04 Feb

Empire State Exploration

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 36 W 44th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10036
Event Sponsor: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Join New York’s largest genealogical society for four days of research in New York City as you uncover your New York ancestors. This experience focuses on tracing ancestors from across the entire state of New York, not just within the New York City area.

With a home base at the NYG&B headquarters, you will be steps away from the NYG&B’s statewide collections at the New York Public Library - and access to experts to guide you along your way.

Empire State Exploration is an ideal setting for those just beginning their search as well as those seeking to answer longstanding New York research questions.

Now is the time to plan your trip! Click here to reserve your spot today. (As of January 31, only commuter places are available).

To learn more about this trip, continue reading - this page contains a detailed schedule, information about where to stay, and a cancellation policy. If you have any questions, email [email protected]


Expert advice before, during, and after your research

A personal, one-on-one consultation will enable you to begin your search immediately, with advice from an expert genealogist at the NYG&B offices.

In addition to social events, the program also includes topical lectures on tracing New York ancestors, using the Record, and other essential topics to help guide you throughout the week.


The world-class repositories of New York City

Based out of the heart of the Big Apple, you will have access to some of the nation’s best repositories for New York research. These repositories, while located in New York City, can be valuable to those with ancestors throughout the Empire State. A few of the facilities you will have easy access to include:

  • The New York Public Library (NYPL)
  • The New-York Historical Society,
  • The Center for Jewish History
  • The National Archives at New York City
  • The many county and borough repositories for the New York City area.

View our Guide to New York Metro Area Repositories for more repositories available, or to read details about any of the above. 


Specialized assistance

Looking for more specialized assistance during your week? Additional consultations will be available for a small fee to program participants.

Please note that this trip does not include individual tours of all the research repositories, though a general orientation to the resources available at the major repositories will be given Monday morning.


New in 2019: FamilySearch Affiliate Library Access

The NYG&B has recently become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which means researchers will be able to view special limited-access databases and online collections on familysearch.org from our offices in Manhattan. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and you'll be able to search online records available only available at Affiliate Libraries. 



Sunday Arrive in New York City
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Continental breakfast, followed by an orientation to New York State and New York City research repositories
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Individual Consultations at the NYG&B and research at the NYPL
6:00 p.m. Reception at the NYG&B
All Day Independent research and consultations
NYG&B offices open 8:15am to 6:00pm
9:30 a.m.  Optional Lecture at the NYG&B
* Please note, NYPL is open until 7:45 pm
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Light dinner at the NYG&B
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Independent research and consultations

NYG&B offices open 8:15am to 6:00pm
*Please note, NYPL is open until 7:45 pm

9:30 a.m. Optional Lecture at the NYG&B.
  Open evening
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Independent research and optional
NYG&B offices open 9:00am to 5:00pm
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Wrap-up lunch at the NYG&B

Where to stay

Visiting New York City? Hotel options include accommodations one block from the NYG&B’s headquarters Sunday through Wednesday night. Participants may extend their stay at the group rate. Local to New York City? Commuter options are also available.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to and including sixty days before the event are subject to an administrative fee. Cancellations later than sixty days prior to the event are not refundable. No partial refunds are given if the registrant does not complete the event.



  • Early member commuter registration $725 (through November 30)
  • Early member hotel registration $1285 (through November 30)*


  • Member commuter registration $925 (after November 30)
  • Member hotel registration $1485 (after November 30)*


  • Non-member commuter registration $1145
  • Non-member hotel registration $1685*

*King room. Double room for non-researchers at an additional $150 charge during registration.


Click here to register