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[NY] Amateur Genealogists Help Needed

* Help Wanted From Amateur Genealogists for New York City Project

Demographic researchers at the state University at Albany were having a hard time tracking the lives of New York City residents from a century ago.

So they decided to turn to amateur genealogists for help.

John Logan is director of the school's Lewis Mumford Center. He figured the most elusive cases could be cracked by tapping the ingenuity of amateurs.

The result was the "Mumford Genealogy Challenge," a novel call over the Internet for help with an academic sociological study.

More than 120 people have registered so far, solving 19 cases in less than two

Logan's team is tracking the movement of certain ethnic and racial groups living in New York City from 1900 to 1920. They hope to find how quickly Italian immigrants, black migrants and other groups integrated into society's mainstream from neighborhood enclaves.

The work fits in with the Mumford center's focus on urban research. Please point your browsers to: for more information.

Thanks to Fox23 News, WXXA in Albany, New York, for this story:

Source: Legacy News

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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