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

New Records

The Columbia (Periodical)

Added June 2020

The Columbia is a periodical created and edited by Arthur C.M. Kelly, founder of Kinship Books. Issues of this periodical—originally published in the 1980s and 1990s—contain rare and essential record extracts and transcriptions from Columbia County and nearby areas. Individual issues cover a wide range of materials documenting families who lived in (and around) Columbia County in the 1700s and 1800s. Much of the information found in this brand-new collection cannot be found anywhere else online.

This collection is fully searchable and full issues are also available to browse. Click here to learn more.

NYG&B Member Biographies

Added May 2020

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, NYG&B members were sent biographical surveys and asked to return them to the society. Most survey responses are handwritten and around four pages long. Some have several pages of supplemental material included.

This collection has been enhanced with an every-name index that includes members and all names mentioned in survey responses. Our collection description contains a full list of typical questions asked. Explore the NYG&B Member Biographies collection to learn about past society members—you may even be related to one! 

Additional Religious Records

Added May 2020

Transcriptions of records from 10 congregations throughout New York State were added to our collections. Congregations from Cayuga, New York, Rensselaer, Queens, Westchester, and Richmond counties were included in the update. Read our blog announcing the update for an overview of all congregations. 

New Features

The NYG&B is continuously 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. 

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

Online Collections Version 0.1-beta

Released March 2020

As the official beta release of this new platform, all features are new. We invite NYG&B Society members to explore, research, and send us your feedback.

Read on for a summary of notable features that are included in this beta release. 

Search all NYG&B records at once 

Researchers can perform a search of all records from the Online Collections home page. Filters based on category or creator are available to apply pre-search, and search results can be refined based on category, collection title, or location.

Collection Descriptions and Waypoints

The descriptions of all collections have been expanded - researchers may now find an exhaustive description of exactly what is contained in each collection on the individual collection page (these pages can be accessed from the Online Collections home page or the Collections Catalog page). 

These descriptions feature waypoint links - these links will bring researchers to a specific section within the records of a particular collection. This is an especially useful feature on our image-browse collections, which are not yet searchable. 

View, print, or download full issues of The Record 

We have implemented a very popular request from our members in recent years - researchers can now view, print, or download any issue of The Record. To do so, click the "view full file" button on any single page view and a new window will open, loading the entire PDF file into the image viewer. The full file may be printed or downloaded from the image viewer.