New York and Connecticut: Finding Records, Telling Stories

$ 20.00

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:15 am - 12:45 pm
with the New England Association of Professional Genealogists
Featuring Jane E. Wilcox and Kyle Hurst
Cost: $20; NEAPG members free (register here)

Join NEHGS and the New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) for a half-day seminar on unique New York genealogical resources, plus a special case study pertaining to a Connecticut woman in the eighteenth century. Participants are invited to research within the NEHGS library following the program.


9:15 am Registration check-in & light refreshments
9:30 am New York Resources at NEHGS, Kyle Hurst, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press
New England Historic Genealogical Society has one of the largest collections of New York genealogical resources and family papers outside of the state. Learn more about these important sources.
10:30 am

New York City and State Governmental Vital Records and Alternates, Jane E. Wilcox
New York is a notoriously challenging state in which to find birth, death, and marriage records. Navigating New York City and State governmental vital records requires a “quick sheet” to make sure you have looked in every possible place to find the indexes, the records, and alternatives. Civil registration jurisdictions need to be clearly understood, plus key dates for laws and regulations that give context to what was actually collected and when. Learn what is accessible today and how to order records. We’ll also explore examples that use a number of unique New York civil record alternatives.

11:30 am Break
11:45 am A Tale of Woe: An Eighteenth Century Woman's Story Using Original and Authored Sources, Jane E. Wilcox
Margaret Wilcockson’s story has been published inaccurately and incompletely. This case study demonstrates how historical context, the law, and published research errors impact a story. See how a 1714 Connecticut unwed mother’s life unfolds with original and authored sources. Women’s rights under the law are featured.
12:45 pm Conclude

About the Speakers:

Jane E. Wilcox is a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and radio show host, with more than thirty years of genealogy experience. She owns Forget-Me-Not Ancestry in Kingston, N.Y. and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) Education Committee. Jane holds an M.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a B.A. degree in English literature and in history, with an emphasis in Colonial American history, from the University of Michigan, and a Teacher’s Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She hosts The Forget-Me-Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told radio show on the internet at and is author of the forthcoming family biography, From England to America: The Odyssey of the William and Margaret Wilcockson Family.

Kyle Hurst is Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press at New England Historic Genealogical Society. She holds a B.A. in both History and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a Master’s certificate in Museum Studies at Tufts University. She has been a frequent contributor to Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The Root, a featured writer for the blog Vita Brevis, and the author of two Portable Genealogists: "Reference Notes" and "Compiling a Bibliography." She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released Ancestors of Lester Lowry Mays and Peggy Pitman and Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Le Caron and Victoire Sprague.