Individuals or families with ancestors from Tompkins County are welcome to visit our Research Library to peruse our Genealogy 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

Individuals pursuing genealogical research or interested in getting started are also invited to attend the monthly meetings of the Tompkins County Genealogical Society (third Wednesday of each month). A group of passionate individuals pursuing their own family histories and sharing their successes and roadblocks along the way.

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA


Exhibit Hall -  Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday - 10am-3pm - CLOSED M-W

Cornell Local History Research Library & Thaler/Howell Archives - By appointment only. Please contact


Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to

Phone: 607-273-8284


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