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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One-on-One Tech Help

September 16, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Information & Learning Services Department
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics. ...
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner East
Event Description
Public Meeting to review and submit comments on the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) in an informal open house format where participants spend as much or as little time at the event as they wish. The LRTP is a 20-year plan that addresses a...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace OPEN HOURS

September 16, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Makerspace
About this event::
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!...
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner East
Event Description
Public Meeting to review and submit comments on the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) in an informal open house format where participants spend as much or as little time at the event as they wish; event is open from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The LR...

Sexual Harassment Prevention

September 17, 2019
9:00am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
About this event::
This interactive workshop is intended for non-supervisor/manager level staff and volunteers. It will provide participants the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge about sexual harassment prevention. Attending this workshop will also fulfill the tr...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Memory Lab One-on-One

September 17, 2019
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
About this event::
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...