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John Jermain began a temporary closure starting March 13, but our online services are still available. For updated information on the library and COVID-19, please visit our FAQ page or follow our blog, It’s Germane.

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Research Your Family Tree

Have you always wanted to research your family history? Now’s a good time to get started! The library has some great resources available that you can use from home– just follow the links below. Please note that some may require your library card barcode and password. If you need help setting up your online JJML account, please email us at



Begin to unearth your family tree here using the American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger, Fold3, Heritage Quest, MyHeritage and the Topic Guides for Genealogy and Long Island History
Visit Live-brary

Ancestry Library Edition

Uncover details for generations of your family with this amazing tool, now available to use from home for a limited time.
Visit ancestry from home

Suffolk County Historical Newspapers

Search family names, or events that occurred in your family history to help you on your quest.
Search Historical Newspapers

Family Search

Provides historical records, research strategies and more.
Visit Family Search

Statue of Liberty –  Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Passenger lists, oral histories and genealogy tips for your search.
Visit the Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

For More Research…

For research specific to New York State check out New York Heritage Digital Collections.

If you have a New York Public Library Card, you can access Ancestry, and America’s Historical Newspapers from NYPL’s website as well. All New York residents are entitled to a NYPL library card– learn how to get one here:

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