Buried under notably draconian privacy laws and four centuries of history, the Big Apple is dense in information and a perfect storm of problems for genealogists. But New York records are often a must-have for family tree research, whether your ancestors were colonists or just funneled through Ellis Island. Let the tips and tricks in this webinar light the way like your own personal Statue of Liberty–a beacon of hope in your ancestral adventure.
Session Status: Digital Recording (Download Here)
Length: 1 hour
Presenter: James M. Beidler, frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine
What you’ll learn:
- Essential New York history, from the explorations of Henry Hudson to completion of the Erie Canal
- Breakdown of New York geography: cities, villages, towns
- Details on vital records, such as marriage licenses, bonds, death records, health records, land records
- How to navigate immigration records in the state, including petitions for naturalization
- Where to find ethnicity-based records, such as German, Jewish and Italian
- Prominent repositories: New York State Archives in Albany, New York Public Library, New Netherland Project, etc.