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Prisoners knitting in one of their classrooms, Sing Sing, circa 1915. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Prisoners knitting in one of their classrooms, Sing Sing, circa 1915.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress

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New York Research

Ancestry.com has recently added two new collections of New York records to its website. These records continue Ancestry.com’s efforts to digitize the prison and convict records of New York State. An earlier blog post covered the initial results of these efforts, here. The two new collections are both prison admission records for two New York prisons:

Both collections are freely available without paying for an Ancestry.com subscription thanks to the agreement Ancestry.com made with the New York State Archives. Go to this page and set up your free New York viewing account on Ancestry.com to access the records. The link does tend to change frequently, but can always be found on the lower right hand side of our homepage, NewYorkFamilyHistory.org,  under the eNews signup.

Finding Spicy Stories of New York Ancestors In Newspapers Online

graphic2This Saturday, November 22 at 10 am, fantastic speaker Terry Koch-Bostic will delve into the world of online newspaper archives to unearth the “Spicy Stories” of some old New Yorkers. These stories provide the “meat” of our genealogical research, bringing our ancestors to life and bringing more color to the story than the litany of birth, marriage, and death dates usually provide. Join the Patchogue-Medford Library Genealogy Research Group at the Patchogue-Medford Library for this special look at online newspaper archives and search methods.

Spaces Left for Seminar: Genealogy and the Law with Judy Russell

There are still spaces available for the “Genealogy and the Law” seminar with Judy Russell, the ‘Legal Genealogist’ on November 22, 2014. This is an all-day seminar hosted by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. The seminar will focus on how legal issues affected our ancestors in ways we might not consider today and the records they left behind. This seminar is for genealogists of all levels of experience. From finding ‘missing’ women from early Colonial records to discovering the difference among the different types of wills and probate records, to the records of the unsavory doings of the ‘black sheep’ of the family, this seminar promises to delve into the record- replete (and often overlooked) world of legal archives.

Join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County for this exciting and informative all-day seminar in Mahwah, NJ on November 22, 2014. For more information, visit:  http://njgsbc.org/event/2014-seminar

NGS Conference 2015 Program Available

NGS 2015

The National Genealogical Society has made available the program for their 2015 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, on May 13-16, 2015. The program shows the wide array of topics that will be showcased in the lectures. The NYG&B is sponsoring a New York track on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Speakers for the New York track include the editor of the Record Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS; Jane Wilcox of the Forget-Me-Not Hour; and Terry Koch Bostic. Topics include patroonships, manors, patents, land records, immigration, migration, the wide range of municipal records of New York State, vital records and their substitutes, and city directories. The program can be downloaded here.

The NGS suggests that those interested in attending register as soon as registration opens on December 1, 2014 to ensure you can attend all the events in which you are interested, as many of their workshops, lectures, and luncheons have limited seating. Past conferences with New York tracks sponsored by the NYG&B have sold out quickly.

Still Spaces Left: Genealogy and the Law, featuring Judy Russell

We have been informed by our friends at the Genealogical Society of Bergen County that they still have spaces available for the “Genealogy and the Law” seminar with Judy Russell, the ‘Legal Genealogist’ on November 22, 2014. This is an all-day seminar. The seminar will focus on how legal issues affected our ancestors in ways we might not consider today and the records they left behind. This seminar is for genealogists of all levels of experience. From finding ‘missing’ women from early Colonial records to discovering the difference among the different types of wills and probate records, to the records of the unsavory doings of the ‘black sheep’ of the family, this seminar promises to delve into the record- replete (and often overlooked) world of legal archives.

Join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County for this exciting and informative all-day seminar in Mahwah, NJ on November 22, 2014. For more information, visit:  http://njgsbc.org/event/2014-seminar

New Book in the Book of the Every-Other-Month Club

reformed_church_cortlandtownThe NYG&B has partnered with Kinship Books, a leading publisher of New York genealogical works, to present a different title every-other month for twelve months. We are nearing the end of this program, which has focused on the church records of New York. The penultimate book, the Vital Records of Cortlandtown Reformed Church Montrose, Westchester County, NY 1741-1894, has been released on the website. Members may now sign into our website and visit the Research & Discover page and open the menu tab “External Databases and Book Club” to click on the book club link to read the volume in the special web viewer and take notes. Downloading or printing the book is not an option, however.

The Vital Records of Cortlandtown Reformed Church Montrose, Westchester County, NY 1741-1894 is Kinshipa transcript of the original church registers by Arthur C. M. Kelly. The originals are held at the Archives of the Reformed Church in America. The transcript provides the family researcher and genealogist with ancestry information and relationships through records of births, marriages, deaths, and lists of membership.  Also included is a list of Cortlandt Manor descendants. Baptisms often record sponsors as well as parents. Indexes are provided for each section, including separate indexes for parents and sponsors of baptized children and witnesses to marriages. Visit Kinship Books online to see their full offerings and purchase books at www.kinshipny.com.