The most recent issue of The New York Researcher (Volume 29 Number 3, Fall 2018) from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society appeared in my mailbox last week. This issue highlights “A critical element of New York Genealogy” which is the recent New York Land Records Project. Once this project is completed it will contain a wealth of various records that could make genealogical research for New York State easier to navigate. According to The New York Researcher the collection will be accessible at FamilySearch.org.
There is a need for volunteer’s to help create a database index for the land records from 60 counties. If you have spare time and would like to contribute to the project please visit newyorkfamilyhistory.org/land, email email@example.com, or call 212-755-8532. The types of documents include deeds, mortgages, patents and grants, maps, land company papers, land owner’s business records, and Tax assessments and rolls, plus more.
Also worth mentioning is the New York State Archives research guide regarding major land records of both the colonial and state governments. As well as the Dutch Records at the New York State Archives and Current Digitization Project which includes the transcription and translation of colony documents on the New Netherland Institute (NNI) website.
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