Monthly Archives: March 2016

Searching for Records in Franklin County, NY

Franklin County was formed on March 11, 1808, from Clinton County, and named for Benjamin Franklin. The county seat is in the Village of Malone. The first European settlements were made around 1796, but earlier settlements were made by Native Americans from Caughnawaga and Oswegatchie under the guidance of Jesuit Priest Anthony Gordon about 1760. Continue reading

Searching for Records in Cayuga County, NY

Around 3500 B.C., Native Americans were the first to make their home in the area that would become Cayuga County, settling on the banks of Cayuga Lake. By 1000 A.D., the descendants of the first inhabitants had developed agriculture, a practice they supplemented with hunting and gathering. When Europeans arrived in the area in the late 18th century, the land was populated by the Cayuga tribe, one of the five nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Their tribal center at Goiogouen was destroyed by fire in 1779 during the infamous Sullivan Campaign, which targeted Iroquois communities across the state with the intention of destroying the Confederacy’s military prowess. Many of the surviving Cayuga people fled to Ohio, and later to Oklahoma, where their descendants formed the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. Continue reading

CNYGS & NYG&B Announce Plans for the 2016 New York State Family History Conference


CNYGS & NYG&B Announce Plans for the 2016 New York State Family History Conference 

March 21, 2016 – Syracuse, NY

  • The New York State Family History Conference (NYSFHC) will be held September 15–17, 2016 in Syracuse, NY.
  • Now in its third year, the event will bring together hundreds of genealogists from across the United States to learn about their New York ancestry.
  • The 2016 conference offers new opportunities for those interested in New York family history as it will be held concurrently with the Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS).
  • Registration is now open at 

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Digitized Brooklyn City Directories

Did you know that the Brooklyn Public Library has digitized city directories and telephone books for the borough of Brooklyn (Kings County) spanning the years 1856–1967 (with some gaps)?! The full collection of digital directories may be accessed on the Internet Archive website here. Digital directories for the years 1856–1908 may also be accessed on the Brooklyn Public Library website here. Additionally, the BPL’s finding aid to its complete collection of Brooklyn city directories and telephone books on microfilm, 1796–1986, may be accessed here.


From Our eLibrary: The Diaries Of John E. Lewis 1880-1956

John E. Lewis was a New York resident who wrote in his diaries every day for seventy-seven years and captured life in New York during the era.  Mr. Lewis began writing his diaries on January 1, 1880, as a nineteen-year old young man, and continued to write until his eyesight was too poor to continue, at age 96.  He chronicled many major events in New York State and the nation, from the crash of Wall Street and the end of Prohibition, to the festivities for the commemoration of Henry Hudson’s voyage on the Hudson River.  Many people, places, and events are mentioned in the diaries, including the famous individuals Mr. Lewis heard speak at lectures in and around New York City.  Although there is no evidence that Mr. Lewis traced his genealogy, his diaries provide detailed information on his family members, and even an annotated index identifying every person mentioned in the diaries, with biographical information. While the majority of journals were written from Utica, New York, some were written from Ansonia, Connecticut, which is about three and half hours southwest of Utica. Continue reading