Monthly Archives: October 2015

Treasures of the New York City Municipal Archives

Pauline TooleThe Daily News offers a glimpse of the extraordinary holdings of the New York City Municipal Archives in an article and a video that feature Commissioner Pauline Toole (Department of Records and Information Services) and Australian historian Shane White, who conducted research at the Archives—and at the Division of Old Records—for his latest book, Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire. The vast resources of the Archives will be described in great detail in the NYG&B’s forthcoming book, The Municipal Archives of New York City: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians, which is being produced with the full cooperation of the Archives staff. Publication details will be announced later this year on our website and our blog.

Another accolade for the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer


The September issue of the NGSQ, one of the premier journals in the field of family history research, carries an outstanding review of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer. Diane Rapaport calls the book “. . . the biggest and best ever guide to New York research. Everything a researcher would want to know about researching New York’s sixty-two counties, and the boroughs of New York City, is now in one comprehensive, encyclopedic, easy-to-use manual.”

Detailed information about the book is on the NYG&B’s website Until November 30, U.S. shipping and handling (regularly $10) is free for all online store and phone orders with the Discount Code “BOOKSHIP.”

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair, October 21 and 22

NARA gen fair

The National Archives (NARA) will present a virtual genealogy fair through a live broadcast on YouTube, Wednesday and Thursday, October 21 and 22, starting at 10:00 am each day. Click here for the fair schedule and a link to the free live stream video on YouTube. NARA experts from across the country will speak about NARA’s vast resources for genealogy research. Topics include Where’d They Go? Finding Ancestral Migration Routes, Women in War Time Civilian Government Employment, Finding Your World War I Veteran at the National Archives at St. Louis. For a list of session descriptions and links to pdf handouts click here.


Free U.S. Shipping- a $10 savings on the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer through Nov. 30!

BOOKNow through November 30, save $10 on all orders of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer using the code BOOKSHIP at checkout for free U.S. shipping (value of $10) or $10 off international shipping.*

The monumental New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer is the essential textbook for genealogical research on New York State and City. Hailed by the NEHG Register as “a volume that every library and researcher should have and indeed must have,” the 856-page book is the ideal holiday gift for friends and family.

Until November 30, U.S. shipping and handling (regularly $10) is free for all online store and phone orders using the Discount Code “BOOKSHIP.” International orders will have $10 off their usual shipping price.

Learn more about the book here.

Purchase the book online at or call 212-755-8532.

Order now for those on your holiday list.

And, if you are able, please consider donating a copy for your local library, for which hundreds of researchers will be exceptionally grateful.

*Free shipping within the United States, $10 off shipping outside the U.S. This offer is not available through our Amazon store.

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Your Research at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Next Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 3pm, the Center for Jewish History will be hosting a very useful presentation for all those interested in Holocaust-related research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum holds millions of pages of documents about individuals and communities lost in the Holocaust. However, conducting research at the Museum can be challenging because of the sheer volume and wide variety of resources available. This program will provide a suggested framework on how to plan research at the Museum using the Collections Catalog available at Megan Lewis, a reference librarian at the Museum, will discuss how to use Archives collections, the Library’s holdings, the International Tracing Service (ITS) records and other resources in family research. The Museum now has much original material available from home, such as over 17,000 hours of oral histories and several dozen archival collections. Both people new to Holocaust research and those who have conducted research at the Museum before will learn tips to make their research smoother. The Center for Jewish History is located at 15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) in Manhattan. For more information, visit their website,

New Records from New York on Findmypast

FMP logoFindmypast has made transcriptions of birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records from some early printed sources for the records of New York. While many of these records come from published books, they have now been transcribed and made searchable online. These records are in new collections that have been recently added to the United States and Canadian collection, and are available for free for NYG&B members, who receive a US and Canadian subscription to Findmypast with their NYG&B membership.

Information has been taken from a variety of published sources, and transcribed into a searchable index. Each collection varies as to its content.

For New York baptisms 1660-1862, information is from:

  • Grace Episcopal Church, Jamaica, Long Island
  • Kingston Dutch Church
  • Success Long Island Dutch Church
  • Newtown, Long Island (now Elmhurst)
  • Staten Island


For New York marriages 1639-1900, information is from:

  • Grace Episcopal Church, Jamaica, Long Island
  • Kingston Dutch Church
  • Montgomery County
  • Newtown, Long Island (now Elmhurst)
  • Staten Island
  • Westchester County
  • Yorktown


For New York deaths & burials 1758-1862, information is from:

  • Grace Episcopal Church, Jamaica, Long Island
  • Newtown, Long Island (now Elmhurst)
  • Staten Island
  • Success, Long Island, Dutch Church (only one result)
  • Yorktown