Arthur C.M. and Nancy V. Kelly, co-founders and owners of Kinship Books, have donated the assets of their genealogical publishing business, Kinship Books, to The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B). The gift includes rights to more than 300 publications, including transcribed and indexed materials from more than 50 New York counties.
The NYG&B is New York’s largest— and oldest — genealogical organization,
Kinship Books was begun more than 50 years ago by Arthur C.M. Kelly of Rhinebeck, New York, who began locating, copying, and transcribing religious records, account books, store ledgers, census records, and other important materials from various locations throughout the state of New York. Focusing heavily on the areas surrounding the Hudson River, Kinship’s publications have helped thousands of researchers uncover their New York ancestors.
NYG&B assumed operation of Kinship Books and its website, www.kinshipny.com, today. In addition, the Kellys donated their copies of original materials for the majority of their published titles, ongoing projects, and collections related to their periodicals, The Mohawk, The Capital, The Saratoga, and The Columbia (each of which published unique record transcriptions from various counties in New York). Over time, the NYG&B is expected to digitize and make these unique materials accessible to their membership.
The Kellys continue to seek previously unpublished vital records and also to provide help to those needing research on Hudson and Mohawk valley families. The NYG&B has launched an online surname index and the complete catalog of Kinship Book titles available for purchase HERE.