Monthly Archives: July 2015

Database of WWI Soldier Deaths

A new database identifies the residents of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties who died during World War I has been added to the website of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society (

The names in the new database were copied from a July 1, 1922 report identifying citizens of the State of New York who died while in the service of the United States during World War I.  The 1922 report was compiled by Brigadier General J. Leslie Kincaid, the Adjutant General of the State of New York at that time.

General Kincaid believed that his report, aside from possessing a distinct historical value, would be much appreciated by communities throughout New York. There are seven data elements in this new series of records which show the following items:

  • Name of Serviceman
  • Home Address
  • Military Rank
  • Unit Assigned To
  • Branch of Service – Army, Navy or Marine Corps
  • Date of Death
  • Cause of Death

The Roll of Honor names in this new data base are arranged in six separate files as follows:

  1. Roll of Honor – Albany County Names
  2. Roll of Honor – Rensselaer County Names
  3. Roll of Honor – Saratoga County Names
  4. Roll of Honor – Schenectady County Names
  5. Roll of Honor – Above Four Counties – By Surname
  6. Roll of Honor – Above Four Counties – By Hometown

If there is an interest in counties other then the four counties listed above, the remaining New York State Counties can be viewed by going to the following link:

An Update to A Guide to Dutch Manuscripts Relating to New Netherland in United States Repositories

In 1977–78, Dr. Charles Gehring combed archival repositories in the United States in search of Dutch-language documents relating to New Netherland. Ever since, A Guide to Dutch Manuscripts Relating to New Netherland in United States Repositories has been an essential aid to scholars of New Netherland. An updated and enhanced version of that guide that incorporates recent findings and provides hyperlinks to available translations, transcriptions, and manuscript images is now available on the New Netherland Institute website, here:

President Lincoln’s Cottage Seeking Citizenship or Naturalization Certificate

The NYG&B has been contacted by the staff at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. They are preparing an exhibit about Lincoln and immigration, and are looking for a citizenship or naturalization certificate (the final document, as versus the intent to naturalize or petition) from the general period of Lincoln’s presidency (1860-1865). They are hoping one of our members or blog readers might have a document, and be willing to scan or photograph it for the upcoming exhibit. The staff at Lincoln’s Cottage are having trouble locating a suitable document in court records and archives as the certificate itself generally went home with the newly naturalized citizen and only indexes and stubs were kept by the courts.

If you have such a certificate and would like to donate a photograph or scan of the document to Lincoln’s Cottage, please contact

Ask an Expert About Immigration and Nationality (I&N) Records

Do you have a question about immigration and nationality (I&N) records and research? Do you need help understanding an immigration or naturalization record you have found in your genealogical searches? Marian Smith, a specialist at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services History Office and Library, will be answering pre-submitted questions during a live webinar on Friday, July 31st, at 1:00 PM Eastern. Send your question via email to with the subject line “July Webinar Question.” If your question relates to a document you found, attach a copy of the document to the email. All questions must be received by Saturday, July 25th!

To ensure the hour is of interest to the widest audience, questions answered first will be those most commonly asked or that generate the most useful answers. Documents submitted with questions may be shared and discussed during the live webinar. Please do not send large or extensive files.

New York State Family History Conference Speaker Profiles: Judy Russell

NYSFHC logo 2015“No Person Shall … Gallop Horses In the Streets” – Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors’ Lives
Early court records give color and meaning to the lives and times of our ancestors. County courts often functioned as both judiciary and legislature, and appeals courts published fact-filled opinions. While the records often establish relationships to help build a family tree, they offer so much richness and depth to help tell a family’s story.
Award-winning blogger Judy G. Russell ( is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from court records to DNA. She is a Trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer.

Judy will be giving three lectures and a dinner talk at the New York State Family History Conference. Learn more about the New York State Family History Conference here, or buy tickets in our online store.

New York State Family History Conference Speaker Profiles: Dr. Thomas W. Jones

NYSFHC logo 2015The NYG&B is getting ready for the New York State Family History Conference on September 17-19, 2015. We will be featuring profiles of several of the speakers at the conference on the blog as we prepare for the big event!

New York State Family History Conference Featured Speaker:
Dr. Thomas. W. Jones, CG, FASG, FUGS, FNGS
“Will Your Family History Have Lasting Value?”
Most genealogists want to prepare family histories that future generations will cherish. Not all succeed. Many genealogies contain only “harvested” information, which our descendants will be able obtain themselves (perhaps more easily than we can today). Some of that information likely is wrong. We begin to create worthwhile and accurate family histories by collecting and sharing family stories and DNA test results—information that might soon disappear. Our research progresses from that starting point toward the goal of a printed, computerized, or online family history. If we pay attention to four factors—biography, accuracy, documentation, and explanation—our history will be irreplaceable.
Tom will be giving three lectures at the New York State Family History Conference. Sign up today in our online store!
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He is author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, a popular textbook on genealogical assessment and reasoning. Tom also is a trustee and a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Tom works full time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He coordinates courses at the British Institute, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research; and he teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Certificate Program.

Learn more about the New York State Family History Conference here, or buy tickets in our online store.

Last Spots Available for Research in Albany

NYS-Cultural-Education-Center-300x200The NYG&B’s ever-popular annual research trip to Albany is nearly sold out. From October 29- to October 31, 2015 attendees will enjoy three days of assisted research and genealogical camaraderie with the people who know New York best. Register today via our online storeor call 212-755-8532, ext. 211 before the trip is sold out.

The Library and Archives are conveniently located in the same building, along with the New York State Museum. The Albany Institute of History and Art is within walking distance.

The program fee is $295 for members and $360 for non-members. The fee includes:

  • Orientation to the New York State Archives and the New York State Library by staff experts.
  • A private consultation with a professional genealogist.
  • Access to a professional genealogist for all three days of the program.
  • Welcome gathering on Wednesday night (Oct. 28).
  • Dinner on Thursday night. (Guests not registered for the research experience may attend the dinner for just $40.)
  • Wine and cheese reception on Friday evening.
  • Lunch in the library on Saturday.
  • Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton.

For a detailed description of the genealogically-pertinent holdings at the NYSL click here and at the NYSA click here.