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:

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 "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
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Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
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Seats Remaining: 4
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Come enjoy our family summer yoga program with Kristina from Open Heart Kids Yoga. We will explore the themes of summer with mantras & mudras each week so you can take this yoga practice home with you. We will meet at the park at 301 S. Geneva...
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Break for Movies

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Online Chat
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Join us to talk about movies, TV shows, and other viewing interests! Mondays, 12-1 pm on Facebook.  ...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
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Children of all ages and their families are invited to a drop-in outdoor art series with TCPL and Carol Hockett and Andrea Murray from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Make your own unique work of art together inspired by the Johnson’s art from ...
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Virtual Teen Writing Workshop

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Open
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Writing
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Explore your creative muscles in our casual, virtual weekly 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 wil...
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This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Stories in the Park

11:30am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children and families are invited to join us each Tuesday in Dewitt Park for stories, music and family fun. After storytime, stay for lunch and shopping at the Ithaca Farmer's Market. On days we're unable to meet due to weather, Kelly will post ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
Swoosh! A grappling hook just barely misses your face as automata pirates make haste to board your rickety airship. What do you do?  TCPL is inviting teen patrons to a weekly virtual theatre of the mind D&D g...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Offsite
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Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of "automatic pilot" mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, a...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Community Groups, STEAM
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8-12 year olds welcome to join us for outdoor board games this summer at the library! Learn a new game with local board game aficianado Mike Timonin or play an old favorite with a friend. Games and puzzles provided, but feel free to bring a favo...