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

Branches:
Tompkins County Public Library
Description:
Effective 3/14 through 6/30 the Library building will be closed in conjunction with Governor Cuomo's phased reopening plan. You can still access many online resources at www.tcpl.org. ...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Virtual Baby Storytime

May 29, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
We miss you and Baby Stortyimes! Caregivers and their babies can join Cassie online anytime for music, rhymes, movement and books here.  Check back each Friday for a new addition! ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Break for Movies

May 29, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
About this event::
Join us to talk about movies! Fridays, 12-1 pm on Facebook. ...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Family Storytime

June 2, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills online at Family Storytime with Kelly here.  Check back each Tuesday for a new addition!   ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Break for Books

June 2, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Teens
About this event::
Join us to talk about books for teens! Open to teens and families. Tuesdays from 4-5 pm on Facebook and Instagram. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Virtual Mid-Day Mindfulness Meditation

June 3, 2020
12:15pm - 12:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Offsite
About this event::
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 "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Virtual Baby Storytime

June 5, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
We miss you and Baby Stortyimes! Caregivers and their babies can join Cassie online anytime for music, rhymes, movement and books here.  Check back each Friday for a new addition! ...