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Local History at HML


The primary goal of the New York State room is to provide a collection of historical and genealogical materials covering Otsego County. Its secondary goals include providing access to the collection and maintaining the condition of the collection.

Please check our online catalog when searching for an item in our collection. Go to and enter your search term.

Online Resources


We’re excited to announce the newest resource to the NY Room. You can now view online copies of THE DAILY STAR Newspaper between 1890 and 1925. The issues are browsable or fully searchable by year, title and keyword.


Another great resource is NEW YORK HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS where many NYS newspapers have been digitized. The following is a list of the Oneonta area newspapers but check their website for more from Otsego County!

  • Oneonta Herald and Democrat, 1874-1882
  • Herald and Democrat, 1882-1883
  • Oneonta Herald, 1853-1873, and 1884-1947
  • The Evening News, 1891-1???
  • Freeman’s Journal, 1924-current

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 (LDS). 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. The records include:

  • Census schedules
  • Vital Records
  • Church, Bible, Family, and Cemetery Records
  • Court Records
  • Immigration Records
  • Biographies
  • Maps and atlases
  • Newspaper Records
  • Probate Records
  • and more!

You can search the Family History Catalog at:

Local History Collection

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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, Bresee, and Ford

Genealogy Materials

Census Records

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