The NYG&B 2014 Repository Tour of the Municipal Archives NYC

Researcher MuniThe recent NYG&B tour of the Municipal Archives crashed through several brick walls of our members. Following a tour of the library and conservation lab, participants returned to the research room and dove into the microfilm records. One had been looking for her grandmother’s birth certificate for ten years and found it during the tour. Assistance by staff members widened the search parameters allowing the discovery of the certificate.

A novice at family history was able to find the death certificate of his cousin, who died before the birth of the researcher, confirming the family oral history that the cousin died in a traffic accident. With the date in hand, a Municipal Archives staff member assisted the researcher in finding a newspaper article telling the story of the tragic accident.

Access Civil War Records on Fold3 for Free

pageshot fold3Enjoy free access to the Civil War records on Fold3 until the end of the month of April. Over 30 million documents are available for free access through a special portal on their website:


Records include:

  • Civil War Soldier Service Records
  • 1860 US Census
  • Civil War “Widows’ Pensions” Files
  • Civil War Pension Index
  • Southern Claims Commission
  • Confederate Amnesty Papers
  • Confederate Citizens File
  • Navy Survivors’ Certificates
  • Navy Widows’ Certificates
  • Civil War Subversion Investigations
  • Board of Commissioners- Emancipation of Slaves in DC
  • Court Slave Records for DC

Preservation Week 2014

preservation 1April 27- May 3 2014 is Preservation Week! Many libraries, museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations will be hosting events on preservation. These events can be especially helpful for the family historian who has collected materials but does not know the best ways to protect them from damage and preserve them for future generations. Events on preserving audio, video, family photographs, books, scrapbooks, and paper collections will all be held in locations throughout New York state during the week. Check the New York Family History School calendar for a Preservation Week event near you. Please note, as of this posting, the calendar at week had not been updated with all New York preservation week events. The New York Family History School calendar has the most comprehensive list of preservation week events, as well as genealogical events, throughout the New York region.

If you know of a Preservation Week event that is not on the New York Family History School calendar, please notify so that it may be included. is Expanding is glogo_sm2_new[1]expanding the Ellis Island records to include the arrivals through the Port of New York/Ellis Island from 1925 to 1957 in their collection.  More than 40 million new passenger records will be added to their current archive of 25 million, through a partnership with, with a planned finish date of December 2014. As always, these records through are freely accessible without any subscription or fee.

This will be an exciting addition to available online resources when the project is completed.

News You Can Use

Brooklyn NewsNews You Can Use in Your New York Research

The Brooklyn Public Library has finished digitizing the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1955) in collaboration with, and it’s available for free at their new website: The old Brooklyn Public Library website for the Eagle will be phased out next month.

The Eagle is also available for free at