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

One-on-One Tech Help

July 20, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
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
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics. ...

Summer Comics Camp for Kids

July 20, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Kids, Teens
Program Type: Writing, Classes and Workshops, Makerspace
About this event::
Join comic artist Ten Van Winkle for lessons on making comics, from drawing, to character creation, to storytelling! From ages 8-13, first-timers and old pros all welcome! This program will meet in the Makerspace with extra seating available in the D...

Summer Family Storytime

July 20, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
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. ...

Making Comics With Teens

July 20, 2019
11:15am - 12:30pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Writing, Classes and Workshops, Digital Lab
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
Local comic book artist Ten Van Winkle will be on site in the Digital Lab each week to help you create your own comics. Learn how to use the skills you already have to tell stories with art. Registration is encouraged, drop-ins welcome. Attendance...

TCPL ROBOTICS CLUB: Robot Wrestling

July 20, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Makerspace
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
About this event::
3! 2! 1! GO! Learn basic robotics with TCPL Robotics Club. With this bi-weekly program youth ages 7-12 will be challenged to create the ultimate Bluetooth wrestling robot! Participants will be introduced to code, circuits, and physi...

Adult Board Game Club

July 20, 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.   ...

LEGO at the Library

July 20, 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...