Findmypast is now the home of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s eLibrary, offering millions of records from New York and across the United States.
The NYG&B; eLibrary, newly available online, is comprised of a growing collection of extraordinary record sets. The most important is the entire run of the NYG&B; Record. The Record has been in publication since 1870 and is the second-oldest genealogical journal in the United States. For the past 145 years, it has solved genealogical problems, provided compiled genealogies, published transcriptions of original records and offered research guidance to the many families who have contributed to the rich diversity of what is now New York State.
Karen Mauer Jones, editor of the NYG&B; Record, said, “Making the Record searchable on Findmypast significantly increases the utility of what is certainly the single most important scholarly resource that exists for people researching New York families.” Other collections range from census fragments unpublished elsewhere, to marriage & death abstracts, baptism registers and fascinating historical diaries.
Findmypast’s partnership with the NYG&B; has provided additional membership benefits for one of the United States’ oldest genealogical organizations, as members can now explore the society’s online collections using Findmypast’s powerful search and browsable image viewer.
The partnership has also provided Findmypast with a stream of exciting new content to further expand their growing US record collections, allowing customers access to publications and records from the state of New York spanning more than three centuries. Over 32,000 scanned colour images of records, books, abstracts, inventories and publications held by the Society can now be explored by Family Historians anywhere in the world.
a 1969 edition of the Record
The NYG&B; is the most authoritative source for research on New York families and families with New York connections. Founded in 1869, it is the largest and only state-wide genealogical society in New York.
McKelden Smith, president of the NYG&B;, said, “The availability of the NYG&B; digital collections on Findmypast radically improves the ability of NYG&B; members to search this important material, and gives access to this material to subscribers of Findmypast. It also gives NYG&B; members access to the United States and Canadian collections on the Findmypast website as a benefit of membership. Our ongoing working relationship with Findmypast will result in continual improvements to search capability and to growth in the New York digital collections. This is a leap forward for patrons of both the NYG&B; and Findmypast.”
The records released today mark the first phase of Findmypast’s partnership with the NYGB. The eLibrary collection available at Findmypast will eventually contain millions of records from across the United States. Further updates will made in early 2016.
A full list of all sets included in this initial release can be accessed by visiting our dedicated NYG&B; page.