Within the first few days of their membership, NYG&B members receive a code to activate their access to our online records. Most NYG&B online records are hosted by our partner, Findmypast, on their website www.findmypast.com.
In addition to being able to access all NYG&B records on Findmypast, NYG&B members also get free access to all North American records on Findmypast, as well as U.K. and Irish census records. If you haven't activated your access, the one-time process is easy to complete - click here for instructions.
Continue reading for details on some of the most useful record sets for New York State researchers on Findmypast.
All North American Records
NYG&b members will have access to all of Findmypast's U.S. and Canadian collections. To perform a search of all North American records at once, or narrow your search by record type and other categories, visit the Search United States & Canada records page.
Members can also view a full A-Z list of all North American record collections on the Search A-Z page (search "New York" to see all record sets for New York State). There are many collections available on Findmypast, including every U.S. Federal Census and Canadian Censuses from 1861 - 1911.
Members may be particularly interested in Findmypast's U.S. Marriages Collection, which debuted in 2016 and is still rapidly growing. Once all images are brought online, it will be the largest collection of U.S. Marriage records anywhere online and will contain many exclusive images that have never been digitally published before.
Findmypast also recently launched The Catholic Heritage Archive, which will be the most comprehensive online collection of Roman Catholic records for the U.S. once completed.
As of March 2018, Findmypast added their first batch of New York Catholic records, covering Bronx, New York (Manhattan), and Westchester counties, with many more coming in the near future. Read more on our blog.
Records from other American cities, like Philadelphia and Baltimore are also online at Findmypast.
NYG&B members also have access to Findmypast's significant collection of U.S. newspapers. Note that this collection will not be queried by the Search United States & Canada records page. Click here to search the newspaper database.
It covers the entire United States and contains 35 cities, 154 newspapers and over 7 million articles for New York State alone. Click here to read a guide to searching newspapers on Findmypast.
PERSI: Periodical Source Index
The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world.
Created, maintained and expanded by the Allen County Public Library (ACPL), PERSI is a valuable resource for genealogists and family historians.
Recently, Findmypast and the ACPL have been working together to digitize images of indexed publications, and those are available online at Findmypast.
Read this article to learn more about PERSI and how to use it successfully.
Activate your access: Click here to view and activate your access
Upgrade to Premium
NYG&B members who wish to access all records on Findmypast - including those from the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand - can upgrade to a Premium membership for a 63% discount. To do so, sign in to your NYG&B account here, and navigate to the Findmypast discount code section for this special discount code.