New York Genealogy Essentials

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is the authoritative resource for those researching New York State families. While members of the NYG&B receive access to our full array of resources, we're committed to providing helpful information on New York State research to the genealogical community free of charge.

We thank our members and donors—all of the educational content below is only possible with their support!  

This page contains a collection of articles, guides, and videos on essential New York family history topics organized by topic. 

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Core Genealogy Methods

Census Research

Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates (Vital Records)

Maps and Migration

Immigration and Naturalization

Religious Records



New York Family History Resources: PDF Guide and Catalog

This PDF guide includes an overview of all NYG&B books and products, useful articles about New York family history research, and an overview of how the NYG&B can help you discover more family stories. 

About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is 
a registered 501(c)(3) organization devoted to 
preserving, documenting, and sharing the history of
New York State families. Read more about our mission.  

Since 1869, our mission has been to help our thousands of worldwide members discover their family's New York story, and there has never been a better time to join.

The cost of an Individual Annual Membership is less than six dollars a month, and includes the following benefits: 

  • Access to over 50 exclusive digital record sets covering the entire state of New York, including the fully searchable archives of The Record
  • A complimentary subscription to all of Findmypast's North American records, as well as U.K. and Irish Census records.
  • Access to hundreds of expert-authored Knowledge Base articles and webinars to help you navigate the tricky New York research landscape. 
  • Exclusive discounts and advanced access to conferences, seminars, workshops and lectures to learn more about researching people and places across New York State. 

To learn more or join us, please visit our member benefits page