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Several New York public libraries to offer programs in November

Many New York public libraries will be offering a variety of genealogy programs during November.

Week of Oct 30 – Nov 4, 2023

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

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 michelle@leclairdesign.com.

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.

Week of Nov. 5 – 11, 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: https://interlakenpubliclibrary.org/event/genealogy-meetup/

The Penn Yann Public Library (Yates County) will have a Family Research Support Group meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. Bring your questions, wisdom and discoveries.  This is a Zoom meeting. To register, go to: https://pypl.stls.org/?tribe_events=family-research-support-group-19

The Guilderland Public Library (Albany County) will offer one-on-one genealogy consultations on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is a drop-in session, no need to register.

The White Plains Public Library (Westchester County) will present “Tracing Native American Ancestry” on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.  Have you heard you had Native American ancestors, but you were not sure how to confirm the legend? Learn how to check the Dawes Rolls, analyze Indian territory census records, and examine other record collections to see if your ancestors held tribal affiliation. To register, go to: https://whiteplainslibrary.evanced.info/eventcalendar.asp and go to Nov. 9.

The Hudson Area Library (Columbia County) will present “128th NY Regiment and Columbia County Contributions to the Union Army” on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. This is an in person meeting. The talk focuses on the history of the Columbia and Dutchess Counties regiment in the Civil War, the 128th, including the momentous siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana. Over the course of the war, many died and many were sent to Libby Prison. Some of these soldiers are buried in Cedar Park Cemetery. During this event the Hendrick Hudson chapter of the DAR will be displaying the 128th Regiment battle flag.

The Steel Memorial Library (Chemung County) will present “Introduction to Genealogy” on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. This is an in person program. Please register by calling 607-733-9175 or email Maggie at young@stls.org

Week of Nov. 12 – 18, 2023

Glen Cove Public Library (Nassau County) will present a Genealogy Round Table Meeting on Monday, Nov. 13 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 November 13.

The Ossining Public Library (Westchester) will present “Database Deep-Dive: Search Like a Professional” on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. This will be in person at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center in Maryknoll. Learn how to get the most out of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org as well as tips to overcome obstacles.  To register for the program, go to: https://ossining.librarycalendar.com/event/genealogy-workshop-part-2-database-deep-dive-search-professional-2775

Longwood Public Library (Suffolk County) will present “Ask A Genealogist” on Tuesday, Nov. 14 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.

Crandell Public Library (Warren County) will offer genealogy one-on-one assistance meet on Wednesday, Nov. 15  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 New York Public will present “Genealogy Research with Maps” on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. This class will describe how maps in the collections of The New York Public Library and elsewhere can be used to drive genealogical research. The focus will be on digitized maps. Learn about fire insurance maps and atlases, military and topographical maps, county maps and atlases, and many more kinds of maps. Learn how to locate records, and discover where our ancestors lived. To register, go to: https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2023/11/15/clone-genealogy-research-maps-0

Chili Public Library (Monroe County) will offer Ancestry.com training on Wednesday, Nov. 15 10 a.m.  Learn the basics of building your family tree in just an hour.  To register, go to: https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/10965143

The Steele Memorial Library (Chemung County) in Elmira will present “Introduction to African American Genealogy” on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. This will be a Zoom presentation. To register, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlcu2srjMrGdefaJt0iTEfP5y_GcMwOq4u#/registration

The Steele Memorial Library (Chemung County) will host an in-person Genealogy Lab on Thursday, Nov. 16 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 Springfield Public Library (Otsego County) will host a Genealogy Discussion group on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. Share what you are learning about your family and how you are going about the process of genealogical research.

Monroe Free Library (Orange County) will host a Genealogy Walk-In program on Friday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Come to the information desk and ask for Mike. He will help you answer your genealogy questions. Sign up is not needed but it is recommended that you call first so staff can be best prepared to help you. For any questions, email reference@monroefreelibrary.org

Buffalo & Erie Public Library will have volunteers from the Western New York Genealogical Society in the Zintz Library Collection on Friday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday, Nov. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. to assist patrons with their genealogy work.

Buffalo & Erie Public Library will present “Jumpstart Your Genealogy” on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. This is an in person meeting. Learn basic genealogy concepts, types of records used in genealogy and resources available at the Buffalo & Erie Public Library system. To register, call 716-668-4991.

The Geneva Public Library (Ontario County) will host a Genealogy Research Roundtable on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Get together with others who are interested in family tree research. Stumped? 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. All skill levels are welcome.

Week of Nov. 19 – 25, 2023

The Comsewogue Public Library (Suffolk County) will have one-on-one appointments with a genealogy librarian on Tuesday, Nov. 21. 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

New York Public Library will present “Introduction to African American Genealogy” on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. his class aims to provide introductory historical context and recommend basic research methods in the pursuit of African American family history. To register, go to: https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2023/11/28/introduction-african-american-genealogy-research

The Onondaga Public Library will present “Discovering Ancestral Heroes: OCPL’s Military Archives and Fold3 Research Guide” on Friday, Nov. 17 at  10 a.m. Unearth the untold stories of your ancestors. Explore OCPL’s vast military records and digital resources as well as expert tips on navigating Fold3.com and other online databases.

To register, go to: https://www.onlib.org/events/calendar/genealogy-group-discovering-ancestral-heroes-ocpls-military-archives-fold3-research

Week of Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 2023

The Genealogy Group at the Ogden Farmers’ Library (Monroe County) will meet on Monday, Nov. 27 in person from 6-7:30 p.m. Join the group for presentations and to talk about and work on your genealogical research.

The Schuylerville Public Library (Albany County) will host its Genealogy Group on Monday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. Join the group and learn about your heritage.

The Glen Cove Public Library will present “A Guide to the Daughters of the American Revolution Library” on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. The presentation will give an overview of the resources available in Washington, D.C. as well as digital tools and resources available for free. The DAR Library has something for everyone tracing their family history. To register, go to: https://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=GLENCOVE&curID=640477

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will present “Using Western New York Naturalization Records on FamilySearch” on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. Your ancestors’ naturalization records may be at your fingertips. Learn about FamilySearch’s Western New York naturalization records. To register, go to: https://buffalolib.libcal.com/event/11132190

The Palmyra Community Library (Wayne County) will present “DNA and Genealogy Research” on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.. Learn how to use DNA in your genealogy research. Those attending need to bring their own laptop. To register, go to: https://owwl.libcal.com/event/11030198

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