16 Aug

Empire State Exploration (Summer)

Monday, August 16, 2021 - 1:00pm to Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Event Sponsor: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Our popular Empire State Exploration is reimagined for 2021, showing you more ways to uncover your New York ancestors. From the comfort of your home with a very small group (registration is limited), this immersive program includes individual consultations, discussions of research techniques, and social experiences with fellow researchers to advance your New York research. Whether you are just beginning New York research or seeking to answer longstanding New York research questions, our New York experts can help.  

A personal, one-on-one check-in prior to the program will jumpstart your search. And you will get additional personal advice from a New York-expert genealogist during the program. Participants will also get to know the NYG&B team along the way. 

This experience focuses on tracing ancestors from across the entire state of New York, including the New York City area. 


Is April/May 2021 a more preferable time? Sign up for Empire State Exploration (Spring), taking place April 28 – May 1.


  • Check in with NYG&B Staff

August 16 (afternoon)

  • An orientation to New York State and New York City research repositories

August 17 

  • Chat with the NYG&B Team (publications, member services, and more)
  • Online Social with introductions/areas of research
  • Researching Across the State: Survey of Repositories
  • Buffalo and Western New York BECPL by Rhonda Hoffman, Buffalo History Museum and others
  • All day opportunities for individual research; consultant available
  • End of the day online Social

August 18

  • Chat with the NYG&B Team (NYG&B Online Collections, website, and more)
  • New York City Repositories
  • Central New York’s Onondaga County Public Library collections by Holly Sammons
  • Meet the NYG&B Team 
  • End of the day online Social 

August 19

  • Morning coffee break with NYG&B Team
  • All day opportunities for individual research; consultant available 
  • Online Q&A/discussion with the consultants and experts 
  • Tapping New York Public Library Manuscript Collections
  • Featured Regional Repository (determined based on participants interests)  
  • Online social and wrap up

* Schedule subject to change


Registration: $595 

Member registration: $495 

Early member registration: $465 (through July 16) 



Is Empire State Exploration a genealogical conference or institute? No, it is an intimate, “hang out with other researchers” program. The sessions are more free-flowing than conferences or webinars, with the ability to ask questions during most presentations. The program is flexible and can add content relevant to the researchers. There are also ample opportunities to visit “breakout rooms” that will allow you to speak with experts and researchers about specific topics of interest.  

What makes Empire State Exploration different from a seminar or series of webinars? Our experts are available for individual questions and research guidance throughout the program. Time is planned between sessions to do individual research and immediately out into practice techniques learned. And then come back for follow up questions.  

Why is there a pre-program check in? The check in allows us to learn about your research goals and pair you with the best New York expert for your individual consultation. 

What if “Zoom fatigue” sets in during the program? Not a problem at all! Feel free to stop your video and mute, to go top off your coffee or tea and take a break. Most sessions are available on-demand for several weeks after the program.