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Many family history periodicals publish local records of genealogical value. These may include:

  • Genealogies
  • Information about local records and archives
  • Queries
  • Census indexes
  • Transcripts of family Bibles, church records, court records, cemetery records, land records, obituaries, and wills

Some major genealogical periodicals helpful for New York research are:

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. 1870–. Complete series has been digitized and is available to members at New York Family History. WeRelate contributors have identified free methods to access early volumes.

The Capital. 1986–. Published by Arthur C. M. Kelly, 60 Cedar Heights Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. FHL Book 974.74 D25c. This periodical has material for Albany and Rensselaer counties. Indexed in Valley Quarterlies listed below.

De Halve Maen. 1922–. Published by the Holland Society of New York, 122 E. 58th Street, New York, New York 10022. FHL Book 974.7 Bh2. Volumes 19– present, with some incomplete issues; fiche FHL Collection. Articles relate to the Dutch colonial period.

Year Book of the Holland Society of New York. 1886-1929. Most volumes are available online for free. See WeRelate.

There are two cumulative indexes to De Halve Maen: Louis Duermyer, editor,Index to Publications, 1885–January, 1977. (New York, New York: The Holland Society of New York, 1977; FHL Book 974.7 B22h; Film 1036770 item 13) and Roger D. Joslyn, compiler, Index to "De Halve Maen": Part 2, 1977–1988 (New York, New York: The Holland Society of New York, 1991; not at Family History Library).

Dorot: The Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society. 1979–. Published by the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York, P. O. Box 6398, New York, New York 10128. 974.7 D25d.

Early Settlers of New York State: Their Ancestors and Descendants. Edited by Janet Wethy Foley. Nine Volumes. Akron, New York: T. J. Foley, 1934–42. FHL Book 974.7 D25e; Films 962286, 844674 and 844638 item 6. This is a valuable resource for central and western New York. Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) under NYES.

Lifelines. Official Journal of the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society. 1984–. Published by the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1256, Plattsburgh, New York 12901. FHL Book 974.7 D25L. This periodical is helpful for researching French-Canadian immigrants.

The Mohawk. 1984–. Published by Arthur C. M. Kelly, 60 Cedar Heights Road, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. FHL Book 974.74 D25m. This periodical covers Montgomery and Schenectady counties. Indexed in Valley Quarterlies listed below.

The NYG&B Newsletter. 1990. Published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. FHL Book 974.71 D25n. An every-name and subject index for volumes 1–6 was mailed with the fall 1996 issue.

New York State Queries Published by Carolyn Wilson Weinder. Spokane, Washington: the author, 1987–. FHL Book 974.7 D25w. The address of the author is W. 2206 Borden Road, Spokane, Washington 99204-9668. There is a cumulative index to volumes 1–11.

The Patents: The Northeastern New York Genealogical Society Newsletter. 1982–. Published by the Northeastern New York Genealogical Society, 9 Lydia Street, S. Glens Fall, NY 12803. FHL Book 974.7 D25nn.

Tree Talks. 1961–. Published by the Central New York Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 104, Colvin Station, Syracuse, NY 13205-0104. FHL Book 974.7 B2t. Excludes New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley. Some volumes in the Family History Library's collection are rearranged by counties, not date of publication. An index is Jean D. Worden, comp., Tree Talks Subject Index for Volumes 1–28 (1961–1988). (San Dimas, Calif.: Jean D. Worden, 1988; not at Family History Library). For further information, including online indexes to Tree Talks see the Central New York Genealogical Society website.

Valley Quarterlies: Upstate New York Directory and Every Name Index. Newsletters and Journals Series. [Novato, Calif.: Brøderbund Software], 1993. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 160 [does not circulate to Family History Centers]). Index to 250,000 entries in the Kinship publications The Capital, The Columbia, The Mohawk, and The Saratoga from 1984–1993. These periodicals include information from Bible, cemetery, census, church, guardianship, Justice of the Peace, midwife, military, and naturalization records. The indexed names also appear in the FamilyFinder™ Index and Viewer described in New York Census.

Western New York Genealogical Society Journal. 1974–. Published by the Western New York Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 338, Hamburg, New York 14075-0338. FHL Book 974.7 B2w. Prints material pertaining to Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.

Periodicals focusing on particular counties are available for Albany, Chautauqua, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Jefferson, Orange, Richmond, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster, Westchester, Wyoming, and other counties.

For nationwide indexes to some of these and other family history periodicals see:

Periodical Source Index. Ft. Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1987–. FHL Book 973 D25per; 1847–1985 on set of 40 fiche 6016863; 1986–1990 on set of 15 fiche 6016864.) Indexes thousands of family history periodicals. Annual indexes have been published yearly since 1986.

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