An extremely important item to remember about research in New York State is that there is New York City, and the rest of the state. Many vital and other records concerning the five counties which comprise today’s New York City itself are not kept in other parts of the state. European settlements in the eastern and southeastern part of the state date from the early 1600’s, while parts of the western area were not fully established until the 1860’s. New York has mandated historians at the village, town, city, county and state level since the early 1920s.
The In-Brief Guide to New York Genealogy written by Larry Naukam, contains Factoids, Timeline, Research Strategies, Migration Routes and Motivations and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.
Larry Naukam writes the column “Doing it Ourselves” for The In-Depth Genealogist’s digital magazine, Going In-Depth. Larry holds degrees in Geography, Library Science, and Divinity. For more than 30 years he has worked in libraries and information centers, using various techniques and technologies to enhance access to historical materials. His experience includes years in Acquisitions, Cataloging, the Bookmobile, and his favorite, Genealogy, Local History, and Digitizing. He has written for Genealogical Computing, GenWeekly, and a Rochester History pamphlet on “Family History more than Genealogy”, published in 1990 by the Rochester City Historian. He gives many talks each year and is a volunteer scanner and cataloger for various local historical societies, libraries and town historians in New York State.