Finding Your One Among Millions: Methods and Tips for Urban Research, a New York City Case Study

Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL
Jun 21, 2023
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About BCG
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Case Study
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Map the Data
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Which Church?
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About this webinar

Family history research in a large city can be richly rewarding as urban centers typically kept better records. However, when it is your ancestor who does not appear in the vital records, how do you find them? Searching among the plethora of people in a city such as New York can be challenging. This presentation will give attendees some ways to navigate research in urban areas using a case study in 19th-century New York City to illustrate the methods.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL, is co-author of the Florida edition of the NGS Research in the States series and has published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record
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  1. ED
    Elaine Drury
    12 months ago

    Thank you great information

  2. DS
    Dianna Solmes
    1 year ago

    I appreciated the easy to follow directions that Ms. Giroux gave and her slides were very clear and legible. I enjoyed it and found it very helpful.

  3. JH
    Joanne Howard
    1 year ago

    I have distant relations that lived in New York. This presentations gave me alot of information to help me. Amy Giroux was an excellent presenter and her exhibits were very informative.

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    Jacqueline Herring
    1 year ago

    So many great suggestions for finding information in larger cities! I was having difficulties finding information on family from Brooklyn; I am ready to dive back in now with my new search techniques. Thank you!

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    sharon Clay
    1 year ago

    As always good practical research techniquoes.

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    Alfred Sacco
    1 year ago

    Interesting information on the use of maps and church records.

  7. LG
    Linda Gall
    1 year ago

    The presentation motivated us to look into the churches our families attended, especially since one is mentioned in an obituary stating that our ancestor was active there. Thanks for the good lead!

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    Georgene Chastain
    1 year ago

    Good information and a reminder to be more methodical when looking for churches or addresses where a family lived in an urban neighborhood.


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