New York Family History Societies(Statewide)

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

Statewide and Regional Societies

Berkshire Family History Association

The aims of the association are to advance the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of family history and genealogy.  They have a number of publications available for sale, which include a Guide to Berkshire County Cemeteries.

They also sell the Index to Death Notices for the Berkshire Courier 1834-1898, Genealogical Notes 1941-1951 and Berkshire Town Histories.

Publications available for sale also comprise Genealogies and the Master Index to the History of Windham County, Connecticut.

Publications available for sale also incorporate:

  • Back Issues of their publication Berkshire Genealogist.
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Early Marriages
  • Town Histories
  • Will Abstracts


Capital District Genealogical Society

The group was organised in 1981 and covers the counties of Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Washington.

Some publications are available for sale, which include 1854 Albany County Map and Index, 1855 Albany Co. Census.


Central New York Genealogical Society

The group was established in 1961 and its aim is to preserve, publish and share Genealogical Information.  They publish Tree Talks, their quarterly publication.  Every Name Indexes to this publication are on the site covering 2009-2011. 

Material published in this Newsletter include Abstracts of Church, Cemetery and Newspaper Vital Records.  Information relating to each area was extracted from the publication in 1999 and is now sold as a 'County Packet'. 

They also sell some Census Returns, Church Registers and Sending Money Home(to Ireland): the Accounts of an Immigrant Financial Agent in Deposit 1851-1860. 

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.


New England Historic Genealogical Society - American Ancestors

The association has a Library where a number of archives and databases are available, which incorporate:

  • 19th Century US Newspapers
  • Biographical Information regarding African Americans 1790-1950
  • Boston Globe 1872-1979
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Registers
  • Early American Newspapers 1690-1876
  • The Jewish Advocate 1905-1990
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont
  • Vital Records

They also have an on-line catalogue of their archives.

Their quarterly journal, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, is highly respected, and they also publish the magazine American Ancestors along with a wide variety of books. 

They also publish research from projects that are ongoing, such as the Great Migration Study Project, a study of New England Immigrants 1620-1640.

A wide range of books and publications are also available for sale in their Store, which incorporate:

  • Family Charts
  • Genealogies
  • Guidebooks
  • Mayflower Books
  • NEHGS Collection Guides
  • New England Resources

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The association was established in 1869.  They have some on-line databases, which include Early American Newspapers 1690-1876 and Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives Plus, which is a subscription database. 

Members have free access to the database, which include 100 million record images of Documents, Personal Histories, City Directories and Military Records.

There is also a Members Only eLibrary where a number of archives are accessible, 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

A number of 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

A number of 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. 

They also have Graphic Collections, which incorporate Prints, Photographs, Architectural Collections and Ephemera. 

In addition, they have Manuscript Collections including Family Papers, Business Records and other paper items. 

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 association has a Research Library where a number of resources are available, which incorporate:

  • Census Returns 1790-1930
  • Church and Cemetery Records
  • Directories
  • Genealogies of New York Families
  • Newspaper Indexes
  • Newspapers

Archives also comprise Community Histories relating to the 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 the Manuscript Collection Finding Aids.

A number of 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.