comprises of PDF files of the original publication. There you can search across the entire collection by keyword or narrow your search by volume, issue, page number, publication year, or article title.

More About This Collection: 

Published quarterly since 1870 by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is one of the most distinguished genealogical journals in the country.

The journal’s entire run comprises nearly 600 issues and forms the largest single collection of published material on families that lived in New York State.

The Record publishes compiled genealogies documented to the highest standards, transcriptions of original records and other source material from throughout New York State, works that solve genealogical problems, and reviews of important scholarship in the field. An annual index is published as part of every October issue. However, the digital collection presents the index separately as the fifth issue of each volume.

The browsable collection of The Record allows the reader to select an issue and flip through the pages as if reading a book or to go to a specific page. It is comprised of JPG picture files of the original publication and does not allow full-text searching. The available information will vary depending on the nature of your search but you may discover the following:

  • Biographical sketches
  • Family genealogies, including lists of descendants
  • Record transcriptions and abstracts
  • Pedigree charts
  • Local history
  • Notices of life events, such as baptisms and marriages
  • Society proceedings and notes

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