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The New York Genealogical
and Biographical Society (NYG&B) has a new
website that’s easier to use and enriched with expanded content. Additions to
the eLibrary (accessible to members) include more than 500 NYG&B member biographies
from the early 20th century, book two of the 1855 New York state census for Manhattan’s
Ward 17, 32 digitized books and more. Information also accessible t nonmembers includes
research guides, News You Can Use with new resources for New York research and a Genealogical
Exchange query board.
Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va., an important Union fort in the Civil War, has been designated
a National Monument. It was nicknamed “Freedom’s Fortress” for Maj. Gen. Benjamin
Butler’s 1861 declaration that escaped slaves who reached Union lines would be deemed
contraband of war and not returned to their masters. More than 10,000 enslaved men
and women made the journey there by war’s end. Learn
about Fort Monroe during the Civil War here.
The National Archives in Kansas City is offering these free genealogy workshops
in November: Military Records at the National Archives Nov. 12, 10-11:30 a.m.; and
Introduction to Genealogy Nov. 15 and 30, 10-11:30 a.m. You
can find more details on the archives’ Public Programs schedule.