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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in New York
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a New York brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on New York —you don't need the full State Research
- a how-to article detailing New York’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for New York research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- Most 18th-century New Yorkers were from New England, but several thousand Germans arrived in 1710. A small but vibrant cluster of Huguenots came in the late 1600s, and Scots-Irish filtered into the Lower Hudson Valley.
- You can search for passengers to Castle Garden (through 1890) and Ellis Island (1892 to 1924) free online.
- Continuous vital record-keeping started in 1880. Town clerks kept duplicate certificates and forwarded originals to the state capital in Albany.