How can we help you?
Hire the NYG&B to research your family tree, or ask our experts for advice on solving your toughest brick wall problems.
The NYG&B Promise
- New York experts... and beyond: Our team has years of experience researching tough genealogical problems and tracing ancestral origins in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. We haven't done Antarctica... yet.
- Years of experience: We offer clients decades of experience and a demonstrated commitment to continuing education, scholarly research, and new techniques.
- Peer review: We work as a team to deliver quality research products.
- DNA: We combine DNA analysis with traditional genealogical methods to make new discoveries for our clients.
Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Do you need advice for solving your family tree's knottiest branches? Book an appointment with our staff genealogist to get a professional opinion. Discuss your brick wall problems and gain personalized recommendations on furthering your family history research, from record types to fresh techniques.
Consultations can be held via phone or in person at the NYG&B's offices in New York City.
Kick back, relax, and let the NYG&B do the work for you: Hire our experts to research your family tree. Research projects range from single research questions to multi-generational family histories. Research rates begin at $85/hour for NYG&B members.
Get the process started by filling out our Research Services Questionnaire, and a genealogy professional will be in touch soon.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have ancestors in New York, but also other states and countries. Do you do non-New York research?
Yes! Contact our team with your research goals to get started.
Can non-members purchase consultations and research hours?
Yes, we provide services to both members and non-members alike, though members receive a discount.
How much do your services cost?
Our half-hour consultations with our staff genealogist cost $50 for members and non-members. Hourly research projects are $85/hour for members and $120/hour for non-members. With the cost of an individual membership included, you'll save over $100 on your first five hours by joining.
How long do hourly research projects take?
Once our staff genealogist begins work on your family, projects are completed within 3-6 months, depending on the complexity of the project.
Do you do lineage society applications?
Yes! Our staff has advised clients and submitted successful applications to a range of lineage societies, from the Daughters of the American Revolution to the Order of the Descendants of Pirates and Privateers.
I have other questions not answered here. How do I contact you?
Fill out a research questionnaire and make sure to include your questions, or call our offices during business hours at (212) 755-8532.
Meet the Team
When you hire the NYG&B to research or consult, you're getting access to a team of nationally recognized genealogists and family historians.
Meryl Schumacker, NYG&B Staff Genealogist
Meryl has experience working as a genealogist, writer, and speaker in New York City.
She earned her Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and completed continuing education at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia. She has also written for the NYG&B's New York Researcher and our peer-reviewed journal, The Record, and recently presented an NYG&B webinar on Jewish genealogy.
Meryl is skilled at diagnosing and solving a wide range of genealogical problems, and an expert at conducting exhaustive research both inside and outside New York State. Get in touch today to see how Meryl can assist you, or read our blog Meet the NYG&B: Meryl Schumacker to learn everything about her genealogical journey, skills, and a few fascinating facts as well!
Susan R. Miller, NYG&B Director of Programs and Outreach
Sue has been an NYG&B member since 1993 and has been on staff since 2014. In addition to directing the NYG&B's many educational programs, Sue is also the editor of the NYG&B’s award-winning magazine the New York Researcher; and was a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.
She has been researching New England and New York families for decades - not only does she know the ins and outs of key repositories throughout the state, she is well-trained in advanced genealogy methodology. She is the co-organizer for the New York State Family History Conference and has presented genealogical lectures on a regional and local basis.
D. Joshua Taylor, NYG&B President
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe - you may recognize him as a host on the popular PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow.
Joshua has been an active member of the genealogical community from an early age and has accrued incredibly deep expertise over his career researching families from all over America. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College.