Classes & Workshops

The New York Public Library offers more than 93,000 programs annually, serving everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors. Use any or all of the filters below to find a class that interests you. All classes are free unless otherwise noted.

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26 classes found.

Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Tue, August 16
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
After exhausting basic introductory resources, discover some recommended next steps in the pursuit of genealogical and local history resources useful in African American research. This class is online only. Registration is required. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Online Only
Adults
Wed, August 17
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
New York Public Library boasts one of the country's largest free public collections of genealogical tools; this class introduces some key resources. With skills learned here, you might find an ancestor's birth, marriage, or death records, or discover the names of family members in historical census records. This class is online. REGISTER HERE. Census taker, 1930
Online OnlyAdults
Fri, August 19
@ 11 AM
Interested in family history? Take advantage of NYPL's free access to Ancestry Library and learn how to navigate the site and find documents that tell your family's story!
Sedgwick LibraryAdults,

50+,

Families,

Immigrants,

NYPL Supporters
Wed, August 24
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This online class will describe how maps in the collections of The New York Public Library and elsewhere can be used to drive genealogical research and illustrate family histories. The focus will be on digitized maps. We will explore fire insurance maps and atlases, military and topographical maps, county maps and atlases, and many more kinds of maps, to locate records, discover where our ancestors lived, and what their lives were like. Registration is required. PLEASE CLICK HERE…
Online OnlyAdults
Thu, August 25
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
“Local history” research pursues the textures, details, and character that flesh out a specific time and place in history. Writers, biographers, historians, filmmakers, genealogists, academics, podcasters, armchair enthusiasts – really anyone looking to probe the mysterium of the heretofore – regularly come to the Milstein Division at NYPL to research local history. Research strategies can seem unwieldy: where do you start? Resources take a multitude of forms: how are they useful? Attend “Fact a…
Online OnlyAdults
Thu, August 25
@ 3:30 PM
Come and join us as we rediscover our own unique history of our ancestors. Have you ever wondered where your family immigrated from? Have you ever wondered where your ancestors originate from? Join us as we use ancestry.com to create a basic family tree. Lets find out what makes you, you!
Todt Hill-Westerleigh LibraryAdults,

50+,

College & Graduate Students
Fri, August 26
@ 11 AM
Interested in family history? Take advantage of NYPL's free access to Ancestry Library and learn how to navigate the site and find documents that tell your family's story!
Sedgwick LibraryAdults,

50+,

Families,

Immigrants,

NYPL Supporters
Wed, August 31
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
Experienced librarians demonstrate the steps involved in starting your family history research. Discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information. This class is online. Registration is required. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Hampton Collins Moon and family.
Online OnlyAdults
Thu, September 8
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
From 1565 to 1790, Africans comprised over a third of the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States. With little exception, these nearly 360,000 men, women, and children 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…
Online OnlyAdults
Thu, September 15
@ 4 PM
Come join us at the Bronx Library Center in creating your very own family tree! We'll read a story and talk a little bit about what family means to you! Then you'll create your own personalized family trees. You can bring pictures of your family in or draw them yourself! Suggested ages 5-12
Bronx Library Center, Children's RoomChildren,

School Age (5-12 years),

Families
Tue, September 27
@ 2 PM
Genealogy Essentials
Experienced librarians demonstrate the steps involved in starting your family history research. Discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information. This class is online. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE
OnlineAdults
Mon, October 3
@ 2 PM
Genealogy Essentials
New York Public Library boasts one of the country's largest free public collections of genealogical tools; this class introduces some key resources. With skills learned here, you might find an ancestor's birth, marriage, or death records, or discover the names of family members in historical census records. This class is online. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE
OnlineAdults
Thu, October 6
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
Please join us for a librarian led online class that will provide tips and suggestions for organizing your genealogy research, with the goal of making you a better researcher. This class will show you how to fill out pedigree charts, family group charts, and other organizational tools used by genealogists how to create timelines to help you with your research, and to construct family history narratives make useful citations organize your approach to research The class will also look at…
Online OnlyAdults
Wed, October 12
@ 2 PM
Genealogy in the Branches
Are you curious about finding out about your ancestors but don’t know where to begin? Does the cost of genealogy databases scare you away from joining millions of researchers in America’s most favorite hobby? Join us to learn the basics of Ellis Island genealogy and take advantage of world-class research tools at no cost to you! This class will be a beginners level instruction in Ellis Island genealogy. The aim will be to highlight key document types when researching Ellis Island genealogy, as…
Seward Park Library
Online
Adults
Wed, October 19
@ 2 PM
Genealogy in the Branches
Are you curious about finding out about your ancestors but don’t know where to begin? Does the cost of genealogy databases scare you away from joining millions of researchers in America’s most favorite hobby? Join us to learn the basics of American black-diasporic genealogy and take advantage of world-class research tools at no cost to you! This class will be a beginners level instruction in African American genealogy. The aim will be to reveal the unique hurdles in researching African American…
Seward Park Library
Online
Adults
Thu, October 20
@ 4 PM
Come join us at the Bronx Library Center in creating your very own family scrapbook! We'll read a story and talk a little bit about what family means to you! Then you'll create your own personalized family scrapbook. You can bring pictures of your family in or draw them yourself! Suggested ages 5-12
Bronx Library Center, Children's RoomChildren,

School Age (5-12 years),

Families
Tue, October 25
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
Experienced librarians demonstrate the steps involved in starting your family history research. Discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information. This class is online. Registration is required. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Online OnlyAdults
Wed, October 26
@ 2 PM
Genealogy in the Branches
Are you curious about finding out about the neighborhood of your ancestors but don’t know where to begin? Does the cost of genealogy and other research databases scare you away from joining millions of researchers in America’s most favorite hobby? Join us to learn the basics of NYC Land and Buildings Research and take advantage of world-class research tools at no cost to you! This class will be a beginners level instruction in NYC Land and Buildings Research. The aim will be to highlight key do…
Seward Park Library
Online
Adults
Thu, October 27
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
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. This is an online class. Registration is required. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Online OnlyAdults
Tue, November 1
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
Truth (nightclub). “Local history” research pursues the textures, details, and character that flesh out a specific time and place in history. Writers, biographers, historians, filmmakers, genealogists, academics, podcasters, armchair enthusiasts – really anyone looking to probe the mysterium of the heretofore – regularly come to the Milstein Division at NYPL to research local history. Research strategies can seem unwieldy: where do you start? Resources take a multitude of forms: how are they…
Online OnlyAdults
Thu, November 3
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
This online class will walk researchers through the basic military record groups used by genealogists, and explore the different options available at The New York Public Library for accessing records, regimental histories, and personal narratives of people who have served in the United States military. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Group of infantry
Online OnlyAdults
Thu, November 10
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
Start your family history research online with librarians from The New York Public Library's Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History, and Genealogy, specialists in genealogy reference and instruction. 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. This class will be online. Registration is required. CLICK HERE TO RE…
Online OnlyAdults
Tue, November 15
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
From 1565 to 1790, Africans comprised over a third of the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States. With little exception, these nearly 360,000 men, women, and children 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…
Online OnlyAdults
Thu, November 17
@ 2 PM
Genealogy Essentials
Tracing Polish ancestry can be challenging, especially navigating border changes, language barriers, and political turmoil. This class aims to provide introductory historical context and strategies to research Polish family history. This class is online. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
OnlineAdults
Thu, December 1
@ 1 PM
Genealogy Essentials
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. The class will also explore digital resources held online by numerous other institutions, inclding libraries and archives in Ireland. This class is online, and requires registration. PLEA…
Online OnlyAdults
Wed, December 7
@ 2 PM
Genealogy Essentials
Learn how to shape your genealogy research into a cohesive narrative of your family history. Explore different types of family history styles and writing manuals to guide your project. This is an online class. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
OnlineAdults