How to Discover Your New York Ancestry
New York genealogy can be a challenge, depending on the time, place and ethnicity of your ancestors. For example, finding 18th century Dutch-descended New Yorkers in the Hudson Valley is easier than finding settlers from New England in the same locale. The 1911 fire at the State Library in Albany and the fact that statewide registration of vital records did not start until 1880 can throw up brick walls.
NEHGS experts know the best resources for New York genealogy and can teach you to use them effectively. Use the guide below to browse a wide variety of New York records, subject guides and books.
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