Monthly Archives: April 2014

New Church Database on

StJohnPhoto_smallData from St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church has been added to the Church Marriages Database on the website of the German Genealogy Group. The church was established in Brooklyn in 1844 and later moved to Glendale. The records of the church are held at the Glendale location. So far, thanks to the efforts of Richard Winter and the German Genealogy Group, the marriages for the church have been indexed and added to the website, with the index of baptisms and deaths to follow shortly.

News You Can Use

News You Can Use In Your New York Research added several new collections on April 24, 2014. Many have New York records or information.

  • U.S., Surname Index to Quaker Records (444 records)
  •  U.S. and Canada, Quaker Extracted Yearly Meeting Minutes, 1808-1930 (116253 records)
  • U.S., Selected Quaker College Yearbooks and Alumni Directories, 1896-2003 (521947 records)
  • U.S., Hinshaw Index to Selected Quaker Records, 1680-1940 (887019 records)
  • U.S., Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol I–VI, 1607–1943 (356712 records)
  • U.S., Union Provost Marshal Files of Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866 (107471 records)
  • U.S., Records of Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865 (51108 records)
  • U.S., Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942 (6749 records)
  • U.S., Quaker Periodicals, 1828-1929 (41049 records)
  • U.S., Quaker Genealogies, 1893-2003 (31254 records)
  • U.S. and Canada, Quaker Monthly Meeting Historical Data, 1671-2010 (2087 records)
  • U.S. and UK, Quaker Published Memorials, 1818-1919 (55135 records)
  • U.S., Quaker Cemetery Records, 1800-1990 (13633 records)
  • U.S., Index to Quaker Obituary Notices, 1822-2012 (79196 records)
  • U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994 (5636447 records)

“Andiamo in Italia: Italian Family History Research in Italy and from Home” at the NYPL Tonight!

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the NYPL

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the NYPL

Tonight, April 23 at 5:30pm is the NYG&B and NYPL’s jointly sponsored lecture, “Andiamo in Italia: Italian Family History Research in Italy and from Home” by Mary M. Tedesco. Ms. Tedesco is the founder of ORIGINS ITALY, and has done extensive research in Italy.  She will speak on the different types of records available to genealogists in Italy, and where to find them.  This lecture will take place in the South Court Classrooms of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library. For more information on this and other upcoming events, check the NYG&B programs calendar:

The NYG&B 2014 Repository Tour of the Municipal Archives NYC

Researcher MuniThe recent NYG&B tour of the Municipal Archives crashed through several brick walls of our members. Following a tour of the library and conservation lab, participants returned to the research room and dove into the microfilm records. One had been looking for her grandmother’s birth certificate for ten years and found it during the tour. Assistance by staff members widened the search parameters allowing the discovery of the certificate.

A novice at family history was able to find the death certificate of his cousin, who died before the birth of the researcher, confirming the family oral history that the cousin died in a traffic accident. With the date in hand, a Municipal Archives staff member assisted the researcher in finding a newspaper article telling the story of the tragic accident.

Access Civil War Records on Fold3 for Free

pageshot fold3Enjoy free access to the Civil War records on Fold3 until the end of the month of April. Over 30 million documents are available for free access through a special portal on their website:


Records include:

  • Civil War Soldier Service Records
  • 1860 US Census
  • Civil War “Widows’ Pensions” Files
  • Civil War Pension Index
  • Southern Claims Commission
  • Confederate Amnesty Papers
  • Confederate Citizens File
  • Navy Survivors’ Certificates
  • Navy Widows’ Certificates
  • Civil War Subversion Investigations
  • Board of Commissioners- Emancipation of Slaves in DC
  • Court Slave Records for DC