Thursday, February 2, 2017

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Announces NYG&B Labs


NYG&B Labs will create an innovative space which leverages the latest trends in technology and digital services to assist in telling the stories of New York’s families.

NEW YORK, NY -- The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) announces the creation of NYG&B Labs, an innovative space which leverages the latest trends in technology and digital services to assist in telling the stories of New York’s families.

NYG&B Labs will be a destination for aspiring digital professionals who seek to advance their expertise in technology and its applications for the fields of history and genealogy. Each quarter team members will work on a designated, pre-approved project. Once completed, projects may be added to resources at newyorkfamilyhistory.org and beyond.

Members of the NYG&B Labs team will benefit from one-on-one interaction with experts in the fields of genealogy and technology as they work to creatively apply technology to traditional genealogical methods relating to New York’s history. Team members will also receive a quarterly stipend and can work from anywhere in the world.

“NYG&B Labs will provide benefits to anyone researching the stories of New York’s past,” noted NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor; “with NYG&B labs, the opportunities to create new tools and resources are nearly endless.” The launch of the project was made possible with funding from the NYG&B, individual donors, and support from commercial and nonprofit entities within the genealogical community.

Applications for NYG&B Labs Team members are now being accepted at http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/labs. The NYG&B is specifically seeking team members with an interest in technology, geo-coding, mapping, social media, website development, digital services, history, and other topics.

About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B)

The NYG&B has been helping people find their New York family and tell their stories since 1869. The largest genealogical society in New York, the NYG&B delivers essential online resources for researching New York State at www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org, including digital collections, articles, research aids, webinars, and other tools. The NYG&B has thousands of members across the globe, and each quarter publishes the NYG&B Record, a scholarly journal devoted to New York genealogy and biography, as well as the New York Researcher, a magazine which features instructional articles and the latest news on emerging resources and technologies. A longtime publisher of authoritative scholarship on New York subjects, the NYG&B’s recent books include the award-winning New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, offering more than 800 pages of detailed resources related to New York, and the New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians. The NYG&B provides education programs, both live and online, to New York researchers from the beginner to the professional and produces the biannual New York State Family History Conference. Each day the NYG&B engages with the dynamic, fast-growing, rapidly changing field of family history through accurate, thorough research and the highest standards of scholarship.