The Patchogue-Medford Library is one of the top destinations for genealogists on Long Island and this May we’re excited to host our first ever Family History Day. Bring the whole family and join us on Saturday, May 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for this exciting mini conference. There will be interesting and exciting programs and activities for all ages! Check out our full list of programming below.
We’ll be closing out the day with a special program: Who Do You Think You Are?: PML Edition. During this interactive program, two lucky participants will be chosen to have their family history uncovered by our resident genealogist, Kathy Then. Whether inspiring, courageous, or tragic, what’s discovered is sure to change each participant’s life forever! To be eligible to be chosen, participants must fill out this form prior to April 29 either in person or online. The lucky winners will be revealed the day of the program.
On the half hour beginning at 1 pm, tours of the Library’s Genealogy area and Local History Room will be available. Don’t forget to stop by the Statue of Liberty selfie station!
All Afternoon in the Lower Lobby
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!
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 specific programs below begins in the Lower Lobby at 12:45 pm. Packets, guides, handouts, and refreshments will be available.
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 – a memory of holidays, special gatherings or meals, school, vacations, or important relatives, notable ancestors you remember or were told about, and your family’s roots and traditions!
The Document Doctor
(15 minute appointments)
Find out how to preserve a specific family document or photo. Bring your item to be examined.
Digitize and Organize Your Family Photos!
Learn easy ways to digitize and store the all those photos you have in albums and shoeboxes.
Family History Crafts
Take time out from more serious genealogy pursuits 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 – all suitable for framing! (For adults and teens, grades 6 and up)
Don Eckerle from the German Genealogy Group will discuss all the wonderful genealogy records from the NYC area that his group has indexed. These databases are available online for free and contain everyone – not just Germans.
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
Genealogy apps can make tracing your family tree a lot easier. Learn about the apps that are available and bring one to share if you can.
Learn how to begin your family’s genealogy search. Aprende a comenzar la búsquda de genealogía de su familia.
We are really excited about our very first Family History Day and we hope you are too! Remember, this event is free and open to all. Whether you are an experienced genealogist or just starting out uncovering your roots, there will be something for everyone!