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


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