Saturday, March 5, 2016

New York family history research guide and gazetteer : featured library resource for March 2016

Many of our members have ancestors in New York State, and we hope they will make good use of this newly acquired and impressive volume.  New York family history research guide and gazetteer has the stated goal to be "a definitive guide to the genealogical resources of New York State." Published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in 2015, it has an extensive list of over 200 contributors, and was three years in the making.  New York State served as "the frontier" in its early years, and later for well over a century was the most populous of the United States.  New York City served to process the majority of free immigrants to the US.  So it is not surprising that so many Americans can trace ancestors who resided in the state.

The first part of the book consists of descriptions of the types of records available, and where to locate information, including publications, repositories, and online resources.  It begins with a chapter on the colonial period, followed by chapters on each type of record, and concluding with chapters on ethnic groups, religious organizations, major repositories, and reference publications.

Nearly two-thirds of the book is a listing for each of New York State's 62 counties.  Each includes a map and gazetteer (list of cities, towns and villages) designed to facilitate location of vital and other records.  Significant sources of records are listed, plus individual print and online resources relating to the county.  Finally, there are chapters on New York City and on Long Island, and an index to place names in all the gazetteers.

We hope you will make time to consult this comprehensive volume for assistance with your research.  The CCGS Library is open Tuesdays 1-4, Thursdays 10-4 and Saturdays 10-noon.

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