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Genealogy Databases

  • Fold3
    Search this database for images of historical and genealogical information.
    You will need your Suffolk County library card barcode number or username and password to access this database.

  • Heritage Quest
    Search this database for census records and family histories in the United States. You will need your Suffolk County library card barcode number or username and password to access this database.
  • New York Amsterdam News
    Search this database for news from historical Harlem
    This historic newspaper is geared to the African-American community in New York City and provides genealogists and researchers with the events of the time.
    (1922-1993)
  • World Vital Records
    Search this database for global genealogy information.
    You will need your Suffolk County library card barcode or username and password to access this database.
 

Library Services

Genealogy Collection

 

Request books from Suffolk libraries on genealogy.

 

Family History Center Library Microfilm

 

Requesting Microfilm from the Family History Library Catalog

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FILM ORDER PROCESS HAS CHANGED AS OF FEBRUARY 2012*

What you will need to start:

  • a credit card or PayPal account
  • valid email
  • an account with the Family History Center (see Creating an Account)
  • Film Number (see Searching the Catalog)

Microfilm loan charges are $7.50 per reel.  The loan time is 60 days which includes shipping time to and from the Family History Center Library.  There is a $7.50 charge for renewal of microfilm for an additional 30 days.

Patrons are responsible for making payments directly to the Family History Center when they order or renew items.  Please check with your local library on the fees incurred by this process.  Some libraries in Suffolk may have no fees.  

To Order Microfilm

First time users will be required to create an account and select Suffolk Cooperative Library System as their Affiliate Library.

If you have already created an account & selected your Affiliate Library please skip down to “Searching the Catalog” or “Placing Orders”.

Creating an Account

To create an account go to: www.familysearch.org/films

In the upper right hand corner select “Sign in”

  • Select “Create New Account”
  • Select “Family Search Account (for the General Public)” and fill in the form that appears 

Once completed

  • Select “Register”

Once you have created your account you will need to select an Affiliate Library to have the microfilm sent to:

  • Select “Suffolk Cooperative Library System”

Once you have completed the above steps you are ready to place your first order. 

[video tutorial Creating an Account] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGMdoKdPxuQ

[video tutorial 2 COMING SOON]

Searching the Catalog

Search the catalog and locate the correct record.  Click on "View Film Notes" and note the microfilm number.

When searching the Family History Library catalog please be aware that all microfilm numbers must be seven numerals long and start with a 0, 1, or 2.  The catalog record indicates the catalog number assigned to the microfilm and any borrowing restrictions.  If there are circulation restrictions, they are noted. 

OFTEN THE MICROFILM NUMBER WILL NOT APPEAR TO START WITH A 0, 1, OR 2 AND WILL NOT BE SEVEN NUMERALS.  IN THESE CASES, ADD 0'S TO THE BEGINNING OF THE NUMBER TO CREATE A SEVEN DIGIT NUMERAL.

 If you need to add 0's to create a seven digit number, you will need to re-search the catalog by that number (this is to ensure that the number you created is indeed the correct number).  To do so, return to the catalog home page and click on film/fiche search.  Use the seven digit number you have created to determine that the record matches the patron’s request.

Placing Orders

After you have searched the catalog and found the film number go to: www.familysearch.org/films and sign in

In the search box:

  • Select “Short-term Microfilm Loan” from the drop down menu
  • Enter the “Film Number” and select search

Confirm that this is the correct film then:

  • Select “USD” from the drop down menu found to the right of the film number
  • Select “Add to Cart”

Repeat steps for “Placing Orders” as needed.  When you have found all the microfilm you wish to order select the cart image found in the upper right corner.  This will also show the number of films you have added to your cart.

You will then be asked if you would like to pay with a credit card or PayPal account.

*When entering information please confirm that your billing information, specifically name and telephone number match that on your library card account. 

** If your home library does not have a microfilm reader, please contact the library before you place an order. The library will help determine where the film will be sent.

Failure to do so may result in a delay in the microfilm delivery to your local library.

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