New York genealogy society acquires Kinship Books

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) announced recently that Arthur and Nancy Kelly, co-founders and owners of Kinship Books, have donated the assets of their business to the NYG&B.

This gift includes rights to more than 300 publications, including transcribed and indexed materials from more than 50 New York counties.

Kinship Books began more than 50 years ago, when the owners began locating, copying, and transcribing religious records, account books, store ledgers, census records, and other important materials from various locations throughout New York.

The NYG&B has assumed the operation of Kinship Books and its website, In addition, the Kellys donated their copies of original materials for the majority of their published titles, ongoing projects, and collections related to their periodicals, The MohawkThe CapitalThe Saratoga, and The Columbia (each of which published unique many record transcriptions from various counties in New York).

The NYG&B has launched an online surname index and the complete catalog of Kinship Book titles at

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