About Me

Aaron Goodwin
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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 editor of the National Genealogical Society's NGS Monthly, 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

books

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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New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer (Revised Edition)
contributing author
New York Genealogical & Biographical Society: New York, 2017

The Ancestry of Helen Marion (Locke) Wright
researched by Helen Locke Wright
edited and updated by Aaron Goodwin, Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG, FGSP, and Michael J. Leclerc
Newbury Street Press: Boston, 2011

journal articles

compiled genealogies

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

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

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

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

“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

annotated record abstracts

“Pennsylvanians in Charleston, South Carolina, Cemetery Inscriptions”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 48 (Fall/Winter 2012)

“Tees Family Record, Philadelphia”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 48 (Fall/Winter 2012)

“A List of Soldiers in the Gaol, Philadelphia, 1756”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 48 (Fall/Winter 2012)

“Marriages in the Docket of John Gloninger, Lancaster County, 1784–1786”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 48 (Spring/Summer 2012)

“Marriages by Rev. Eugene Augustus Hoffman of St. Mark’s, Philadelphia, 1869–1880”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 48 (Spring/Summer 2012)

“Thomas Smiley’s Records of White Deer Valley Baptist Church, Union County, 1808–1831”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 48 (Spring/Summer 2012)

“Marriages in Justice of the Peace Dockets, Somerset County, 1814–1816 and 1828–1829”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 48 (Spring/Summer 2012)

“Coroner’s Inquests, Mifflin County, 1874–1891”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 48 (Spring/Summer 2012)

“Black Family Record, Philadelphia”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 47 (October 2011)

“Marriages by Rev. Nathaniel R. Snowden, 1793–1820”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 47 (October 2011)

“1891 Dog Tax List, Colebrookdale Township, Berks County”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 47 (April 2011)

“Elk County Marriages, 1852–1854”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 47 (April 2011)

“The Pennsylvania State Agency: Transportation Passes for Civil War Bodies”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vols. 47–48 (April 2011–Spring/Summer 2012)

“Requests for Aid, Church of the Transfiguration, Mission Chapel, New York City, circa 1876”
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 141 (April 2010)

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

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

“Went Family Record, New York City”
New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 140 (July 2009)

“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. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, 1789–1817”
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 46 (Spring/Summer 2009)

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

electronic publication articles

"Some Resources (and a New Roadblock) in African American Research"
NGS Monthly (July 2019)

"In Defense of the Curious Meander"
NGS Monthly (July 2019)

“What’s Your Problem?”
NGS Monthly (May 2019)

“Getting to the Source of a Family Record”
NGS Monthly (March 2019)

“Living Family Interview Questions”
NGS Monthly (February 2019)

“How to Start Writing: the Word File”
NGS Monthly (November 2018)

“Family Secrets, Privacy, and Responsibility”
NGS Monthly (November 2018)

“How to Start Writing: the Overall Plan”
NGS Monthly (October 2018)

“Using Associates and Timelines to Prove Identity”
NGS Monthly (October 2018)

“When to Start Writing”
NGS Monthly (September 2018)

“Often Overlooked Resources: Marks and Brands”
NGS Monthly (September 2018)

“Your Ancestors’ Unmarried, Childless Siblings Could Be the Key”
NGS Monthly (July 2018)

“The Bible Issue”
NGS Monthly (July 2018)

“Surname Shapes and Sounds: Circumnavigating Spelling Variations, Mistranscriptions, and Clerical Errors in Electronic Indexes”
NGS Monthly (June 2018)

“Business Records”
NGS Monthly (June 2018)

“Using Spreadsheets as Research Tools”
NGS Monthly (April 2018)

“Genealogy: What Matters to You?”
NGS Monthly (April 2018)

“Uxornecronyms: A Little-Known Naming Practice”
NGS Monthly (March 2018)

“Occupations”
NGS Monthly (March 2018)

“Early 19th Century Vital Data from the National Intelligencer
NGS Monthly (February 2018)

“When Deed Books Are More Than Land Records”
NGS Monthly (February 2018)

“Dutch Naming Systems in Early America”
NGS Monthly (January 2018)

“Four Ways to Give Back to the Genealogical Community”
NGS Monthly (December 2017)

“Evaluating Court Testimonies as Genealogical Evidence”
NGS Monthly (November 2017)

“Georgia Passports Illuminate Migrations”
NGS Monthly (November 2017)

newsletter articles

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

“Philadelphia Death and Burial Records: the Popular and the Hard-to-Find”
Penn in Hand, vol. 28 (Fall 2010)

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

magazine articles

“The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine Now Online”
American Ancestors, vol.12 (Spring 2011)

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

“Unraveling the Mysteries of Seneca Village”
Landmark West at the Rectory of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament
8 February 2018

“The Andrew Williams Family of Seneca Village:
A Case Study of African American Research in New York City”
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society at Columbia University
10 February 2018