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Individual Annual Membership starts at $70 per year. See below for more membership options.
Benefits of membership
Members of the New York G&B all share a deep appreciation for the history and families of New York State, and many of history's most prominent New Yorkers have been a part of the society. Today, our society offers more to members than ever before:
- Access to exclusive digital records.
- Hundreds of New York State research help articles, authored by experts.
- Priority registration and discounted tickets for NYG&B research trips, workshops and special events.
- Print subscriptions to The Record and the New York Researcher.
- Members-only discounts in our online store and with our partners.
Grow your family tree with the NYG&B
As a member of the NYG&B, you will have access to all of the tools to make huge leaps in your research. Our eLibrary contains information on millions of New Yorkers from all over the Empire State. Search our archive of every issue of The Record - published quarterly since 1870 - or search our many other collections, which include religious records, colonial records, cemetery records and more. In total, we have over 40 different digital record sets in the eLibrary, covering a wide range of record types and locations from all over New York State.
The New York State Experts
The NYG&B is the leading authority on genealogy research in New York State, and is the second oldest genealogical society in the country. Between our award-winning publications, expert staff members, professional research services, and comprehensive digital resources, all of our members are positioned to become New York research experts themselves.
Improve your research skills in our library of recorded webinars, learn new tips from an expert-authored KnowledeBase article, or zero-in on a particular New York county to learn about all available online and hard copy record collections. With the help of our experts, you will learn essential research skills and discover the inspiring stories of your New York ancestors.
We offer a variety of research services if you need the help - from record-lookups to end-to-end research project work, our volunteers and professionals are there to help our members whenever they're in need. NYG&B members receive discounted pricing on most research services.
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 Archives. 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.
This has motivated Annette to continue her research - Peter's time and location suggest he may have contributed to the famed Hudson River chains of the American Revolutionary War. In addition to this exciting possibility, Annette also found valuable information on Peter's friends and associates, which will help her correctly identify him in other records. Research trips to Albany and New York City allow NYG&B members to deeply explore the many valuable record sets not yet available to search online.
"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
The NYG&B has members from all 50 states!
A global group of members
We have members from each state in the U.S. and around the globe, who all share the important connection of New Yorker ancestors.
Our eLibrary allows our members to search our essential New York record sets from anywhere with an internet connection. Our New York Knowledge Base articles contain many many links to other helpful online resources for New York State research.
Our out-of-state members also benefit from our research services - if you know the location of a record you're looking for, we have "boots on the ground" near every major New York repository. Getting a print or digital copy of that crucial piece of information that is thousands of miles away is easy for NYG&B members.
Members who live far-away can take advantage of the early-bird registration and discounted tickets for our New York research trips. Each year we travel to the most important New York State archives for a guided research trip. This means special access to New York's most treasured collections with hands-on consultation and guidance from our New York experts.
More than a membership
NYG&B members have many unique opportunities to get involved in the genealogy community:
- Volunteer from the comfort of your home, or at our offices in New York City.
- Get to know NYG&B members and staff at one of our many lectures, receptions, conferences or research trips.
- Exchange research tips and chat with fellow members in the online NYG&B members forum.