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Local History Starts with You

HistoryForge combines historic maps and photos with census records of the people who lived in Ithaca and Tompkins County, NY, creating a unique way to visualize the history of this community in the early 1900s.


Learn more about the people who lived in Tompkins County, NY, from information recorded in the U.S. Census. We have created a database of people that can be searched from the website or exported for further research in other programs.

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Learn about the places they lived and worked. We have created a database of Tompkins County, NY, buildings using the information from historic maps (Sanborn fire insurance maps and others) as well as archival information.

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The HistoryForge project is an major initiative of The History Center in Tompkins County. Learn more at