Past Events

Shakespeare's Heraldry

Only a few scraps of new material relating to William Shakespeare in his lifetime have surfaced over the past century. Our speaker, Dr. Heather Wolfe, however, has uncovered nearly a dozen previously unknown records at the College of Arms and other libraries illuminating another aspect of the playwright as social climber.

When: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 36 West 44th, Suite 711
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society & The College of Arms Foundation

Intuition and Success in Genealogy: Is It a Sixth Sense, Chance, or Serendipity?

As part of our Research in Albany 2016 event, Terry Koch-Bostic will be the featured speaker at our dinner in Albany on October 26. 

Do serendipitous findings in genealogy come from hard work on a topic, honing our skills and intuition, developing a sixth sense, or just plain luck? Her talk will address this question in a fun and informative evening.

When: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Albany Hilton
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Research in Albany 2016

Sold out for 2016 - To join the wait list, please email albany@nygbs.org.

The NYG&B's popular annual Albany research trip is Wednesday-Friday, October 26-28, 2016. Join the New York experts, the people who know New York research best, for three days of research concentrated in the vast resources of New York State Archives (NYSA) and the New York State Library (NYSL). You'll also enjoy the camaraderie of friendly people who share your interest in family history.

When: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 9:30am to Friday, October 28, 2016 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Albany, New York
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Puzzle of a Life: Using Genealogical Resources in Writing Biography

Writing a full-length biography is akin to putting together a puzzle, with pieces coming from genealogical sources, archives, and more. Susan Rubenstein DeMasi, author of the newly published Henry Alsberg: Driving Force of the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project, will talk about her research process and read excerpts from the book.

When: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue: 
NYG&B, 36 West 44th Street, 7th Floor
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Democrat, Republican, or Whig: Uncovering Your Political Family Tree

Since the early days of the nation political parties have shaped the history of the United States. Exploring the political leanings of our ancestors can be an exciting and worthwhile adventure. Discover how to locate records of past political parties and identify the affiliations of your ancestors.

Presented by D. Joshua Taylor.

When: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Room 227, 2nd floor
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Webinar: Hidden Treasure from FamilySearch.org

Robert Raymond is a genealogical technologist, a FamilySearch deputy CGO, a director of NGS, and the author of an award winning genealogy blog.

The search button misses a billion+ records on FamilySearch that haven’t been digitally indexed. This webinar will demonstrate how to access those records. Probate and naturalization case studies illustrate their use.

• Thursday, September 15 ,8:00 p.m. (50 minutes)

When: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Webinar
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

2016 New York State Family History Conference

  • Now in its third year, the event will bring together hundreds of genealogists from across the United States to learn about their New York ancestry.
  • The 2016 conference offers new opportunities for those interested in New York family history as it will be held concurrently with the Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS).
  • Registration is now open at www.nysfhc.org.
When: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00pm to Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Syracuse/Liverpool Holiday Inn,441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, N.Y.
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society

Webinar: NYC Municipal Archives Vital Records Indexes: Birth, Marriage, and Death

Confused by multiple indexes for New York City vital records? This webinar will explain the origins of the indexes to vital records at the New York City Municipal Archives, cover which indexes contain what years and record groups. This webinar will include where to find them, and tips on how to use them. Much of the material in this webinar was covered in the NYG&B Pre-research Basics session, which was given on May 24 and June 8 at the NYG&B office.

When: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm
Venue: 
Webinar
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

New York Family History Day at the NYPL - SOLD-OUT

Join the NYG&B and the NYPL for a fun-filled family day of crafts, learning, and activities. Programs, lectures and workshops on doing family research, the latest news on digital resources and databases, genealogical consultations, and crafty activities for the budding genealogist in your family. Sign up for a genealogy consultation.

See the program here; This event is sold-out and lectures and workshops are on a first come, first served basis.

When: 
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Irish Passenger Lists: Shipping Records and Their Usefulness when Searching for Your Ancestors

SOLD-OUT: A lecture by well-known Irish genealogist and author Brian Mitchell

Brian will use a case study for port of Derry to demonstrate the types of records that can be examined to identify an ancestor’s departure from Ireland. These include newspapers, government papers, business records, transcripts on the internet and passenger departure lists.

This lecture will be recorded for later member access.

When: 
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
NYG&B Conference Room
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

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