Local History & Genealogy

The Genealogy and Local History rooms are located on the Main floor of the Adriance Memorial Library.
Call (845) 485-3445 x3350 or email localhistory@poklib.org for more information or to make an appointment.

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Photo os items on display in our Local History room

Local History Blog

Composite image of old cabinet card photos and written letters

Main and Market

Black and white photo of two women fencing from the Glen Eden School

Library District History

Black and white historic image of the cornerstone of the Adriance Memorial Library being laid with a crowd of onlookers in the background.

Local History Collection

Hollinger boxes on shelves in the Local History Room archives

Image Request Form

Walkway Over the Hudson Collection

Photo of the Walkway Over the Hudson Bridge in the Fall

Genealogy Collection

Photo of Genealogy Books in Local History Dept

Genealogy Databases

Ask a Local History Librarian

Newspapers – Online and Microfilm

Clipping of front page of old Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle newspaper

Origin of Poughkeepsie’s Name

Black and white photo of historic marker that reads Uppuqi-ipis-ing

Local History Videos on YouTube

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Local History staff entertains queries via telephone, mail or email regarding information contained within these collections. Due to staff limitations, however, in-depth research cannot be undertaken. If you wish to pose a question, please make it as specific as possible & include all pertinent background information. When requesting obituaries, please limit the number to three (3) per request. When requesting newspaper articles, please provide the exact date & page, when possible. If this is not known, staff will search a specified fourteen (14) day period.