New York Family History School Programs

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 NYPL 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.

When: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
Sponsor: 
New York Public Library

Getting Started in Genealogy

Begin exploring your family history with the NYPL. This introductory class will explain first steps in genealogical research. Find out best practices for getting started, learn about genealogical records, and discover how to search NYPL’s collections.

This class will be held in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in South Court Classroom A. There are no reservations for this program. First come, first served.

When: 
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 12:00pm
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
Sponsor: 
New York Public Library

A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet: My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth

Poet and reporter Rita Gabis comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics. Five years ago, she discovered that her Lithuanian grandfather was the Chief of Security under the Gestapo in Svencionys, Lithuania, near the killing field where 8,000 Jews were murdered in the fall of 1941. Gabis will describe the research and interviews she did in four countries to learn the truth about the grandfather she thought she knew. She will also read passages from her new memoir, A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet.

When: 
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Mid-Island Y-JCC 45 Manetto Hill Road Plainview, NY
Sponsor: 
Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island

2016 Repository Tour: New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archive Division

Thomas Lannon, Assistant Curator, will provide an orientation to the genealogically pertinent holdings of the Manuscripts and Archives Division, as well as expert advice on how to optimize your search for archival material at the NYPL. Searching the collection starts with the special catalog for the Manuscript Division and the online finding aids. Learn the best ways to utilize these resources to plan your visit.

When: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

African-American Genealogy: An Introduction to 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 NYPL class aims to provide introductory historical context and recommend basic research methods in the pursuit of African-American family history.

When: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 3:00pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
Sponsor: 
New York Public Library

Irish Genealogy: Resources and Research Methods

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.

This class will be held in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in South Court Classroom A. There are no reservations for this program. First come, first served.

When: 
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
Sponsor: 
New York Public Library

Italian Genealogy: Resources and Research Methods

Using resources in NYPL's large free public collection of genealogical tools, this class introduces some key resources to help you find information on an Italian ancestor. Participants will learn about print and electronic sources of information and work on developing a research plan for genealogical quests.

This class will be held in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in South Court Classroom A. There are no reservations for this program. First come, first served.

When: 
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
Sponsor: 
New York Public Library

2016 Repository Tours: Municipal Archives of New York City "Beyond the Basics" Research Session

This research session is for you if you are looking for records beyond the fundamental resources of birth, marriage, and death certificates. Records covered will include Coroner's reports, records of the City Cemetery, Bodies-in-Transit registers, the Almshouse records and other collections. Which records are on microfilm and where to find them and finding aids will be discussed.

When: 
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 1:30pm
Venue: 
Municipal Archives of New York City
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Researching Naturalization Records

In this class the staff at the NYPL 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.

This program will be held in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in South Court Classroom A. There are no reservations for this program. First come, first served.

When: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
Sponsor: 
New York Public Library

Getting Started in Genealogy

Begin exploring your family history with the NYPL. This introductory class will explain first steps in genealogical research. Find out best practices for getting started, learn about genealogical records, and discover how to search NYPL’s collections.

This class will be held in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in South Court Classroom A. There are no reservations for this program. First come, first served.

When: 
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 12:00pm
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
Sponsor: 
New York Public Library

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