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Essential Resources for African American Research in The NYG&B Record

Are you researching African American families from New York State? This kind of research can be amazingly complicated and full of brick walls.

If you’re encountering trouble in your research, or are looking for a good way to get started, check out these articles from the NYG&B Record, which has been published quarterly since 1869.

All members of the NYG&B have access to the full digital archives of the NYG&B Record – these articles (and 148 years of others) are available online and are also text-searchable. If you’re interested in becoming a member, check out our member benefits.

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Some of New York’s Oldest Records to be Moved for Future Preservation

Some of New York’s most valuable genealogical and historical treasures, located on the 7th and 8th floor of the Surrogate’s Courthouse in Manhattan, will soon be moved to new homes.

The move is great news for researchers everywhere – in their new homes, the documents will be further preserved for future generations, and in many cases, access will increase. Many of the documents, which date back to 1674, have been stored at 31 Chambers Street for centuries, and are at great risk of significant degradation.

The documents contain a wide variety of records, including land records, immigration records and court proceedings that hold the intimate details of the earliest New Yorkers.

Some records will move to the State Archives in Albany; others will move to New York City’s Department of Records.

The New York Times has a must-read article that dives into the details and contains some amazing photographs of the documents.

Main photo credit: The New York Times 

A sketch of 14th Street at Christmas Time. Shinn, Everett, 1876-1953, artist

Christmas Traditions with New York State Roots

There’s nothing like Christmas in New York. While that statement may conjure up images of Rockefeller Center and 34th Street, all of New York – from the high peaks of the Adirondacks to the far West of the state – is steeped in holiday tradition.

In fact, many of the traditions that are integral parts of the Christmas experience across the nation have roots in the towns and cities of New York State. From Santa Claus to illuminated trees, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the many contributions from the Empire State.

Read on to see if you knew all of these traditions began in New York.

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Genealogy Tip: Don’t Forget the Card Files!

Many novice family history researchers assume that everything they need is online. Unfortunately, we all eventually realize that this is not the case, and venturing into archives, libraries, and other repositories is necessary.

One resource that seemingly has moved entirely to the digital space are catalog listings – even if you have to find a source in person, at least you’re able to search online to find it and essential information about its location.

But even here, there are notable exceptions that you cannot afford to overlook – there are still many treasures that cannot be easily discovered without using “old fashioned” card catalogs. Our The Winter 2016 issue of The New York Researcher details numerous collections of card files found throughout New York State and New York City.

Read the latest issue of The New York Researcher online

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