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In the past month, GenealogyBank.com has added or updated collections for six New York newspaper titles. All of the titles are from the New York City area, and several were specialized newspapers targeting specific ethnic audiences, such as the Cristoforo Colombo, an Italian-language newspaper, the Jewish Messenger, and Vorwarts, a German-language newspaper. GenealogyBank.com has added the following new collection:

GenealogyBank.com has added additional issues to the following newspaper collections:

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Ancestry.com has had a busy July! Ancestry.com has added another new New York collection, New York, Estate Inventories and Accounts, 1666-1822. The collection contains 1104 records and is freely available thanks to Ancestry.com’s agreement with the New York State Archives. Create a free New York Ancestry account to access these records and more on the free Ancestry.com New York portal:  http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/NY_state_archives

Syllabus for “Looking for Your New York Tenant Farmer: Little-Used Resources”

Tenant Farmer syllabusIf you missed Jane Wilcox’s “Looking for Your New York Tenant Farmer: Little-Used Resources” talk at the New York Public Library in May, the syllabus is available for purchase as an e-book on Amazon.com. After a brief perusal, the e-book seems to be nearly identical to the syllabus Researcher 25_2that was distributed at the talk, and provides the reader with lists of resources focused on specific manors and patents. Jane Wilcox also contributed a wonderful article, “Exploring Research Resources for Hudson Valley Tenant Farmers,” in the latest issue of the New York Researcher. The article details the documents and record types that may be found for New York tenant farmers, as well as research tips and a bibliography.

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Ancestry.com has been very busy lately, adding and updating its New York collections. Last week Ancestry.com added a new New York collection: Bronx County, New York, Divorce and Civil Case Records, 1914-1951, 1961-1995.  This collection contains 1314232 records.  As you may guess by the dates involved, this collection does not include actual digitized records, but the index to the minutes of the county clerk (the Bronx was not a county until 1914). Divorce records are not made public unless they are over 100 years old, and there may be restrictions placed on other records as well, especially those of civil commitment of mentally ill persons. Copies of the actual records (that are not subject to restrictions) can be requested from the Bronx County Clerk, http://bronxcountyclerkinfo.com/.

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Yesterday, Ancestry.com updated two collections related to New York naturalization records.

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News You Can Use in Your New York Research

Yesterday, Ancestry.com added four new New York collections. These collections all deal with prison and convict records. The collections were highlighted in a New York Times article, available here. These collections are freely accessible thanks to the agreement with the New York State Archives and Ancestry.com.

The new collections consist of: