Welcome to the New York/New England Roots Special Interest Group web page.
This group usually meets from 1 pm to 3 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month November through May in the Genealogy Room at the Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. The genealogy meeting room is located on the east side of the building and the entrance is just south of the carport. There is a sign at the door. Check our Calendar of Events area for more information.
This group will focus on how to research various record groups in New York and the New England states. New York and New England research presents unique challenges. Members will have opportunities to share information about their research experiences in these states.
Please take some time to visit with the information and web sites in the Links Area we suggest you use in your ancestor research in New York and the New England states.



Two new additions to the collection are Volume 3 and Volume 4 of the Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald. Volume 3 covers the years 1864 to 1870, and Volume 4 covers the years 1871 to 1876.


Visit New York City and New York State Directories at The History Box.

Search Over 9,157,000 Old New York State Historical Newspaper Pages at Old Fulton New York Postcards.

Monroe County Library System, New York

The city of Rochester, located in western New York, on the south shore of Lake Ontario, is the seat of Monroe County. Here, the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County has one of the premier collections of local historical and genealogical materials in western New York. Links to their extensive materials held by the Central Library's Local History and Retrieval Divisions and by various town libraries include:

  • Rochester History
  • Rochester Images
  • Genealogy Resources
  • Local History Resources

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view most of these resources.

Albany New York County Clerk's Office - Historical Records Collection
The Hall of Records is a joint program of the County of Albany, NY, and the City of Albany, NY, and began operations in 1982.

New York State Off-line Sources - A bibliography guide to genealogical and historical sources found at various libraries across the United States.  Check out this great resource for New York  researchers today!

New York City by Marian S. Henry (2007 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society)

In the Preface, the author mentions the change of boundaries in the state. “Consider, for example, the town of Hector now in Schuyler County. County records from 1854 to the present are in Watkins Glen, the county seat. But, from 1817 to 1854 this land was part of Tompkins County and records are in Ithaca. From 1804 to 1817 the area was part of Seneca County, which had two county seats – Ovid and Waterloo. From 1799 to 1804 the area was in Cayuga County, county seat Auburn. Records from 1794 to 1799 are in Syracuse, Onondaga County. The first permanent settler arrived in 1791 when the area was part of Herkimer County.”

The above is what we must watch carefully.


From NEW YORK ESSAYS – Resources for the Genealogist in NEW YORK STATE Outside New York State Probate Records – A genealogist’s Guide to Testate and Intestate Records by Gordon Remington (2002 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society).

This book is a tool to help you find probate records that have been on file in New York State for over 300 years. True, there are other books and/or articles that help you locate these records. This book, however describes the records and then helps you find the records. FHL microfilm, periodicals and other resources are presented.

Timeline of New York State