Monday, September 21, 2015

Records from New York’s Largest Genealogical Organization Now Available to Search at Findmypast

I received this press release over the weekend:


Findmypast is now the home of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s eLibrary, offering millions of records from New York and across the United States.

Fascinating NYG&B record sets now available to search at Findmypast

Findmypast and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society(NYG&B) have today, 18 September 2015, made thousands of documents and records from the society’s eLibrary available to search online at Findmypast.

The NYG&B eLibrary, newly available online, is comprised of a growing collection of extraordinary record sets. The most important is the entire run of the NYG&B Record. The Record has been in publication since 1870 and is the second-oldest genealogical journal in the United States. For the past 145 years, it has solved genealogical problems, provided compiled genealogies, published transcriptions of original records and offered research guidance to the many families who have contributed to the rich diversity of what is now New York State.

Karen Mauer Jones, editor of the NYG&B Record, said, “Making the Record searchable on Findmypast significantly increases the utility of what is certainly the single most important scholarly resource that exists for people researching New York families.” Other collections range from census fragments unpublished elsewhere, to marriage & death abstracts, baptism registers and fascinating historical diaries. 

Findmypast’s partnership with the NYG&B has provided additional membership benefits for one of the United States’ oldest genealogical organizations, as members can now explore the society’s online collections using Findmypast’s powerful search and browsable image viewer.

The partnership has also provided Findmypast with a stream of exciting new content to further expand their growing US record collections, allowing customers access to publications and records from the state of New York spanning more than three centuries. Over 32,000 scanned colour images of records, books, abstracts, inventories and publications held by the Society can now be explored by Family Historians anywhere in the world.

The NYG&B is the most authoritative source for research on New York families and families with New York connections. Founded in 1869, it is the largest and only state-wide genealogical society in New York.

McKelden Smith, president of the NYG&B, said, “The availability of the NYG&B digital collections on Findmypast radically improves the ability of NYG&B members to search this important material, and gives access to this material to subscribers of Findmypast. It also gives NYG&B members access to the United States and Canadian collections on the Findmypast website as a benefit of membership. Our ongoing working relationship with Findmypast will result in continual improvements to search capability and to growth in the New York digital collections. This is a leap forward for patrons of both the NYG&B and Findmypast.”

The records released today mark the first phase of Findmypast’s partnership with the NYGB. The eLibrary collection available at Findmypast will eventually contain millions of records from across the United States. Further updates will made in early 2016.

NYG&B record sets now available to search at www.findmypast.cominclude:

  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
  • Brewster Collection, The Female Descendants of Elder William Brewster
  • Harlem Cemetery, Dutch Church Disinterments 1869-1875
  • New York City Surrogate's Office, Abstracts of Inventories 1730-1752, 1775-1786 (Abstracts of Inventories Filed in the Surrogate's Office, New York City (New York County)
  • New York City, Reverend Schneider's Baptisms 1869-1906
  • New York Dutch Church Baptism Index 1639-1675
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Digital Book Collection
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Family Bibles
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Member Biographies
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, Church records survey
  • New York Researcher
  • New York State Cemetery abstracts
  • New York State Census 1855, New York City Ward 17
  • New York State religious records 1716-1914
  • New York State, Work Projects Administration, Archive inventories & abstracts
  • New York, Flushing Marriage & Death abstracts 1847-1870
  • New York, New Amsterdam Minutes of the Orphanmasters 1655-1663
  • United States, Diaries of John E. Lewis 1880-1956
A full list of all sets included in this initial phase can be accessed by visiting Findmypast’s dedicated NYG&B page.

About Findmypast

Findmypast is an international leader in online family history and genealogy research with customers and operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Its searchable online archive includes over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and making family connections.

Findmypast has an unrivalled record of innovation in the field of family history, and works closely with the genealogy community, including local libraries, archives, societies, and other organizations from around the world, to preserve, digitize, and provide access to historical records. Findmypast’s historical records, advanced search tools and accurate data work together to help both professional and budding genealogists discover, explore and share their family stories.

About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been a primary resource for research on New York families since 1869. The Society’s mission is to help people of all backgrounds find their places in American history through family history and genealogy. The NYG&B offers educational programs, including a biennial, three-day statewide conference; two essential quarterly publications, including its scholarly journal, the NYG&B Record; and extensive resources online at In January 2015, the NYG&B published its monumental, 856-page New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, the first and only comprehensive guide of its kind in the United States.


This is a significant addition for Findmypast that makes these important New York records available to non NYGBS members.  It also opens the U.S. records on Findmypast to NYGBS members, so it's a win-win for both parties.

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1 comment:

Michigan Girl said...

I look forward to reviewing this record collection. Lots of mine and Ron's ancestors hail from New York. To date, it hasn't been the easiest state to conduct research. But, I'm seeing more and more come online.
Thanks Randy.