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New York State libraries offer genealogy programs in September

Several New York State public libraries will be offering genealogy classes in the second half of September. Here are some of the classes being offered:

September 17 – 23, 2023

Glen Cove Public Library (Nassau County) will offer a virtual genealogy program, “Written in Stone: In-Depth Study of a Gravestone” on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.  Genealogists use gravestone information to document death information, but oftentimes, a burial marker provides more than biographical information. In this program, learn about the types of cemeteries, the anatomy of a marker, and the “hidden” information the marker provides.  To register, click here

The Comsewogue Public Library (Suffolk County) will have one-on-one appointments with a genealogy librarian on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Appointments are for 25 minutes from 6-8 p.m. A questionnaire must be filled out before the appointment. To register, go to: https://search.livebrary.com/search/?searchtype=X&searchscope=14&searcharg=genealogy

The Walworth-Seely Public Library (Wayne County) will present “Family History with Peggy” on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from noon to 2 p.m.

Chemung County Library District will present a Zoom presentation “New York in Postcards: Bringing Deltiology to your Genealogy” on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Genealogists can often find postcards depicting places where their ancestors lived and might even find their actual correspondence. New York’s rich postcard history will be presented to illustrate this underutilized resource.

To register, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtd-6rqD0pGtWiHlq_FZtyAKue-eVfTRNK#/registration

Crandell Public Library (Warren County) will offer genealogy one-on-one assistance meet on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Are you interested in your family history but have no idea where to start? Has your genealogy research recently hit a brick wall? Having trouble tracing an immigrant ancestor back to her country of origin? No appointment is necessary. Drop-ins are welcome.

The Rogers Memorial Library (Suffolk County) will present “Digital Genealogy” on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. This is an in-person program. New to online family research? Come to a program about free online genealogy resources. Learn how to access these resources and how to utilize them to discover your ancestors. To register, go to: https://rogersmemorial.librarycalendar.com/event/digital-genealogy

The Steele Memorial Library (Chemung County)  in Elmira will host an in-person Genealogy Lab on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Search for your family tree using the library resources or ask staff questions about finding your ancestors. To register, call 607-733-9175 or email youngm@stls.org.

The White Plains Public Library (Westchester County) will present “How Investigative Genetic Genealogy is Revolutionizing Cold Case Investigations” on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. This is a virtual program. Investigative genetic genealogist Tracie Boyle will discuss how modern DNA technology, combined with traditional genealogy, plays a significant role in identifying cold case remains and generating crucial leads in cases of violent crimes.  To register, click here

The Springfield Public Library (Otsego County) will host a Genealogy Discussion group on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. Share what you are learning about your family and how you are going about the process of genealogical research.

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will have volunteers from the Western New York Genealogical Society in the Zintz Library Collection to assist patrons with their genealogy research on Friday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Onondaga County Public Library will present a virtual program, “Talking with a New York State Town Historian” on Friday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Bonnie Kisselstein, historian for the Town of Lysander and local history librarian for the Baldwinsville Public Library.

To register, https://www.onlib.org/events/calendar/genealogy-group-talking-new-york-state-town-historian-32638

The Prendergast Public Library (Chautauqua County) will have a Genealogy Workshop program on Friday, Sept. 22 from 2-4 p.m. Learn about the library’s historical databases, network with other genealogists, and have your research questions answered by a librarian. Attendees can bring current projects or begin something new.

September 24 – 30, 2023

The Ogden’s Farmers’ Library (Monroe County) in Spencerport will have a Genealogy Group meeting on Monday, September 25 from 6-7:30 pm at the library.  Join the group for a presentation and to talk about and work on your genealogical research.  For more information, email Bridget.LaDuca@libraryweb.com

The Schuylerville Public Library Genealogy Group (Saratoga County) will meet on Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. Meetings run two hours long and are led by an Old Saratoga Historical Association volunteer.

Longwood Public Library (Suffolk County) will offer genealogy consultations on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6-9 p.m.  Reserve time with a genealogy librarian for a one-on-one genealogy assistance. Appointments are 50 minutes long. No walk-ins. To register for this program, call 631-924-6400 ext. 250

Lancaster Public Library (Erie County) will present “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com” on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. This course covers Ancestry Library Edition, the library version of Ancestry.com. Track your ancestors in U.S. census records and discover new family members. Unlock foreign origins using immigration records. Discover enlistment records, draft records, and pensions.  To register, go to:  https://buffalolib.libcal.com/event/11005924

Greenburgh Public Library (Westchester County) will present an in-person program “DNA Testing: Perks, Pitfalls and Privacy” on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.  Consumer DNA testing can offer information regarding your ethnic background, provide clues to building your family tree or even alert you to possible health concerns. Learn more about the pros and cons of different tests before deciding whether DNA testing is right for you. To register, go to: https://greenburghlibrary.libcal.com/event/10623762

The Interlaken Public Library (Seneca County) will have a Genealogy Meet-Up program on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. This is a Zoom presentation. Learn some tips and tricks from experienced researchers and share resources with other members. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. To register, go to: https://interlakenpubliclibrary.org/event/genealogy-meetup-2/

The Seymour Library (Monroe County) will present “Ancestry.com – Does it Solve a Mystery or Create One?” on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. This is an in-person meeting. The presenter will discuss how Ancestry DNA testing helped him find two long lost relatives and sent him on the adventure of his life. To register, go to:  https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/11031407

The Prendergast Public Library (Chautauqua County) will have a Genealogy Workshop program on Friday, Sept. 29 from 2-4 p.m. Learn about the library’s historical databases, network with other genealogists, and have your research questions answered by a librarian. Attendees can bring current projects or begin something new.

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