Monthly Archives: June 2016

Genealogy Roadshow Recap: Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday night’s finale of Genealogy Roadshow took us to Los Angeles, CA… and then straight back to New York! The story of Anneke Jans Bogardus and her descendants has been heavily researched and written about in the NYG&B Record.  NYG&B members have online access to every issue of the Record in our eLibrary at Findmypast. If you think you might be a descendant of Anneke Jans, here are a few must-read articles: Continue reading

Searching for Records in Orange County, NY

Established by Dutch settlers on November 1, 1683, Orange County, NY was primarily inhabited by native Munsee people, with a handful of Dutch in the area. Within the next few decades, influxes of European settlers arrived from Germany (Palatines), the Netherlands, and England, and quickly populated the area. Orange County’s name originates from the Prince of Orange at the time, who later became King William III of England. Following the Revolutionary War, county borders changed and land was both lost and gained; in 1798 the southern corner of Orange became Rockland County, NY, and the southern part of Ulster County joined Orange. The county seat is the village of Goshen, and its largest city is Newburgh which sits right on the Hudson River. Continue reading

From Our eLibrary: The New York Researcher

The New York Researcher is the NYG&B’s award winning quarterly newsletter. Each issue covers informative subjects in New York genealogy, news, book reviews, announcements and programs.  A searchable, complete run of The New York Researcher and its predecessor publication the NYG&B Newsletter, first published in 1990, is available to members in the NYG&B’s  eLibrary. Continue reading

Searching for Records in Schuyler County, NY

Schuyler County, originally settled by Native Americans dating as far back as 2500 BC, and inhabited by the Seneca at the time of European arrival, was permanently settled by Europeans by 1788. The county was officially formed on April 17, 1854, from parts of Chemung, Steuben, and Tompkins counties, and its county seat is the village of Watkins Glen. Schuyler County was named for Peter Schuyler, a major Continental Army General in the Revolutionary War. The majority of the land in Schuyler County was bought by Revolutionary War veterans, under both the New Military Tract and Watkins & Flint Purchase, to be used for harvesting grains. In the late 19th century to mid-20th century, it was also used for sheep, fruit and dairy farming, attracting immigrant populations which included Italians, Germans, and Irish. Continue reading

From Our eLibrary: Church Records Survey

At the turn of the century, the NYG&B sent out a survey to churches throughout New York and New Jersey, as well as parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania, which requested detailed information about the records they held, their history, and other denominations located nearby. More than 200 churches responded. These unique surveys are available in our eLibrary at Findmypast.  An index of the churches surveyed is available in the eLibrary as well.  A sample record is pictured below:

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Searching for Records in Fulton County, NY

Originally used as a hunting ground by the Mohawk Nation, Fulton County was purchased from the Mohawk and settled by American colonists. Major land transactions include the Kayaderosseras Patent of 1708, the Sacandaga Patent of 1741, and the Kingsborough Patent of 1753. The area that is now Fulton County was originally part of Albany County until 1772, when it became part of Tryon County (later renamed Montgomery County in 1784, following the Revolutionary War). Fulton County broke off from Montgomery County on April 18, 1838, making it one of the youngest counties in New York. Fulton is named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamship, and its county seat is the city of Johnstown. Interestingly, Fulton County was known for its leather glove manufacturing, which was a major economic sector and brought workers to its factories. Today, Fulton boasts a number of beautiful natural sites, and contains part of the Adirondack Park. Continue reading