The Starr Library has assisted The Consortium of Rhinebeck History in the creation of a space for researchers of genealogies and general local history.
Current Exhibit in Main Reading Room
Starr Library is hosting an exhibit on local Civil War Soldiers. Focusing on letters sent home, the exhibit explores the experiences of the soldiers and also traces what happened to these soldier-correspondents before and after the war. There will also be Civil War artifacts on display including a Regimental flag.
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00am-3:00pm; Other days: by appointment
The Local History and Genealogy Research Center is located on Starr Library’s Lower Level.
The research center houses a large collection of books and resources including:
- Church and cemetery records
- Genealogies, both books and CDs
- Abstracts of wills, marriages, and deaths
- Notebooks compiled by respected historians and genealogists.
- Surname and building resource files
- Books on the history of Rhinebeck and the surrounding area
There are also a number of resources available on microfilm. A microfilm reader provides the ability to print, scan, and save the images.
- The Rhinebeck Gazette (1842 -1990)
- State and Federal Census information
- Rare documents of local and national interest
Over a thousand maps drawn by Frank Teal, Rhinebeck surveyor during the early part of the 20th century, are available. An index to these maps can be found here: http://www.rhinebeckhistory.org.
The books, CDs and microfilm can be found on the Library’s card catalog http://midhudsonlibraries.org. Holdings of the various Consortium member organizations may be viewed on the Consortium’s website www.rhinebeckhistory.org.
Additional local history information may be found at the Hudson River Valley Heritage website.
The Starr Library has also compiled a list of online sources to help you in your local history and/or genealogy research. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of research sites available on the web. This list is but a small sampling of available resources but we think it is a good place to begin your research. Many of these resources are geared specifically to information on New York State, but material covering a broader area is also available. This list of research materials is meant to supplement a basic understanding of the goals associated with your research.
These sources are geared toward local history and genealogy research. If you want advice about genealogy research, there are many titles available through the Mid Hudson Library System that will help you get started.