Today, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, several Lower Manhattan museums, historic sites, and archives offer free admission and special programs as part of River to River: Night at the Museums. Among the participating venues are the African Burial Ground National Monument, Fraunces Tavern® Museum, Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Archives at New York City, and South Street Seaport Museum. The NYC Municipal Archives Visitors Center presents a one-day- only special exhibit: The Unbuilt City, about the Downtown Civic Center that was longed planned, but never built. Artist renderings, building designs, and architectural plans will be on view.
“This is a volume that every library and New York researcher should have, and indeed must have,” declares Henry Hoff, CG, FASG, in his review of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer for the spring issue of the esteemed New England Historic and Genealogical Register. And Harold Henderson, CG, provides a thorough breakdown of the book’s contents in his independent review for the April issue of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. He concludes “No publication in any format can contain everything we need to know about this endlessly enigmatic state, but this one comes close. Prudent New York Researchers will find it both a duty and a pleasure to consult this one often.”
The book may be purchased at NewYorkFamilyHistory.org, which offers special discounts for NYG&B members, libraries, and historical societies; it is also available at retail price on Amazon.com.
Thousands of photographs and other images that document New York’s history are accessible for free at Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York, http://www.dcmny.org. The website hosts online collections of participating institutions from New York City and Westchester County. Among the varied collections —which are keyword searchable—are: “New-York Historical Society, Photographs of New York City and Beyond,” which presents more than 16,000 portraits, building photos, and street scenes from 1839 to 1945; “Maritime College, Sailors’ Snug Harbor Archives,” which documents the 140-year history of the Staten Island home for retired and disabled seamen; and “Brooklyn Public Library, Fulton Street Trade Cards,” which is a colorful record of Brooklyn businesses of the late 19th– and early 20th-century.
News You Can Use in Your New York Research
Recently, Ancestry.com has updated its collection of New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. Check our blog frequently for more announcements of New York-related material that has been posted online.
Recently, GenealogyBank.com added 17 new New York newspaper titles to its online collections, with newspapers from 6 different counties and New York City.
In Chautauqua County:
- Chautauque Phenix, covering 1828–1831
In Dutchess County:
- New-York Journal, or, General Advertiser, covering 1778–1781
In Ontario County:
- Ontario Messenger, covering 1806–1818
In Rensselaer County:
- Farmer’s Oracle, covering 1797–1798
- Federal Herald, covering 1788–1790
- Lansingburgh Gazette, covering 1798–1827
In Ulster County:
- Ulster County Whig, covering 1834–1836
In Westchester County:
- Westchester Herald, covering 1818–1856
In New York City:
- Argus, covering 1795–1800
- Evening Star, covering 1833–1840
- Frank Leslie’s Illustrirte Zeitung, covering 1858–1866
- National Advocate for the Country, covering 1813–1827
- National Police Gazette, covering 1846–1876
- New York Aurora, covering 1807–1809
- New York Semi-Weekly Express, covering 1836–1867
- New-York Gazette, covering 1759–1821
- New-York Gazette, or Weekly Post-Boy, covering 1743–1770
Visit the NYG&B table at the Global Family Reunion, tomorrow, June 6. Look for us in the Community Tent. The day includes talks by top experts in genealogy and other nationally known speakers, entertainment, and family activities. See the program schedule here. Event proceeds will support Alzheimer’s research. Click here to purchase tickets at a 25% discount.
The DAR has a new searchable index of more than 40,000 family Bible records and transcriptions. The index covers many generations, not just the Revolutionary, and many states. To search the index, click here.