*The New York State History Room is open by appointment only*
Do you need an obituary for Otsego or Delaware Counties? Were your ancestors living in the Oneonta area at one time?
The library is currently able to conduct genealogy and local history research on behalf of patrons who can’t make it to the library. Lookups include a search of our holdings, including obituaries, city directories, and local history materials.
Ancestry.com Library Edition – *Access only available in the library* – call (up to 2 days in advance) to sign-up to use one of our Internet computers ahead of time, as time slots fill up quickly.
Research Fee: $10.00/15 minutes
Customer specifies time limit.
Photocopies: $.20/.30 per page.
Microfilm Copies: $.30 per page.
Mailing Fees: The cost of postage will be added for anything weighing over one ounce (four pages).
Responses will be given when initial fees are paid.
Family History Center
Huntington Memorial Library is an authorized branch of the Family History Library of the Genealogical Society of Utah. The Society is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS, (also known as the Mormon Church).
Patrons may borrow genealogical and historical materials on microfilm from the Family History Library. The Library holds over two million rolls of microfilm containing copies of original records from around the world. Records include:
church, Bible, family, and cemetery records
maps and atlases
This vast collection has been acquired from governments, churches, and individuals throughout the world. Patrons may borrow film and all materials are to be viewed in the New York State History Room. Please contact Librarian Sarah Livingston at 607-432-1980 for more information.
You can search the Family History Library catalog at www.familysearch.org.
Local History Materials
Maps and Atlases
-Otsego county atlases – 1868, 1903
-Delaware County atlas 1869
-Chenango County atlas 1875
-Oneonta Street maps – 1910, 1927
-New York State atlases
-Local topographical maps
Photographs and Postcards
Our holdings include over 5,000 postcards and photographs of area scenes.
-Local organizations: DAR, church records, Oneonta Club, Burroughs Club
-Oneonta Town and City records: Civil War, City Charter, Town Clerk’s records
-Clippings books: WWII, Oneonta High School, city news, obituaries
-1,300+ Ed Moore columns
-Fred E. Beach Photograph Collection
-DAR lineage and record books
Vertical File and Index
-A project to automate the newspaper clippings file is currently underway. Newspaper articles published after 1 January 1996 are indexed and searchable. Pre-1996 articles are in our extensive clippings.
-Oneonta High School 1925-current
-Oneonta Normal School/SUCO 1895-1989
-Hartwick College 1932-1969
-These collections are not complete.
Note: The New York Room has obtained the 1930 census for Otsego County, N.Y. If you would like to order census schedules from other counties, we can get them for you from the Family History Library.
-NY State census indexes: 1790-1870
-Otsego County federal census: 1790-1920
-Otsego County state census: 1825-1925
-Evening News, 1891-1892
-Home and Abroad, 1869-1870
-Oneonta Daily Local, 1887-1888
-Oneonta Daily News, 1889-1891
-Oneonta Daily Star, 1891-present
-Oneonta Herald, 1853-1946
-Oneonta Herald & Democrat, 1874-1884
-Oneonta Press, 1884-1891
-Oneonta Spy, 1887-1891
-Susquehanna Independent, 1868-1869
-Oneonta City Directories, 1887-1994
-Genealogies and family histories
-County and local histories
-Obituaries and cemetery records
-Handbooks and guides
-Family History file
-Vertical file of family histories contributed by our patrons.