Individuals or families with ancestors from Tompkins County are welcome to visit our Research Library to peruse our Genealogy Family Files, cemetery records, death and marriage notices, the rest of our collection of county records, directories, and the HistoryForge database which contains City of Ithaca census records from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Individuals interested in researching family histories outside of Tompkins County are encouraged to use the Local History & Genealogy resources compiled by the Tompkins County Public Library.
Local Genealogical Resources
Wondering if we might have a picture of your relative in our Photograph Collections? Search your family name in our 'Identified Individuals Photograph Collection - Finding Aid' to find out! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request specific images.
Genealogy Resources in our Archival Collections
Access to the archival collections is free to all Tompkins County residents, $10/day fee for out of county researchers. Contact our archivist at email@example.com with any questions about our holdings. Or schedule an appointment in to visit the Research Library.
In order to keep staff, volunteers, and visitors safe from Covid and other airborne viruses, researchers visiting our research library are strongly encouraged to wear a mask properly over their mouth and nose the entire time they are in our space.