Former Chief Librarian of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the New York Public Library, Gunther Pohl spent fifty years compiling this index.
Recognizing early the value of a comprehensive source that would facilitate research in New York State history, genealogies, and biographies, Mr. Pohl gathered biographical data from thousands of books, journals, periodicals, and monographs that were previously not indexed.
A dedicated and experienced researcher, Mr. Pohl gave much of his spare time to develop a resource that would open up significant new avenues for the research of others.
A project that began on 3×5-inch slips of paper has now been fully converted to an electronic and accessible form.
How to Use This Index
Search the index by name to uncover relevant biographical entries, and use the index entry to locate the publication and its entry.
Researchers should refer to this table to fully understand all of the data available:
|Last Name||Subject's last name|
|First Name||Subject's first name|
|Middle Name||Subject's middle name|
|Year||Year of the event. The event type was not always noted in the index. Usually a birth or death.|
|Location||Location of the event. The event type was not always noted in the index. Usually a birth or death.|
|Event Type||The event (related to location and year, but not always noted)|
|Publication Title||Title of the publication the information was found in|
|Publication Author/Creator||Name of the publication's author|
|Publication Details||Additional information about the publication|
|Other Publication Details||Additional information about the publication|
|Page or Reference||Where in the publication the information was found.|
If you locate a person of interest in this index, the next step is to locate the publication to obtain the full information. Read our article about finding historical books online for specific steps and tips.