Monthly Archives: May 2014

Last Chance for Municipal Archives Tour!

Researcher MuniSpots have become available for the popular NYG&B “Beyond the Basics” tour of the Municipal Archives of New York City on Friday, May 30 at 1:30 pm.  Tickets are available in our online store.

“Beyond the Basics” focuses on the lesser known resources of the Municipal Archives, including City Cemetery (aka Potter’s Field) records, Bodies in Transit records, Almshouse History of Inmates, and more. After an introduction to the records by Marcia Kirk, the new Director of the Municipal Archives, participants may go on visits to the Visitor Center, City Hall Library, and the Conservation Lab, or they can spend the majority of their time in the Archives Reference Room conducting their own research. This program is a rare chance to research in the Municipal Archives when it is closed to the public, so there is no waiting for work stations or staff attention. NYG&B staff will be on hand to provide research assistance. 

Spots Available for 5/30 Municipal Archive Tour

Researcher MuniTwo openings have become available for the popular NYG&B “Beyond the Basics” tour of the Municipal Archives on Friday, May 30 at 1:30 pm.  Tickets available on our online store.

“Beyond the Basics” focuses on the lesser known resources of the Municipal Archives, including City Cemetery (aka Potter’s Field) records, Bodies in Transit records, Almshouse History of Inmates, and more. After an introduction to the records by Marcia Kirk, the new Director of the Municipal Archives, participants may go on visits to the Visitor Center, City Hall Library, and the Conservation Lab, or they can spend the majority of their time in the Archives Reference Room conducting their own research. This program is a rare chance to research in the Municipal Archives when it is closed to the public, so there is no waiting for work stations or staff attention. NYG&B staff will be on hand to provide research assistance. 

The Essential Role of Gazetteers Tomorrow at the NYPL

FrenchDon’t miss tomorrow’s “The Essential Role of Gazetteers” by Naomi Joshi on Wednesday, May 28, 5:30 p.m. at the New York Public Library.

This program, jointly sponsored by the NYG&B and the NYPL, will delve into the many clues to your family’s history in gazetteers and why we should seek out these resources.

Naomi Joshi is the managing editor of the forthcoming New York Family Research Guide and Gazetteer.

Missed “Looking for Your New York Tenant Farmer: Little-Used Resources”? Get the Syllabus!

If you are a NYG&B member and you missed Jane Wilcox’s lecture, Looking for Your New York Tenant Farmer: Little-Used Resources, you can still receive the syllabus from the program. The presenter is allowing the NYG&B to email the program handouts to NYG&B members until the end of May. If you are a NYG&B member and would like to receive the syllabus, please email education@nygbs.org using your registered email address with the subject line of “Tenant Farmer.”tenant farmer

1905 New York State Census on Ancestry.com

AncestryThe 1905 New York State census has been added to Ancestry.com.  While Ancestry.com is a paid subscription site, many New York records, including the 1905 census, are available for free through a partnership with the New York State Archives. Users can create a free account and access the many records freely available for New York State. A link to the page to search the free records is available on the New York State Archives website and on the homepage of the NYG&B. The collections currently available include: