Monthly Archives: September 2014

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates JrOn Tuesday, the first episode of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s program “Finding Your Roots” aired on PBS. The episode focuses on three celebrities who knew nothing of their fathers’ respective ancestries. The segment with Gloria Reuben was mostly shot in the offices of the NYG&B.
She learned that her white father was 78 years old when she was born, and that he died without telling her anything about his ancestry. During the program, she learned that he was descended from a Jewish family in Jamaica, and her mother, who is African-American, was traced to slaves in Jamaica, including the original family member born in Africa. The research turned up her name, which is a very rare find.  The entire episode is available online here.
Members should check their local PBS stations for dates and times of future episodes.

Early Albany: A Hudson River Festival

half moonThe New Netherland Museum and the City of Albany will present “Early Albany, A Hudson River Festival” at the Albany Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve on Sunday, September 28th from 11 am to 4 pm. The concept of the 2014 event is based on commemorating the Dutch Settlement of Fort Nassau (1614), and will focus on science, commerce, and the meeting of cultures.

Henry Hudson’s replica ship, Half Moon, will be underway in full sail off the Corning Preserve. European re-enactors in period clothing will conduct drills and cannon salutes and sailors will operate historical small boats. Hands-on activities for youth and adults; demonstrations of early technology, both Algonquian and European. Early technology demonstrations will include flint knapping, black smithing, coopering, dug-out canoe building, and more. This is event is free and open to the public. For more information, see or,

The Researcher is Available in the eLibrary for Members

ResearcherThe newest issue of the New York Researcher (Volume 25, number 3, Fall 2014) is now available in the eLibrary for members. Topics include using tax records in your research and genetic genealogy.

Members, please note that the issue may take some time to be mailed to you.

Hunt Family Papers Open for Research

To celebrate Richard P. Hunt’s 217th birthday, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park has opened the Hunt Family Papers for research. The collection, now available to the public for the first time, includes materials dating from 1828 to 1856.

Richard Hunt, whose brick buildings still stand in Waterloo, NY, was an exceptional individual who believed strongly in equality, housing runaway slaves and hosting suffragettes. The Hunt Family Papers demonstrate this principled individual who contributed greatly to the town of Waterloo. For more information, visit their website: A finding aid is available online here:

News You Can Use

News You Can Use in Your New York Research

In the past month, has added or updated collections for ten New York newspaper titles. All of the titles are from the New York City area, and most were specialized newspapers targeting specific religious and ethnic audiences, such as the Eco D’Italia, the Jewish Messenger, and the Gaelic American. has added the following new newspaper titles:

  • Gaelic American, with issues covering from 10/07/1905 to 09/28/1907
  • Ognisko, with issues covering from 07/14/1887 to 06/22/1889 has added additional issues to the following newspaper collections:

Dutch Research in Holland for Colonial New York Ancestors on the Forget-Me-Not Hour

forget-me-not hourDutch professional genealogist Yvette Hoitink joined Jane E. Wilcox, host of “The Forget-Me-Not Hour” radio show, to talk about researching colonial Dutch ancestors in their homeland in the 1500s and 1600s. Yvette discussed Dutch research — how to find our roots in Holland, what types of records our ancestors will be found in, tips for negotiating Dutch records and more. Listen on-demand here.

More recorded talks can be found on the Forget-Me-Not Hour website,