Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: Legacy QuickGuide on New York Genealogy

Legacy Family Tree has commissioned a series of four-page booklets on various aspects of genealogical research.  Each laminated guide contains four pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics. Legacy QuickGuides are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas.  These QuickGuides are oriented towards the online researcher - there are several pages of website links on selected subjects for the specific topic covered by the QuickGuide.

You can see the list of available Legacy QuickGuides at  They are available as laminated four-page folders ($7.95 each) or as downloadable PDF files ($2.95 each).

The New York Genealogy QuickGuide was written by Thomas MacEntee. 

The description of this QuickGuide says:

"In a New York genealogy state of mind? Looking for those elusive Empire State ancestors? The New York Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a timeline of New York history events, tips on New York research strategy, a list of New York migration routes and more. Also included are over 140 links to websites and resources covering vital records, church records, census records, as well as general New York resources. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access."

The subjects covered in the New York Genealogy QuickGuide include (4 pages):

*  Timeline of New York History

*  New York Research Strategy
*  Migration Routes and Motivations

*  Basic New York Resources
*  New York History
*  New York Geography and Maps
*  Census Records
*  Vital Records

*  Adoption Records
*  Birth Records
*  Court Records
*  Death Records

*  Marriage Records
*  Church Records

*  Cemeteries
*  Military Records
*  Tax Records
*  Immigration & Naturalization
*  Wills & Probate Records
*  Newspapers & Periodicals

*  Directories - City & Business

*  Libraries & Archives*  Forums, Groups & Mailing Lists
*  Genealogy & Historical Societies
*  Family Trees, Files & GEDCOMs
*  Miscellaneous & Fun Stuff

For most of the subjects listed above, the items listed for each subject are website titles with links to the websites.  In some cases, there are shortened URLs for websites with long eddresses.

This Legacy QuickGuide is very useful for beginners and seasoned researchers alike.  The New York history timeline and the Research Strategy sections are especially helpful.  The other subject areas, with links to websites, are oriented towards the online genealogist.  I am sure that I will use this QuickGuide to help me find records of my New York ancestors.

The laminated version of this QuickGuide is very handy for researchers going to repositories or society meetings - it is light and easy to carry in a briefcase or computer case.  I much prefer the PDF version because I can save it to my computer (and laptop, tablet, and smart phone using Dropbox or another cloud service) and have it available in digital format for instantaneous usage by clicking the links provided rather than typing the links into my web browser. 

Order your copy of the New York Genealogy QuickGuide (Printed or PDF) at the Legacy Family Tree Store.

Disclosure:  I was provided a complimentary copy of the PDF version of this Legacy QuickGuide on the condition that I provide a timely review of each QuickGuide provided.  Look for more in the near future!

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver

1 comment:

bgwiehle said...

Randy, you've been posting almost identical reviews for all the Legacy "QuickGuides" and the "Genealogy at a Glance" research guides. Description and content summaries are specific to the guide being reviewed, but there seems to be little evaluation of the usefulness of the actual content.
Have you found information you didn't know, particularly on subjects with which you have some familiarity? How useful are these guides for ongoing use? Will some of the content quickly become out-of-date?
How do the 2 series compare - in general and for specific guides that cover the same material? What could be improved in layout?
Are there any topics that have not been addressed that you would really like to see? Have you been given a list of planned topics?
A little more depth, please.