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

CensusFinder

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:

Tompkins County Genealogical Sources

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

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Memory Lab One-on-One

January 18, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Local History Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Local History, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
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Do you have old family photos, film or videos that you would like to convert to a digital format?  Now you can for free at the library!  During this hour long session a librarian will help you use our conversion equipment.  Please reme...
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Open Heart Kids Yoga

January 18, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: Unlimited
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Join us for a weekly yoga program! This four week series is best suited for children ages 3 - 9, but younger siblings are welcome! Registration is required. ...
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Chinese New Year Decorations Making Party

January 18, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
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The 2020 Chinese New Year will start on Jan. 25 and last for 15 days. This is the year of the rat, the first sign in the Chinese zodiac. Join us at the Chinese New Year Decorations Making Party to make some traditional New Year decorations ...
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LEGO at the Library

January 18, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Other
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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...
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Martin Luther King Day Family Celebration

January 20, 2020
11:00am - 11:45am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
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This celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. will include books, singalongs, puppets, and a craft, as well as a unique drumming experience with special guest Aloja Airewele. Children, their families, and caregivers are invited to celebrate peace, coope...
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Makerspace OPEN HOURS

January 20, 2020
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace
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Join us in the Makerspace for self-led open hours! Bring your project, or make something with our available tools and materials. Share ideas with other makers, learn from volunteers and members of the community, and tinker to your heart's content!...
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Kids Winter Crafternoon

January 20, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
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Kids and families are invited to an arts & crafts afternoon! The Library will offer a variety of activities for all ages and abilities. ...