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

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Writing Workshops

February 27, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Writing
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
About this event::
Explore your creative muscles in our casual weekly after school writing workshops. Sign up for a couple or take them all - each week will be something a little different but attendance at all sessions is not required. These one-hour workshops ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

French Conversation Group

February 27, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
About this event::
If you have taken some French in the past and would like to find a place to practice your foreign language skills, please join us. Every week we will speak in French on topics ranging from US and French Politics or World news, to culture, litera...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

4 Seasons Book Club

February 27, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
About this event::
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Lasercutting OR Sewing 101 1-on-1

February 27, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Classes and Workshops, Digital Lab, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Join volunteer Nina for a one hour appointment to learn the basics of EITHER using the library's Laser Cutter, or using a Singer Sewing Machine. This 1-on-1 appointment is intended as a basic refresher, or a first time experience with one of these to...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

NEW Makerspace Open Hours

February 27, 2020
6:30pm - 8:15pm
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 conten...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Soul Writing with Lisa Margaret

February 27, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner West
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness, Classes and Workshops
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
About this event::
Soul Writing is an informal process of writing that involves guided meditation with deep reflective questioning and will help you to access new levels of understanding, awareness, wisdom and answers from the super-conscious part of your mind. Guid...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Digital Lab
About this event::
Tompkins County Public Library's Digital Lab will be a site hosting Alternatives Federal Credit Union's Free Tax Preparation service.  This service is available to low-income residents of Tompkins and Cortland Counties, and is completely free as...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Baby Storytime & Playtime

February 28, 2020
10:30am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Caregivers and newborns up to 24 months are invited for music, rhymes, movement and books at 10:30. After storytime, stay for an hour of play and social time. ...