Monthly Archives: May 2013

Book Talk Next Week at the NYG&B: New Netherland in a Nutshell

New Netherland in a NutshellDon’t forget! Next Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30pm the NYG&B is hosting Firth Haring Fabend who will discuss her new book “New Netherland in a Nutshell: A Concise History of the Dutch Colony in North America”. For more information see:

All Day Education Program in Burlington County NJ this weekend

This Saturday, June 1, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the Burlington County Historical Society are presenting “Weaving History and Genealogy” an all- day education program with optional tour of the Burlington County Historical Society Museum and Library. For information, including program schedule and registration details, see:

More Free Military Records Available This Weekend

In addition to, MyHeritage and are also offering free access to military records in honor of Memorial Day. Fold3 is is offering free access to its US Colored Troops service records collection in recognition of the US Colored Troops’ sesquicentennial.

Book Talk at the NYG&B 5/23 at 5:30

Don’t forget! Tonight at 5:30, award-winning author, Nancy Rubin Stuart, is returning to the NYG&B to discuss her latest biography. Defiant Brides is the story of two Revolutionary-era teenagers who defy their Loyalist families to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are forever changed.

NY Times article on Direct Me NYC: 1940

An editorial in the New York Times  this weekend applauded the NYPL’s Milstein Division for their terrific interactive website Direct Me NYC: 1940, which provides access to digitized 1940 telephone directories from the five boroughs of New York City and other powerful search tools.   They highlighted the Share Your Story feature that allows anyone to insert a personal anecdote about a person or place listed in the directories that can be read by all. 

News You Can Use

For the first time in its history, the NYPL has put an entire manuscript collection online. The Emmet Collection (at includes approximately 10,000 letters and documents.

New York City’s Department of Correction has started a free online database of New York City’s Potter’s Field on Hart Island. The database currently includes 65,000 names, mostly of those buried after 1977, of the more than one million people buried there.  More names will be added to the database as they become available.  To see the database, visit: