From Our eLibrary: New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Member Biographies

IMG_8557Early in the twentieth century, NYG&B members were asked to complete a four-page, ledger-sized questionnaire regarding the member’s life and family. The stated purpose for the requested information was “the preparation of the Biographical Sketches of Members of the Society.”

Members were asked to provide “full and specific” replies and to use extra pages to complete the information when necessary.  This member requirement was relatively short-lived, from the 1890s until the 1940s. However, those 545 NYG&B members who dutifully filled out and sent back the forms, often accompanied by family trees, press clippings and other ephemera, gave the Society a wonderful resource regarding their personal family histories. Continue reading

10 Million New US Marriage Records on Findmypast!

Great news! NYG&B members now have access to over 10 million new US marriage records on Findmypast! The records contain more than 30 million names, nearly 1 million of which have never before been published online and can only be found at Findmypast!  The new collection includes significant additions from New York.

Findmypast announced today at the 2016 National Genealogical Society Conference the release of the second installment of their ambitious project in which they will digitize and publish the single largest online archive of U.S. marriages in history.  (The first installment was announced in February.)  When complete, the collection will cover 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America.

Access to the US and Canadian subscription to Findmypast is a benefit of NYG&B membership.  Visit our website to learn more about our partnership.

Search the marriage collection at Findmypast here.


Searching for Records in Clinton County, NY

Clinton County is situated in the extreme northeastern part of New York State. The county is bordered by Quebec, Canada to the north, Vermont and Lake Champlain to the east, Essex County to the south, and Franklin County to the west. Founded in 1788, Clinton County was named for the first governor of New York, George Clinton, as an independent state. The county is divided into one city, 14 towns, and four villages. Plattsburgh is the county seat and only city. The population of Clinton County at the 2010 Census was 82,128. Geographically, the county encompasses a 1,118 square mile area, of which 1,039 square miles (92.96%) is land and 79 square miles (7.04%) is water.

Photo courtesy The New York Public Library Digital Collections, 1869

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From Our eLibrary: Harlem Cemetery, Dutch Church Disinterments 1869-1875

FullSizeRenderHarlem Cemetery, Dutch Church Disinterments 1869-1875 (formerly titled Harlem DR Cemetery Disinterments)

Prompted by New York City’s northward growth, the Consistory of the Dutch Reformed Church of Harlem purchased a plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in 1869. The remains interred in its old cemetery in First Avenue between 124th and 125th Streets, and also those in the churchyard on Third Avenue and 121st Street, were removed to the plot in Woodlawn; the transfer was completed in 1875. A manuscript file containing documentation relevant to this process has been digitized and made available in our digital elibrary. Continue reading

NYG&B Sponsored Lectures at NGS 2016

On Thursday, May 5 in Fort Lauderdale at the National Genealogical Society’s Family History Conference, you have the opportunity to hear five new lectures by New York experts.  The NYG&B is sponsoring the New York Research track and will have a booth in the exhibit hall.  Come to the booth for your member ribbon.  We will have books for purchase and copies of the most recent New York Researcher. The lectures are . . . Continue reading

Searching for Records in Delaware County, NY

Delaware County is located in south-central New York and is part of the Catskill Mountain region. The county gets its name from the Delaware River, which constitutes its western border and separates the county from Pennsylvania. The east and west branch of the Delaware run through the center of the county. Delaware is bordered in the north by Otsego and Schoharie counties, in the east by Greene County, and the south by Ulster and Sullivan counties. Though one of the largest by area, Delaware is one of the less populated counties in New York, with a population of 47,980 (according to the 2010 census.) The county seat lies in central Delaware in the town of Delhi. Continue reading

Harriet Tubman, the New Face of the $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman, the new face of the $20 bill, was a longtime New Yorker.

Renowned for her role in the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman lived more than half her life in New York State. She purchased the property for her home at 182 South Street in Auburn, Cayuga County, in 1859 from Senator William Seward; she later acquired additional land and established a home for the aged and infirm at 180 South Street, where she died in 1913. Both properties have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Harriet Tubman is buried at Auburn’s Fort Hill Cemetery. The History Room of Auburn’s Seymour Public Library has a Harriet Tubman Collection that includes books, magazines, newspaper clippings, photographs and documents. A collection description is here, along with a bibliography of books and articles about Harriet Tubman.