Monthly Archives: June 2015

Today in NYC: Night at the Museums


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.

More praise for the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer


“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, which offers special discounts for NYG&B members, libraries, and historical societies; it is also available at retail price on

New York City images online at

Fulton Street Trade Cards

Thousands of photographs and other images that document New York’s history are accessible for free at Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York, 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

graphic2News You Can Use in Your New York Research

Recently, added 17 new New York newspaper titles to its online collections, with newspapers from 6 different counties and New York City.

In Chautauqua County:

In Dutchess County:

In Ontario County:

In Rensselaer County:

In Ulster County:

In Westchester County:

In New York City:



See you at the Global Family Reunion, Saturday, June 6

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. gfr_event_map