Tracing Your New York Ancestors

Tracing Your New York Ancestors

Summary Details

Length: 60 minutes

Summary: Participants will learn the basics of researching their New York ancestors starting with the arrival of Henry Hudson in 1609, to the Yankee migration from New England and then the Immigration era up through the present-day.

Description:  While many of our ancestors may have come from New York, finding them and the records left behind is another story. New York research offers certain challenges and it helps to know the strategies needed to tackle those Empire State records. You’ll not only get a quick lesson in New York State history and understand why the different regions are important, you’ll also learn about special record sets and resources unique to New York. Whether your ancestor was a Knickerbocker or an immigrant, you’ll be in a “New York State of mind“ with these research tips, tricks and tools.

Audience Level: Beginner

Requirements: Projection for laptop/netbook computer on large screen; internet connection – wired or wireless (preferred in order to show live websites and resources).

Content: 8 page handout


  • A Knickerbocker’s Approach to New York Genealogy
  • A Brief New York History Lesson
  • New York Migration Patterns
  • 10 Resources You Should Know
  • The Knickerbocker’s Secret Links
  • New York Research Strategies, Tips and Tricks
  • Links

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