At the Fall Luncheon of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society – Sarabeth’s Park Avenue South – October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017

From the Fall 2017 “New York Researcher,” the NYG&B’s publication quarterly.

This was the annual fall fundraiser for the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, one of New York City’s historic treasures and I was delighted to be asked to speak about The Suffragents at this wonderful event, attended jointly by NYG&B supporters and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who share NYG&B’s genealogical zeal.

This is the first time so far the audience (more than 50 people in all) included a high percentage of men, as you can see from these photos as attendees were just starting to gather.

They asked a number of questions, including (for the second time) a request to explain the derivation of the word “suffrage.” It doesn’t come from the root of “to suffer.” It comes from the Latin “suffragium,” meaning “vote, “political support,” and the right to vote or political franchise.

The NYG&B is now deeply engaged in a campaign to stop NYC Records from severely restricting access to vital records, which are so valuable to genealogical research. Here’s the society’s president, Josh Taylor, making his appeal:

We Need Your Help – Preserve Access to NYC Vital Records

The genealogy community needs your help! A proposal under consideration plans to restrict access to millions of New York City vital records, which will negatively impact anyone researching ancestors who lived there. Visit our Action Page to see how you can help: Join us in our efforts to raise awareness, submit public comments, and ultimately keep these important historical records easily accessible for current and future generations. You can also spread the word and learn more via our event page here:

Posted by The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Here are some stills captured from an i-Phone video. I’m told high-quality photos are on the way and I will post them when they are available.


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Upcoming events 2018: March 20: UN Bookshop  March 25: NEW DATE: League of Women Voters of Westchester Champagne Fundraiser April 22: Nassau County Historical Society  at the Jericho Public LibraryApril 29: St. George’s School. May 12: East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (interviewing NYTimes media columnist, Jim RutenbergMay 20: Women’s Suffrage and NYC: A Centennial Celebration Symposium: Bronx Historical Society and Woodlawn Cemetery  June 14: Roosevelt Island Historical Society. July 7 East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (hosting with Sara Davison the garden author and expert Charlotte M. Frieze) : August 4: Shelter Island Historical Society.

The Suffragents in the news: Reviews of the book .  . . Notices and articles about the Suffragents . . . Brooke’s articles in various publications . . .The Suffragents on Facebook . . .  and Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters,”  the photo-laden logs I post right after events.