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:

2 comments on “Research Your Family Tree

    1. Hi Beverly,
      For the main resources listed here, like the library’s subscription or the Live-brary databases, you only need your John Jermain library card. At the bottom, we mention that New York State residents can get access to some other resources if they choose to apply for a NYPL library card- but that’s up to you!

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