Research Services

Looking for New York ancestors?

The NYG&B offers a variety of services to assist you along the way, including:



Connect with a professional genealogist through the NYG&B to receive personalized expertise relating to your research. Consultations can be held in-person at the NYG&B headquarters, over the phone, or online via Skype (or a related service). 

Click here to learn more about our consultations and to book your appointment today. 

Fees: $50 per 30 minutes.



Research Projects

The NYG&B also engages in a variety of paid research projects each year.

Our Research Plan Kick-Start package includes 5 hours of professional help from our Staff Genealogist. Those who purchase this package will receive a written research plan with links/citations to record sets. 

Our Brick Wall Research package enlists our Staff Genealogists to research your brick wall problem using a variety of collections, repositories, and techniques, such as genetic genealogy (DNA). Research time can be purchased in increments of 5 hours, up to 50 hours.

Large-scale family tree projects, such as narrative family histories, are available beginning at 50 hours. Optional project add-ons include a custom family history book and a personal tour of sites relevant to your ancestry. Contact [email protected] for a quote on your dream project.

Fee: $85 per hour (NYG&B members); $120 per hour (non-members)



Record Retrieval Service

Also known as Minisearch, this member service offers copies from key New York repositories.

Once you have identified a specific request (call number, page number, certificate number, etc.) our experience volunteers will obtain the copies on your behalf.

Current repositories:

  • New York Public Library
  • New York State Archives and Library
  • New York City Municipal Archives
  • National Archives at New York City
  • New-York Historical Society
  • Onondaga County Library
  • Syracuse University Library
  • Oswego State Library
  • Oswego Public Library

Your request must include sufficient details for us to locate the document without index or other searches, and make copies. Requests for copies from books should include the title, author, and specific information sought. In the case of a record – e.g. genealogy excerpt, birth certificate, passenger arrival record – that means the certificate number or volume and page, and all relevant names, dates, and locations.

Submit your request to [email protected]. Requests are usually completed within six weeks.

Fees: $25 fee per repository (includes up to three requests at any single repository), plus photocopying and any associated repository fees is available to members of the NYG&B.


NYG&B Collections at the New York Public Library

The NYG&B will conduct a search of the NYG&B's collections housed at the New York Public Library on an hourly basis. Simply provide the collection name, call number, and search details to get started. 

Submit your request to [email protected]. Requests are usually completed within six weeks.

Fees: $25 per hour (NYG&B members); $60 per hour (non-members) plus copying expenses.