Local History & Genealogy

Local History & Genealogy

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Digital Books

From books, to maps, and everything in between, you can find a variety of digitized materials from our local history collection. Partial funding for digitization was made possible through a grant from the Park Foundation to encourage sustainability through remote access of library materials.

You can also access HeritageQuest Online to search census records, books, and documents for information about your ancestors.

We can provide limited research on topics of local history or interest where the information sought is unique to the collection of the library. The Tompkins County Research Service is available to individuals and/or organizations for whom it is impossible to visit the library in person.

For additional resources, visit the following websites:

The History Center in Tompkins County
https://www.thehistorycenter.net/

CensusFinder
http://www.censusfinder.com/new-york-census-records9.htm

Names In Stone Cemetery Maps
http://namesinstone.com/

New York Heritage Digital Collections
http://www.newyorkheritage.org/

Library of Congress New York State Guide
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/states/newyork/
The Library of Congress web guide contains a variety of materials specifically relating to New York State, including manuscripts, documents, photos, books and maps. This site also provides links to websites such as:

Tompkins County Genealogical Sources
http://nytompki.org/

The U.S. GenWeb Project
Genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
http://www.usgenweb.com/

Cayuga Heights History Project
cayugaheightshistory.weebly.com

Upcoming Events

One-on-One Tech Help

June 23, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am
Registration
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Information & Learning Services Department
Ages: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Description:
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics. ...

Summer Family Storytime

June 23, 2018
11:00am - 11:30am
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4)
Program Type: Storytimes
Description:
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early-literacy skills at Summer Family Storytime. We meet each Saturday for stories, songs and family fun. ...

Dungeons & Dragons Meetup Group

June 23, 2018
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Time Warner Cable Study Room
Ages: Adults
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings
Description:
This weekly group is intended for adults interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons who have RSVPed to rachel.e.hadley@gmail.com. Minors are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian. Contact Rachel for more information or to reserve a spot. ...

Adult Board Game Club

June 23, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Ages: Adults
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings
Description:
Adults are invited to join our weekly board game club! Bring a favorite game or play one that's on hand.   ...
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Ages: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4), Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Other
Description:
Join David Moreland the Magician for this high-energy, 45-minute show packed with music, magic, comedy, puppetry, and several routines featuring members of the audience. Stick around after the show for Moreland’s 15-minute magic workshop. In it, you’...

LEGO at the Library

June 23, 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Ages: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4), Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Other
Description:
Children are invited to attend this weekly LEGO® brick building program. 'LEGO at the Library' encourages children to use their imaginations or LEGO books from the TCPL collection to create their own LEGO art! The Library will provide LEGO bricks, an...