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NY public libraries offer free programs in March

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

Week of  March 3-9

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

The Prendergast Library (Chautauqua County) holds a Genealogy Lab Workshop every Friday from 2-4 p.m.

Red Jacket Public Library will offer “Genealogy for Adults” (Ontario County) on Wednesday, March 6 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:

Guilderland Public Library (Albany County) will host a Genealogy Assistance program on Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. Professional Genealogist Lisa Dougherty offers one on one family history consultations on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Library. This is a drop-in session; no need to make an appointment.

The Seward Park Library branch of the New York Public Library will host a genealogy program in person on Friday, March 8 from 2-3 p.m. Use databases such as Ancestry Library Edition and Bring documents or family records to assist with your search.

The Steele Memorial Library (Chemung County) will present a virtual Genealogy Club on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. Join the Steele Memorial Library for an informal get together to talk about search tips and resources available to search your family history. Beginners and experienced searchers are welcome. To register, go to: and select February 10.

Week of March 10-16

The North Shore Genealogy Collective (Nassau County) will present “Filling in the Stories of Our Female Ancestors” on March 12 at 7 p.m. Although it may appear that they haven’t left many documents behind, deeper research into underutilized records will often lead to a better understanding of the women in our family trees. Learn about a variety of records, and also learn about local history, the law, politics, and the cataclysmic events that confronted them to help us bring their hidden stories to light. To register, go to: and click on the Calendar of Events and go to March 12.

The Penn Yan Public Library (Yates County) will host a Family Research Support Group on Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. Learn from others and share your own tips and stories from your genealogical journeys in this ongoing, participant-driven program. We will meet in person in odd months and virtually in even months. To register, go to:

The Interlaken Public Library (Seneca County) will offer a virtual Genealogy Meetup on Thursday, March 14 at 11 a.m. You must register to receive the link for the Zoom program. To register, go to:

New York Public Library will present “Beginning Irish Research” on Friday, March 15 at 1 p.m. Use NYPL’s large free public collection of genealogical tools to help you find information on an Irish ancestor, especially those who passed through New York.  Participants will learn about print and electronic sources of information and work on developing a research plan for genealogical quests.  The class will also explore digital resources held online by numerous other institutions, including libraries and archives in Ireland. To register, go to:

The Rochester Public Library (Monroe County) will host a “Family Finder Genealogy Club” on Saturday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Central Library. Whether you are an experience researcher or just starting out, join our informal monthly gathering. Share your discoveries and research your family’s past alongside fellow researchers. Registration is recommended but not required.



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