Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Well, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has just the right thing for you. A groundbreaking event in New York genealogical research, the NYGB is now taking pre-orders for the first all-encompassing New York genealogy research guide.
I remember being part of a group discussion three years ago at the society’s offices when the subject of the book came up. McKelden Smith, the president of the NYGB, though it was a wonderful idea, and has done an amazing job with his team to bring this vision to fruition. It has been a long road since that first meeting, but this work sets a high bar for others to follow. And now, after countless of hours of research by many, many individuals, the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer is finally read for publication!
This massive work is the first all-encompassing resource for those researching their family history anywhere in the states. The guide includes:
- Chapters on major record groups and research resources
- Information on major ethnic and religious groups that have lived in New York
- Gazetteers, maps, and research guides to each of New York’s sixty-two counties
- A timeline of key events in New York history 1609–1945 that impact genealogical research
- An index of place names past and present
I was one of more than 100 leading experts that contributed to the work and reviewed the contents. County historians from around the state reviewed not only the factual information, but also the lists of resources for those areas.
If you or a genealogist you love has New York ancestors, this is a must-have book for your reference shelf. The only drawback to ordering this book now is that it will not be delivered in time for the holidays. That said, if you purchase it as a gift, the NYGB will be pleased to send a gift card in your name to the recipient.
The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer is a softcover book, 8.5×11. It has 800 pages plus an index. The book will normally sell for $85, but you can get it now on a pre-publication discount for $75. NYGB members can get it for an even bigger discount price of $60. If you are not a member yet, consider joining the society as well! Find out more details about the book (and read some quotes about it from Henry Louis Gates and David S. Ferriero, the archivist of the United States) on the NYGB website.