Genealogy

Located: Room 201 Upstairs

Our extensive genealogy room contains a wealth of historical information from both the local Central New York area as well as the entire United States.

The genealogy room is currently staffed with volunteers to assist patrons during the following times: Monday 1-3pm, Tuesday 3-5pm, Wednesday 2-4 pm, Friday 3-5pm. If you plan to visit, it is best to call ahead (315-735-2279) to check if a volunteer will be available.

If a volunteer is not available a librarian will be happy to retrieve any item out of the room for you.

If you know the specific date an article/obituary appears in the paper and would like it photocopied and mailed to you we can do this for a fee:

  • Free if you live in Oneida, Herkimer, or Madison County.
  • $10.00 if you live in New York State.
  • $15.00 if you live in the rest of the U.S.

Please call us if you have any Questions or if you would like contact information for local genealogists (315-735-2279).

Click here for the 1940 Census

Resources Available in Genealogy Room:

  1. The New York Genealogical and Biographic Records from 1870
  2. New England Historical and Genealogical Register from 1847
  3. DAR Lineage Books - 1890 to 1928
  4. DAR Patriot Index
  5. Published Family Histories
  6. State, County, Town, City and Village Histories
  7. Genealogical Magazines
  8. Genealogical Societies Publications
  9. New York State Department of Health Vital Records Genealogy Indexes available on microfiche.  The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc. awarded the Library a grant for the purchase of a microfiche reader.

Index Years:

Births—1881 to 1937

Deaths—1881 to 1962

Marriages—1881 to 1962

 

Database Resources

  1. NewsBank
    Access to the Utica Observer Dispatch (2002-Current), The Syracuse Post Standard (1986-current), The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (1999-Current) and the Times Union-Albany (1986-current). These papers include death notices and and some obituaries. (Funded by the Mid-York Library System).
  2. Ancestry Library Edition/ Heritage Quest
    This resource is available for use here at Utica Public Library. Please contact us (315-735-2279) for more information.

Quality Internet Resources

  • Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet.
    Over 264,000 links to Genealogy Websites.
  • Ancestry.com New York - Ancestry.com and several New York repositories have developed a partnership to digitize family history records. For free access to New York records, start your search then click on your results. You will be prompted to "Create a Free Account." DO NOT click on the "Subscribe" button or the "14-day Free Trial Offer" unless you are interested in access to all of Ancestry. You will need an email address to set up an account.

Resources available in Reference Room:

  1. Census Records
    • United States 1790
    • New York State Census Index 1800 - 1870
    • New York Veterans Census and Index 1890
    • Oneida County 1800 - 1930
  2. DAR Bible, Cemetery and Church Records (microfilm)
  3. Obituary Indexes 1976 - present
  4. List of Cemeteries and Cemetery inscriptions
  5. Utica City Directories from 1817 (microfilm and microfiche)
  6. Utica Newspapers from 1825
  7. Utica Telephone Directories from 1947