Dutchess County Genealogical Society

Library Info

Holiday Hours

The library generally closes before Christmas until after New Year's. Please check the home page for specifics if you plan to visit in December or January. In general it is always a good idea to call ahead if you are coming from a distance.


We are cautiously reopening the library! Our new hours of operation are:

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

Phone Number - (845) 462-6909

Please call during posted library hours to speak with a volunteer FHC librarian (the phone can only be answered when the library is open).


The library of the Dutchess County Genealogical Society shares space with the Family History Center in the LDS Church in the Town of Poughkeepsie. It is located at 204 Spackenkill Road at the corner of Twin Hills Road about 1 1/2 miles east of Route 9 and about one mile west of Red Oaks Mill.

What's Available

Click here for a partial listing of our library holdings (This document is in pdf format.  If you don't have Adobe Reader installed, please click here for a free copy.)

The Poughkeepsie Family History Center (FHC) now has several computers with on-line access to the Internet for genealogical research.  The majority of LDS databases that were once available only by visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or a local FHC are now available free on-line at FamilySearch.org.  This site can be accessed from your own home computer or at the Poughkeepsie FHC.

One of the most important assets of the FHC remains the ability to borrow microfilmed records from the immense collection of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Titles can be searched via the online library catalog at FamilySearch.org.  However, they must still be ordered and viewed at a local Family History Center.

Additionally, there are still some LDS resources that are accessed, by and large, only via the use of CD-ROMs at the local FHC (for instance, data in the Pedigree Resource File, or the Vital Records Index for North America and the British Isles). These are all available at our Poughkeepsie site.

Finally, the library of the Dutchess County Genealogical Society includes many volumes specific to local research as well as for the beginning genealogist.  The samples provided here include only some of the volumes and periodicals that have been added to our library in recent years and is far from complete!  New volumes, especially those relevant to Dutchess County research, are added regularly ... if you can, stop by the library to see for yourself!