This American Ancestors magazine column explores many aspects of New York genealogy and history. NEHGS members may read all past Focus on New York columns, and browse our archive, at AmericanAncestors.org/American-Ancestors-magazine.Through April 2012, the following articles by Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, will be available to the public:
New York State Probate Records A Genealogist’s Guide to Testate and Intestate Records, Second EditionNewly updated, this essential guide provides genealogists with the latest tools—and practical advice—for locating New York State probate records from the past 300 years. 7 x 10, 216 pp., softcover, $24.95
New York Essays: Resources for the Genealogist in New York State Outisde New York City This book presents 29 essays about a wide range of genealogical and historical topics, from how to obtain vital records in New York State to summaries of settlements. 6 x 9, xiii + 320 pp., softcover, $17.95
History of Ancient Families of New Amsterdam and New YorkBetween 1875 and 1879, Edwin Purple contributed several articles to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record on the first three or four generations of some of the ancient families of New York. Those articles, collected in this volume, feature a number of the surnames and Purple's instructive list of Dutch aliases and variant surname spellings.
The Settlers of Beekman Patent:Dutchess County, New York
Historical Newspaper Research for New York State AncestorsGetting to Know the Lay of the Land Using New York State GazetteersSettlers of the Beekman Patent in 18th-Century Dutchess County, New YorkThe Erie Canal: "Mother of Cities"Early Nineteenth-Century Welsh Immigrants in Upper New York StateNew York State Census RecordsNew York State Vital Records: The Legacy of Gertrude Audrey BarberThe Vosburgh Collection of Congregational Church RecordsEarliest Records of Western New York StateEarly Palatine Families of New YorkNew York State Cemeteries: A Finding Aid