Are you one of many Americans with New York ancestry? New York has a rich variety of early settlers from the New Netherland Dutch, to Quakers to the English Puritans. As a major thoroughfare of migration westward, many of our ancestors resided in the state for a brief stop or a generation or two. In this new series, New York expert Jane Wilcox takes us on a five-part journey to discover the resources available for uncovering our New York state ancestry.
The 5-class series - New York Genealogy Research
- Up The North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups and Religions
- The New York Gateway: Immigration, Emigration and Migration
- Researching Hudson Valley Palatine Tenant Farmers: Overlooked Resources
- A Tour of New York State Research Repositories: The Best - Part 1
- A Tour of New York State Research Repositories: The Best - Part 2
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The individual classes
Up The North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups and Religions
The Hudson (North) River valley was an ethnic and religious melting pot long before the late nineteenth century immigrant influx. Find out who was in New York in the beginning. You will be surprised!
Plus 10 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
The New York Gateway: Immigration, Emigration and Migration
The New York Gateway: Immigration, Emigration and Migration Records Alternates: New York has been the heart of U.S. immigration since the 1600s. Discover the origins of key immigrant and emigrant groups and settlers and where they went. Learn the New York migration routes and transportation modes that your New York ancestors may have taken. Putting your ancestors in the context of their times is key for researching them. Some research resources and ideas are featured.
Plus 8 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Researching Hudson Valley Palatine Tenant Farmers: Overlooked Resources
Documents for New York manors and their Palatine tenants in the Hudson Valley have survived. Learn how and where to look for your German tenant ancestors in these and other records, such as court and tax records. Finding aids for collections are featured as well. See examples for using the records in your research. What you learn here can be applied to any ancestor in the Hudson Valley -- not just Palatines.
Plus 6 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
A Tour of New York State Research Repositories: The Best - Part 1
Explore the unique research resources and collections that are held by libraries, county archives, town historians, and historical and genealogical societies in New York State (not including Long Island, NYC and Albany). Among those featured are the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, Warren County; the Genessee County History Department in Batavia; the Rhinebeck Town Historian at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County; the Western New York Genealogical Society at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library in Buffalo; and the Onondaga County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Department in Syracuse. You'll learn research ideas for any repository as well.
Plus 9 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
A Tour of New York State Research Repositories: The Best - Part 2
Continue to explore the unique New York State research resources and collections focusing on universities, ethnic societies, museums, military repositories, online holdings, and more (not including Long Island, NYC and Albany). Among those featured are Cornell University's Division of Rare and Special Collections in Ithaca, Tompkins County; the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County; the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, Onondaga County; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, Dutchess County; the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County and ArchiveGrid. You'll learn research ideas for any repository as well.
Plus 8 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Jane E. Wilcox is a contributing editor of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record and serves on the New York State Archives Advisory Committee. She speaks at national genealogy conferences and institutes and hosts The Forget-Me-Not Hour podcast twice a month at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/JaneEWilcox. With her company, Forget-Me-Not Ancestry, in Kingston, NY, Jane specializes in colonial and early national New York and area research. She serves on the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s New York Family History Advisory Committee.
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