New York Family History School FAQs

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Where is the New York Family History School located?

The school is a network of programs sponsored by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the New York Public Library, the National Archives, and other organizations. The programs take place in various locations, so the NYFHS is not located in any one place. However, the founding organization, the NYG&B, is located at 36 West 44th Street in New York City.

Does the New York Family History School offer a certificate program in genealogy?

No. At least not yet. The NYFHS courses are meant for people to take advantage of on an a la carte basis, depending on each individual’s needs for training and information.

How do I register for classes?

Look for the roster of courses on this web site, and then click through to the sponsoring organization, and follow the instructions you find.

Does the New York Family History School offer online seminars?

We plan to offer online programs as soon as we can. At present the online program is in the development stage.

I’m interested in a class which I cannot attend.Can I receive a copy of the handouts?

Possibly. The individual instructors and their organizational sponsors will decide that on a case-by-case basis.

How can I get in touch with a program presenter?

If you cannot attend the program where you will meet the presenter, contact the sponsoring organization.

Why do some classes have a fee and other classes do not?

Policies for charging fees vary from one organization to another. For example, generally programs at the New York Public Library are free. Other organizations need to charge fees to cover their expenses.

I have basic questions about my research. Who can I contact for assistance?

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society maintains a list of contract researchers.

How can my program be included in the calendar of the New York Family History School?

Please contact the New York Genealogical Society by email: