Recently I found myself on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street here in New York City. I looked up, and there were “Patience” and “Fortitude” – the two lions in front of the library.
(By the way, did you know that during the 1930s, Mayor LaGuardia nicknamed the lions “Patience” and “Fortitude”, as he felt that the citizens of New York would need to possess these qualities to see themselves through the Great Depression?)
I had a little bit of time to kill, so for no particular rhyme or reason, I walked up those steps and entered into the main lobby.
I’ve been in this building a couple of times before, but I don’t KNOW it. Even so, I walked through the lobby, down a hall to the right, then down a hall to the left, and walked directly to this spot:
Yes – somehow, I had let “The Force Be With Me”, and it had guided me directly to Room 121 – The Genealogy Room.
I entered in a daze, and the first thing that I saw was a notice of free classes being given in April and May, including:
I had entered Nirvana!!
The next thing I saw was this:
Of course, at a library, you expect to see rows and rows and rows of books. (Unless this changes in the digital age – I’m not EVEN going there right now!), but this was The Genealogy Room, remember – Room 121 – so these rows were all books on Censuses, Civil War documentations, Immigrant ship records, etc., etc., etc. !!!!!!!
Did I say Nirvana?
Because, I have been dabbling in family history on and off for years, but lately have been even more inspired to delve deeper.
If you are interested about the NYC library system in general, go here.
Or, more specifically about classes offered at the 5th Avenue branch, look here.
OR, even MORE specifically about genealogy research here at the 5th Avenue Branch, this is your link.
I just cannot wait to get back to really spend a little time there! Or, a lot!!