We’re continually adding new genealogy records and features. Researchers can use this page to catch up on both our new records and new features

New Records

Trinity Church Transcriptions

Added May 2022

We recently added four volumes of transcribed baptismal records from Trinity Church in Manhattan. These transcriptions, created by the NYG&B in the 1930s, were digitized by volunteers in our Digitization Center. The records range from 1746 to 1885, and can be found in our New York County Religious Records collection

Account Journal of Dr. Amaziah Church Sherwood

Added April 2022

This is a handwritten journal of Dr. Amaziah Church Sherwood’s patients and their accounts from approximately 1841–1860. He graduated from Geneva Medical School in 1841, and worked as a physician in Cayutaville, Newfield, and Enfield, New York, until his death in 1860. These records were digitized by NYG&B volunteers in our new Digitization Center.

Learn more and browse these records.

Account Journal of Dr. Amaziah Church Sherwood

Added April 2022

This is a handwritten journal of Dr. Amaziah Church Sherwood’s patients and their accounts from approximately 1841–1860. He graduated from Geneva Medical School in 1841, and worked as a physician in Cayutaville, Newfield, and Enfield, New York, until his death in 1860. These records were digitized by NYG&B volunteers in our new Digitization Center.

Learn more and browse these records.

Colonial Immigration Records

Added February 2022

This collection contains genealogical information and biographical sketches of immigrants to New York during the Dutch and English colonial era.

The numerous volumes in the collection cover different groups of immigrants at various periods in the colonial New York era. Researchers will also find a compilation of articles in The Record that include transcriptions of colonial immigration records. Learn more and search.

Jefferson County Histories and Directories

Added January 2022

This collection contains histories and directories of Jefferson County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context that can help researchers uncover more records and develop a deeper understanding of their Jefferson County ancestors. 

The volumes in this collection also contain genealogical and biographical information—apart from the names listed in the directories, many of the histories include biographical sketches, lists of county officers, and other details of the people that lived in the county. Learn more and search.

Onondaga County Histories and Directories

Added December 2021

This collection contains histories and directories of Onondaga County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context that can help researchers uncover more records and develop a deeper understanding of their Onondaga County ancestors. 

The volumes in this collection also contain genealogical and biographical information—apart from the names listed in the directories, many of the histories include biographical sketches, lists of county officers, and other details of the people that lived in the county. Learn more and search.

Dutchess County Census Records

Added November 2021

This collection contains volumes of transcribed census records for municipalities in Dutchess County, New York. Transcriptions include the 1810 and 1850 federal censuses and the 1865 New York state census. There is also one volume of transcriptions of the 1870 federal census records from the town of Amenia.

While information related to these censuses can be found elsewhere, these transcriptions (never before published online) were done by experts—there might be nuances in the way something was transcribed that could help you discover someone whose name isn't quite right on the other collections elsewhere. Learn more and search.

Broome County Histories and Directories

Added November 2021

The five volumes in this collection provide crucial historical context that can help researchers uncover more records and develop a deeper understanding of their Broome County ancestors.

The collection also contains genealogical and biographical information—apart from the names listed in the directories, many of the histories include biographical sketches, lists of county officers, and other details of the people that lived in the county.

It is possible you may find biographical or genealogical evidence of your Broome County ancestors in these records. Even if you can't find their names, you can still discover crucial contextual information about their world, including leads on new records or clues to help you navigate brick walls. Learn more and search.

New York Biographical Index

Added June 2021

We're proud to announce an exceptional database of genealogical, historical, and biographical information is now available online for the first time. 

Former Chief Librarian of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the New York Public Library, Gunther Pohl spent fifty years compiling the New York Biographical Index

Recognizing the value of a comprehensive source that would facilitate research in New York State history, genealogies, and biographies, Mr. Pohl gathered biographical data from over 6,000 books, journals, periodicals, and monographs that were previously not indexed.  


New Features

Our Digital Team is always working to ensure this platform offers the best possible experience for our users.

We carefully listen to the feedback we receive from our members and plan new feature releases and improvements several times per year. 

If you have a feature you would like us to add, or have noticed something we should fix, please fill out our feedback form.

This section will list additional features and improvements as they are released throughout the year. 

Version 1.0 Release Notes

Released July 2020

After months of gathering feedback, we have fixed the few bugs that were discovered, added several new featured, and improved existing features. See below for notes on what is new, improved, and fixed. Please continue to fill out our feedback form so we can keep improving this platform.

Browse The NYG&B Record by Volume or Year

When you know the exact volume and issue or year of The NYG&B Record you want to read, you can now easily navigate to what you’re looking for.

You will now find a “Browse by Volume” option on all versions of The NYG&B Record. You will see the same feature in our image viewer on all images from The NYG&B Record:


Now you can easily find any issue from a specific volume or year.

This is useful for tracking down issues you find in citations and for finding previous installments of articles that are published as a series.

Thanks to Abigail for suggesting this feature!

Already-visited Image Links Change Color

When you click image links from the search results page, links you have already clicked will now turn purple, so when you return to the search results page, you can tell you have already viewed those images.


Links to images you have recently viewed will appear purple in the search results. 

This will help you avoid accidentally looking at the same image multiple times, and will allow you to identify images you may not have seen yet when conducting searches.

Please note that this behavior does reset after a period of time, so in future visits, already-visited links will eventually turn blue again.

Thanks to Kim and Laurene for suggesting this feature!  

Image links Open in the Same Tab

When you click to view an image from the search results page, the image will now open in the same browser tab as the search results.

This means you can easily click the back button on your browser to return to the search results.

Before this change, the search results opened in a new tab. If you would like to open images from your search results in a new tab, you can still do so by right-clicking (control-click on Mac) and selecting “open in new tab.”   

Thanks to Ann Louise and others for suggesting this feature!

Improved OCR Text Extraction

Our development team has expanded our ability to extract text from a larger variety of digitized records.

In short, this means there are now many additional types of digital files we can add to our platform—like county histories and more—and they’ll be very easy to search!

Bug Fix: Paginated Search Results

Some users reported a problem when trying to view the second and third pages of search results—links to those pages of results sometimes failed to load.

Our development team identified the cause of the issue and resolved it, so this bug is no longer present. Please let us know if you encounter any other unexpected behavior and we’ll fix it as soon as possible!

Thanks to Andrea, Barbara, and others for calling our attention to this bug!

Version 0.9 (beta) Release Notes

Released March 2020

The beta version of our Online Records Platform was released in March 2020. We would like to extend a special thanks to the many members who used the platform and shared their invaluable feedback with us. Many of the comments and suggestions were used to improve the platform, add new features immediately, and plan for further improvement. We couldn't have done it without you!