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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.



Free access for NYG&B members to’s United States and Canadian Collections starts today

The NYG&B has partnered with Findmypast to significantly improve and expand the digital resources available to NYG&B members. Free access for NYG&B Members to U.S. and Canadian Collections on begins on June 1. Every current NYG&B member has been sent an email containing a unique voucher code to activate their free subscription. If you are a member and did not receive your email, please notify us at (Please do check your junk mail folder and promotions folders first.)

NYG&B members may now search millions of U.S. and Canadian records, including:

  • the complete U.S. Census, 1790-1940
  • U.S. Passenger Lists, 1820s-1950s
  • birth, marriage, and death records from across the U.S.
  • U.S. and Canadian newspapers
  • the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
  • plus many more

And NYG&B members may also create an online family tree and use Findmypast’s new Hints feature to accelerate their research. Free access to Findmypast is a benefit of NYG&B membership and will continue as long as an NYG&B membership is maintained.

This summer, NYG&B members will enjoy a new eLibrary of NYG&B collections with vastly improved search capability powered by Findmypast. And NYG&B members will be offered the chance to purchase an FMP World subscription at a 50% discount.  Members will receive an email update with full details in June.


More New York Records added to has added millions of New York records to its free website, including detailed abstracts of New York City vital records that allow searching by family relationship, as well as place, date, and subject name;  passenger and crew lists; Canada/New York border crossings; and National Guard service cards. A list of all New York collections on, which can be sorted by the most recently updated, is here.