New York Tenant Farmers: Little-Used Resources

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Wheat imageProfessional genealogist Jane E. Wilcox of Forget-Me-Not Ancestry in Kingston will present a talk on New York tenant farmers at the New York Public Library in New York City on Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Wilcox’s presentation, “Looking for Your New York Tenant Farmer: Little-Used Resources,” will focus on the tenants of the major colonial manors and patents of the Hudson Valley between Westchester and Rensselaer and Albany counties. Wilcox will discuss the types of records that were created in New York’s manorial lease-holding land system and will explain how and where to find documents that recorded the lives of the tenants. Included with the talk will be a handout with genealogical resources.

Recently given at the National Genealogical Society’s annual family history conference in Richmond, Virginia, the talk is one of a series of genealogical presentations sponsored by The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society at the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City.

Jane E. Wilcox is a professional genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and national lecturer.  She hosts The Forget-Me-Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told radio show at and is writing the biography of the William and Margaret Wilcockson family of England and Connecticut. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Jane also serves on the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Education Committee and is the owner of Forget-Me-Not Ancestry in Kingston, N.Y. She can be reached at



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