FamilySearch.org has added millions of New York records to its free website, including detailed abstracts of New York City vital records that allow searching by family relationship, as well as place, date, and subject name; passenger and crew lists; Canada/New York border crossings; and National Guard service cards. A list of all New York collections on FamilySearch.org, which can be sorted by the most recently updated, is here.
Megan Smolenyak’s article, “War Numbers: Counting the Irish-born Dead in WWI,” includes data gleaned from the New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 database on Ancestry.com. She reports that 514,859 New Yorkers were “called to arms,” 9,751 of whom were Irish-born, and she also describes her related New Jersey research. The article appears in the April / May 2015 issue of Irish America.
The prestigious quarterly of the Westchester County Historical Society, the Westchester Historian, has published an article by former NYG&B summer intern Madeline Bourque Kearin in its winter 2015 issue. The thoroughly researched article “The Spencer Optical Works in Mount Kisco: The LIfe and Death of a Westchester County Factory Town” makes engrossing reading. Madeline is currently the co-director of Archeological excvavation at St. George’s/St. Mark’s Site in Mount Kisco. Information about the NYG&B summer intern program may be found here.
A footnote by NYG&B Record author Donn Devine inspired “Ten-Minute Methodology: Proof in a Footnote” posted in SpringBoard, the blog of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. The BCG monthly series helps genealogists better understand the Genealogy Standards through examples of best practice. Read the footnote (#67 pp. 12–13) or the full article: Donn Devine, “The European Origin of George Falk (1823–1900), Brooklyn Watchmaker,” The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 112 (January 2013): 5–16.
The NYG&B is a sponsoring organization of NERGC 2015, the 13th biennial New England Regional Genealogical Conference, which will take place in Providence, Rhode Island, Wednesday-Saturday, April 15-18, 2015. Register by the Early Bird Deadline of February 28 to save $30 on the full conference and another $10 on Tech Day. The 2015 NERGC registration brochure and online registration are available at www.NERGC.org.
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) has partnered with Findmypast, the world’s fastest growing family history company, to bring wider access to New York records. Findmypast will be the new home of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s Digital Library, offering millions of records from across the United States.
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) and Findmypast have announced that Findmypast will host the newly expanded Digital Library of the NYG&B. The partnership will provide additional membership benefits for the one of the nation’s oldest genealogical organizations, while also offering a stream of new content to Findmypast’s growing collections.
When launched this summer, the expanded Digital Library will bring millions of new records to members of the NYG&B, including the complete U.S. Census, 1790-1940; U.S. Passenger Lists, 1820s-1950s; birth, marriage, and death records from across the U.S.; the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), and many more. NYG&B members will be able to create an online family tree at Findmypast, and use new features such as Findmypast’s recently launched Hints to accelerate their research.
The partnership will offer Findmypast’s customers access to new records from the state of New York, covering more than three centuries. Major collections that will be added to Findmypast include the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record which has been in publication for 145 years, vital records, bible extracts, cemetery transcriptions, and more.
The two organizations will also work together to bring new content online over the course of the partnership. “The partnership is a terrific step forward for anyone researching ancestors from New York – we are delighted to join forces with such a historic organization to enrich the family history experience for Findmypast and members of the NYG&B,” said D. Joshua Taylor, Director of Family History at Findmypast.
“Our agreement with Findmypast offers our members two very significant benefits—vastly more effective searching of the complete run of the NYG&B Record and other NYG&B online collections, and direct access to the growing United States collections on findmypast.com. Findmypast subscribers also benefit significantly which makes the partnership a strong two-way street and thus sustainable for the long term,” said McKelden Smith, the NYG&B’s president.
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The second New York State Family History Conference will take place in Syracuse, NY, September 17–19, 2015 and bring together hundreds of researchers from across the country who want to learn about their New York roots.
NEW YORK, NY, February 11—The Central New York Genealogical Society and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society are cosponsoring the 2015 New York State Family History Conference. This year’s event will also be a Federation of Genealogical Societies Regional Conference.
The three-day conference will be held September 17–19 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Liverpool, just outside Syracuse, New York. It will attract hundreds of researchers—both amateur and professional—and top experts in the field.
Nationally known speakers, Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist; Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG; David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, FamilySearch.org; Curt B. Witcher, Allen County Public Library; D. Joshua Taylor, Findmypast.com and President, Federation of Genealogical Societies; Dick Eastman, author and publisher; James D. Folts, Ph.D., New York State Archives; Henry B. Hoff, FGBS, editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register; Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., The Genetic Genealogist; Ed Donakey, FamilySearch.org, VP of FGS; Eric G. Grundset, Library Director, DAR Library; Jim Ison, CG, FamilySearch.org; Matt Knutzen, New York Public Library; Jen Baldwin, Findmypast.com; and, New York-specialist, professional genealogists Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS; Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS; Terry Koch-Bostic and Jane E. Wilcox will give lectures.
Registration opens on February 11 at the FGS2015 conference in Salt Lake City and online. The registration fee for the three-day conference (excluding meals and printed syllabus) is $140 for the first 75 registrants (available through March 31 or until sold out); members of the CNYGS or the NYG&B receive a $25 discount. Purchase tickets in the online store at www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org.
The conference responds to the rapid growth in interest in family history research and, in particular, the demand for information about families who lived in New York State.
Attendees will have an opportunity to advance their skills in researching New York families, to build general skills and through 30 lectures in three parallel tracks and learn ways to build their local genealogical and historical societies through the FGS Focus on Societies day. In addition there will be three luncheons and a dinner, all with riveting speakers; and open-to-the-public Society Showcase; and exhibits by vendors and societies. The conference program and exhibitor information may be found on the conference website, www.NYSFHC.org.
New York State poses numerous challenges for even the most experienced family history researcher. The New York State Family History Conference will break down research barriers and provide a forum that brings people together to share their research knowledge and problem-solving experiences and to collaborate on key research issues.
Sponsors of the conference include the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Capital District Genealogical Society, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the New York Public Library, the New York State Archives and New York State Library, and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.
About the CNYGS
The Central New York Genealogical Society was formed in 1961 for the purpose of preserving, publishing and sharing genealogical information and resources. Towards that end, it has published Tree Talks, a highly respected quarterly which contains abstracts of significant records from upstate New York counties and is fully indexed, annually. The CNYGS holds six meetings yearly, and members engage in record preservation projects to preserve and report information for the future. Its official website is located at rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs.
About the NYG&B
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been a primary resource for research on New York families since 1869. The Society’s mission is to help people of all backgrounds find their places in American history through family history and genealogy. The NYG&B offers educational programs, including a biennial, three-day statewide conference, of which the NYG&B is a co-founder; two essential quarterly publications, including its scholarly journal, the NYG&B Record; and extensive resources online at NewYorkFamilyHistory.org. In January 2015, the NYG&B published its monumental, 856-page New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, the first and only comprehensive guide of its kind in the United States.
About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies across the United States and in other nations. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through a variety of online resources; through its FGS FORUM magazine published quarterly; and through its annual national conference which provides societies and family history enthusiasts four days of excellent learning opportunities including one full day devoted to society management — all delivered by nationally recognized speakers, educators, and regional experts. To learn more about FGS, its member societies, and its upcoming conferences, visit fgs.org. Find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.