Monthly Archives: June 2014

Email Service Outage

The email service at the NYG&B is currently down due to issues with Microsoft Office 365. We would like to apologize to anyone who has been attempting to reach us. Please message via facebook or blog until this situation has been resolved.

Rootsweb Sites Still Down, Continued Problems with Ancestry, FindAGrave

rootswebThe DDoS attacks last week at and its subsidiaries and sister-sites have yet to be completely resolved. Users may experience continued issues with Ancestry, Fold3, and FindAGrave until the sites have been completely resolved, though they still retain some functionality and are not completely inactive. Many Rootsweb pages, including of local and regional genealogy societies, are completely down and unavailable this time, as Rootsweb is hosted by Ancestry’s other subsidiaries, such as,,,, and may also be affected.

News You Can Use

News You Can Use in Your New York Research has added to its collection of New York newspapers, including a new title. The new title,Cristoforo Colombo covers issues from 8/21/1892 to 9/7/1893. Two other newspapers, both from New York City, the Jewish Messenger and the Sozialist have been updated with more digitized issues. The Jewish Messenger now covers the period from 1857 to 1901 and the Sozialist now covers from 1885 to 1892. has more than 560 New York newspapers in its archives, with more than 6,500 for the entire country.

News You Can Use

News You Can Use in Your New York Research

Last Friday, updated two New York collections.

New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009 now contains 82,444 records.

New York, Northern Arrival Manifests, 1902-1956 now contains 160,650 records. It includes records for arrivals at Buffalo, Hogansburg, Lewiston, Malone, Morristown, Niagara Falls, Nyando (now Rooseveltown), Ogdensburg, Rochester, Rooseveltown and Waddington.

“Writing Your Family History” with the GGG

This Thursday, June 5, the German Genealogy Group meeting features Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer speaking on the difficult task of writing your family history. The talk will cover everything from choosing a focus and title, the many different formats in which to publish, and everything from writing tips to analysis of evidence, what facts and details to include and what to eliminate from the finished product.  The meeting will take place at the Hicksville VFW Hall – Post 3211 320 S. Broadway (Route 107) Hicksville, NY 11801 at 7:30pm.  For more information, visit the New York Family History School Calendar, or contact the German Genealogy Group.

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer has a master’s degree in library science and a graduate certificate in archives. Most recently, she was the reference librarian at The Culinary Institute of America for eleven years. She has been doing genealogical research since 1979, and has been Vice President for Programs and Vice President for Publicity for the Dutchess County [New York] Genealogical Society since 1988. She is a member of several genealogical and professional societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society, and state and local societies. Her training as a librarian is useful to her in developing talks about research for genealogists.

Ms. Crawford-Oppenheimer’s book, Long Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Family History from Home, was published by Betterway Books in 2000. Articles she has written have appeared in, among other magazines, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, and Family Tree Magazine. She writes a column for the Armstrong County [PA] Genealogy Club Quarterly.