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Local History & Genealogy

Local Interest Collection

Online Resources


Ancestry Library

Provides access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. It includes all available records from the United States Census (1790-1940); military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more.

In-library use only


Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images.

Video instructions (13mins) https://youtu.be/rBKDZBHUiJA


Newspaper Archive

A searchable archive of digital images and full text from newspapers in these states:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District Of Columbia
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Included in the collection is a searchable archive of Syracuse newspapers from 1857 forward.

Addition local history and genealogy resources can be accessed through the following organizations:

  • Town of Onondaga Historical Society
    5020 Ball Road, Syracuse, NY 13215
    The Town of Onondaga Historical Society is a non-profit organization chartered by the State of New York. There are collections of burial records for Town cemeteries, a photo collection, newspaper articles relating to Town residents, census records, County Poorhouse records and much more. There is a newsletter for members and monthly meetings with guest speakers.
  • Local History & Genealogy Department @ Central Library
    447 South Salina St., Syracuse, NY 13202
    Local History/Genealogy (LHG) is a research department specializing in the history of Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York State, the New England States, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Librarians and materials are available to help answer a wide range of information needs from family history and genealogy to in-depth research on people, places and events in the Syracuse area.
    When visiting LHG be sure to have a valid Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL) card.  Nonresident OCPL cards may be obtained at the Service Desk on the 1st floor.
  • Onondaga Historical Association (OHA)
    321 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202
    Home to over 1 million items such as of photographs, maps, newspaper articles, letters, and postcards OHA’s Research Center allows visitors to learn more about Onondaga County’s history through an engaging, hands on experience.
    Entrance Fees: Free for members, $7 for general public and $4 for students (school ID required) - All must show photo ID