10 Feb

Empire State Exploration 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 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

Our popular Empire State Exploration returns in 2020 for four days of uncovering your New York ancestors. 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 and those seeking to answer longstanding New York research questions.

Special access to data not yet released in the NYG&B Online Collections will be available to participants in the program.

This experience focuses on tracing ancestors from across the entire state of New York, not just within the New York City area.

There are only a few spots left, now is the time to plan your trip! Click here to reserve your spot today.

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 education@nygbs.org


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 a New York-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. You can access millions of additional records on FamilySearch.org with the NYG&B’s Affiliate Library status and will also easily visit some of the nation’s best repositories for New York research including the New York Public Library (NYPL), the New York Historical Society, the Center for Jewish History, the National Archives at New York City and county and borough repositories for the New York City area.


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.


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.

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.


Program Schedule (subject to change)


Arrive in New York City



Continental breakfast, followed by an orientation to New York State and New York City research repositories



Individual Consultations at the NYG&B and research at the NYPL.


6:00–7:00 pm

Light dinner at the NYG&B


All Day



Independent research and consultations
NYG&B offices open 8:15 am to 6:00 pm

Optional Lecture at the NYG&B

*Please note, NYPL is open until 7:45 pm






6:30–7:30 pm

Independent research and consultations

*Please note, NYPL is open until 7:45 pm

NYG&B offices open 8:15 am to 6:00 pm

Optional Lecture at the NYG&B

Reception at the NYG&B



12:30–2:30 pm

Independent research and optional consultations
NYG&B offices open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wrap-up lunch at the NYG&B



Member commuter registration $925

Member hotel registration $1485 (after November 30)*

Non-member commuter registration $1145

Non-member hotel registration $1685*

*King room. Double room at an additional charge.


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