We spent the major of our research time at the New York Public Library (NYPL). While you may be familiar with the outside of the building with its magnificent lions, Patience and Endurance, what you may not know is that the inside is absolutely gorgeous. The marble interior is filled with artwork, sculpture, and polished wood. It was amazing to be able to work there. I requested a number of
|Lion outside New York Public Library|
We spent an all-to-brief afternoon at the Brooklyn Historic Society. In their catalog I found the the archives for Packer Collegiate Institute, a school that my grandmother, mother, aunt and cousin had attended. I also went there. While I knew that my grandmother was a “Packer-Girl”, I was never exactly sure when she attended so I requested all the catalogs from 1865 to 1900.
|Packer Collegiate Institute about 1890|
We also spent an afternoon at the New York City Municipal archives. Several years ago, I had ordered death certificates for a number of my ancestors, so this was my opportunity to look at several more. I knew exactly what I wanted there—death certificates for my Minarcik grandparents. Despite
|Ceiling Mosaic NY Municipal Archives|
I am so pleased with all the information I found, and I will blog more about it later. However, it is important to point out that I would not have been so successful had it not been for the very helpful librarians at each location and the genealogists from the NEHGS.