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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 Categorysort descending Location Collection Type More Info
Richmond County Religious Records Religious Records Richmond County Text View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Richmond 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
Bible Records from the American Bible Society Religious Records All NY Counties Indexed View description
Beginning in 1987, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) and the American Bible Society undertook to make the family records documented in these Bibles accessible to researchers. NYG&B volunteers examined the ABS collection and identified 632 Bibles that contained records of interest. Read More
Schoharie County Religious Records Religious Records Schoharie County Text & Images View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Schoharie 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
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
German Churches of Metropolitan New York Religious Records New York County Text View description
Those researching their German ancestors who lived in New York City during this time period often face the daunting task of locating the birthplace of their German immigrant ancestors. Civil vital records are not only difficult to find, but they also often do not contain the required level of detail to make the jump back across the Atlantic. This guide is a fantastic tool for researchers to use. 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
Rensselaer County Religious Records Religious Records Rensselaer County Text & Images View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Rensselaer 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
Greene County Religious Records Religious Records Greene County Text & Images View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in Greene 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
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
Finding Aid for Dutch Reformed Church of Greene and Houston Streets Research Aids New York County Image Browse View description
Finding aid to the Dutch Reformed Church of Greene and Houston Streets in New York City, also known as the Greene Street Church and Seventh Avenue Church. Index cards feature names that direct researchers to records held at the New-York Historical Society.  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
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
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
Province and State of New York Admin Bond Abstracts, 1753 - 1799 Wills & Probate New York City Text View description
The Duke Laws of 1664 gave the state the power to administer the authentication of wills and managing the estates of people who did not write wills before their death. In the coming century, the laws regarding the probate of wills were altered in how they were supervised. As a result, we have documents that contain a great deal of information for readers looking for genealogical information. Read More