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Tue, February 28
@ 6 p.m.
Essential Resources to Use When Starting Your Genealogy Project
A genealogy project built with a sound foundation will stand up better than one built on random clicks. Learn about resources that will help build that solid foundation for your genealogy projects, especially skills that endure. Expand your genealogy research techniques. Instructor: Susan R. Miller is the NYG&B’s Director of Programs; editor of the NYG&B’s award-winning magazine the New York Researcher; a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gaze…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, March 8
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Genealogical Research with Newspapers and Periodicals
Historical newspapers and genealogy periodicals can reveal a wealth of information about your ancestors. Learn about NYPL’s vast collections of newspapers and periodicals and find out how these resources can supplement your family history research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Wed, March 15
@ 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
Tue, March 21
@ 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, April 5
@ 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
Tue, April 11
@ 12 noon
Scottish Genealogy - Finding People and Finding Places
You CANNOT do Scottish Genealogy properly from Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, MyHeritage etc. WHY? Because they just don’t have the records Surname distributions can be a vital clue as to ancestral origins and to where records may exist. And yet Scotland has the longest-reaching, best-preserved and most accessible records on the planet. Where are they? How to access them? What do they contain? How to use them? “What’s where?” – Sources and methods “What’s on Scotland’s People…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, April 11
@ 2:15 p.m.
Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms
Heraldry is often dismissed as mediaeval mumbo-jumbo, difficult to understand, recondite and of no contemporary relevance. But it is a living science and art, a vital tool in genealogical research and paradoxically very easy to understand. Scottish Arms from the Armorial de Gelré, ca 1400. Dr Bruce Durie will explain how heraldry works (law and rules) why there is no such thing as a “Family Coat of Arms" how to get a legal Coat of Arms in Scotland A handout will be provided. Dr. Br…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court ClassroomsAdults
Wed, April 12
@ 12 noon
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, April 13
@ 12 noon
Genealogy Essentials
Researching Vital Records and the Census
Discover genealogical resources at the New York Public Library with an exploration of vital records and the census. First, learn how to search for and find your ancestors on birth, marriage, and death certificates. Next, we'll explore the history of the U.S. Federal Census, explore what other types of census records exist, and offer a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Tue, April 25
@ 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 Classroom AAdults
Thu, April 27
@ 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 Classroom AAdults

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