Local History & Genealogy

Local History & Genealogy

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Digital Materials

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

Names In Stone Cemetery Maps

New York Heritage Digital Collections

Library of Congress New York State Guide
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:

The U.S. GenWeb Project
Genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

Cayuga Heights History Project

 

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Toddler & Preschool Music

11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Music
About this event::
Join Alejandro Bernard for lively music and family fun this summer! Each concert features children's classics as well as contemporary music that adults and children can sing along to. See you there! Masking is encouraged at Youth Services programs...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Cornell Botanic Garden Tour

11:00am - 12:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Offsite
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
As a part of this year's summer reading program, TCPL is inviting patrons to join us on a tour of the Cornell Botanic Gardens.  Patrons and library staff will meet at the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, and will be led on the tour by garden staff...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace One-on-One

11:00am - 12:00pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
What do you want to make? Register for a one-on-one session in the makerspace with Library Assistant Josh to use our laser cutter, 3-D printer, or Cricut.  Sessions are one hour and a maximum of two people are allowed in the makerspace a...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace One-on-One

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
What do you want to make? Register for a one-on-one session in the makerspace with Library Assistant Josh to use our laser cutter, 3-D printer, or Cricut.  Sessions are one hour and a maximum of two people are allowed in the makerspace a...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Board Game Club

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Community Groups, STEAM
About this event::
Interested 8-13 year olds are welcome to our weekly board game club this summer! Cool off in the library with good friends and great games! Drop-in at any time during this hour and a half program - which will be hosted by Mike Timonin, a local board ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Fine Line Henna Workshop

5:30pm - 7:30pm
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Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Classes and Workshops, Makerspace
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Join Joannah Fine of Fine Line Henna to learn the art and science of henna body art. We will learn about the history and science of henna, and how to create basic henna designs. Participants will get to create their own temporary henna tattoos and be...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Summer Baby Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Weather permitting, caregivers and their babies are invited to join Cassie at the park next to the Henry St. John Building at 301 S. Geneva St. for music, rhymes, movement and books. On days when it is wet outside or we have a heat advisory, w...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
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TCPL is inviting youth aged 6 - 11 to a SUMO robot challenge! Participants will have the opportunity to modify and code an Arduino-powered robot to challenge a professionally made SUMO robot. No coding or Arduino robotics skills required. Tutorials f...