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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The Suffragents in the news: Kirkus FeaturesKirkus Reviews, Foreword ReviewsTown & Country, The American,  Unorthodox podcast, Top of Mind with Julie Rose (live), NYU FeaturesWomen’s Media Center,  Futurity, Non-Fiction’s The ScoopOpzij magazine (NL), AmericasDemocrats podcast, Facebook , Brooke’s posts, Good Men Project ,,

Upcoming events:  Oct. 19: East Hampton Library. Oct. 22: Author’s Talk & Tea: Woodlawn Conservancy. Oct. 26: Talk Back at the Black Box Theater  for Nancy Smithner’s “Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights.” Nov. 5: Holiday Book Signing at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY. Nov. 6: Brentwood Public Library Nov. 7: NYU Center for the Humanities. Nov. 10: Gotham Center for NYC History/CUNY Graduate Center Nov. 16: Book & Bottle: Suffolk County Historical Society & Museum. Nov. 17-18 Researching New York Conference, Albany. Nov. 20: Brookhaven League of Women Voters. March 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City.

Parting shots of: the book launch events of Sept. 1 in East HamptonSept. 11 in NYC and Sept. 14 in Cambridge Mass. I’ve got comment and a video (expected soon) of the Sept. 28 event with Angela P. Dodson at the NY Society Library I spoke at the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society Fall Luncheon on Oct. 10 to an audience in which men were very well represented. Oct. 14, I presented on a panel at the AJHA Convention, Little Rock, Ark., on ‘When the Women of Suffrage Got Its Makeover On.” More to come on that.