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New York State is Now in New England

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is in Boston and was founded in 1845.

That makes it the oldest and most respected non-profit genealogical society in the U.S. If you have been a member of NEHGS you know that they also have a great amount of material on New York State in their holdings.

The NEHGS has been publishing many free articles on their main website, which will no doubt give you some excellent reasons to become a member and to have full use of all of the online databases that they have to offer. Short of a trip to Boston, which you should schedule as soon as possible, the website is a great starting point and will lead you to databases that you never knew existed.

Well NEHGS has long had very nice collections of New York State materials also. What you say? New York is not part of New England.

Maybe so but the New Englanders followed the setting sun and guess where they arrived at first? Sure many went on to the upper mid-western states, but many stayed in New York. There was also quite a bit of interaction between the families that lived in the western counties of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, with the eastern counties of New York State.

So it is a natural thing to gather documents and manuscripts of New England areas that also included quite a lot of information on New York. One way to make this fact known to a larger audience was to create a new website named and to bring information to people that might be helpful in researching their Yorker ancestors.

Yours truly was very excited a few months ago when one of the editors of the NEHGS website contacted me and asked if I would be interested in writing a monthly article for Well, yeah! My what an honor to even be considered. Now I’m no Michael Phelps but I sure am proud to be included with the excellent authors on this fact filled website. My first article appeared this week and it is titled; “Getting to Know the Lay of the Land Using New York State Gazetteers.”

So please visit and check out some of the great free information available. There are articles on a Case Study of Thomas Herring, Settlers of the Beekman Patent, The Erie Canal, Welsh Immigrants, NYS Census Records, NYS Vital Records, and many many databases that you will want to spend some time in.

While you are at it, check out all five of the NEHGS websites;,,, and

Your membership in NEHGS will allow you full access to all of the best websites and data that Boston has to offer.

Please tell us of any of your successes and leave comments below this post.

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Families of Western Massachusetts in 1790 Migration Seminar

If your ancestors came to Upstate New York from Western Massachusetts, then the following press release should be of great importance.

The NEHGS is sponsoring a seminar on the migration period of 1790 for Western Massachusetts.


Families of Western Massachusetts in 1790
September 20, 2008
University of Massachusetts, Amherst—Amherst, MA 01003

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is pleased to offer a comprehensive one-day seminar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, dedicated to helping you find your ancestors of Western Massachusetts.

Western Massachusetts was a crossroads of migration. In 1790 the population of Berkshire County was 30,291, and that of Hampshire County 59,681, making a total of just under 90,000 — slightly larger than Vermont’s 85,425, and slightly less than Maine’s 96,540. New Hampshire was significantly larger, with a population of 141,855.

Join Michael J. Leclerc and Christopher C. Child, editors of the upcoming NEHGS publication Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 for a day-long program examining the history of Western Massachusetts and hear how you can participate in this exciting new book series.

Registration fee: $75. For more information or to register, click here:

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NEHGS – Now also Publishing at

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS,) the oldest such organization in the United States was formed in 1845, and they have been concentrating immensely on New York State research lately, as well as the old standard New England States.

The NEHGS, also fondly referred to as the HistGen, has always offered information on their neighbor New York, now you will want to take a look at the website and publications that are being published online by the NEHGS at:

With all of the grumbling that has been taking place lately about the possible demise of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B,) or at least the loss of the library as it was, might want to visit this NEHGS sponsored website.

Some of the excellent articles that are online and freely available to all visitors are; Settlers of the Beekman Patent, The Erie Canal, New York State Census Records, New York State Vital Records, The Vosburgh Collection of Congregational Church Records, Earliest Records of Western New York, Early Palatine Families of New York, and New York State Cemeteries. That is just a taste, there are many more online!

There are also a great many public access databases available at:

The NEHGS is offering a 15% discount until June 30th for any new members that join from this website. If you are not yet a member, you should be.

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