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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 Collection Type More Info
New York County Religious Records Religious Records New York County Text & Images View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in New York County, New York. Some volumes are searchable, others can only be browsed by image. The collection page contains a complete list of all congregations available, including waypoint links to images from each church. Read More
New York County Ward 17, State Census, 1855 Census New York County Indexed View description
The county originals of the 1855 New York State census enumeration for New York City's Ward 17 in Manhattan. Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Ward 17 was a densely populated area that attracted vast numbers of immigrants of diverse ethnic backgrounds, but especially German and Irish. The 1855 census records every name within enumerated households and provides the relationship to the head of household. Read More
New York Researcher (formerly NYG&B Newsletter) 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
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
New York State Death Index Vital Records All NY Counties Image Browse View description
This collection contains images of the official New York State death index produced by the Department of Health. This index contains the vital record certificate number for death records held by the New York State - these certificate numbers can be used to order a full copy of the death certificate from the State Archives. This collection covers 1880 - 1956. 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
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
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
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
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
Old Dutch and English Records Held by the Ulster County Clerk's Office in Kingston, New York 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
Oneida County Cemetery Records Cemetery Oneida County Image Browse View description
Transcribed gravestone inscriptions from cemeteries in Oneida 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 view images from each cemetery. Read More
Oneida County Religious Records Religious Records Oneida County Text & Images View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Oneida County, New York. Some volumes are searchable, others can only be browsed by image. The collection page contains a complete list of all congregations available, including waypoint links to images from each church. Read More
Orange County Cemetery Records Cemetery Orange County Image Browse View description
Transcribed gravestone inscriptions from cemeteries in Orange 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 view images from each cemetery. Read More
Oswego County Religious Records Religious Records Oswego County Text View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Oswego 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