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New York State libraries offer free programs in October

Many New York public libraries will be offering a variety of genealogy programs during the first half  of October.

Week of Oct 1 – 8, 2023

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 .

Chatham Public Library (Columbia County) “Chatham Roots” club meets the first Thursday of the month from 2-3 p.m. to assist in the search for your family. For beginners, experts and everyone in between. Work on those elusive ancestors, break down your brick walls, share tips and tricks and just have fun. For more information, email

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library (Saratoga County) offers genealogy assistance the first Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. A genealogy researcher will help you with your questions, roadblocks, and other stumpers.

Middle Country Public Library – Center Reach Branch (Suffolk County) will present “Ellis Island: Island of Hope and Tears” on Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Learn about the development, architecture and well as its years of decline and eventual rebirth as a museum and historic landmark.

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Middle Country Public Library- Selden Branch (Suffolk County) will present “Ancestry Library Edition” on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. Find your ancestors in millions of records such as census records, passenger lists, military records and so much more. A laptop will be provided but patrons can bring their own laptop as well.

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The Guilderland Public Library (Albany County) will offer one-on-one genealogy consultations on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is a drop-in session, no need to register.

Hampton Bays Public Library (Suffolk County) will present “DNA Testing: Pros and Cons” on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. This is a virtual program. Learn about four of the largest DNA testing companies. The presenter will cover Y-DNA testing, mitochondrial DNA testing and autosomal testing. Learn about the pros and cons of each type of testing including pricing and subscription costs.  To register, go to:

Week of Oct. 9 – 14, 2023

The Interlaken Public Library (Seneca County) will offer a virtual Genealogy Meetup on the second Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. You must register to receive the link for the Zoom program. To register, go to:

The Buffalo & Erie 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 Saturday, Oct. 14 from noon to 5 p.m.

The Wood Library in Canadaigua (Ontario County) will present “Genealogy and Lunch Club” on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11 am at the library. Are you just starting your family tree, or have you run into a brick wall tracing a distant ancestor? In this Genealogy group you will learn how to conduct a basic search and use other helpful search tools to find relatives. All levels of experience are welcome! Don’t forget to bring a lunch and your own basic search questions.

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