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The NYG&B Record: Every Name Index

This collection allows you to search an every-name index to The Record. This is a database that contains every name included in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's journal, The Record, from 1870 to 2014. Indexed entries typically include event type, event year, the name of the article the name and event is found in, and alternate names (if applicable). Click here to view this collection.

The NYG&B Record: Full-text Search 

This collections allows you to perform a full-text search that includes every issue of The Record. All digitized files in this collection have gone through Optical Character Recognition, allowing researchers an alternate method of searching that can be used in conjunction with the every name index. This collection provides superior results for researchers searching by locations or other keywords that are not names. Click here to view this collection.  

Explore All Online Collections

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. 

Collection Title Collection Category Location(desc) Collection Type More Info
Long Island Cemetery Records Cemetery Image Browse View description
Transcribed gravestone inscriptions from cemeteries on Long Island, in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. 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. Read More
Albany County Cemetery Records Cemetery Albany County Image Browse View description
This collection contains transcribed gravestone inscriptions from cemeteries in Albany 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 the records of each cemetery.  Read More
Albany County Religious Records Religious Records Albany County Text & Images View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Albany County, New York. Most volumes are searchable, but two are image browse only. The collection page contains a complete list of all churches available, including waypoint links to view images from each church.  Read More
New York State Estate Inventory Abstracts, 1666 - 1825 Wills & Probate All NY Counties Text View description
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. Read More
Force/Vorce Surname Husbands Index Index All NY Counties Text & Images View description
Known as the Index of Husbands to Vorce Daughters, this collection—digitized by NYG&B volunteers—compiles typewritten index cards with the names of the men that married Force/Vorce daughters. Read More
Shipwrecked Passengers Bound for the Americas, 1817 - 1875 Immigration All NY Counties Text View description
This collection was researched and transcribed by NYG&B Fellow Frank A. Biebel in 2013. He states that the Act of 1819 "made no provision for the inevitable shipwreck(s), including survivors.” This lead to there being “no comprehensive list” of the names of the victims of the shipwrecks, leaving most of them unknown. Read More
New York Times Obituaries Index Death All NY Counties Text View description
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.  Read More
Force/Vorce Surname Wives Index Index All NY Counties Text & Images View description
Known as the Vorce Index to Wives, this collection—digitized by NYG&B volunteers—compiles typewritten index cards with the maiden names of Force/Vorce wives. Read More
NYG&B Family Files Compiled Genealogies All NY Counties Text & Images View description
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. Read More
Force/Vorce Surname Given Name Index Index All NY Counties Text & Images View description
This collection—digitized by NYG&B volunteers—compiles typewritten index cards with the given names of Force/Vorce children. Read More
NYG&B Member Biographies Biographies All NY Counties Indexed View description
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.  Read More
NYG&B Record Full-text Periodicals All NY Counties Text View description
Search the full text of every issue of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record - a scholarly journal dedicated to preserving New York State history and genealogy. Search by name or keyword, and find rare record transcriptions, compiled genealogies, case studies, and more. The Record is an essential resource for anyone researching New York State families.  Read More
WPA Historical Records Survey - New York State Research Volumes Research Aids All NY Counties Image Browse View description
The Historical Records Survey Project was an ambitious attempt at hiring unemployed clergy members, researchers, historians, teachers and lawyers. This helped assemble historical records that were intrinsic to government and vital records from churches. Part of this initiative, was creating inventories of ecclesiastical records of every church in every state. Read More
New York State Birth Index Vital Records All NY Counties Image Browse View description
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.  Read More
NYG&B Record Periodicals All NY Counties Indexed View description
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.  Read More