Family History Day set for May 6

Family History Day 2017 will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 1-5 p.m. at the Patchogue-Medford Library.

In the Lower Lobby
World Map: Stop by the map and place two pins in the regions your ancestors hail from. At the end of the day we’ll post pics of our map – with the locator pins – to Instagram!
Patchogue-Historical Society: Stop by the Patchogue Historical Society’s table and learn more about Patchogue’s past.
Genealogy Federation of Long Island: Meet members from the Genealogy Federation of Long Island and discover how they can encourage your study of family history and assist you in your research.

Sign up for the programs below begins in the Lower Lobby at 12:45 p.m.

Family History Day Storytime
Pop in and listen to a story with Ms. Alyson and Ms. Elaine. We’ll also have some fun and easy family history themed crafts for kids.
DNA Q&A with Toren & Colleen
Learn how two staff members used DNA to connect the dots of who they are.
Family History Recording Studio (15 minute appointments)
Take this opportunity to record, and take home with you, a brief story from your past.
The Document Doctor (15 minute appointments)
Find out how to preserve a specific family document or photo. Bring your item to be examined.
Learn easy ways to digitize and store the all those photos you have in albums and shoe boxes.
Family History Crafts
Take time out for some make and take projects – create an informal family tree, design and color your own family coat-of arms, and do a brass rubbing (For adults and teens, grades 6 and up)
NYC Databases
Don Eckerle from the German Genealogy Group will discuss all the genealogy records from the NYC area that his group has indexed. These databases are available online for free and not just Germans ancestors.
Parent/Teen Genealogy Workshop
Genealogist Kathy will show you how to start your family history search. This program will be held at the Main Library building and is for parents and teens to attend together.
Apps for Family History
Learn about genealogy apps that are available and bring one to share if you can.
Hispanic Genealogy
Learn how to begin your family’s genealogy search.

NYPL to host Family History Day

The Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy of the New York Public Library will present a Family History Day on June 18. Doors open at 10 a.m.

There will be lectures, workshops, and craft activities for all ages. The event is co-hosted by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

As part of Family History Day, professional genealogists will be on hand for individual consultations. These one-on-one sessions are designed for the beginner and intermediate researcher. Sessions are limited to 15 minutes and is first come, first served.

Though not required, it is advised for those attending to sign-up in advance. Unregistered participants cannot be guaranteed a seat at the lectures. Some lectures are limited to 20 people.

To register for this free event, go to:

For more details about the event, go to:

10:30-11:00 – Treasure Trove at NYC Municipal Archives (limited to 20 people)
10:30-11:30 – Finding your World War One Ancestors
11:45-12:45 – Stories from Ellis Island
11:45-12:45 – Getting Started in Genealogy at New York Public Library (limited to 20 people)
1:00-2:00 -: I’ve Clicked on So Many Leaves – Now What?
1:30-2:00 – You Can Get That Online
2:15-3:15 – Genealogy Roadshow, presented by D. Joshua Taylor, one of the co-hosts of the show
2:15-3:15 – Writing your Family History (limited to 20 people)