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Below you will find a complete list of each online collection. Click the title of each collection to view a full description and search the collection individually.

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Released March 02!

New York County Newspaper Abstracts, 1825–1870

Location
New York City
Collection Category
Newspapers
Collection Type
OCR
Body

Newspaper transcriptions of genealogically relevant material from a variety of New York newspapers. Read the collection description for an overview of all records.

Released February 07!

New York County Religious Records

Location
New York County
Collection Category
Religious Records
Collection Type
Text & Images
Body

Transcribed genealogy records from churches in New York County, New York. Some volumes are searchable, others can only be browsed by image. The collection page contains a complete list of all congregations available, including waypoint links to images from each church.

Released February 07!

New York County Ward 17, State Census, 1855

Location
New York County
Collection Category
Census
Collection Type
Indexed
Body

The county originals of the 1855 New York State census enumeration for New York City's Ward 17 in Manhattan. Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Ward 17 was a densely populated area that attracted vast numbers of immigrants of diverse ethnic backgrounds, but especially German and Irish. The 1855 census records every name within enumerated households and provides the relationship to the head of household.

Released March 01!

New York Researcher

Location
All NY Counties
Collection Category
Periodicals
Collection Type
OCR
Body

A quarterly periodical published by the NYG&B since 1990. The New York Researcher shares news about the NYG&B and wider genealogical community, and publishes articles and stories that are useful and interesting to family history enthusiasts.

Released February 10!

New York State Birth Index

Location
All NY Counties
Collection Category
Vital Records
Unlocked
Collection Type
Image Browse
Body

This collection contains images of the official New York State birth index produced by the Department of Health. Researchers should use this index to obtain the certificate number for an ancestor's birth certificate - a crucial piece of information needed to order a copy of the full certificate from New York State. Years covered are 1881 - 1941.

Released February 10!

New York State Death Index

Location
All NY Counties
Collection Category
Vital Records
Unlocked
Collection Type
Image Browse
Body

This collection contains images of the official New York State death index produced by the Department of Health. This index contains the vital record certificate number for death records held by the New York State - these certificate numbers can be used to order a full copy of the death certificate from the State Archives. This collection covers 1880 - 1956.

Released February 10!

New York State Estate Inventory Abstracts, 1666 - 1825

Location
All NY Counties
Collection Category
Wills & Probate
Collection Type
OCR
Body

The documents compiled in this collection consist of “petitions, letters of renunciation, bills and receipts” regarding the estates of the deceased. NYG&B Fellows Kenneth Scott and James A. Owre compiled and transcribed Genealogical Data From Inventories of New York Estates, 1666-1825 in 1970.

Released February 10!

New York Times Obituaries Index

Location
All NY Counties
Collection Category
Death
Unlocked
Collection Type
OCR
Body

A complete index to obituaries published in The New York Times between 1858 and 1968. Researchers may use the information found in this index to locate the full obituary in The New York Times archives.

Released July 11!

Notable Men of Rochester and Vicinity: XIX and XX Centuries

Location
Monroe County
Collection Category
Biographies
County Histories
Collection Type
OCR
Body

This fully searchable text was produced as part of 20th-Century memorial efforts to maintain the legacy of prominent figures born in the 19th and 20th centuries within the area. The first section of the book, beginning on page 16 of the PDF, is entitled “Historical Compend” and differs from the rest...

Released February 11!

NYG&B Family Files

Location
All NY Counties
Collection Category
Compiled Genealogies
Collection Type
Text & Images
Body

This collection includes compiled genealogies that have been donated to the NYG&B by members and other researchers. Most of these volumes are text searchable, and some include family trees along with correspondence between researchers and families.

Released April 30!

NYG&B Member Biographies

Location
All NY Counties
Collection Category
Biographies
Collection Type
Indexed
Body

Biographical surveys filled out by NYG&B members in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This collection includes a searchable every-name index that covers all names mentioned in the responses, not just the names of NYG&B members.

Released February 20!

NYG&B Record

Location
All NY Counties
Collection Category
Periodicals
Collection Type
Indexed
Body

An archive of every issue of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record - a scholarly journal dedicated to preserving New York State history and genealogy. Search this collection by an every-name index to The Record , and find rare record transcriptions, compiled genealogies, case studies, and more. The Record is an essential resource for anyone researching New York State families.

Released February 11!

Oneida County Cemetery Records

Location
Oneida County
Collection Category
Cemetery
Collection Type
Image Browse
Body

Transcribed gravestone inscriptions from cemeteries in Oneida County, New York. Researchers can browse digital images of these records, but they cannot currently be searched. The collection page contains a complete list of all cemeteries available, including waypoint links to view images from each cemetery.

Released February 11!

Oneida County Religious Records

Location
Oneida County
Collection Category
Religious Records
Collection Type
Text & Images
Body

Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Oneida County, New York. Some volumes are searchable, others can only be browsed by image. The collection page contains a complete list of all congregations available, including waypoint links to images from each church.

Released December 07!

Onondaga County Histories and Directories

Location
Onondaga County
Collection Category
County Histories
Collection Type
OCR
Body

Histories and directories of Onondaga County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context and contain information on the people of Onondaga County. Researchers can search all volumes or browse volumes individually. The collection description contains an overview of each volume.