Assemblyman Will Barclay encouraged those interested in family history to visit the new state archives site, www.archives.nysed.gov
An agreement between Ancestry.com and several state and local genealogical resources, as well as State Archives and the State Library, have helped to create a searchable database of New York records on the site for free.
The New York State Archives Magazine features the site in its latest issue and reports that thousands of additional documents will continue to be made available.
The site contains archival photos, videos and audio of historic places and moments such as Gov. Rockefeller’s state of the state address in 1959 and instructional videos that introduce how archives are kept.
The site also contains images from commerce, the Erie Canal, child labor changes, agriculture, and environmental photos, maps and immigration to name a few.
In recent months, more records have been added through Ancestry.com and include the New York Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900; New York Town Clerks’ Registers of Men who service in the Civil War; New York marriages 1600-1784 and New York military equipment claims, War of 1812.
“There is a vast amount of information available on this site for free. One can get lost in its contents. It is a great resource for anyone interested in family history, genealogy and history in general,” said Barclay. “To date, 1.2 million people have visited the site, the New York Archives reports. As more and more people become aware of the site, even more archives will be added.”
Users interested in creating their own account on New York Ancestry.com should visit www.archives.nysed.gov and click on Find Family History Records located in the middle of the page.
This brings visitors to the Genealogy Resource page.
Click on Ancestry/NY and follow instructions given online.
The site warns people not to sign up for the free 14-day trial but instead, to register as a New York resident.
Users have the option to sign up through a paid subscription with www.ancestry.com if they wish.