New York Family History Societies (Statewide)

This section lists the state-wide associations from the Genealogical and Biographical Society to the State Historical Association giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional Societies

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The association was established in 1869. 

Some online databases are available on their site, which include the Early American Newspapers 1690-1876 and Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives Plus, which is a subscription database. 

The database is freely accessible to members, which includes 100 million record images of Documents, Personal Histories, City Directories and Military Records.

Many archives are accessible in their Members Only eLibrary, which incorporate:

  • 1855 NY State Census
  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Early Newspapers
  • Finding Aids to Church Registers
  • Harlem Cemetery Disinterments 1869-1875
  • Index to Children Baptised in the NY Dutch Church 1639-1800
  • NYG&B Family Bible Records
  • NYG&B Member Biographies

Many publications are also available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Armoury of American Families of Dutch Descent
  • Coroner's Reports NY City 1823-1849
  • Kings County Administration Proceedings 1817-1856
  • Marriage and Death Notices in the New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung 1836-1870
  • Methodist Protestants and the Union Cemeteries of Brooklyn
  • Naturalisations in the Marine Court 1827-1840
  • Guide to State and Interstate Probate Records
  • Worden's Index to the Record 1870-1960

New York Historical Society

Many resources are available at Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, which include Printed Collections including 350000 Books and Pamphlets, 10000 Newspaper Titles, 18000 Broadsides and over 10000 Maps and Atlases. 

Resources also include Graphic Collections, incorporating Prints, Photographs, Architectural Collections and Ephemera. 

In addition, Manuscript Collections including Family Papers, Business Records and other paper items are also accessible.

It is possible to search each of these Collections through the Library's Online Catalogue and Archival Finding Aids.


New York State Historical Association and the Farmers' Museum

The New York State Association, founded in 1899, is now known as the Fenimore Art Museum.

Many resources are available in their Research Library, which incorporate:

  • Census Returns 1790-1930
  • Church and Cemetery Records
  • Directories
  • Genealogies 
  • Newspaper Indexes
  • Newspapers

Archives also comprise Community Histories relating to New York State and a Book Collection pertaining to Native American Art and Culture.

To find out more about resources held, please use the Library's Pathfinder on-line Catalogue and Manuscript Collection Finding Aids.

Numerous Databases and Indexes are on the site, which comprise Bibliographies held at the Research Library(Covering Delaware, Greene, Otsego and Schoharie Counties).  Categories include Monographs, Cemetery Records, Newspapers, Manuscripts and Files.

Databases and Indexes also include Lists of County Census Returns and Civil War Research Sources held by the Library, History of Cooperstown and a Bibliography of Erie Canal Materials accessible.


There is also a Guide to Historical Resources that you may find of use.

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