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.

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