Early in the twentieth century, NYG&B members were asked to complete a four-page, ledger-sized questionnaire regarding the member's life and family. The stated purpose for the requested information was "the preparation of the Biographical Sketches of Members of the Society."
Members were asked to provide "full and specific" replies and to use extra pages to complete the information when necessary. This member requirement was relatively short-lived, from the 1890s until the 1940s. However, those 545 NYG&B members who dutifully filled out and sent back the forms, often accompanied by family trees, press clippings and other ephemera, gave the Society a wonderful resource regarding their personal family histories.