Discover Family History This Holiday Season at Butterfield Library

As you gather together for Thanksgiving, Butterfield Library can help generate great conversation starters to fascinate your relatives. Share long-lost family history when you use Butterfield Library’s online genealogy tools at

Philipstown residents can obtain a user name and password by calling the library at 845-265-3040 (You must have a Butterfield or Desmond-Fish Library card). This will allow access to at no additional cost to you. From the library’s website, go to Online Services then click on History & Genealogy. Select and enter the provided user name and password.

Once on the site, start your own family tree. Research records on census, immigration, military, marriage, birth, death and more. Uncover the name of the ship your grandmother took to America. Or find the regiment your great-great-grandfather was in when he fought in the Civil War. As you compile information, the site will give you “hints” that might apply to a family member. Information will be summarized, or you can view original documents. Little by little your tree will grow. When satisfied with your tree, you have the option to purchase posters or albums.

On the Genealogy and History webpage, access Hudson River Valley Heritage with historical materials from many of the area’s local papers; U.S. History Collection or the World History Collection, compiled for novice historians and advanced researchers; Hudson Valley Resources; New York State Resources; and Immigration Resources.

Start researching – your family history is a gift you deserve. Contact Maureen McGrath at [email protected].

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