New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer

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New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer

2015. Softcover, 8.5 x 11, 856 pages, including place-name index.

ISBN: 978-0-692-31998-7

Please note: The first printing has sold out. Deliveries will resume in mid-May when the second printing is completed. Meanwhile, a limited supply of books at retail price is available at

The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer is the first book of its kind. More than 100 experts have reviewed and contributed content about local and regional resources and key topics in New York family history. The result is a book of 856 pages with:

  • Chapters on major record groups and research resources, including the most up-to-date and comprehensive review of New York State’s extremely complicated vital records system
  • Information on research resources for sixteen major ethnic and twelve major religious groups that have lived in New York
  • Gazetteers, maps, and research guides to each of New York’s 62 counties, including the five boroughs of New York City
  • More than 100 separate, categorized, special topic bibliographies vetted by genealogists
  • Timelines of key events in New York history 1609–1945 that impact genealogical research
  • An index of over 11,000 place names and place-name variants past and present, the first published gazetteer of its kind since 1872

Click here to see the annotated Table of Contents.

Click here to view updates to the first edition.

“Three years of intensive work culminate in this volume, which serves as a comprehensive guide to the resources available to research the histories of families with New York roots. The Guide is a unique resource which not only supports those interested in New York State, but also provides a model for other states—a true gift to those interested in family history.”

David S. FerrieroArchivist of the United States

“For centuries, New York has been the New World’s gateway, the first address of families searching for better lives for themselves and their descendants. Now, thanks to the astonishing efforts of the NYG&B, those descendants have a single port of entry for researching the past. This volume is certain to become the standard for the nation and an indispensable resource for anyone hoping to retrace ancestral journeys in—and beyond—the Empire State.”

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

“The unrivaled achievement of this volume is its authoritative and accessible coverage of the vast, complex, and challenging domain of genealogical research. The NYG&B – long recognized as a champion of family history — has provided an indispensable, must-have resource for libraries, historical societies, and their many users.”

Ann ThorntonAndrew W. Mellon Director, The New York Public Library

New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer

2015. Softcover, 8.5 x 11, 856 pages, including place-name index. Retail $85.

ISBN: 978-0-692-31998-7

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