The NYG&B at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Las Vegas

Visit the NYG&B at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Las Vegas May 8-11. We are very pleased to present six lectures featuring five experts on New York genealogy. Throughout the conference we will be manning a booth and offering a selection of important New York books for purchase.

On Thursday, May 8, the NYG&B hosts a luncheon and presents keynote speaker Terry Koch-Bostic on how to research ancestors in New York newspapers. Terry serves on the NYG&B Education Committee; she is a NGS board member and the New York Metro Chapter Representative for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

On Friday, May 9, the NYG&B presents a five-lecture track on key topics in New York research, with the top speakers in the field:

Colonial New York Genealogy
Focus: Locating church, census, tax, court, manorial, military, lease records, merchant, estate papers, and other records.
Presenter: William T. Ruddock, editor, Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine and contributing editor, NYGB Record.

Cutting through the Confusion: Research in Upstate New York
Focus: Strategies, which vary by county and region, for successful research in upstate New York.
Presenter: Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS, co-editor, the NYGB Record.

Spanning the Great New York Abyss: Connecting Generations When No Vital Records Exist
Focus: Research strategies and alternative sources that will help locate and link ancestors in the absence of vital records.
Presenter: Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS, co-editor of the NYGB Record; trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Laura is the author of Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, the newest edition in the NGS Research in the States series.

Behind the Institutional Walls of Nineteenth-Century New York City: What’s To Be Found?
Focus: Exploring records generated by hospitals, orphanages, penitentiaries, and workhouses.
Presenter: Joan Koster-Morales, professional genealogist, historian, lecturer, and registered nurse; specialist in records with medical information.

New York’s Censuses and City Directories: Linking Ancestral Records across Decennial Gaps
Focus: Using New York State censuses and city directories to locate and distinguish New Yorkers in the gap years where there is no U.S. Census.
Presenter: Terry Koch-Bostic (see above)

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