A very interesting article with a focus on genealogy appeared in the New York Times recently. It details the search of a reporter, Doreen Carvajal, to find the next of kin of the owners of art stolen by the Nazis which is now in French museums. Her quest in tracking the families separated by war, generations, and language is hindered by the fact that most have no idea that they are the heirs, or that the works of art even existed, or were ever owned by their families. There are still more than 2,000 unclaimed works of art held by French museums.
To read the full article, click here.
To see the paintings and read more about them, click here.
News You Can Use in Your New York Research
In the past week, both FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com have added New York material to their websites.
- FamilySearch.org has added 771,828 new browsable images to its U.S., New York, Bronx Probate Estate Files, 1914–1931. It has also updated its New York, New York City, Church of the Transfiguration Records, 1847-1938.
- Ancestry.com has added New York material to U.S., Select Births and Christenings, 1867-1931 and U.S., Select Deaths and Burials, 1867-1961.
The New Netherland Institute is offering a prize for the best article on the Dutch colonial Atlantic experience published in 2013. To submit an article for consideration, your own or one that you have found in your research, read the information regarding the rules and regulations governing entries on the New Netherland Institute’s page for the Clague & Carol Van Slyke Prize.