The 2018 New York State Family History Conference features two and a half days of lectures, workshops, and a vibrant exhibit hall. With registration, conference attendees are able to enter the exhibit hall, and attend any one of our 45 conference sessions on New York records, genealogy methodology, DNA and genealogy, and more. 

Attendees also have the option to purchase tickets to any of our pre-conference events and workshops, or to any conference lunches or dinner, which include a presentation along with a meal.  

View our schedule at-a-glance for an overview of the conference below. Click the links within to see more details on a particular day or event, or continue reading to view the full, detailed conference program

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NYSFHC 2018 Conference Schedule At-A-Glance

Please note: Conference schedule is subject to change

Wednesday, September 12

Thursday, September 13

  • 9:30am: Workshops (additional registration is required)
  • Noon - 6 pm: Exhibit hall open
  • 1:15 - 4:30 pm: Sessions
  • Evening: NYG&B Member Reception

Friday, September 14

  • 8 am: Opening Session
  • 9 am - 6:30 pm: Exhibit hall open
  • 9:15 am - 6 pm: Sessions
  • 12:30 pm: Luncheon and talk (additional registration is required)
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner and talk (additional registration is required)

Saturday, September 15

  • 8:30 am - 3:15 pm: Exhibit hall open
  • 9:15 am - 4:00 pm: Sessions
  • 12:15 pm: Luncheon and talk (additional registration is required)
  • 4:15 pm: Wrap-Up Reception


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NYSFHC 2018 Full Program

Please note: Conference schedule is subject to change

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Conference attendees will have the option of purchasing tickets to one of two pre-conference tours. We're still finalizing the details, and will update this page with more information soon. Feel free to register today - you can always call us and add on additional meals, tours, or workshop tickets after you register. 


Thursday, 13 September 2018

9:30 am - 12:00 pm: Workshops (advance tickets required)

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12:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Opens


1:15 - 2:30 pm: Conference Sessions

  • 30 Resources for Tracing New Englanders in New York, D. Joshua Taylor, NYG&B
  • More than Just Names: Advanced US Census Research, Judy G. Russell
  • Unlocking Roman Catholic Records on Findmypast, Jen Baldwin, Findmypast
  • DNA Testing for Genealogy: The Basics, Janine Cloud, Family Tree DNA


3:15 - 4:30 pm: Conference Sessions

  • A Tour of Upstate New York Genealogical Research Repositories: Some Gems, Jane E. Wilcox
  • Lesser-Known Collections at the NYC Municipal Archives, Susan R. Miller, NYG&B
  • Westchester County Archives, Jackie Graziano Interviewed by Meryl Schumacker, NYG&B
  • Behind the Scenes of DNA Testing and Living DNA, David Nicholson and Katie Welka, Living DNA


4:30 - 6:00 pm: Unopposed Exhibit Hall Time


6:00 pm: NYG&B Member Reception


Friday, 14 September 2018 

8:00 - 9:15 am: Plenary Session

  • The Future of Family History and DNA, David Nicholson and Katie Welka, Living DNA


9:00 am: Exhibit Hall Opens


9:45 - 10:45 am: Conference Sessions

  • Courting the Empire State: New York’s Early Court Records, Judy G. Russell
  • Genealogy and Maps, Philip Sutton, New York Public Library
  • Solve Research Problems Using Surname Variants & Surname Mapping Tools, Terry Koch-Bostic
  • Tracing Your European Ancestry, David Nicholson and Katie Welka, Living DNA


11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Using Geo-Tech Tools to Answer New York Research Questions, Frederick Wertz, NYG&B
  • Finding Your Own Jewish Roots, Lauren Orenstein, Jewish Genealogical Society
  • New Jersey’s Early Land Records: Unprecedented Access to Colonial Sources, Joseph R. Klett, New Jersey State Archives
  • DNA 101: From Taking the Test to Understanding the Results, Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage


12:30 pm: Luncheon and Presentation (advance ticket required)



2:00 - 3:00 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Researching New York Dutch Families, Henry B. Hoff, NEHGS
  • African-American Families in The Hills Community, 1830–1890s, Westchester County, NY, Edythe Ann Quinn
  • Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion, Thomas W. Jones
  • Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches? Blaine T. Bettinger


3:30 - 4:30 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Pre-1850 New York City Methodology, Meryl Schumacker, NYG&B
  • New York State Archives Content Digitized by, Presented by the New York State Archives
  • Writ in Stone: Cemeteries and Genealogy, Judy G. Russell
  • Y-DNA and the Peopling of Europe, Jim Brewster, Family Tree DNA


5:00 - 6:00 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Happily (N)ever After: Using Divorce Records, Michael Provard, FamilySearch
  • Using’s Records Online, D. Joshua Taylor, NYG&B
  • Genealogy Resources at the Center for Jewish History, J.D. Arden, Center for Jewish History
  • DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard, Blaine T. Bettinger


6:00 - 6:30 pm: Unopposed Exhibit Hall Time


6:30 pm: Dinner and Presentation (Advance ticket required)


Saturday, 15 September 2018

8:30 am: Exhibit Hall Opens


9:15 - 10:15 am: Conference Sessions

  • New York Records and Resources at, Cherie Bush, FamilySearch
  • Chancery Court Records Held at the New York State Archives, Presented by the New York State Archives
  • MyHeritage’s Powerful and Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries, Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage
  • Shared Matches and Genetic Networks, Blaine T. Bettinger


11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Outstanding Long Island Research Repositories and Resources, Terry Koch-Bostic
  • Researching African Americans in Pre-Emancipation New York, Meryl Schumacker, NYG&B
  • Genealogy in Context: Using History to Find (more than just) Family Facts, Susan Kriete, New York Public Library
  • The Science of Genetic Genealogy, David Nicholson and Katie Welka, Living DNA


12:15 pm: Luncheon and Presentation (Advance ticket required)


1:45 - 2:45 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Navigating NYG&B Member Resources for New York Genealogy, Frederick Wertz and Susan R. Miller, NYG&B
  • They Became American: Our Ancestor’s Naturalization, Jen Baldwin, Findmypast
  • Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How, Thomas W. Jones
  • Writing Your Family History, Kyle Hurst, NEHGS/Newbury Press


3:15 - 4:15 pm: Conference Sessions

  • Small Footprint, Big Apple: Researching Ancestors of Meager Means and even Less Fame in 18th Century NYC, Judith A. Herbert
  • Turnpikes, Canals, and Railroads: Transportation and Migration in New York State, Karen Mauer Jones
  • Uncharted Waters: Diving into the Holdings of the New York State Archives, Jane E. Wilcox
  • Copyright Mythconceptions, Judy G. Russell


4:15 - 5:00 pm: Closing Reception (Open to all Conference Badge Holders/cash bar)


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