Monthly Archives: October 2013

Researching New York Conference, November 14-15

Details for the upcoming Researching New York Conference are now available online. The conference will be held Thurs.-Fri., November 14-15, 2013 at the University at Albany.  The Researching New York Conference brings together historians, researchers, archivists, museum curators, librarians, graduate students, teachers, web and multimedia producers, and documentarians to share their work on New York State history.  The complete program, registration information, and more details are available online here.  Session topics will include women’s suffrage, Joseph Smith and early Mormonism, integration, resegregation & public policy and religious institutions and notions of citizenship.


Research in Albany

Albany- research1The NYG&B is in Albany for our annual Research Trip.  Attendees will enjoy a welcome reception, orientations to the NY State Archives and the NY State Library, a private consultation with a genealogical professional, three days of assisted research, a gala dinner with a talk, and much more, including the company of their fellow genealogical researchers.

Orientation at the New Yotk State Library

Orientation at the New York State Library

Our research group is even now on their orientation of the New York State Library.  Tonight they will enjoy the gala dinner with a special talk by genealogy legend Thomas W Jones, CG, CGL, FASG.

While it is too late to join the group for the festivities in Albany this year, you can always sign up to be notified in advance of the tickets becoming available for purchase by emailing and asking to be added to the waitlist for the 2014 trip.

Hopefully, while they are there, some of the researchers can take advantage of the many ghostly historical tours available in Albany during the season, such as the ‘Capitol Hauntings’ tour at the State Capitol building.  The free tour runs twice a day on weekdays until November 1, although reservations are suggested.  For more information, see:

National Archives at New York City has rescheduled programs

NARA NYCThe National Archives at New York City was forced to cancel several programs due to the government shutdown.  They have now been rescheduled for the coming weeks.  To see these programs and more genealogically-related events taking place in the area, check the New York Family History School Calendar.  If you know of an event that you think should be added to the calendar, contact

Cemetery Tours

ghost tour

Halloween is one time of year that a great resource for genealogists- cemeteries- gets a lot of attention.  Two notable New York cemeteries are hosting tours this season.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery features a ‘Classic lantern tour’ as well as ‘The Good, the Bad and the Unusual’ tour and a ‘Murder and Mayhem’ tour in the cemetery during evenings in October and November.  These tours introduce visitors to the famous- and infamous- residents in the cemetery, including Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  There is also an afternoon guided walking tour available.  To buy tickets for any of these tours, as well as for more information, see the Cemetery Tours page at

greenwood tourGreen-Wood Cemetery is offering a ‘Spirited Stroll Through Green-Wood’ tour on October 27, 2013 at 1:00pm.  The tour will be led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff RIchman and will visit the graves of Green-Woods more well-known residents, as well as a tour of the Catacombs, usually closed to the public.  To buy tickets and for more information, see the event on Green-Wood cemetery’s website.

Archives and History Day at the Monmouth County Archives

The Monmouth County Archives is hosting “Archives and History” day in honor of Archives Week.  Exhibits, lectures, programs, workshops and tours of the archives are scheduled throughout the day.  See the full schedule below:


8:45-10:00 5 Morning Refreshments
9:00-5:00 Library Gallery Exhibit: The Bootlegger Era: Prohibition in New Jersey
9:00-5:00 New Jersey History Room: Local and State History Reference Books
9:10-9:55 Hall; Exhibition Tables: Archives and History Organizations
10:00 Hall; Color Guard & Pledge of Allegiance, Greetings from Renee B. Swartz, Chair, Monmouth County Library Commission
10:05-11:30 Hall; Exhibition Tables: Archives and History Organizations
10:15-11:00 7 Videos: Old News: Selections from the Monmouth County Archives TV 34 News Video Collection
11:30-12:00 Hall, Plenary Session

12:00-1:00 Exhibition Tables: Archives and History Organizations
12:00 Box lunches delivered to participants (by prior arrangement)
12:10-12:55 Monmouth County History Forum, conducted by Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan with featured speaker Marc Mappen. Discussion of Monmouth County history with an emphasis on the Prohibition Era.
1:00-1:45 Hall; Featured speaker: Marc Mappen (speech related to his book, Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation, 2013)
1:45-2:30 Hall ; Exhibition tables open
2:00-3:15 Seminar: National History Day: Real World Work for Young Historians Presenter: Joan Ruddiman, Ed.D

2:00-2:30 Archives Tour of the Monmouth County Archives (Reservation Required)

For more information see:

Learn about the NYPL’s online resources for newspapers, periodicals

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library

Explore current and historical newspapers and periodicals available online through the New York Public Library at tomorrow’s program, Researching with E-Resources: Periodicals and Newspapers.  The program begins Thursday, 10/10/13 at 2:00 pm in the South Court Classroom A, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, New York.  For more information about genealogically- related programs in New York State and beyond, visit the New York Family History School calendar.