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

Toddler & Preschool Storytime

December 11, 2018
11:00am - 12:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4)
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers are invited every Tuesday for early literacy-based stories, songs, finger plays and much more! After storytime, stay for an hour of play and social time. ...

EVTompkins

December 11, 2018
11:30am - 1:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full

New Roots Digital Art Class

December 11, 2018
1:45pm - 3:15pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Teens (13-17)
Program Type: STEAM, Classes and Workshops, Community Groups, Digital Lab, Technology Class
About this event::
New Roots Charter School Digital Arts Class ...

Sit! Stay! Read!

December 11, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a truly non-judgmental listener -- a dog! Reading sessions will be held Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. Children who attend 6 sessions will earn a FREE book of their choice! Co-s...

One-on-One Tech Help

December 11, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
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
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Book a librarian for help with digital downloads or computer basics.  Please describe what you would like to help with in the "How did you hear about this event?" field. ...

Senior Year: The Podcast

December 11, 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens (13-17)
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Makerspace, Technology Class