Volunteers needed for New York State land records indexing project

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is looking for volunteers to help index New York State land records.

FamilySearch.org has digitized millions of original pages from county offices across New York State. The majority of the records are deeds and mortgages.

If you are interested in working on indexing these records, you will need to set up a free user name and password to log on to FamilySearch.org. Once logged on, click on the Indexing tab and select Find a Project. Click on the word Projects and in the Project name box enter the words Index to Land Records. You should see a listing of the available projects to work on.

At this point the Kings and Richmond project is 96% completed, the Westchester project is 27% completed and the Western New York project is 19% completed.

The New York G & B will be presenting a free half hour webinar about the land records indexing project on Monday, January 7 at 7 p.m. To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5875948863652668171

Local genealogy group wins award for newsletter

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) honored excellence in newsletter editorship for genealogical and historical societies and family associations at the Opening Session of the NGS 2018 Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on May 2, 2018.

The winner for Newsletter for a County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Society for societies with less than 500 members was The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, published by the Irish Family History Forum in Long Island, New York, edited by Jim Regan.

The Irish Family History Forum meets the third Saturday of the month at the Bethpage Public Library.

Congratulations to our local genealogy group on this impressive award!

To learn more about the group, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org

Tour to be offered of New York Historical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will be presenting a Repository Tour of the New York Historical Society on Tuesday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m.

This special guided tour of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New York Historical Society will be led by Joseph Ditta, reference librarian. The manuscript collection contains over 2 million items and is one of the most important collections for New York research. An overview of the archival and reference materials will be given, followed by a viewing of manuscripts, newspapers and other materials.

Admission to the historical society is not included.

Advanced registration is required. The cost is $25 for members/ $40 non-members and can be purchased via the online store, or by calling (212) 755-8532 and making a purchase with a credit card.

For more information, go to: http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/nygbs-events

Genealogy Federation of Long Island now on Facebook

The Genealogy Federation of Long island has a new website address and a new Facebook page.

The Federation’s new website address is: www.gfli.net. On Facebook, you can find the federation by searching on Genealogy Federation of Long Island. Like the page so you can keep up-to-date on upcoming events of the Federation members.

Local organizations that belong to the Federation include: Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, Connetquot Public Library, Irish Family History Forum, Huntington Historical Society, German Genealogy Group, Italian Genealogy Group, Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group, and the African Atlantic Genealogical Society.

Profile: New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society was founded in 1869 and is the largest genealogical society in the state. It is based in New York City. The society collects material from all across New York State, not just for the boroughs of New York.

Membership cost is $70 for one year for an individual or $120 for two years for an individual. NYG&B members receive:

**A subscription to The Record, which has been published quarterly since 1870. The Record features compiled genealogies, solutions to problems, unique source material, and book reviews.
**A subscription to The New York Researcher, a quarterly review which features instructive articles on genealogical research techniques and resources; website news; and book reviews.
**Online, remote access to exclusive content on the website, including:
–Early American Newspapers Series I, with 350,000 fully searchable issues published from 1690-1876.
–Original guides to using newspapers, maps, and other resources for New York research.
–More than 100 research aid articles on key topics in New York genealogy.
–Guides to doing research in New York counties.
–Special collections, such as the 1855 New York State Census for Manhattan’s 17th Ward; the American Bible Society Collection; digital versions of books published by the NYG&B; more than a dozen volumes in the WPA Historical Records Survey series; cemetery transcriptions and religious records.
**Access to the NYG&B’s Mini-Search Service exclusively for members: submit a specific request for a photocopy of a document or text that you have identified in the collections of a growing list of New York repositories.
**A subscription to the NYG&B’s monthly eNews. The eNews informs you of upcoming events and provides time-sensitive information. Email addresses are never shared or disclosed.
**Discounts on Y-chromosome DNA tests for men, and mitochondrial and autosomal DNA tests for men and women through Family Tree DNA.
**A discount of 30% on the purchase of membership to WorldVitalRecords.com.
**A discount of 20% on the purchase of a 12-month world subscription to FindMyPast.com

For more information, go to the society website at:

Profile: Central New York Genealogical Society

The Central New York Genealogical Society was founded in 1961 and is based in Syracuse.

The 49 Counties which CNYGS members research are:

Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua,
Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Genesse, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagra, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schohaire, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

Membership is $30 a year. Members receive four issues of the Tree Talks journal. The December issue is usually in two parts: 1) a complete transcription of a Census or other significant record from one county, with index, and 2) a subject and every-name index to the March, June and September issues.

In addition, CNYGS E-News is a bi-weekly newsletter distributed to members who provide an e-mail address.

Members may submit Queries up to approximately 50 words. Queries will be posted on the CNYGS web site along with your contact information.

For more information about the society, go to:

Note: The Central New York Genealogical Society will be one of the sponsors for next year’s New York State Family History Fair.

Profile: Dutchess County Genealogical Society

The Dutchess County Genealogical Society was formed in 1972 and is based in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The site has a very informative section on requesting vital records in Dutchess County. It includes links to the Registrar offices in the county and community links for those towns that do not show up in the Registrar listings.

The society offers Name Searches focused on the pre-1880 time period. For a specific question based on one surname, volunteers will search indexed materials in the library for up to two hours. The cost is $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. This covers the cost of up to 10 photocopies at no additional charge.

The society maintains a library located at the Family History Center in the LDS Church in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Some of the collection is listed on the website.

The membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 and includes a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, The Dutchess, the Member Surname Index Listing, free queries, and reduced fees for Name Searches. Dues are $25.00 per year.

For more information about membership, Name Searches or the library, go to the society’s website at:

Profile: Western New York Genealogical Society

The Western New York Genealogical Society was founded in 1974 to help preserve and encourage interest in the area’s genealogical heritage.

Its focus is on the eight Western New York counties:

Membership is $22 for the first year and $20.00 per year after that. Members receive a subscription to the quarterly JOURNAL, issued June, September, December and March. Each issue contains 48 pages including unpublished records, queries, book reviews, and Bible record information.

Members also can register New York related surnames in the surname list distributed annually to members and register New York related ancestors charts in the Ancestor File.

For more information, or to obtain a membership application, go to: www.wnygs.org

Genealogy societies of New York State

There are several genealogy societies throughout New York State that can be very useful to you in researching ancestors of the different regions.

In this blog, periodically we will feature different genealogy societies in New York State and the benefits of membership for each group.

We will begin by featuring the Capital District Genealogical Society, located in Albany. One of the missions of the society is to provide help to those seeking information via queries on relatives and/or family who in the past had connections to the Capital District and adjacent counties.

This society covers the following counties:
Albany County
Columbia County
Fulton County
Greene County
Montgomery County
Rensselaer County
Saratoga County
Schenectady County
Schoharie County
Washington County

Membership is $15 a year and includes a newsletter. Members are entitled to unlimited queries in the newsletter.

The society also has two items for sale: 1854 Albany County Map on CD-ROM for $15.00 and 1855 New York State Albany County Census on CD-ROM for $20.

For more information about the society, go to: