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New York public libraries offer many free programs in May

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

Week of  May 1-4

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, May 1 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:

Clifton Park Public Library (Saratoga County) will offer in person Genealogy Assistance on Thursday, May 2 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.

South Huntington Public Library (Suffolk County) will offer an in person Genealogy Drop-In on Thursday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Thinking about tracing your roots but don’t know where to start? Or maybe your search is under way and you’ve hit a dead end. Retired librarian PJ will be on hand to show you how you can access free genealogical resources, including Ancestry, through the library and to offer search tips and advice. No registration necessary.

The Chatham Public Library (Columbia County) will host “Chatham Roots” on Thursday, May 2 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, May 4 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 May 4.

Week of May 5 -11

Yonkers Public Library will offer “Create Your Family Tree” on Monday, May 6 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:

New York Public Library will present “Getting Started in Genealogy” on Tuesday, May 7 at 4 p.m.  Experienced librarians demonstrate the steps involved in starting your family history research. Learn about essential research methods and strategies, how to identify and locate relevant records, and the library’s genealogy resources.  To register, go to:

Guilderland Public Library (Albany County) will host a Genealogy Assistance program on Wednesday, May 8 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 Penn Yan Public Library (Yates County) will host a Family Research Support Group on Wednesday, May 8 at 4 p.m. Learn from others and share your own tips and stories from your genealogical journeys in this ongoing, participant-driven program. The group 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,  May 9 at 11 a.m. You must register to receive the link for the Zoom program. To register, go to:




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