Monthly Archives: February 2014

Just for NYG&B Members: Book Club

A Message for NYG&B Members:

Have you seen the Book of the Every-Other Month Club?  The NYG&B, through a partnership with Kinship Books, will provide members with access to selected titles from Kinship Books throughout the coming year. The books for 2014 consist of transcriptions of original records made by Arthur C. M. Kelly, the proprietor of Kinship Books, which cover vital records data found in church records.

To access the books, sign into our website and visit the Research & Discover page and open the menu tab “External Databases and Book Club” to click on the book club link. On that page you may read more about the upcoming titles and click on the currently available title to read it. There is also a link from the homepage of our website.  You may also visit Kinship Books online to see their full offerings and purchase books at  Please note, the books of the book club are not in the eLibrary, and use a special web viewer which does not permit copying or downloading.

The title currently available is the Remarkable Records of Rev. Gideon Bostwick, 1770-1793. You can buy this title online at Kinship Books here.

Upcoming titles will include:
Marriage Record of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Albany, Albany County, NY 1756-1899
Vital Records of Presbyterian Church Pleasant Valley,Dutchess County, NY 1793-1947
Records of First Congregational Church Town of Locke, Cayuga County, NY 1818-1836
Vital Records of Cortlandtown Reformed Church Montrose, Putnam County, NY 1741- 1894
Vital Records of St James Lutheran Church, Guilderland, Albany County, NY 1783-1874 

Guide to New Netherland Research Online

New Netherland InstituteThe New Netherland Institute has added a search engine on their website specifically for searching the Guide to Dutch Manuscripts Relating to New Netherland. This resource gives a brief description of the document or collection, and the location where the document is held.  It can be a great boon for those interested in Dutch research but unsure of where the documents they need to consult are located.  To try out the search engine or read more about the Guide to Dutch Manuscripts Relating to New Netherland, click here.

Review of Genealogy Apps in the New York Times

Recently, the New York Times featured a column reviewing genealogy- related apps for smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.  The author reviewed the perks and pitfalls of the app, the MyHeritage app, MobileFamilyTree 7, and the RootsMagic app. This can be a great way of taking your research with you on the go, but as always, you may want to be wary of anything you post online.   You can read the article online and even watch a video that shows the interfaces of the various apps.

Queens: Neighborhood Stories

Queens: Neighborhood Stories is a new website launched in partnership with the Queens County Library and HistoryPin, with support from the Metropolitan New York Library Council Queens County is the most diverse county in the United States, and now Queens Library will provide residents, past and present, the opportunity to tell their stories and build a picture of the lives of Queens residents through the years.  Photographs and other images, video clips, and audio recordings will be attached to an online map and timeline, allowing users of the new website to travel through time and space throughout the county.

To see the website, click here.

To read more about this on the HistoryPin blog, click here

RootsTech Online

RootstechToday was the first full day of RootsTech.  If you can’t make it to Salt Lake City for the conference, try going to the RootsTech website to watch a selection of class sessions streamed live from the conference.  Recorded videos of sessions will also be available shortly, but you can still watch the archived sessions from the 2013 conference on their site.

To access the streaming videos of the class sessions, visit the RootsTech website.

815 million US Public Records Added to MyHeritage SuperSearch

MyHeritage has just added 815 million US public records to their SuperSearch engine.  These records span from 1970 to the present and provide an invaluable tool for researchers looking for US relatives born after the 1940 census.  The records added are a combination of  voter registration lists, phone directories, property tax assessments, credit applications,  and other records available to the public.  To read more about this exciting new addition, visit