1. What did we do before Google and the phone book? A history of city directories in the United States and New York City →

  2. Did you catch the library’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? a few weeks ago? Librarian Maria Liriano helped Edie Falco search the census records for her ancestors. Check it out!

    You can live like a celebrity, too — come over to the library’s Milstein Division and one of our stellar librarians will help you get started researching your own family history.

    Also, stay tuned for May 4 — we have another cameo on the show… 

  3. The National Archives has released the 1940 Federal Census! But, finding a name among the millions of handwritten records is like looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s where NYPL comes in!
The Milstein Division of US/Local History & Genealogy, together with NYPL Labs, has built Direct Me NYC 1940. The website features freshly digitized 1940 telephone directories from NYC’s five boroughs and enables users to locate the residential street addresses of New Yorkers from the 1940s, thereby providing the census enumeration districts they need to start their research. 
To get you started, this little image is a screenshot of our search for the illustrious Dorothy Parker. 

    The National Archives has released the 1940 Federal Census! But, finding a name among the millions of handwritten records is like looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s where NYPL comes in!

    The Milstein Division of US/Local History & Genealogy, together with NYPL Labs, has built Direct Me NYC 1940. The website features freshly digitized 1940 telephone directories from NYC’s five boroughs and enables users to locate the residential street addresses of New Yorkers from the 1940s, thereby providing the census enumeration districts they need to start their research. 

    To get you started, this little image is a screenshot of our search for the illustrious Dorothy Parker

  4. History has secrets - and you can unlock them at the Library. That’s the theme of this pretty darn amazing new “suspense trailer” highlighting our incredible Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy (which is often featured on the show "Who Do You Think You Are?" and can be used to trace family histories). Just watch it - it’s awesome.

  5. The Library's Resources Help A Woman Find Her Birth Mom . . . 34 Years After She Was "Sold" On The Baby Black Market →