Monthly Archives: April 2015

New York City Street Scene: See a current photo of your ancestor’s home

“Walking New York” is the subject of a special issue of the New York Times Magazine on Sunday, April 26. Already, an online interactive feature allows readers to submit their favorite walks by entering a street address or pinpointing a location on a New York City street map to reveal a panoramic photograph. However, anyone may use this very useful tool to quickly see a current picture of a New York City address. Memorable walks submitted by others may be viewed here.

Reviewed in the New York Times

 

NYT front mastSam Roberts, resident New York history expert at the New York Times, commented on the New York Family History Research Guide and BOOKGazetteer in his Bookshelf column on Sunday: “This volume doubles as an overdue handbook for serious researchers (and an 840-page doorstop), but it also provides an enlightening and eclectic chronological tour of four centuries of New York benchmarks and record-keeping.” Read his review here. Mr. Roberts has authored numerous books about New York, most recently A History of New York in 101 Objects, which was reviewed in the Winter 2014 issue of the New York Researcher.

 

NYG&B at NERGC

IMG_3006The NYG&B is at 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.

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

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.

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Please stop by our table and say hello. Members, remember to get your membership ribbons! We will also be selling copies of our new book, the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, as well as many other publications.

A Major New Research Resource: The Astonishing Records of the U.S. Sanitary Commission

Next week at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), the NYG&B is sponsoring a lecture by Terry Koch-Bostic on the records of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, which provided sanitary and medical assistance to Union volunteer forces during the Civil War. This extraordinary collection is rich in genealogical material covering the period 1861–1878 and is held by the Manuscripts and Archives division of the New York Public Library. A large portion of the records consist of back pay, bounty, and pension claims. The NYPL’s detailed guide to the collection may be accessed here. An article by NYPL archivist Susan Waide focusing on how to use the collection for genealogical research was featured in the winter 2014 issue of the New York Researcher, vol. 25, no. 4.

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