Research in Albany Tour 2019
Join the NYG&B for the annual Research in Albany tour, featuring three days of assisted research and genealogical camaraderie with the people who know New York best.
Research at the New York's top repositories: The New York State Library and the Archives are both rich in material available nowhere else that pertains to people who have lived throughout New York State.
Research assistance from experts: Participants complete a research questionnaire before the trip, and our expert consultants provide feedback on not only their questions but how to focus the research itself.
Bond with like-minded genealogy enthusiasts: It's fun to research with a group! Share tips and discoveries in the stacks, and socialize and network at our group meals, receptions, and outings.
This trip routinely sells out, so we recommend reserving your spot as early as possible. NYG&B members receive an early bird discount for registration through May 31, 2019.
We open the tour with a group breakfast on Wednesday morning, and then proceed to the Archives and Library for orientation.
Social gatherings afford an opportunity to network with other researchers and professional genealogists.
The program includes:
- Orientation breakfast on Wednesday morning, November 11
- Orientation to the New York State Archives and the New York State Library by staff experts
- A private consultation with a professional genealogist and follow up as needed
- Access to professional genealogists for all three days of the program
- Wednesday and Thursday pre-dinner gatherings
- Buffet breakfast on Thursday and Friday
- Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton
Access to experts the entire trip
One of the best features of the research tour has not changed - the research questionnaire participants complete before the trip and expert guidance they receive before and during researching in Albany.
As an attendee, you will fill out a detailed questionaire about your research, research goals, and research questions that you plan to investigate.
Our expert consultants review your entire questionaire, provide feedback on the research questions, and make recommendations on a research plan for the trip.
And if you run into trouble during your research in Albany, or if you make an exciting discovery and want to investigate further, our experts will be there to assist - you will have access to them for the entire duration of the trip.
Key New York records not available online
Albany is one of the best places to conduct genealogical research in New York State because the repositories contain materials on residents of all counties and municipalities. These essential collections can't be found online.
The New York State Library has open stacks and holds extensive collections that include:
- Family genealogies
- Local histories
- DAR records
- Church records
- Census records
- Early newspapers (on film)
- City directories
- Archives and manuscripts
The holdings of the New York State Archives include:
- State records relating to military service (War of 1812 through World War I)
- Land records (mostly transactions involving the Colony or State of New York)
- Court records (including colonial wills and early nineteenth-century civil cases)
- Records of some correctional and custodial institutions
- Indexes to New York state vital records (excluding New York City).
Please note that the Archives and the Library have few resources specific to New York City (most of those are held in New York City), but they do have important statewide collections that include city residents (military records, land grants/patents, etc.).
The trip will be most productive for research subjects other than those in the New York City area.
The Library and Archives are conveniently located in the same building, along with the New York State Museum.
The State Capitol has weekday tours, so researchers may wish to plan extra time for one.
The Albany Institute of History and Art is within walking distance.
A Member's Story
Annette signed up for the NYG&B research trip to Albany last October with the goal of finding information about an ancestor, Peter Green.
One of our expert genealogists directed Annette to a collection of 20 boxes for the Sterling Ironworks in the New York State Library. Sure enough, Annette found Peter in a company ledger from 1773 and was able to confirm this was the individual she was searching for, finding him in later entries dating until 1776.
"Attending the Research Week in Albany was one of the best experiences I've had as a genealogist. I was able to hold and research in a 244-year old company ledger that told me what my ancestor bought at the company store! The most important lesson I learned was that if you want to discover the most about your ancestor, go to the place where they lived and look at records. NYG&B is the key to those records for me." - Annette E., NYG&B Member
Register online or call 212-755-8532, ext. 211.
The early program fee is $419 for members (through May 31)
Regular program fee is $459 for members and $479 for nonmembers.
Click here to register today - NYG&B members receive an early-bird discount!