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Several NY public libraries offer free April genealogy programs

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

Week of  April 1-6

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, April 3 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, April 3 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.

Clifton Park Public Library (Saratoga County) will offer in person Genealogy Assistance on Thursday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to noon and have a genealogy roundtable discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Drop in and ask a question and stay for the roundtable.

The Chatham Public Library (Columbia County) will host “Chatham Roots” on Thursday, April 4 from 2-5 p.m. This free monthly genealogy club can assist in the search for your family. For beginners, experts and everyone in between. Let’s work on those elusive ancestors, break down your brick walls, share tips and tricks and just have fun.  For information and the zoom link (if you are unable to attend in person), please contact Michelle at

The Steele Memorial Library (Chemung County) will present a virtual Genealogy Club on Saturday, April 6 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 April 6.

Week of April 7- 13

Yonkers Public Library will offer “Create Your Family Tree” on Monday, April 8 at 10 a.m. Get together to talk about your genealogical research. Learn how to access thousands of genealogical records using the Library’s online resources and databases such as Family Search and Ancestry! This is an English and Spanish bilingual program.  To register, go to:

The North Shore Genealogy Collective (Nassau County) will present “Locating Widows, Spinsters and Bachelors” on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Have some of the folks on your family tree disappeared? Pick up some new ideas on how to find widows and unmarried children and then watch these techniques in action in three short case studies. To register, go to: and click on the Calendar of Events and go to April 9.

The Penn Yan Public Library (Yates County) will host a Family Research Support Group on Wednesday, April 10  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 Greece Public Library will present “Genealogy Basics” on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. This is an in person meeting. Researching your family history can be an extremely rewarding (and daunting) project. Don’t worry, we are here to help you get started with the basics in this easy-to-understand program! Attendees will also receive a FREE Genealogy Organizer Journal to help keep track of all your hard work. To register, go to:

The Interlaken Public Library (Seneca County) will offer a virtual Genealogy Meetup on Thursday,  April 11 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 “Genealogy Research with Maps” on Wednesday, April 10 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 and illustrate family histories. The focus will be on digitized maps. We will explore fire insurance maps and atlases, military and topographical maps, county maps and atlases, and many more kinds of maps, to locate records, discover where our ancestors lived, and what their lives were like.  To register, go to:

Longwood Public Library will present a Genealogy Drop-In on Saturday, April 13 from 2-3 p.m. Are you thinking about tracing your roots but don’t know where to start? Or maybe your search is underway, and you’ve hit a dead end. Local History Librarian Georgie O’Neill will be on hand to show you how to access free genealogical resources, including Ancestry, through the library and offer search tips and advice. No registration is required.


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