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NY public libraries to offer free programs in March

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

Week of March 17-23

Red Jacket Public Library will offer “Genealogy for Adults” (Ontario County) on Wednesday, March 20 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, March  20 at 10 a.m. To register, go to:

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library will present “New York State Census Records” on Wednesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. Many genealogists use the U.S. Federal Census, but did you know that New York State took ten extra censuses between 1825 and 1925? The details they contain surely make the other states envious. Learn how to explore these records for every nook and cranny. To register, go to:

The Monroe Free Library (Orange County) will a Walk-In Genealogy program on Friday, March 22 from 10 – 11 a.m. 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 it is recommended that you call first so he can be best prepared to help you.

The Onondaga County Public Libraries will present “My Journey Through RootsTech 2024” on Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m. Experience the essence of RootsTech 2024 with librarian Kate Kisselstein. She will provide her personal recollections and revelations from the world’s largest genealogy conference. Whether you’re new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher, Kate’s engaging Zoom presentation promises insights and inspiration. To register, go to:

The Seward Park Library branch of the New York Public Library will host a genealogy program in person on Friday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m. Use databases such as Ancestry Library Edition and Bring documents or family records to assist with your search.

Week of March 24 – 30

The Schuylerville Public Library (Saratoga County ) will host a Genealogy Group on Monday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a drop-in group.

The Glen Cove Public Library will host a Genealogy Roundtable on Monday, March 25 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 March 25.

The Ogden Farmers’ Library (Monroe County) will present “Rochester Production in WWII” on Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. Local reenactor and historian Gary Newman will tell about the many items manufactured in Rochester during WWII, the mass production in America, and why the Allies won the war. This is an in-person meeting.

The Buffao and Erie County Public Library will present “DNA Testing for Genealogy” on Monday, March 25 at 11 a.m.  Are you considering taking a DNA test to learn about your heritage?  Have you taken a test and want to learn more?  Join us to learn the basics of genetic genealogy including the types of DNA testing, what testing can tell you, how DNA can be applied to genealogy research. To register, go to:

The Longwood Public Library (Suffolk County) will have Ask a Genealogist on Tuesday, March 26 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 Comsewogue Public Library (Suffolk County) will have one-on-one appointments with a genealogy librarian on Tuesday, March 26. Appointments are 25 minutes from 6-8 p.m. A questionnaire must be filled out before the appointment. To register, go to:

The New York Public Library will present “Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy” on Tuesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. at 3 p.m. Join librarians from the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History, and Genealogy and the Dorot Jewish Division as they walk you through the initial steps of Jewish genealogical research. This session will focus on genealogy basics, resources in the Local History and Genealogy collection, and utilizing online databases. To register, go to:

The New York Public Library will present “Next Steps in Jewish Genealogy” on Wednesday, March 27 at 3 p.m.  The focus of this session will be on resources located within the Dorot Jewish Division, as well as materials specific to Jewish subjects that could assist in providing context to your discoveries. To register, go to:

The Interlaken Public Library (Seneca County) will offer a virtual Genealogy Meetup on Thursday, March 28 at 11 a.m. You must register to receive the link for the Zoom program. To register, go to:

The Buffalo and Erie Public Library will present “Jump Start Your Genealogy” on Saturday, March 30 at 10 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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