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New York State libraries offer free programs in October

Many public libraries in New York State will be offering free genealogy programs in the second half of October.

Week of Oct. 15 – 21, 2023

Chemung County Library District will present a Zoom presentation “An Introduction to Native American Genealogy” on Wednesday, Oct. 18  at 7 p.m. Many families have the oral history that an ancestor was Native American. How does a family researcher begin to discover if this is true? What federal, state and tribal records are available?

To register, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsfuuhpjIvHtCzLeBuVb2mA0Lb3ONuVSFG

Crandell Public Library (Warren County) will offer genealogy one-on-one assistance meet on Wednesday, Oct. 18 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.

Harborfields Public Library (Suffolk County) will present “Italian Genealogy 2.0” on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. This is a Zoom presentation. Learn how to unlock and navigate the (free) Italian archives website. Learn which records are available and what information they hold.  Don’t be intimidated by the Italian language. This talk will discuss the standard format and key words and phrases to help you extract the information you need.

To register, go to: https://www.harborfieldslibrary.org/event/italian-genealogy-20

Chili Public Library (Monroe County) will offer Ancestry.com training on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.  Learn the basics of building your family tree in just an hour.  To register, go to: https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/10965142

The Springfield Public Library (Otsego County) will host a Genealogy Discussion group on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. Share what you are learning about your family and how you are going about the process of genealogical research.

The Monroe Free Library will host a Genealogy Walk-In program on Friday, Oct. 20  from 10 a.m. to noon. Come to the Information desk and ask for Mike. He will spend some time with you to try and help answer your genealogy questions. Sign up not needed but we recommend you call first so staff can be best prepared to help you.  If you have any questions, email reference@monrefreelibrary.org.

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 Friday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Geneva Public Library (Ontario County) will have Genealogy Research Roundtable on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Other attendees and a library staff member can help you find what you are looking for. Just starting out? Attendees will be glad to show you tools you need to being your journey.

Week of Oct. 22 – 28, 2023

Glen Cove Public Library (Nassau County) will present Genealogy Round Table Meeting on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. This is an in-person program.  Small groups meet monthly to share strategies and encourage one another on their research journey. All levels of researchers are welcome.  To register, go to: https://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/G/GLENCOVE/EKP.cfm?zeeOrg=GLENCOVE and go to October 23.

Longwood Public Library (Suffolk County) will present “Ask A Genealogist” on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Need help researching your family tree? Reserve time with a genealogy librarian for free one-on-one genealogy research help. Appointments are 50 minutes long. Call (631) 924-6400 Ext. 250 for an appointment. No walk-ins.

The Comsewogue Public Library (Suffolk County) will have one-on-one appointments with a genealogy librarian on Tuesday, Oct. 24. 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 Longwood Public Library (Suffolk) will present a demonstration of the New York City Historical Vital Records website on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. This is an in-person program. Learn how to access and find the vital records of your ancestors who lived in New York City.  A local history librarian will give a demonstration and overview of the NYC Historical Vital Records website and show you how you can locate your NYC relatives.

To register, go to: https://www.longwoodlibrary.org/event/nyc-historical-vital-records-demonstration

The Elwood Public Library (Suffolk County) will offer an in-person Tips and Tricks class on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.  To register, go to: https://search.livebrary.com/record=g1115249&searchscope=16&SORT2=R

The Steele Memorial Library (Chemung County)  in Elmira will host an in-person Genealogy Lab on Thursday, Oct. 26 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 Onondaga Public Library will present “Talking With Onondaga County Office of Vital Statistics” on Friday, Oct. 27 at Join us for an session where the staff from the Onondaga County Office of Vital Statistics provide an insightful overview of the wealth of genealogy-related records they hold and expert guidance on how to access them. To register, go to: https://www.onlib.org/events/calendar/genealogy-group-talking-onondaga-county-office-vital-statistics-33049

The Colonie Public Library (Albany County) will present “Witbeck and Other Town of Colonie Cemeteries” on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. This is an in-person program. Learn about the importance of family cemeteries in the Town of Colonie. The program will focus primarily on the Witbeck Family Cemetery and will include a discussion of the genealogy of the family members buried at this site.

To register, go to: https://colonielibrary.libcal.com/event/10811296

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