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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Tue, April 24
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
Start your family history research at NYPL. Learn about the library’s genealogy resources, discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thu, May 3
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Research with Maps
New York Public Library’s Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division collections are national and international in scope, and comprise 433,000 maps and 20,000 books and atlases, an invaluable resource for genealogists the world over. Holdings include: Topographical maps that describe where our ancestors lived, the names of settlements, towns and cities, the effect of the landscape on the migration routes our ancestors took, the kinds of work they did, and the location of cultural feature…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, May 9
@ 1 p.m.
Introduction to Family History and Genealogy
Join us at the Mulberry Street Library for an Introduction to Family History and Genealogy. This one-time event will introduce you to the resources available in the New York Public Library system that will help you trace your family history. The program will be taught by Philip Sutton, a librarian in the Milstein Division of United States History, Local History & Genealogy at the New York Public Library. There will be time to ask questions after the presentation, and please bring your id…
Mulberry Street LibraryAdults
Wed, May 9
@ 2 p.m.
Preserving Your Family Archives
How can you preserve your family's memories? What should you keep and what gets tossed? This class will help the family historian learn how to identify important records and store valuable heirlooms on a budget. Acid-free folders and archival boxes, mylar sleeves and scrapbooks, filing cabinets and shelves, what's the best way to keep your family treasures from disintegrating into dust? What records should you keep? How do you decide? From basic preservation guidelines, to storage and handling…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, May 15
@ 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 a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, May 22
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
African-American Genealogy Part II: Next Steps
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 research material. This class will recommend next steps in the pursuit of African-American family history that might be useful after exhausting basic introductory res…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, May 30
@ 2 p.m.
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy
Start your family history research at NYPL. Learn about the library’s genealogy resources, discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information. Ready to start researching your family history? This class will help guide your investigations, and provide: * an overview of library resources * an introduction to essential research methods and strategies * tips on how to locate relevant records and d…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom BAdults
Tue, June 5
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Ship Passenger Lists
Learn to use the genealogy research methods and resources related to ship passenger lists for vessels arriving at U.S. ports in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, June 13
@ 12 noon
What DNA testing can (and can’t) tell you
Can DNA testing help you trace your family history? If you are adopted, can DNA testing identify your biological parents? This class will help you determine whether DNA testing is right for you. We will explore what DNA tests can reveal, explain the different types of DNA tests, and dispel common misconceptions about DNA testing.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, June 26
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Getting Started in Genealogy Research
Start your family history research at NYPL. Learn about the library’s genealogy resources, discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, July 17
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
African-American Genealogy Part I: An Introduction
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 Classroom AAdults
Thu, August 9
@ 12 noon
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
Thu, August 16
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Ship Passenger Lists
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.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults