Attention NYG&B members: This weekend, November 1-2, the website will be undergoing mandatory maintenance, beginning Saturday, November 1 at 11pm Eastern Time. You may experience temporary slowness or lack of functionality while the site is being updated. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Have you been watching the live stream of the National Archives’ virtual Genealogy Fair? Wednesday, October 29 promises seven different sessions, each highlighting a different genealogical interest, including online searching, military records, immigration and naturalization records, and land records. Visit the National Archives for a full schedule and more information here.
How do you find women ‘missing’ from early Colonial NJ records through military records from WWII? What are the different types of wills and probate and what to they really mean? What can you do when you can’t find a vital record that you know should be there? How can you track down what the ‘black sheep’ of your family was up to? (Hang onto your hats!)
The Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ is hosting a great upcoming event for Genealogists of all levels. This seminar, featuring ‘the Legal Genealogist’ Judy Russell, will focus on how legal issues affected our ancestors and the records they left behind.
Join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County for an exciting and informative all-day seminar in Mahwah, NJ on November 22, 2014. For more information, visit: http://njgsbc.org/event/2014-seminar
News You Can Use in Your New York Research
The 1865 New York State census is now available on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. Both are fully indexed and searchable as well as browsable. FamilySearch.org does not have all images for the census for parts of Delaware, St. Lawrence, and Suffolk counties.
Registration is now open for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference 2015, Navigating the Past: Sailing into the Future. The NYG&B is a sponsoring society of the conference, and has sponsored a wonderful lecture by Terry Koch-Bostic on the astonishing records of the US Sanitary Commission, recently cataloged and made available to researchers at the New York Public Library. The US Sanitary Commission was a civilian organization commissioned by the US government during the Civil War to provide sanitary and medical assistance to soldiers. However, the scope of the group grew tremendously during the war and after. Nearly one third of the collection deals with records of claims filed by the US Sanitary Commission on behalf of soldiers and their families for back pay, bounty, and pension claims, records which contain a wealth of genealogical information for researchers. To read more about the US Sanitary Commission, visit the NYPL website here.
To register for NERGC 2015, click here.
Tomorrow, October 24 at 1pm ET, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a webinar on researching immigration and naturalization records. The webinar will focus on researching with Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence files (1906-1946). The files in this group of records, which now is available to researchers at the National Archives in Washington, DC, include correspondence and policy documents related to every aspect of naturalization policy during the first half of the twentieth century. The webinar will introduce the most useful finding aids, and suggest strategies for getting the most out your research time at the Archives, and show sample files.
To attend the webinar, visit the USCIS History and Genealogy webinar page and click the “Attend Session” link a few minutes before the scheduled start time.
For more information and to see the full webinar schedule, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars
In the past month, GenealogyBank.com has updated collections for eight 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 and the Jewish Messenger.
The following collections have been updated:
- Arbeiter Zeitung, now with issues covering 1874–1902
- Cristoforo Colombo, now with issues covering 1892–1893
- Eco D’Italia, now with issues covering 1890–1896
- Fur Worker, now with issues covering 1916–1931
- Jewish Messenger, now with issues covering 1857–1901
- New Yorker Volkszeitung, now with issues covering 1889–1932
- Progresso Italo-Americano, now with issues covering 1884–1889
- Vorwarts, now with issues covering 1892–1922