Welcome to the new website

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Welcome to the website of the NYG&B. This website is key to improving benefits and services to NYG&B members and to introducing new people to the rewards of family history research.


Much of the website is viewable by all visitors. Everyone may visit the Research and Discover page to learn about the digital resources in our eLibrary and Research Tools. All may search the full run of The Record using the Worden's Name Index and the subject, title, and author indexes. But only members have full access to our rich resources. If you are not a member, you are cordially invited to join us.

The "New NYG&B"

In recent years, the NYG&B has completed a new office, established a new educational programming platform, redesigned The New York Researcher, and launched a new website as we developed the "New NYG&B."

The website you are visiting now, launched anew in January 2013, incorporates a wide array of navigational improvements and content enrichment. We intend to make continual improvements in navigation and to make frequent additions to content and information.

New Unique Research Resources

The most important part of the new website is the Research and Discover page, the gateway to our digital resources for NYG&B members who are logged in. Research Tools gathers numerous instructional articles by experts in the field and original guides to assist you in your family history research. Our eLibrary houses our growing collection of digitized records and publications, including the full run of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.

Starting September 18, the NYG&B eLibrary collections will be hosted by Findmypast, which offers vastly improved search capability. NYG&B members will also enjoy free access to Findmypast's U.S. and Canadian Collections—including the complete U.S. Census, 1790-1940, more than 150 New York newspaper titles, the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), and more—plus free monthly webinars, priority customer support, and special offers. (NYG&B members receive a 50% discount on the purchase of a Findmypast World subscription.)
In the Research Tools section, dozens of Research Aid articles have been brought up to date and new ones have been added. We have created research guides to each of New York’s 62 counties; about 40 guides are now posted and the remaining guides will post shortly. 

Click on the “Getting Starting” menu to find useful guides that are available to both members and nonmembers. And the new box “Featured Free Resouces” provides links to some of our favorite free, online resources at other websites to help you with your New York family history research.

Moving Forward

Though this website is very rich in many ways and is a foundational part of the NYG&B, we always think of it as a point of beginning. We plan to update the site daily, to rapidly expand the eLibrary and Research Guide section, and to continually improve the site's effectiveness. Upgrades to the eLibrary's functionality are ongoing.


We invite you to give us comments, make suggestions, and point out errors and issues with design, content, and navigation. What's exciting about websites is that none is ever perfect, and none is ever finished. Please forward your comments by sending email to webmaster@nygbs.org.


We thank the large number of people who participated in focus groups conducted prior to beginning the work on the website.

We are indebted to a number of people who volunteered to work on the eLibrary. We are particularly grateful to Victoria Boutilier, Nanette Pezzutti, and Jane Tully for extraordinary efforts preparing material for the eLibrary. Stanton Biddle, Danielle Kalan, and Boni Joi Koelliker also contributed generously to the eLibrary project.

The indispensible Harry Macy Jr., FASG, FGBS updated and vetted dozens of Research Aid articles. Important volunteer contributors to the Research Tools section include Marguerite Adams, Stanton F. Biddle, Paul D. Campbell, Anthony Hunter, Suzanne McVetty, Kieran O'Leary, Lithgow Osborne, Nanette Pezzutti, Richard Roberge, John M. Shannon, Phebe Kirkham, Chris Miasnik, Beverly Peterson and Valerie Mills, and Neal Smith.

A marvelous crew of talented interns worked on the website during the summers of 2011 and 2012.

The indexing of ward 17 of the 1855 Census is being accomplished by a team of volunteers that include Ginny Arveson, Maria Baker, Terri Berio, Stanton Biddle, Judy Boehm, Ann Bradburd, Noreen A. Burns-McDonald, Mary Conway, Maryann Diederich, Jerry Klein, J. Douglas Leith, Julia Lovett, Maureen Mahon, William Mitchell, Bob Newman, Nancy Nispel, Robert O’Leary, Nanette Pezzutti, Frank Sloat, Kathleen Tesluk, Suzanne Warnecke , F.J. Wilkes , and Scott T. Zukowski.

The site was reconstructed in 2012-2013 by Halosys Technologies. We thank Manish Harsh, Rizwan Shaikh, and their team for their fine work.

The costs of building this website was underwritten by a bequest from the estate of long-time NYG&B life-member Muriel French (1920-2010) of San Francisco. Her generous gift will benefit thousands of people researching New York families for many years to come.