Empire State Exploration: New York Brick Walls

Monday, June 24 - Wednesday, June 26
via Zoom
Sponsored by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

You’ve run out of online records to research, or the ones you’re searching for aren’t public. Worse yet, the records you need are destroyed. Perhaps you’ve run into maiden name troubles. Or maybe you've come to the end of your American trail and need to look overseas. Just about any family history researcher has hit their own brick wall sometime.

Bring your most difficult New York research problems during this unique and hands-on experience. With the aid of the NYG&B and a guest expert, receive guidance and advice to break down your toughest New York brick walls.

Online sessions include:

  • Individual consultation sessions with expert genealogists Aaron Goodwin and Susan R. Miller
  • Lectures on a range of topics
  • Presentations by special guest lecturers
  • Group Q&A periods

Lecture topics (subject to change):

  • 8 Ways to Resolve Conflicts
  • The Clark Family in New York: A Case Study with D. Joshua Taylor, NYG&B President 

Courses run 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET each day.

Course Fee

  • NYG&B Member Early Registration: $399 – Ends June 7th
  • General Registration: $469

Consultant Bios

Aaron Goodwin is the author of the award-winning New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians. He specializes in New York City research across all time periods, from the Dutch colonial era to the 21st century.

An NYG&B member since 1993, Susan R. Miller oversees the NYG&B’s print and digital publications. She is the editor of the New York Researcher magazine and a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer and the NYG&B county guide series. Susan also presents genealogical lectures on a national, regional, and local basis. Prior to her genealogical career, Susan worked in the sailing industry and for Emigrant Savings Bank in New York City for 23 years. A graduate of Brown University, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and several other genealogical and historical societies.

About Empire State Exploration

The Empire State Exploration program is an ideal interactive experience for tracing New York ancestors online under the guidance of genealogy experts. Participants join a small online group of fellow researchers for three daylong, at-home sessions of guided research and learning. Each online session is held live and features a special guest expert genealogist, lectures, individual consultation sessions, and group Q&A periods. Participants have access to materials for 30 days following the program.

See all 2024 Empire State Exploration courses.