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

Library Closed due to COVID-19

All Day 3/14 - 4/15
Branches:
Tompkins County Public Library
Description:
Effective 3/14 through 4/15 the Library will be closed due to our responsibility to the community in limiting the spread of the Coronavirus in conjunction with Tompkins County School closings. You can still access many online resources at w...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Break for Books, Jr.

April 6, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Kids
About this event::
Join us to talk about kids' books! Open to kids and families. Mondays on Facebook, 11 am to 12 noon. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace OPEN HOURS

April 6, 2020
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Cancelled
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!...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Employment Resource Team

April 6, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
About this event::
This is not a library sponsored event. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Big Red Marching Band Instrument Petting Zoo

April 6, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Adults, Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: STEAM, Performance, Classes and Workshops, Music
About this event::
The Big Red Marching Band and the Tompkins Public Library are teaming up to hold a musical workshop for kids, tweens and teens where you'll get the chance to hear members of the band talk about their fun times and get some hands on experience with th...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Board Game Club

April 6, 2020
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Children ages 8-12 are invited to explore and learn new board games each week with Michael Timonin, local board game aficionado! All kinds of great games to choose from! Put on your strategic thinking cap and join us! Feel free to join in a...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Maker Mondays for Teens

April 6, 2020
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: STEAM
About this event::
Join us for a weekly maker session for teens. Every session will provide a short tutorial on 3D printing, laser cutting, or Arduino programming. No prior experience required. Materials will be provided. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Memory Lab One-on-One

April 7, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Local History Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Writing, Local History, One-on-One Appointments
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. Professional advi...