Monthly Archives: October 2014

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

National Archives logoHave 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.

Seminar: Genealogy and the Law, featuring Judy Russell, 22 November, Mahwah, NJ

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:

News You Can Use

News You Can Use in Your New York Research

The 1865 New York State census is now available on and Both are fully indexed and searchable as well as browsable. does not have all images for the census for parts of Delaware, St. Lawrence, and Suffolk counties.

Registration Now Open For NERGC 2015

Sanitary Commission Lodge, Washington, D.C. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and  Photographs Division

Sanitary Commission Lodge, Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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.

Guide to Immigration & Naturalization History Research Webinar: Friday, October 24

ellis islandTomorrow, 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

News You Can Use

graphic2News You Can Use in Your New York Research

In the past month, 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: