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

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 "Kids" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
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Children ages 9-13 are welcome to join our Homeschool Book Club! The club will meet monthly to discuss books from a variety of genres on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11 in the morning. Registration for book club meetings is required as space is ...
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One-on-One Tech Help

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Full
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
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Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads, such as borrowing eBooks, or basic computer questions.  **Please note - This series of appointments will be with volunteer technology tutor, Gusti, and he is able...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults, Families
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Health & Wellness, Online Chat
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
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Join Sarah Grant Curless for a weekly nutrition informational session.  This week's topic is Comfort Food Switch Ups.  Learn how to take some of your favorite comfort foods and put a healthy twist on them. Try it out with this recipe for Br...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
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Join us for Spanish storytime - stories, songs, and crafts - completely in Spanish!  Fun for the whole family, this storytime is a wonderful chance to be immersed in the Spanish language and a wonderful time to practice your language skills with...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments
About this event::
Business Leaders of Colors is a network of small business owners committed to racial, social and economic justice. The network was formed to level the playing field and create a cooperative space for commerce that will serve the under-served and unde...
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Makerspace Open Hours

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Makerspace
About this event::
Drop-in open hours are back! Registration is no longer required. We still must adhere to room occupancy requirements (max. 10 people at a time), but do not anticipate this being an issue often.  Visit the Makerspace to use the laser cutter, 3...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Spring Baby Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Open
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Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Weather permitting, caregivers and their babies are invited to join Cassie at the park next to the Henry St. John Building at 301 S. Geneva St. for music, rhymes, movement and books. On days when the temperature is forecasted to be lower than ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads, such as borrowing eBooks, or basic computer questions.  **Please note - This series of appointments will be with volunteer technology tutor, Gusti, and he is able...