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Collection Title Collection Categorysort descending Location Collection Type More Info
Female Descendants of William Brewster - Compiled Genealogies Compiled Genealogies All NY Counties Image Browse View description
Handwritten research notes on female descendants of William Brewster. In 1908, Emma C. Brewster wrote an authoritative genealogy of the descendants of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony. Due to practical constraints at the time, she included mainly male lines in her published work. Jones donated her unpublished, handwritten research notes on these female lines to the NYG&B in the early twentieth century. Read More
Chenango County Histories and Directories County Histories Chenango County OCR View description
Digitized histories and directories of Chenango County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context and contain information on the people of Chenango County. Researchers can search all volumes or browse volumes individually. The collection description contains an overview of each volume. 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
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
Erie County Histories and Directories County Histories Erie County OCR View description
Digitized histories and directories of Erie County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context and contain information on the people of Erie County. Researchers can search all volumes or browse volumes individually. The collection description contains an overview of each volume. Read More
Chemung County Histories and Directories County Histories Chemung County OCR View description
Digitized histories and directories of Chemung County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context and contain information on the people of Chemung County. Researchers can search all volumes or browse volumes individually. The collection description contains an overview of each volume. 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
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
New York County Coroner's Report Abstracts Death New York County Text View description
The Minutes of Coroners Proceedings: City and County of New York, John Burnet, Coroner, 1748-1758 and the two volumes of Coroners’ Reports New York City, 1823-1842, 1843-1849 reports the deaths of people in British colonial New York and nineteenth cenury New York City, respectively. The causes of deaths are many, such as smallpox, accidents, drowning, murder, and falls. Read More
Veterans Buried in New York (Nationwide Gravesite Locator) Death All NY Counties Indexed View description
The Nationwide Gravesite Locator is a database that allows researchers to find the gravesite of military veterans and their families. This collection includes all entries in the NGL database for veterans buried in New York State.  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
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
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
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
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