Aaron Goodwin
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MUNI cover

bio

Aaron Goodwin is a genealogist and house historian specializing in New York City research across all time periods, from the Dutch colonial era to the 20th century. He is former contributing editor to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and former editor of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine. In 2011 he received the American Society of Genealogists' Scholar Award and in 2017 received the National Genealogical Society’s Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources.

publications

book

New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians
New York Genealogical & Biographical Society: New York, 2016
winner of the National Genealogical Society’s 2017 Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources
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advance praise

For the first time a treasure trove of New York City history going back to the Dutch Colonial Era is described to facilitate easy access. What a gift to genealogists, researchers, and the just plain curious!
David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

This volume opens the door to one of the biggest archives in America. Any researcher, novice, or expert who is researching people in New York City will find this guide indispensable.
James A. Folts, Senior Archivist, New York State Archives

This new guide brings to light hitherto little-known but immensely important collections of the New York City Municipal Archives, revealing treasures never before described in published form. It is a remarkable resource for genealogists and family historians.
Louise Mirrer, President and CEO, New-York Historical Society

The content listed here takes years for professionals to master—now it’s available with multiple sample documents and numerous easy-to-read chronological tables. The best part—rather than just detailing what’s available, the author navigates the reader through the analysis and utilization of the documents. This volume truly fits the needs of the entire range of New York City researchers!
David E. Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch

This distinctive guide introduces family history researchers to the treasure trove of records available at the New York City Municipal Archives. It is an essential reference for those wishing to tap into such riches. Throughout every chapter, Goodwin guides the reader with helpful examples for analyzing and using various records, effectively breathing new life into these largely undiscovered and underutilized resources.
Ann D. Thornton, Vice Provost and University Librarian, Columbia University

selected journal articles

“The Elizabeth-Town Associates: Signatures on the Original Answer, 1751”
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 138 (July 2007)

“The Ancestry of Anne (Revell) Curtis of Burlington County, New Jersey, and Derbyshire, England”
Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, vol. 83 (May–September 2008)
co-authored with Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG

“Subscriptions for the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth-Town, 1734–1745”
Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, vol. 84 (January–May 2009)

“Marriages Recorded at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, New York City, 1814–1850”
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 140 (July–October 2009)

“The Arent Sonmans Family: Peter Wright’s 1769 ‘Proof of Pedigree’ in Philadelphia Deeds”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 46 (Fall/Winter 2009)

“Coloured Communicants at St. Stephen’s Episcopal, New York City, circa 1809–1815”
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 141 (January 2010)

“Richard Allen, First Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 46 (Spring/Summer 2010)

“The Prussian Origins of William Aufermann of Manhattan and New Jersey”
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 141 (July 2010)
winner of the American Society of Genealogists’ 2011 Scholar Award

“The Richard Allen Family of Philadelphia”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 47 (April 2011)

selected newsletter articles

“Church Records Held at the Archives of Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, New York City”
New York Researcher, vol. 20 (Summer/Fall 2009)

“Lost New York Administration Bonds Rediscovered: Liber A, 1742–1753”
New York Researcher, vol. 27 (Fall 2016)

lectures

“New York City Municipal Archives: A Brand-New View”
Association of Professional Genealogists—New York Metro Chapter
14 June 2016

“The Andrew Williams Family of Seneca Village:
A Case Study of African American Research in New York City”
Association of Professional Genealogists—New York Metro Chapter
22 March 2017