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Findmypast announces landmark release of U.S. Marriages Collection

Findmypast announced today that, in partnership with FamilySearch, it will launch the single largest online collection of U.S. marriages in history, with 100 million records covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010. More than 60 per cent of these marriage records have never before been published online.  When complete, this collection will comprise 450+ million names from 2,800 of the 3,000 counties in the United States and will be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast. The first 33 million records are live and free to the public until February 15. Read more about the collection and start searching here.

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Free access to Findmypast world collections January 22-25

Findmypast will offer free access to billions of records in its world collections starting at 12:00pm on Friday, January 22, and ending at 12:00pm on Monday, January 25. Learn more here. Reminder: NYG&B members enjoy an everyday discount of 50% when they upgrade to a Findmypast World subscription. Details are at the Member Discounts page on our website.

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New online portal to Dutchess County “Ancient Documents”

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The website of the Dutchess County clerk now offers online searching of 12,000 pages from the Ancient Documents collection of eighteenth-century legal papers from the Dutchess County Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions, which began operation in 1721. The collection may be searched by name, keyword, record type, offense, location and year. The New York State Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund  helped underwrite this three-phase project, whose final phase will commence this year.

The journal of the Dutchess County Genealogical Society, The Dutchess, published a surname index of the Ancient Documents collection in more than 50 installments, starting with vol. 21, no. 2.



Genealogical research reveals life of mystery photographer

vivian maier developedAnn Marks, a retired New York business executive, has used genealogical research methods to piece together the family history of the mysterious Vivian Maier, a Chicago nanny and prolific street photographer who was born in New York City. Vivian Maier has recently received posthumous acclaim for her work and is the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary which inspired Ms. Marks’s research. Ms. Marks presents her results online at Vivian Maier Developed in the form of a gripping story richly illustrated with documentary photographs, maps, family trees, records, press clippings, and other images. Read more at the New York Times, which today published the first part of a two-part article.



D. Joshua Taylor Appointed President of the NYG&B

for Genealogy Roadshow

D. Joshua Taylor, the prominent genealogist, author, and lecturer, has been appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, effective February 1, 2016. He succeeds McKelden Smith, who is retiring after serving as its highly-regarded President of seven years.

Jeanne Sloane, chairman of the board of trustees of the NYG&B, said, “We are thrilled that Josh has accepted this position. He brings to the NYG&B dynamic energy and his well-known passion for the mission of genealogical societies in general. He has broad experience as an advanced researcher and riveting lecturer. Plus he has the expertise we require in the innovative use of technology in our field.”

Read the full press release here.

NYPL releases 180,00 digital items in the public domain

nypl new_logo.inline verticalAs announced in the New York Times yesterday, the New York Public Library has made available online a vast assortment of digitized material from its special collections, all of which is in the public domain and may be downloaded. The release includes 180,000 photographs, postcards, maps, and other objects that are rich in genealogical interest. The material may be accessed on a library webpage here, which also offers interactive opportunities to explore some of the collection.