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Several free genealogy programs offered across New York State

Several public libraries across New York State will be offering programs in August.

The Lewiston Public Library (Niagara County) will have an in-person genealogy meeting on Monday, August 14 at 1 p.m. The topic will be “What languages were spoken in your family?”

For more information, call 716-754-4720.

The Steele Memorial Library (Chemung County) be offering an in person programs on “Introduction to Online Newspapers” on Thursday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the PC Lab. Learn all about finding and accessing newspapers online and learn how newspaper articles can help fill out your family tree.

For more information, call 607-733-9175 or email

The Monroe Free Library (Orange County) will have a Walk-In Genealogy Program on Friday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. One of the reference librarians will be available to spend time with patrons and try to help answer your genealogy questions. Sign up is not needed but calling first will help the librarians prepare for your visit.

For more information, call 845-783-4411 or email

The Onondaga County Public Library will present “From Aachen to Zwingenberg: Finding Your German Ancestors” on Friday, August 18 at 10 a.m. Did you know that German wasn’t a unified country until 1871? Since there is no centralized archive for genealogical records, you need to try and locate what region they lived in before they immigrated. Learn some of the resource available in Germany and at the Onondaga County Public Libraries to help you uncover their origins.

This is a Zoom only program. To register for the program, go to:

The Fairport Public Library (Monroe County) will present¬† an in -person program, “Where in the World Do You Think You Are?” on Monday, August 21 at 2 p.m. Learn about why you should care about maps, what you can do with maps, how to use them in your research and where you can locate maps.

For more information, call 585-223-9091.

In addition, several libraries offer genealogy programs on a weekly basis:

The Palmyra Community Library (Wayne County) provides genealogy and help every Tuesday from 6- 7 p.m. For more information, go to:

The Walworth Seeley Public Library (Wayne County) provides genealogy assistance every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, go to:

The Prendergast Public Library (Chautauqua County) provides genealogy assistance every Friday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call (716) 484-7135 x226 .


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