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NY public libraries offer free genealogy programs

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

Week of Feb. 18 – 24

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

Red Jacket Public Library will offer “Genealogy for Adults” (Ontario County) on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Come join the fun of learning about your ancestors. Please bring a laptop if you have one! To register, go to:

Chili Public Library (Monroe County) will present Training on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. To register, go to:

The Ogden Farmers’ Library (Monroe County) will present “Preserving Family Letters” on Friday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. Family letters are a great resource for genealogical research. Our ancestors were often prolific letter writers and much can be learned about their lives and what the world was like from reading their correspondence. Therefore, proper storage and handling of family letters is extremely important. We will talk about the best ways to care for these priceless family resources. This is an in-person meeting.

The Onondaga Public Library will present “Tracing Roots: A Genealogical Case Study” on Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. Focused on researching African American ancestors, this presentation is a valuable resource. Discover effective strategies and tools for tracing your roots in this informative and engaging event. To register, go to:

The Buffalo and Erie Public Library will have a collection assistance day on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. Volunteers from the Western New York Genealogical Society will assist researchers with the society’s library collection and answer general research questions.

The Buffalo and Erie Public Library will present “Incorporating Oral History Into Your Research” on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. Oral history can dramatically enhance your genealogical research. Not only can it provide you with names, dates of life events, and places, these narratives can reveal motives for migration, explanations of brief marriages, or descriptions of an ancestor’s personality. Oral histories can offer information that traditional records may not provide. To register, go to:

Week of Feb. 25 – Mar. 2

The Schuylerville Public Library (Saratoga County ) will host a Genealogy Group the fourth Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a drop-in group.

The Glen Cove Public Library will host a Genealogy Roundtable on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Share strategies and encourage one another on your research journey. All levels of researchers  are welcome. To register, go to: and click on the Calendar of Events and go to Feb. 26.

The Longwood Public Library (Suffolk County) will have Ask a Genealogist on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.  Need help researching your family tree? Reserve time with Genealogy Librarian Jessica Brown 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 Rogers Memorial Library (Suffolk County) will host a Genealogy One-on-One on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 12:30 p.m. Are you looking to begin your family genealogy research journey? Book a 1-on-1 appointment with the Local History Reference Librarian for a 45 minute session. Call the reference desk at 631-283-0774 ext. 505 with any questions.

The Buffalo and Erie Public Library will present “Jump Start Your Genealogy” on Monday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. Jump-start your genealogy with this introduction to family history research. You will learn basic genealogy concepts, the types of records used, and an overview of the genealogy resources available through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System. To register, go to:

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