Local Interest Collection
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.
While some libraries remain closed due to the pandemic, Ancestry is now accessible from home through March 2021. To access it, you will need your OCPL card number and PIN. Don't have a card, sign up for a temporary digital card here.
A searchable archive of digital images from US and international newspapers. Coverage includes more than 750 cities and over 2000 newspaper titles. Included in the collection is a searchable archive of Syracuse newspapers (1857-current). This collection includes full text and images of newspaper pages.
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