Mission

Our Mission


The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) preserves, documents, and shares the stories of families across the state of New York. We engage with genealogists, biographers, historians, and organizations to establish the broader contexts of New York’s past. The NYG&B actively fosters connections between New York’s past and the present.  


 


Programs and Services


As a membership organization, the NYG&B welcomes anyone with an interest in researching their personal family history or the family histories of others. Our membership includes thousands of genealogists, historians, and others from across the country. Learn more about membership in the NYG&B and how we can help you. A not-for-profit organization with tax exempt status, gifts to the NYG&B are tax deductible.


Our headquarters are located in New York City with a professional staff and a dedicated group of volunteers. We are governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees who serve voluntarily and contribute generously to our mission. Membership dues, annual gifts from members and trustees, and bequests allow us fulfill our mission. Explore ways your support can help the NYG&B and preserve the stories of New York.


As the second oldest genealogical organization in the United States, the NYG&B has an extensive history - beginning with its founding in 1869


 


Areas of focus


Online Records, Tools, and Other Services


Our website, newyorkfamilyhistory.org provides access to extensive records from across the state of New York and is available as a benefit of membership in the NYG&B. We also produce the New York KnowledgeBase which includes a wide variety of online research aids, and individual for each of New York's 62 counties. The NYG&B also offers personalized consultations and other services


Publications


We publish two essential quarterlies: The Record , a peer-reviewed scholarly journal of great distinction in continuous publication since 1870, and New York Researcher. Membership in the NYG&B includes a subscription to both publications, along with access to previously published issues.  The NYG&B also publishes books and other materials to assist those research in New York including the monumental, New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteerthe first and only comprehensive guide of its kind. We published the New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians in the fall of 2016, and have more publications on the way. 


Educational Programs


We produce a broad range of educational programming, including lectures from noted genealogical experts, hands-on research tours, and New York's only statewide genealogical conference, the New York State Family History Conference. We also partner with organizations including the New York Public Library to develop educational programs for communities, including students, teachers, and others.