The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYGBS) is a non-profit but executive managed institution located at 36 West 44th Street in New York City. Founded in 1869, it is the second-oldest genealogical society in the United States. Its offices are not open to members or the public. Its purpose is to collect and make available information on genealogy, biography, and history, particularly as it relates to the people of New York State. The Society also publishes periodicals and books, conducts educational programs, maintains a Committee on Heraldry, and offered several other services.
For nearly 400 years, New York has been known for the diversity of its people. Your ancestors may have been among the first Europeans or Africans who came to New Netherland, or the Native Americans who were already living here, or were part of the long stream of immigrants from all over the world who came in the subsequent years. The G&B is here to help you learn more about those ancestors and the world in which they lived.
In existence since 1869.
The G&B is a membership organization, and new members are always welcome. Benefits of membership include subscriptions to our two quarterly publications, the Record and the Researcher, and discounts on other publications; unlimited queries on the NYG&B Bulletin Board, four free queries per year, published in the Researcher and on our website; access to our Members' Area eLibrary, and reduced fees for educational programs.
The new home of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is in the Bar Building, 36 West 44th Street, between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Ave.), in Manhattan. Our building is in the middle of the block (south side), opposite the New York Yacht Club.
We are currently in temporary quarters around the corner from the Bar Building and expect to move into our wonderful new space in late fall 2009.
Temporary telephone: 212-626-6850 Temporary fax: 212-626-6857 Fax: 212-754-4218