I spent some time hanging out in the NYG&B booth at the FGS 2019 conference. NYG&B is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year having been formed in 1869 and has almost 5000 members. NYG&B publishes many materials including the revised edition (2017) of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer which is a 868 page, two-volume set.
In 2018, NYG&B became the new home of Kinship Books as the co-founders and owners donated the assets of their business to NYG&B. Kinship Books has been publishing New York books for over 50 years from Rhinebeck, NY. Their books include transcribing religious records, account books, store ledgers, census records, and more… focusing heavily on the areas surrounding the Hudson River. You can view the book collection and order online at: https://kinshipny.com/.
NYG&B also has online record collections open to their members that are currently being housed at FindMyPast.com. Right now, NYG&B members are given access to FindMyPast.com in order to view the records and, as a bonus, all North American record collections as well as the ability to build a family tree at no additional charge.
News to me (though it was announced in their Spring 2019 New York Researcher publication), is that NYG&B has been working hard on creating their own records platform to be housed on their own website (https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/) and moving away from keeping their holdings at FindMyPast. They hope that the new records platform will be ready to launch by the end of 2019.
Some of the benefits that the new platform will feature are a reorganization of their collections making them easy to search and browse, the ability to automatically process new digital collections, and for members to be able to download full periodicals such as The Record (not one page at a time).
NYG&B members will still have access to FindMyPast until their year membership is up and then after that, it will most likely be going away. Therefore, don’t wait too long to take advantage of the FindMyPast collections while you have the opportunity if you are a NYG&B member!
Sue Miller, the Director of Programs for NYG&B that I was talking to today, hopes that many of us from Niagara County and Western New York attend their New York Genealogy Seminar on October 12th, 2019 in Syracuse, NY.
You can learn more and register for the seminar here at: https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/events/new-york-genealogy-seminar-syracuse-ny.
Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport NY is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club and a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)