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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Makerspace OPEN HOURS

September 20, 2019
2:00pm - 6:00pm
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!...

3-Part Series

September 21, 2019
12:30pm - 4:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Adult Board Game Club

September 21, 2019
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings
About this event::
Adults are invited to join our weekly board game club! Bring a favorite game or play one that's on hand.   ...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

LEGO at the Library

September 21, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Other
About this event::
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...

Library Open

September 22, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Library - Public Area and Stacks
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Poetry Reading and Book Launch with Rosaire Karij

September 22, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner East
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Writing, Poetry
About this event::
  The library will host local poet, Rosaire Karij, for a reading from her new book, Bone Song. This collection contains poems of jubilation and sorrow, and everything in between -  the experience of finding the unifying threads of existe...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace OPEN HOURS

September 23, 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!...