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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Tue, September 26
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
African-American Genealogy: Resources and Research Methods
From 1565 to 1790, Africans surpassed Europeans among the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States. A majority of these nearly 360,000 men and women crossed in bondage. Centuries of local and federal laws related to the livelihood of black Americans have created a complex paper trail of genealogical resources. This class aims to provide introductory historical context and recommend basic research methods in the pursuit of African-American family history.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, September 27
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Naturalization Records
In this class we explore 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.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, September 28
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Irish Genealogy: Resources and Research Methods
Have an Irish ancestor? 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.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Tue, October 3
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Vital records (birth, death, and marriage) and the census are the cornerstones of genealogical research. Learn how to search for and find these key documents through resources at NYPL and elsewhere. This class will also explore the history of state record-keeping practices and the U.S. federal census, and offer of variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, October 11
@ 2 p.m.
Researching the History of Your New York City Home
Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? Who used to live there or what their lives were like? This class will show you how to research the history of your building and the people who owned and lived in it. The Milstein Division is home to one of the largest free United States history, local history and genealogy collections in the country. Looking at censuses, city directories, land conveyances, and photographs, newspapers and local histories available at the New York Public Libra…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, October 12
@ 12 noon
Writing Your Family History
If you have been collecting the information, now it is time to shape your genealogy research into a cohesive family history for others to read. Learn the different types of family history writing styles and explore the writing manuals that will match your writing style. Explore the history of the places where your family lived, tips for creating a cohesive narrative, and why writing a family history is the ultimate goal of genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Tue, October 17
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Ship Passenger Lists and Maritime Research
Learn how to get started using the genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries, in addition to some of the introductory resources for historical U.S. maritime research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, October 24
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
This class will demonstrate the first steps and highlight the basic resources in genealogical research, and serve as an introduction to using genealogy and local history collections at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Thu, October 26
@ 5 p.m.
Ancestry Workshop
We will explore use of the Library's free, online genealogy resource, Ancestry.com. This is a great way to get started using the Library's online research tools and charting your family tree!
Battery Park City LibraryAdults
Wed, November 1
@ 2 p.m.
Finding Clues in Family Photos
This class invites attendees to explore genealogy research through family snapshots and other historic photographs. Attendees will gain insights on how to solve family mysteries and find genealogy clues through close inspection of photographic imagery - from newspaper images to heirloom portraits.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, November 7
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
This class will demonstrate the first steps and highlight the basic resources in genealogical research, and serve as an introduction to using genealogy and local history collections at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, November 8
@ 2 p.m.
Introduction to Jewish Genealogy Research: Part 1
In this class you will learn how censuses, passenger lists, city directories, maps, deeds, and other genealogical sources can help you research your Jewish ancestors in the United States. It is recommended (though not required) that you attend one of the Milstein Division's Getting Started in Genealogy classes before this class: see the Milstein Division's homepage for details of when and where those class takes place.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, November 14
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Newspapers in Genealogy Research
Newspapers are abundant sources of genealogical and local history information. This class introduces researchers to the multiple uses of historical newspapers in the numerous microfilm and digital collections available at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, November 15
@ 2 p.m.
Researching the History of Your New York City Home
Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? Who used to live there or what their lives were like? This class will show you how to research the history of your building and the people who owned and lived in it. The Milstein Division is home to one of the largest free United States history, local history and genealogy collections in the country. Looking at censuses, city directories, land conveyances, and photographs, newspapers and local histories available at the New York Public Libra…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, November 29
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Vital records (birth, death, and marriage) and the census are the cornerstones of genealogical research. Learn how to search for and find these key documents through resources at NYPL and elsewhere. This class will also explore the history of state record-keeping practices and the U.S. federal census, and offer of variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, November 29
@ 1:30 p.m.
Introduction to Jewish Genealogy Research Part 2
In this class you will learn how communcal histories, cemetery guides, Yizkor books, and newspapers can enhance the exploration of your Jewish roots. Caption
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, December 6
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Ship Passenger Lists and Maritime Research
Learn how to get started using the genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries, in addition to some of the introductory resources for historical U.S. maritime research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, December 6
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Ship Passenger Lists and Maritime Research
Learn how to get started using the genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries, in addition to some of the introductory resources for historical U.S. maritime research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, December 7
@ 2 p.m.
Finding Clues in Family Photos
This class invites attendees to explore genealogy research through family snapshots and other historic photographs. Attendees will gain insights on how to solve family mysteries and find genealogy clues through close inspection of photographic imagery - from newspaper images to heirloom portraits.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, December 13
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
This class will demonstrate the first steps for and highlight the basic resources in genealogical research, and serve as an introduction to using genealogy and local history collections at NYPL.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, December 14
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Naturalization Records
In this class we explore 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.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults