Monthly Archives: November 2015

Savings extended through December 6 on the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the NYG&B is extending its November “three ways to save” offer through Sunday, December 6.  Choose the one that’s right for you and save $10, $20, or $30 when you purchase the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer:

  1. NYG&B members—save an extra $10 on top of your everyday $20 savings. Use the code “Bookship” at checkout
  2. Members of FGS societies—save $20 off the retail price of $85. And every FGS-related purchase will raise $20 for Preserve the Pensions, a campaign to digitize the War of 1812 pension records. See details here.
  3. Everyone else—save $10 with the code “Bookship”

Purchase the book online at or call 212-755-8532. These offers cannot be combined and are not available through our Amazon store.

FGS Members: Save $20 on the Research Guide and Gazetteer and help raise $20 for Preserve the Pensions

Exclusive limited time offer for FGS Member Organizations!

The NYG&B is offering an exclusive $20 discount on the purchase of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer to members of FGS member societies through the end of November. And, the NYG&B will donate $5 of every FGS-related purchase to Preserve the Pensions, a campaign to digitize the War of 1812 pension records. The NYG&B’s donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by FGS and matched again by So, FGS members save $20 on the book and turn the NYG&B $5 donation into a $20 donation. Details for FGS members are here.  Find out if your society is an FGS member here.

The discount applies to books purchased at the non-member retail price of $85 and may not be combined with other discounts. Discount ends November 30, 2015.

NYC Celebrates Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day with an evening of special performances and inspiring readings

Two hundred years ago Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, NY. Her family later settled in Seneca Falls, NY, which became the epicenter of the women’s suffrage movement.

New York City has declared today Elizabeth Cady Stanton day and tonight presents an evening of performances and readings called Declaration of Sentiments: The Remix at historic Cooper Union, a venue that hosted Stanton herself. The event celebrates the document written by Stanton and others in 1848 that ignited the suffrage movement and kicks off the City’s celebration of the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial.Details are at .

Book Talk: In Search of Barnabas Horton: From English Baker to Long Island Proprietor, 1600-1680

NYG&B member Jacqueline Dinan has self-published a masterpiece of research, writing, and book design. The book was highlighted in the fall 2015 issue of the New York Researcher and will soon be reviewed in the NYG&B RecordJoin us on Wednesday, December 2, 6:00 pm as Jackie shares stories about the life and times of Barnabas Horton and takes us through the process of transforming her research into an exquisite publication.  The event is free; space is limited, so reservations are essential: email or call 212-755-8532 ext. 206.

Meanwhile, you may visit the book’s website for links to online records and resources, as well as Jackie’s new blog at where she will explore a topic, answer questions, or circulate updates at the start of every month.

A unique gathering of descendants of slave narrative authors in Buffalo

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An Underground Railroad site in Buffalo, New York was host to a gathering of descendants of African-American anti-slavery activists and authors of slave narratives. The three-day event was organized by Professor Kari Winter of the State University of New York at Buffalo. The New York Times recounts some of the moving personal stories and artifacts that participants shared.



Help Unlock Vital Pieces of New York History with the NYPL

Emigrant cityThe New York Public Library has announced a new online transcription project, Emigrant City. This project will enlist the public in transcribing the newly digitized records of mortgages and bonds in the Library’s Emigrant Savings Bank Records. This is your chance to contribute to New York history! The real estate documents contain about 6,400 mortgages taken out from between 1851 to 1923 by New Yorkers, many  of them recent immigrants. When the transcription project is complete, there will be a keyword-searchable and structured index of names and mortgage details to help enable new discoveries and research.

Learn more about this project and lend your expertise at

New Database: Death Notices Appearing in Troy Newspapers, 1797 – 1860

We’ve written about databases from the Troy Irish Genealogical Society before, and they now have an exciting new addition to their collection. The index, Death Notices Appearing in  Troy Newspapers, 1797 – 1860, was originally created by staff at the Troy Public Library in 1938.  The index includes 6,198 names. The Troy Irish Genealogical Society transcribed that index into a database so this valuable information can be made available to researchers online.  Among the included newspapers are the Troy Budget, Troy Gazette, Troy Sentinel, Troy Post, and Troy Whig.

The index includes the name of the deceased, age, date of death, names of newspapers that reported the death along with the newspaper date, page and column number where you will find the death notice in the appropriate newspaper.  Some entries in the index may show military rank, if the deceased was a veteran. The entries are arranged alphabetically by last name and the deceased was not always a local resident, so this database should be checked by those searching for residents throughout New York.

To see these records go to the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website – – click on PROJECTS and then under DEATH RECORDS click on DEATH NOTICES APPEARING IN TROY NEWSPAPERS.