Hudson Valley Genealogy, Kinship Books, Rhinebeck Town Historian, and the Starr Library

Arthur C.M. Kelly, publisher of Kinship Books, and his wife Nancy Kelly, Rhinebeck Town Historian, are almost synonymous with Hudson Valley , New York, genealogy and history. Arthur has been intimately involved in the church records of the mid-Hudson Valley since 1968, and Nancy with the Starr Library in Rhinebeck for years.

Arthur founded Kinship Books when he started researching Nancy’s early Hudson Valley and Dutchess County family history. There were no transcriptions of the early Hudson Valley church records at the time, so Arthur dove in and started doing transcriptions himself. Now 44 years later, Kinship Books has 350 titles to its name. Find all of them here:

As Rhinebeck Town Historian, Nancy and various historical and genealogical societies and other organizations have formed a consortium that provides information on the holdings of the various groups in the Town of Rhinebeck.  It’s called the Consortium of Rhinebeck History and can be found here: She also oversees the Local History Room at Rhinebeck’s Starr Library on Tuesdays.  Meet her in person when she’s there. For more information, click on

Find out more about Kinship Books and Nancy’s role as Rhinebeck Town Historian and what’s available to researchers in the Hudson Valley and Rhinebeck on The Forget-Me-Not Hour. Click here.

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