Monthly Archives: May 2015

Global Family Reunion, June 6

Join the NYG&B at the first ever Global Family Reunion—created by NYG&B trustee A.J. Jacobs—on Saturday, June 6 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.  Meet historian Henry Louis Gates, comedian Andy Borowitz, and Dr. Oz, hear Sister Sledge sing “We are Family,” and learn about using DNA in your family history research, along with many other treats. Click here for the full-day schedule packed with games, workshops, music, and incredible talks suitable for the whole family. Advance tickets at a 25% discount are available by clicking here. Event proceeds will support Alzheimer’s research.

FamilySearch adds more New York records

FamilySearch has updated the collection “New York, State Census, 1892” and added a new collection of New York records. “New York, New York, Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted, 1917-1957” contains more than 100,000 images of index cards that record the name of the crewman, age, vessel on which he served, date of discharge or desertion and volume number for related passenger lists on NARA publication T715.

New York State Family History Conference- Early Bird Rates End May 31

NYSFHC logo 2015Early Bird registration rates end May 31, 2015 for the 2015 New York State Family History Conference, a Federation of Genealogical Societies regional conference. This will be the second New York State Family History Conference by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society, and it is increasing in size and duration and will feature three simultaneous lecture tracks and more exhibitors. The Federation of Genealogical Societies is sponsoring the first day of the conference.

The 2015 NYSFHC Conference will be three days long and consist of three concurrent tracts, and will run from Thursday, September 17, 2015 through Saturday, September 19, 2015. We will also be scheduling a pre-conference research day. Thursday’s programing will be organized and hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. More information on the conference programming may be found here. The Conference will be held at the Syracuse/Liverpool Holiday Inn, located at 441 Electronics Parkway, in Liverpool, N.Y.

Members of the Central New York Genealogical Society and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society are eligible for discounted conference rates.

Visit the conference website here.

Registration is open; click here to register.  Early bird rates end May 31, after which prices will increase.

Update on the Global Family Reunion

Listen to best-selling author A. J. Jacobs’s interview on NPR’s Brian Lehrer Show about his upcoming Global Family Reunion, which takes place on June 6 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens on the grounds of the 1964 World’s Fair. The day will feature family activities, entertainment, and nationally known speakers, including David Rencher, D. Joshua Taylor, Cece Moore, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and other top names in genealogy, as well as a host of celebrities. Event proceeds will support Alzheimer’s research. Click here to purchase tickets at a 25% discount


History of a Home: Program at the NYPL 5/20

Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection

Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection

The NYPL’s ever-popular program, “Who Lived in a House Like This? How to Research the History of Your New York City Home,” will be held on May 20, 2015 at 6pm in the Milstein Division of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City.

The Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy one of the most extensive, freely accessible collections pf its kind. This program will utilize censuses, city directories, land conveyances, local histories , newspapers, and photographs available at the NYPL to research the history of a particular building or location, and tell the story of a house, a neighborhood, and the people who lived there. You may register for the program online here.

If you are unable to attend, Milstein Division librarian Philip Sutton has prepared a wonderful overview of the program and the types of resources available at the library, and the wonderful insights they provide into New York history, available here.

For New Yorkers of French-Canadian descent

New Yorkers who trace their ancestry to French Canada may be enlightened by Michael Leclerc’s article about the famous Filles de Roi and their profound influence on family history. He notes that “almost every living descendant of the early French colonists can trace their ancestry back to at least one of the Filles de Roi.” In fact he counts 104 Filles de Roi among his own ancestors.