New York Fundamentals Day

Set Yourself Up for Success in New York

Join us on September 10 for five free online sessions that cover the must-know details about finding ancestors in the Empire State. 

What is New York Fundamentals Day?

On Friday, September 10, we're spending the whole afternoon sharing with you what we know best—our knowledge of New York family history research. 

Our live online broadcast is open to all: Join us for five sessions that cover the most important and foundational aspects of New York research and get a jump on learning the stories of your New York ancestors.  

The sessions, described below, start at 1:00 pm ET—visit our website to tune in or sign up below for a reminder email. No registration is required. Just visit to tune in. 

This day is a part of our ongoing New York State Family History Conference event, NYSFHC @ Home 2021.

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Your First Steps After Taking A DNA Test

Shannon S. Christmas, MCP  |  September 10, 1:00 pm ET

Learn easy ways to position yourself for genetic genealogy success.

Hear how, with a few simple steps, you can use your DNA results to help demolish genealogical brick walls, answer seemingly unanswerable questions, uncover family secrets, and discover secret families.

How Do I Approach New York

Susan R. Miller  |  September 10, 2:00 pm ET

Whether you are starting or restarting New York research, knowing a few fundamental points about the state will set you in the right direction.

This session covers a bit of history, governmental organization, and several key resources to move forward in New York genealogy.

What's the Difference: NYS and NYC Genealogy

Susan R. Miller  |  September 10, 3:00 pm ET

My people were from New York! But which New York?

Understanding of the State and the City can lead to success. An overview of historical boundaries and discussion of key record sets will aid you in finding ancestors. Please note this session will be held on Friday, September 10 live for our community.

Researching Online: Best Practices and Avoiding Mistakes

D. Joshua Taylor, MLS  |  September 10, 4:00 pm ET

Billions of records can be found online. Knowing where (and how) to conduct your research is vital.

Together we will explore tips and resources to maximize your success when searching online.

What’s Next? Where to Learn More about New York Research

NYG&B Team  |  September 10, 5:00 pm ET

Ready to explore the next steps in your New York research?

Using the resources of the NYG&B and more, members of the team explore using online records, identify online and offline resources to deepen your understanding, and show more about organizations and projects to further explore New York.


All of these free sessions will stream LIVE on Friday, September 10. Following the broadcast, a recording will be available on-demand through October 18 for NYSFHC @ Home 2021 ticket holders.