Ancestry at the Library

“The library is an amazing equal opportunity in the community. It offers 
something for everyone. Never indifferent, always striving to do more.” — APL patron
eNotes | January 19, 2017
This week, we’re talking about:
Searching for Ancestors Using Library Resources
The library collection of includes 7,000 databases and billions of indexed names of people from across the globe. The site includes census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from North America, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!
For example, the U.S. collections have hundreds of millions of names from sources such as the federal census; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.
You have to be in a library building to access this service. You can connect to the library edition of from APL computers and laptops, as well as your own devices when you are inside our branches. (Note, you may need to disable ad blockers when connecting from your own devices.)
The library edition is provided through the Upper Hudson Library System at all public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties.
Youth FX Open House Jan. 25 at Washington Ave. Branch
During the open house, Youth FX leaders will provide tours of the office and project space, filmmakers will discuss upcoming workshops and learning opportunities, and students will show short films they produced.
“Albany Public Library is proud to continue our partnership with Youth FX by welcoming their new headquarters to the Washington Ave. Branch,” said APL Executive Director Scott Jarzombek. “Teaching young people how to create their own content via video and audio is a fantastic way to empower them. I love that Youth FX is giving the kids of this city a voice and opportunity to be heard.”
Youth FX, which started in Albany’s South End and is fiscally sponsored by Grand Street Community Arts, is an award-winning organization committed to inspiring and empowering youth in the city’s under-resourced neighborhoods through hands-on exploration of the creative and technical aspects of digital film and media arts.
“Youth FX is pleased to bring our base of operations to Albany Public Library. We are now in a central location in the city that is more accessible to our young filmmakers,” said Youth FX Program Director Bhawin Suchak, who founded the organization in 2008. “Albany teens rely on Youth FX to learn valuable skills that are in high demand in today’s technology-based world, and that also enable them to be more creative and express their ideas.”
Upcoming Activities
There’s always something interesting going on at the library! Here are just a few of our upcoming activities. All programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
JAN. 19 (Thurs)
+ Yoga for Beginners | 6:00-7:00 pm | Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch | For adults
+ Calm Coloring | 6:00-7:00 pm | Delaware Branch | For ages 15 and older | Please register online
JAN. 20 (Fri)
+ Music Makers | 10:30-11:30 pm | Pine Hills Branch | For ages 5 and under
+ Board Game Club | 3:00-5:00 pm | North Albany Branch | For ages 6-17
JAN. 21 (Sat)
+ National Soup Month program | 10:30-11:30 am | Washington Ave. Branch | For ages 6-17
+ Celebrate Chinese New Year | 1:00-2:00 pm | Delaware Branch | For ages 17 and under | Please register online
JAN. 22 (Sun)
+ Both the Bach and Washington Ave. branches are open | 1:00-5:00 pm
JAN. 23 (Mon)
+ With Pen in Hand writing program | 1:30-3:00 pm | Howe Branch | For adults
+ Howe Brilliant: STEM program | 4:30-5:30 pm | Howe Branch | For ages 6-17 | Please register online
+ Free car seat installation by Albany Police Department | 5:00-7:00 pm | Washington Ave. Branch | Appointment required: email [email protected] or call 427-4355
JAN. 24 (Tues)
+ Friends of APL book talk: “Street of Eternal Happiness” | 12:15-1:15 pm | Washington Ave. Branch | For adults
+ Bedtime Stories | 7:00-7:30 pm | Bach Branch | For ages 5 and under
JAN. 25 (Wed)
+ The Mic Drop | 3:30-5:30 pm | Delaware Branch | For ages 9-17
+ Youth FX open house | 6:00-8:00 pm | Washington Ave. Branch | All ages
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