Thursday, July 17, 2008

New York Public Library – Genealogy Section

Declaration of Independence Fact Sheet Eminent Domain Exhibition - At the New York Public Library
New York Public Library in NYC - Marble Lion (South, "Patience") NYC Library Lion 

We are impressed by the New York Public Library 5th Avenue. It’s the branch with the two famous lions out front. The marble lions are called Patience and Fortitude. Today, during our visit there are two exhibitions going on. The first exhibition is: Eminent Domain: Contemporary Photography and the City (May 2 – August 29, 2008). The second is a display of a number of landmark versions of the Declaration of Independence including an autographed manuscript prepared by Thomas Jefferson in the week following the 4th of July, 1776. His copy had underlined items that he noticed were missing from an early copy he submitted. Both exhibits are free and interesting.

The genealogy section of the New York Public Library is in Room 121. They have a variety of resources and computer access. We got a couple of leads but nothing specific to add to our existing family trees. But, if you are just starting off your genealogy quest, stop by and ask the librarians what you should be looking at. They have a handy handout sheet (below) that lists a number of resources. If even just to sit there and search the database with the free computers, it’s worth a stop in this room.

Final stop: the grand reading room. Magnificent.

NYC Library Genealogy Resources Page 1 NYC Library Genealogy Resources Page 2

NYC Library Genealogy Resources Page 3 NYC Library Genealogy Resources Page 4

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