Since our society's founding in 1869, publishing authoritative material focused on New York State genealogy has been a primary focus of the NYG&B.
For over 150 years, we have been creating publications designed to help amateur and professionals research New York families.
Our publications provide crucial guidance and advice for researchers, and also preserve essential genealogical work and historical records. We currently publish two quarterlies and have also authored a number of comprehensive research guides on the most important subjects in New York state genealogy research - several more are forthcoming.
Read below for an overview of each publication and visit the publication's specific web page to learn more about each.
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that has been published quarterly since 1870.
It is the second-oldest continually published genealogical journal in the English language. Its volumes contain well-sourced genealogies of New York families as well as transcripts and abstracts of rare and essential New York records.
With its long history of scholarly publication and peer review, The Record is an essential New York source for genealogists, historians, and biographers - it is the largest collection of reliable New York family history under one title.
NYG&B members receive copies of each new issue of this prestigious journal, can read the most recent Record issues on our website, and can search and browse the entire archive of The Record in the NYG&B eLibrary.
New York Researcher
New York Researcher (formerly the NYG&B Newsletter) is a colorful quarterly magazine with interesting articles and updates on everything going on at the NYG&B.
Each issue begins with a letter from the NYG&B President and also includes society news, informative articles about New York genealogy, book reviews, NYG&B member profiles, and highlights of NYG&B programs and activities.
NYG&B Members receive copies of each new issue, can read the most recent New York Researcher issues on our website, and can search and browse the entire archive of the New York Researcher in the NYG&B eLibrary.
New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer
Winner of the 2016 National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources
This one-of-a-kind textbook is the definitive resource for New York State genealogists and family history researchers. Over 100 experts have reviewed and contributed to this work, which includes authoritative guidance to every key topic about New York family history.
This two-volume 869 page guide has a chapter on each major record group and research resources, guidance on researching all major ethnic and religious groups that have lived in New York, gazetteers and research guides to each of New York's 62 counties, and a lot more. This publication was revised and updated in 2017.
The book can be purchased in a print edition, as well as a standalone digital PDF file - NYG&B members receive a substantial discount on both.
Learn more about the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.
New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians
Winner of the 2017 National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources
This book answers the need for historians, genealogists, students, and others to have a clear, rational description of the relevant public records of the City of New York and its predecessor cities, towns, and villages.
Chapters review where records are located, what they contain, and how they can be accessed - including sample document analysis and citations.
Extensive coverage is given to vital records of births, marriages, and deaths; court records; real estate records; and photographs.
Less well known collections are also covered, including early records of the Dutch and English colonial eras; extensive Farm Histories that trace deed chains for former Manhattan farms to their earliest days; records of the Civil War Volunteer Soldiers’ Family Aid Fund; and Almshouse Records, which span 200 years and provide information on the inmates of numerous City institutions.
Learn more about the New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians.
New York County Guides for Family Historians
The NYG&B has authored a series of guides to each county in New York State, written specifically for the genealogy researcher.
These guides are produced and routinely updated by the experts at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
Each guide includes:
- Locations for all genealogically relevant records in that county.
- A curated list of the most crucial print and online resources for that county.
- A gazetteer with a comprehensive list of historical place names, boundary changes, and important geographical notes.
- A county map showing contemporary town, county, and state boundaries.
Whether you're planning a research trip or searching remotely, these guides will save time and provide essential suggestions not found elsewhere.
Learn more about our New York County Guides for Family Historians.