Marcia Kirk, the new Director of the Municipal Archives, will host this basic orientation, focusing on the vital records and fundamental resources held at the Municipal Archives. Following visits to the Visitor Center, the City Hall Library, and the Conservation Lab, participants will spend the majority of time in the Archives Reference Room where they may conduct their own research. This program is a rare chance to research in the Municipal Archives when it is closed to the public, so there is no waiting for work stations or staff attention.
The Committee on Heraldry hosts Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Roads, LVO, OSt.J, FSA, FSAScot, LLB, Snawdoun Herald of Arms, Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records at 6:00pm on Monday, April 7 at the NYG&B headquarters (36 West 44th Street, Manhattan). Traditional refreshments are included.
Misspelled, misunderstood, or deliberate? Are your ancestors’ records hidden under a surname variant? Professional genealogist and National Genealogical Society board member Terry Koch-Bostic will show that a key to successful record searching is considering surname variants and will demonstrate various strategies to build a comprehensive variant list.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:30pm
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue, between 40th & 42nd Streets, New York City
Thomas Lannon, Assistant Curator, will provide an orientation to the genealogical pertinent holdings of the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library, as well as expert advice on how to optimize your search for archival material at the NYPL. Documents, manuscripts, and photographs spanning four centuries of New York history will be on display exclusively for our visit.
Sachiko Clayton, Manager of the Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy and Katherine Cordes of the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, will each provide an overview of their respective divisions and the wonderful resources they contain. These introductions will be followed by a "hands-on" tutorial of some of the library's online offerings in the South Court Classroom.
The Vassar Club of New York joins the NYG&B in sponsoring a talk by historian Greta Nettleton, whose book was reviewed in the spring 2013 issue of The New York Researcher. Nettleton is the great-granddaughter of Cora Keck, who was sent east to Vassar’s School of Music in 1884 by her notorious, patent-medicine millionaire mother Mrs. Dr. Keck in an effort to rescue the family’s damaged social reputation.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:00pm
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, 36 West 44th Street, New York City
George N. Cannizzaro is the industrial specialist for metals at U.S. Army’s Institute of Heraldry in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He has a special interest in church heraldry and has designed coats of arms for two cardinals, schools, religious communities, and families. He is the proprietor of Cardinal Custom Heraldry, an online studio at ccheraldry.com. The Institute’s Director, Col. Charles V. Mugno, will also attend and speak on recent activities of the Institute.
D’Arcy J.D. Boulton, Professor of Medieval Studies and Concurrent Professor of History at University of Notre Dame, takes as his topic “The Distinctive Developments of Heraldry and Armory in the Kingdom of France, c. 1300 - c. 1690: An Overview.” Among his many distinctions making him a uniquely worthy interlocutor on heraldry, Dr. Boulton is the editor of Alta Studia Heraldica and a Fellow of the Académie Internationale d’Héraldique.
This lecture will interest those researching in the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, which today covers eastern Poland and western Ukraine. The All Galicia Database has 200,000 records from 70 data sources including birth, death, marriage, divorce, school, voter, and landowner records. These contain names spanning all ethnic and religious groups, including Jews, Catholics, Ruthenians, Germans, and Greek Orthodox.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 5:30pm
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street, New York City