Monthly Archives: May 2016

From Our eLibrary: New York, New Amsterdam Minutes Of The Orphanmasters 1655-1663

The eLibrary contains the two volumes entitled Minutes of the Orphanmasters of New Amsterdam 1655 to 1663,translated and edited by former New York State archivist Berthold Fernow and published in 1902. In the Netherlands every city had a weeskamer or orphan chamber, a court consisting of “orphanmasters” who, under Roman-Dutch Law, appointed curators (guardians) charged with protecting the estates of widows and orphaned or half-orphaned children. Continue reading

Searching for Records in Erie County, NY

Erie County is situated on the western border of New York State. It is bounded by Lake Erie to the west and is bordered by Niagara County and Canada to the north, Genesee and Wyoming Counties to the east, and Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties to the south.  The county contains three cities, 25 incorporated townships, and 14 villages, including Buffalo, the county seat and the second-largest metropolitan area in New York. The area is heavily influenced by manufacturing and has a population of 919,040 according to the 2010 U.S. federal census. Continue reading

Genealogy Roadshow Recap: Miami, FL

Last night’s Genealogy Roadshow took us to Miami, Florida.  Most of the episode was filmed at History Miami Museum, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate that works to gather, organize, and preserve Miami’s history (be sure to check out their amazing Digital Photo Archive.)  The episode covered a wide range of history, from early American history, to the history of the Philippines in WWII, to Cuba and the Spanish-American War.  Here are some of the resources I took away from last night’s big reveals: Continue reading

From Our eLibrary: New York, Flushing Marriage & Death Abstracts 1847-1870

Compiled by Josephine C. Frost this typescript comprises vital records from Queens and (now) Nassau counties from the years 1847-1870, probably taken from the Flushing Journal and other unidentified newspapers. Marriage records contain full name and hometown of both the bride and groom and the date of the marriage, in chronological order. Death records contain the date of death, age upon death, hometown, and, in the case of some women, husband’s name.

View the collection.

Searching for Records in Greene County, NY

Partitioned from Albany and Ulster Counties in 1800, Greene County lies in eastern New York and is located approximately 120 miles north of New York City. The county is bordered by Albany, Rensselaer, and Schoharie Counties to the north, Ulster to the south, Delaware County to the west and Columbia County to the east. The county seat is the Village of Catskill and the county is geographically divided into 14 towns, and 5 villages. The County’s population is 49,221, according to the 2010 U.S. census. Much of the county is mountainous and includes Catskill Park, which has some of the highest peaks in New York south of the Adirondacks, but also contains low lying flat lands in the northeast.  Continue reading

Genealogy Roadshow Recap: Albuquerque, NM

Last night’s premiere of Genealogy Roadshow brought us to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The episode touched on a lot of interesting bits of American history that I wasn’t entirely familiar with – from the funding of the American Revolution to local history in New Mexico.  I don’t personally have any ancestors that have come or gone through that part of the country (that I know of.) However, as I have mentioned before, these shows are great because they offer so many resources and tools that you can apply to your own family history research.  Here is what I took away from last night’s episode: Continue reading