Materials & Services


*The New York State History Room is open by appointment only*




Services available

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. 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 Fees:

Research Fee: $10.00/15 minutes
Customer specifies time limit.

Additional Fees:

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:

census schedules
vital records
church, Bible, family, and cemetery records
court records
immigration records
maps and atlases
newspapers records
probate records
and more!

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

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

Special Collections
-Fred E. Beach Photograph Collection
-DAR lineage and record books
-Family Collections:
Bartow Family
Bresee Family
Ford Family

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.

Genealogy Materials

Census records
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

Other Resources
-Oneonta City Directories, 1887-1994
-Military histories
-Genealogies and family histories
-County and local histories
-Obituaries and cemetery records
-Genealogical dictionaries
-Handbooks and guides
-Family History file
-Vertical file of family histories contributed by our patrons.