An Overview of the Online Resources of the New York State Archives

An overview of the online resources of
the New York State Archives in this video we will give a quick overview of
our online research tools to demonstrate how to view our holdings and access some
select materials remotely on our website there are several research tools
available to help you find the best records for your research inquiry the
research topics page is a good place to start your search topics listed here
reflect areas where our collections are particularly strong online access tools
compiled for these topics described in nature and scope of relevant records
held by the State Archives and indicate the availability of microphone copies or
digital versions of records many people visit the State Archives to conduct
genealogical research before visiting explore our online resources relating to
genealogy and vital records as well as those pertaining to related topics such
as military service records Corps and probate records and prison and
reformatory records in addition our website has information about birth
marriage and death certificates held by the New York State Department of Health
let’s go from here to the search for records page if you don’t find what you were looking
for and research topics consider searching our finding aids a finding aid
is a description of a series of archival materials it contains information about
the historical context of the series and the creator of the materials a
description of the contents subjects the structure and organization of the series
and box folder or item content lists that note the precise location of
particular materials within the series the full-text search searches record
series descriptions and box folder or item lists for words or phrases of
interest if you know the series number access terms title or creator use the
more detailed fields to search in digital collections you can view digital
copies of photographs and documents listen to archival audio files and watch
historic film footage from the collections of the New York State
Archives researchers specifically interested in photographic materials or
archival audio and video should consider searching our digital collections
directly publications include guides to historical records educational resources
books and other printed material designed to aid researchers in finding
resources for their topic of interest let’s go from here to the researcher
services page our contact information can be found on
the researcher services page as well as our frequently asked questions and links
to online resources also on the researcher services page you
will find information on how to obtain microfilm through interlibrary loan if a
record you want to view specifies in the finding aid under alternate forms
available that there is a microphone copy as shown here or as included in the
list of frequently requested series on the researcher services page you may be
able to request a loan of that series on microfilm through your public or
university library Consulting these resources prior to
visiting can help you determine if enough relevant records are available to
warrant travel and confirm that research in these records cannot be done remotely
if after conducting online research you are interested in coming to the State
Archives to work with specific records contact the researcher services unit by
email or phone at least three business days prior to your planned visit you can
find more information on the visit the archives page certain records are stored off-site and
require advanced notice to be made available in our public research room
other records contain legally restricted material that must be reviewed by staff
before disclosure to the public as always if you have any questions or are
having trouble finding information contact the archives thank you for
visiting the New York State Archives and good luck in your research if you need
further assistance please send an email to the address below

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