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Brooklyn Public Library-Art and Genealogy
Wednesday, June 20
Brooklyn Public Library-Art and Genealogy  (Special Events)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Central Library, Info Commons Lab 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238
Come to create a piece of art inspired by your family lineage. Create a visual piece of art, using maps, pictures, and your imagination, that tells a story of you and your family history.


NYPL-Getting Started in Genealogy Research
Tuesday, June 26
NYPL-Getting Started in Genealogy Research  (Special Events)
12:00 pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom A 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
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. 
 
First come, first served
  • Skill prerequisites: Some computer skills.
  • Audience: Adults 



NYPL-Researching the History of Your New York City Home
Thursday, July 12
NYPL-Researching the History of Your New York City Home  (Special Events)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom A 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
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 Library, and at other New York City institutions, you will learn how to construct a narrative history of your home.  
In advance of this class, you may like to read the Milstein Division blog post Who Lived in a House Like This? A Brief Guide to Researching Your NYC Home.
 
 First come, first served


NYPL-African-American Genealogy Part I: An Introduction
Tuesday, July 17
NYPL-African-American Genealogy Part I: An Introduction  (Special Events)
12:00 pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom A 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
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. 
 
First come, first served
  • Skill prerequisites: Basic level genealogy experience recommended but not necessary. Some computer skills.
  • Audience: Adults
 


NYPL-Finding Clues in Family Photos
Friday, July 20
NYPL-Finding Clues in Family Photos  (Special Events)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom A 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
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. 
 
First come, first served
  • Class Format: Lecture/demonstration
  • Skill prerequisites: Some computer skills. Basic knowledge of photography.
  • Audience: Adults


NYPL-Database Weekends: Proquest Historical African American Newspapers
Saturday, July 21
NYPL-Database Weekends: Proquest Historical African American Newspapers  (Special Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Grand Concourse Library 155 East 173rd Street Bronx, NY, 10457
In anticipation of our upcoming Genealogy program on July 25th, hosted by Walter Scott, this session will focus on one of the many databases available to NYPL cardholders, containing the archives of numerous African American historical newspapers, such as the Atlanta Daily World & New York Amsterdam News.


NYPL-Genealogy: Become a Family History Hunter
Wednesday, July 25
NYPL-Genealogy: Become a Family History Hunter  (Special Events)
6:00 pm
Grand Concourse Library 155 East 173rd Street Bronx, NY, 10457
Come join us for a program in Genealogy. Program will introduce you to Ancestry. Com. Various issues relating to Genealogical research will be examined and discussed. Ancestry.com will be demonstrated and actual research of genealogical issues is encouraged.
 
First come, first served


NYPL-Getting Started in Genealogy Research
Thursday, July 26
NYPL-Getting Started in Genealogy Research  (Special Events)
2:00 pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom A 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
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 documents

* a framework to keep your information organized

First come, first served

  • Class Format: Lecture/demonstration
  • Skill prerequisites: Some computer skills
  • Audience: Adults



NYPL-Newspapers in Genealogy Research
Thursday, August 9
NYPL-Newspapers in Genealogy Research  (Special Events)
12:00 pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classrooms 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
Discover the  abundant uses of historical newspapers for genealogical and local history information in the numerous microfilm and digital collections available at NYPL.  
 
First come, first served
  • Skill prerequisites: Basic level genealogy experience recommended. Some computer skills.
  • Audience: Adults


NYPL-Genealogy Research with Maps
Thursday, August 9
NYPL-Genealogy Research with Maps  (Special Events)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom A 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
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 features, including churches, cemeteries, fence lines, boundaries, and buildings.
  • Fire insurance maps that help genealogists find records associated with historical property addresses, churches and cemeteries, hospitals, and courts: records that help prove lineage. Fire insurance maps also describe the neighborhoods where our ancestors lived, the location of schools, libraries, theaters and cinemas, and places of business, information that helps a genealogist develop narratives. 
  • Historical maps that describe political and electoral boundaries, including wards and census enumeration districts; the location of piers and other sites of immigration; routes of transatlantic steamships, subways, canals, roads, and railroads; real estate for sale, and property ownership. 

This class will describe how maps in the collections of The New York Public Library can be used to drive genealogical research and illustratate family histories. 

 

First come, first served