Past Events

Making Effective Use of NewYorkFamilyHistory.org

The digital resources, including the eLibrary, available in the members’ section of the website of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, include a rich array of research guides and primary source material, and the only complete run of the NYG&B Record (1870-present) anywhere. Participants will learn optimal ways to navigate the website, conduct productive searches, and tap its important resources.

When: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street, New York City
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

A Life in Heraldry

Sir Henry Bedingfeld, Bart., Norroy & Ulster King of Arms, reflects on his career at the College of Arms, illustrated with designs he has created, and describes how English heraldry has evolved and adapted in recent decades. Sir Henry has been an officer at the College of Arms in London for over thirty years. At this event, Sir Henry will be presented with the NYG&B’s Medal for Heraldic Achievement, previously awarded to the late Garter Peter Gwynn-Jones, former Lord Lyon Robin Blair, and former Canadian Chief Herald Robert Watt.

When: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
Sponsor: 
Heraldry Committee of the NYG&B

Research in Albany 2013

Thursday-Saturday, October 24-26, 2013

The NYG&B is returning to Albany! Join the New York experts, the people who know New York research best, for three days of research and genealogical camaraderie.

Program fee of $170 for members/ $210 for non-members includes:

When: 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 5:00pm
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Searching the All-Galicia Database & Gesher Galicia Map Room Online

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.

When: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street, New York City
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

French Medieval Heraldry

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.

When: 
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
Sponsor: 
Heraldry Committee of the NYG&B

Papal Arms within the Discipline of Ecclesiastic Heraldry

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.

When: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
Sponsor: 
Heraldry Committee of the NYG&B

Book Talk: The Quack's Daughter: A True Story About the Private Life of a Victorian College Girl

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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.

When: 
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, 36 West 44th Street, New York City
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

2014 Repository Tours: NYPL: Milstein Division and Maps Division

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.

When: 
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Venue: 
The New York Public Library
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

2014 Repository Tours: NYPL: Manuscripts and Archives Division

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.

When: 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: 
The New York Public Library
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Making Discoveries with Surname Variants

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.
 
When: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue, between 40th & 42nd Streets, New York City
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

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