New York genealogy society seeks volunteer help

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is looking for volunteers to work in its Manhattan office located at 36 W. 44th Street.

Volunteers are needed to do on-site scanning of documents and books in the NYG&B collection. Training will be provided for this process and no experience is required though being comfortable with a computer and scanner is helpful.

Volunteers are also needed to help with office tasks such as preparing mailings and stuffing envelopes.

Anyone interested should contact Anna King at aking@nygbs.org.

New York G&B looking for volunteers this weekend

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is looking for volunteers for its indexing and digitizing event this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14.

Volunteer opportunities include: preparing files for indexing (at home or onsite); indexing (at home or onsite) and digitizing material onsite only.

The goal of the indexing project is to make the eLibrary searchable and accessible to NYG&B members. Indexing volunteers will be sent scanned document pages by email from which they are able to extract data into an Excel spreadsheet.

If you are interested in volunteering for projects, go to the NYG&B site at http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/volunteer and fill out an Indexing and Digitization Weekend Interest Form.

Kenyetta Berry to present program in NYC on Nov. 2

Genealogy Roadshow host Kenyetta Berry will be speaking at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.

Her topic will be “From Virginia to New York: An African-American Family’s Journey to Upstate New York.”

This Detroit native’s ancestors migrated to Michigan in the late 1920s from the greater Rochester area, where they have lived since the late 1880s. Come learn more about her family’s journey to the Greater Rochester area from Culpeper County, Virginia. Using newspapers, town clerks, libraries, primary resources and oral history she has been able to discover more about her diverse family history in Upstate New York.

With nearly 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing, Kenyatta Berry focuses on African-American and slave ancestral research.

Reservations are required to attend the lecture. You can respond to RSVP@nygbs.org or call 212-755-8532 x206 with the date of the event and your name.

Research trip to Albany set for October

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s annual Albany research trip is Wednesday-Friday, October 26-28, 2016. The three days of research is concentrated in the New York State Archives (NYSA) and the New York State Library (NYSL).

Please note that the NYSL and the NYSA have few resources for New York City specifically but they do have important statewide sources that include city residents (military records, land grants/patents, etc.).

Cost is Members $320/ Non-Members $385.

The trip includes:
*Orientation to the New York State Archives and the New York State Library by staff experts.
*A private consultation with a professional genealogist.
*Access to a professional genealogist for all three days of the program.
*Welcome gathering on Tuesday evening (Oct. 25) and dinner with a speaker on Wednesday night.
*Wine and cheese reception on Thursday evening.

To register for the program, go to: http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/nygb-programs/research-albany-2016

Sign-up now available for Albany research trip

The NYG&B’s annual Albany research trip is Wednesday-Saturday, October 26-28, 2016. Research is concentrated in the New York State Archives (NYSA) and the New York State Library (NYSL).

Please note that the NYSL and the NYSA have few resources for New York City but they do have important statewide sources that include city residents (military records, land grants/patents, etc.).

Registration is now open at http://newyorkfamilyhistory.myshopify.com/collections/events/products/re….

Cost:  Members $320/ Non-Members $385.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Orientation to the New York State Archives and the New York State Library by staff experts.
  • A private consultation with a professional genealogist.
  • Access to a professional genealogist for all three days of the program.
  • Welcome gathering on Wednesday evening (Oct. 26) and dinner with a speaker on Thursday night. (Guests not registered for the research experience may attend the dinner for $49.)
  • Wine and cheese reception on Thursday evening.
  • Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton.