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New York public libraries present free programs in May – Update

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

Week of May 13-18

Red Jacket Public Library will offer “Genealogy for Adults” (Ontario County) on Wednesday, May 15 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:

New York Public Library will present “Researching Naturalization Records” on Wednesday, May 15 at 1 p.m. In this webinar learn the history of how  your ancestors became citizens of the United States of America, the kinds of records they generated when they did so, what information those records contain, and where you can find them. To register, go to:

The Monroe Free Library (Orange County) will present “Intro to Genealogy” on Thursday, May 16 from 3-4 p.m. Are you interested in your family history but not sure how to start. Join Mike as he teaches an introduction to Genealogy course. To register, go to:

The Monroe Free Library (Orange County) will a Walk-In Genealogy program on Friday, May 17  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.

Crandall Public Library will host a One-0n-One Genealogy drop-in on Friday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Are you interested in your family history but have no idea where to start? Has your genealogy research recently hit a brick wall? Stop by and ask questions.  No appointment is necessary.

The Ogden Farmers’ Library (Monroe County) will host a Genealogy Research Round Table on Friday, May 17 from 3-4 p.m. Are you struggling with any aspect of your genealogical research? Have you made progress that you’d like to share? Let’s motivate and help each other. This month we will all work on our current projects.  To register, go to:

Volunteers from the Capital District Genealogical Society will be hosting a Walk-In Family Genealogy Research Day on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. at the Guilderland Public Library (Albany County). No pre-registration is necessary. Participants will be allowed 30 minutes for assistance from a CDGS member on a first-come, first serve basis. For more information, go to:

Rochester Public Library (Monroe County) will present “Family Finders Genealogy Club” on Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. This is an in-person meeting. Whether you are an experience researcher or just starting out, come join this informal, friendly gathering. Explore your questions, share your discoveries and research your family’s past alongside fellow ancestry seekers. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Week of May 19 – 25

The Fairport Public Library “Genealogy Club” (Monroe County) will meet on Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m.  Interested to hear about the library’s unique genealogy and local history collections? Join us for this presentation outlining what librarians are working on to continually bring the special collections to life for patrons. No registration required.

The Glen Cove Public Library (Nassau County) will host a Genealogy Roundtable on Monday, May 20 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 May 20.

Yonkers Public Library (Westchester County) will present “Create Your Family Tree” on Monday, May 20 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:

Tully Free Library (Onondaga County) will host a “Genealogy Club” on Tuesday, May 21  at 4:30 p.m.  All are welcome regardless of their level of experience. While learning about how to improve your research skills, you can make use of many genealogy resources at the library, including  If you are interested in learning more about family and local history, this group is for you.

The Longwood Public Library (Suffolk County) will have Ask a Genealogist on Tuesday, May 21 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.

Chili Public Library (Monroe County) will present Training on Wednesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. To register, go to:

The Interlaken Public Library (Seneca County) will offer a virtual Genealogy Meetup on Thursday, May 23 at 11 a.m. You must register to receive the link for the Zoom program. To register, go to:

The Onondaga Public Libraries will present “Exploring Onondaga Public Libraries Exclusive Genealogy Databases” on Friday, May 24 at 10 a.m. Learn about Onondaga County Public Libraries’ 11 unique genealogy databases, spotlighting figures from Central New York’s rich history. Discover your roots with specialized resources & guidance. To register, go to:

Week of  May 26 – June 1

Harborfields Public Library will present “Uncovering the Secrets of the Great War” on Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. Retired social studies teacher and army officer, Robert Browne, embarked on a genealogical journey that led to the rediscovery of the obscured yet pivotal role of the WW1 Balloon Corps in major battles. This revelation was intimately connected to his great-uncle, a Balloon Corps veteran who endured shell-shock and subsequently lived out his years in the Northport Veterans Bureau Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Join us as Browne unfolds this family saga, spotlighting a unique chapter of war history through a personal lens.

To register, go to:

Oneida Public Library will present “Intro to” on Wednesday, May 29 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 315-363-3050.

Ciyt of Tonawanda Public Library will present “Cool Tools for Genealogy” on Thursday, May 30 at 1 p.m. Join us to learn about some cool tools that will help make your family history research easier and fun. This program is for those ages 55 and up. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call 716-693-5043.


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