Local History & Genealogy

Non-print & Electronic Genealogy Resources

Local History Online Collection
The Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to provide online local history information. Here you will find a variety of digitized materials from our print collection.

Ancestry Library Edition Genealogy
ProQuest has partnered with MyFamily.com to create Ancestry® Library Edition. It covers the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection has more than 4,000 databases, 1.5 billion names, and covers the years 1300 - present. Note: This database is only available for use from Library computers.

Old time photos of people - link to Heritage Quest Online Genealogy databaseHeritage Quest Online Genealogy (Link opens in new window/tab. You may need to turn off pop-up blockers)
Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.


Ithaca Journal: January 1849 - current
Ithaca Times: August, 1974 - December, 2005

Also available on microfilm for select years:
Ithaca Chronicle
Ithaca Daily News
Ithaca Democrat

Ithaca Independent
Weekly Ithacan
Tompkins County Democrat



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


A selected list of genealogy books at Tompkins County Public Library
(These items may be checked out by patrons.)

Organizing Your Family History Search book jacketCarmack, Sharon DeBartolo: Organizing Your Family History Search
Betterway Books, 1999.
This book helps the beginning genealogist to develop a plan to access and organize information. The appendix includes helpful forms and sources.
CALL NUMBER: 929 Carmack Click here for availability

Long-Distance Genealogy : Researching Your Family History From Home book jacketCrawford-Oppenheimer, Christine: Long-Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Family History From Home
Betterway Books, 2000.
Genealogical researchers can obtain information from government sources as well as libraries. This book provides guidelines for contacting these sources as well as tips for organizing the research process and findings.
CALL NUMBER: 929 Crawford Click here for availability

The Slueth Book for Genealogists : Strategies for More Successful Family History Research book jacketCroom, Emily Ann: The Sleuth Book for Genealogists: Strategies for More Successful Family History Research
Betterway Books, 2000.
This resource assists the researcher who is having difficulty finding hard to locate information. Specific search questions are included to broaden the scope and depth of the genealogical research.
CALL NUMBER: 929 Croon Click here for availability

Genealogy Online, Seventh Edition book jacketCrowe, Elizabeth Powell: Genealogy Online, Seventh Edition
Mc-Graw-Hill Companies, 2003.
This is a very useful resource for using Internet sites. Photos of actual web pages provide the researcher with specific examples of web page content
CALL NUMBER: 929.1 Crowe Click here for availability

Genealogist's Question and Answer Book book jacketMelnyk, Marcia Y.: Genealogist's Question and Answer Book
Betterway Books, 2002.
A helpful guidebook that contains information on where and how to access family, church and government records. This book includes a comprehensive chapter on how to use internet resources.
CALL NUMBER: 929 Melnyk Click here for availability

Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Your Family History book jacketStephens, Lynda Rutledge: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Your Family History
Alpha Books, 2000.
Lynda Stevens' book assists the researcher in not only locating information, but in writing the family history as well. This book is a useful tool when the family research is ready to be presented in a written format.
CALL NUMBER: 929.2 Stephens Click here for availability


A selected list of genealogy reference books at Tompkins County Public Library.
(These are reference items and may be used only within the library.)

Ithaca High School Annual
Ithaca, New York 1905 - Current Year
CALL NUMBER: LH Ref 373 Click here for availability

Ithaca Journal Obituary Index
1860-1876, 1900-1914, 1980-1999
Obituaries which were published in the Ithaca Journal are indexed by surnames and year of death. (The Ithaca Journal is available on microfilm in the reference area of the library.) These will very soon be available full text for 24/7 viewing from our website.
CALL NUMBER: LH Ref 920.09747 Ithaca Click here for availability

Swan, James:The Librarian's Guide to Genealogical Research
Highsmith Press, 1998.
This guide is not just for librarians! Included in this book is a series of checklists which help the researcher to determine where best to locate records. Phone numbers and website URLs are provided along with the descriptions of the organization and the scope of their holdings. Guidelines for recording and storing information are very helpful to the researcher.
CALL NUMBER: Ref 929 Swan Click here for availability

Ithaca Directory, 1864 - 2000,
Bellows Falls, Vt., U.S. West Marketing Resources.
A "general directory of citizens" the Ithaca Directory was an annual publication of residents, businesses, street maps,societies, churches and classified ads.
CALL NUMBER: LH Ref 974.7 Ithaca Click here for availability

New York Historical Resources Center: Guide to Historical Resources in Tompkins County, N.Y. repositories
Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1981.
This resource lists Tompkins County manuscripts, maps, ledgers and personal papers. Items are categorized by repository and are easily located using the subject index.
CALL NUMBER: LH Ref 974.771 Click here for availability

Selkreg, John H.: Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York, Syracuse, Mason, 1894.
Selkreg records the history of Tompkins County from the Native Americans through the early history of Cornell University. An extensive index makes this a very easy to use resource.
CALL NUMBER: LH Ref 974.771 Click here for availability

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