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Since 1869, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been preserving historical records that are useful to family history researchers investigating people from New York State.

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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.

Collection Title Collection Category Location Collection Typesort descending More Info
The Mohawk (Periodical) Periodicals Montgomery County OCR View description
Issues of The Mohawk contain a variety of extracted and transcribed records from Montgomery County, Schenectady County, and beyond—many of which cannot be found anywhere else online. These materials often represent previously unpublished records from private individuals, churches, and other record holders. Read More
The Capital (Periodical) Periodicals Albany County OCR View description
The Capital, a quarterly periodical created and edited by Arthur C.M. Kelly, founder of Kinship Books, includes rare and essential record extracts and transcriptions from Albany and Rensselaer counties. Individual issues cover a wide range of materials documenting families who lived in (and around) Albany and Rensselaer counties in the 1700s and 1800s.  Read More
New York County Naturalizations in the Marine Court, 1827 - 1840 Naturalization New York County Text View description
Abstracts of naturalization records from the Marine Court between 1834-1840. Records contain the name of the naturalized citizen, the date of naturalization, name of character witness, and possibly other details like occupation or previous nationality. This collection can be searched by text and the images can also be browsed. Read the collection description for more detail on the Marine Court any why so many immigrants got naturalized there.  Read More
Columbia County Histories County Histories Columbia County Text View description
Digitized histories of Columbia County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context and contain information on many individuals who lived in Columbia County. Researchers can search all volumes or browse volumes individually. The collection description contains an overview of each volume. 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
Ulster County Clerk's Office, Old Dutch & English Records Colonial Ulster County Text View description
Before the publication of this survey of microfilm in 2011, Donald C. Lockhart was trying to investigate the life of an ancestor named Reijnier van der Coelen. This ancestor was a “distiller and grain dealer whose misdeed dot the pages of colonial-era records.” Read More
Steuben County Histories County Histories Steuben County Text View description
Digitized histories of Steuben County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context and contain information on many individuals who lived in Steuben County. Researchers can search all volumes or browse volumes individually. The collection description contains an overview of each volume. Read More
New Jersey Religious Records Religious Records New Jersey Text View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in the State of New Jersey. Researchers can search these records by text and can browse digital images. The collection page contains a complete list of all congregations available, including waypoint links to images from each church. Read More
Kings County Admin Proceedings, 1817 - 1856 Wills & Probate Kings County Text View description
This collection contains abstracts of the Administration Proceedings (1817-1856) for Kings County, and are based on the genealogical information found in the Notes of the Clerk of the Surrogate's Court, who was required to briefly write up the details of a Proceeding. This collection can be searched and browsed.  Read More
Putnam County Cemetery Records Cemetery Putnam County Text View description
Transcribed gravestones inscriptions from cemeteries in Putnam County, New York. Researchers can search these records by text and can browse digital images. The collection page contains a complete list of all cemeteries available, including waypoint links to view images from each cemetery. Read More
New Amsterdam, Minutes of the Orphanmasters Court, 1655 - 1664 Court New Amsterdam Text View description
Abstracted information from court documents on orphans and widows of New Amsterdam between 1655 and 1663. Produced by the Society of Colonial Dames of the State of New York and published by the NYG&B in 1908. This collection can be searched, and images can also be browsed - it is particularly useful for researchers seeking hard-to-find colonial Dutch ancestors.  Read More
Queens County Religious Records Religious Records Queens County Text View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Queens County, New York. Researchers can search these records by text and can browse digital images. The collection page contains a complete list of all congregations available, including waypoint links to images from each church. Read More
The Saratoga (Periodical) Periodicals Saratoga County Text View description
The Saratoga, a quarterly periodical created and edited by Arthur C.M. Kelly, founder of Kinship Books, includes rare and essential record extracts and transcriptions from Saratoga County. Individual issues cover a wide range of materials documenting families who lived in (and around) Saratoga County in the 1700s and 1800s. Read More
New York Researcher Periodicals All NY Counties Text View description
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.  Read More
Westchester County Religious Records Religious Records Westchester County Text View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Westchester County, New York. Researchers can search these records by text and can browse digital images. The collection page contains a complete list of all congregations available, including waypoint links to images from each church. Read More