ERIC Number: ED186303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Gateway to America: Genealogical Research in the New York State Library.
New York State Library, Albany.; New York State Education Dept., Albany. Cultural Education Center.
This booklet is intended to aid persons in using the extensive collections of the New York State Library for genealogical research. The library has assembled special files and reference works to help persons in New York State go through the steps necessary to trace their ancestry. As a first step, researchers should study personal family records. A special card file marked "Surnames" will refer them to books or parts of books on a particular family. The second step involves consulting the "Index to American Genealogies" to identify genealogies embodied in local history. When a family name or genealogy cannot be found in the genealogies, a knowledge of the localities where ancestors lived is of great value. At this point the researcher should search through local histories which may reveal names and facts. To help the researcher through this process the booklet contains many different kinds of aids and suggestions. For example, a floor plan of the library is included as well as concise descriptions of how books in the local history and genealogical area are shelved. A section of the booklet entitled "Guide to Research Materials in the Local History and Genealogy Area" describes and contains copies of card files which persons would use to trace their ancestry. A large portion of the booklet contains annotated listings along with library call numbers of helpful resources. Included are listings of genealogical indexes, suggested readings on genealogical research, leading genealogical periodicals, aids in the reference section, state records, local records, and church records. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Library, Albany.; New York State Education Dept., Albany. Cultural Education Center.
Identifiers: Family History; Genealogy; New York
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