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The Daily Genealogist Spotlight: Onondaga County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Onondaga County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Databases

Onondaga County is located in the west central part of the state of New York. Its county seat is Syracuse. The Onondaga County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Department has produced and uploaded a number of “one-of-a-kind” searchable databases to its website. Several have been added since I last profiled this website in 2008.

1855 and 1865 New York State Census for Onondaga County
The 1855 index includes the city of Syracuse and some or all of the towns of Clay, Cicero, Dewitt, Geddes, Manlius, and Salina. The index contains 5,432 records. The 1865 index, which contains 8,143 records, includes the city of Syracuse and some or all of the towns of Geddes, Lysander, Manlius, Onondaga, Salina, and Van Buren. Both census databases can be searched by: last name, first name, middle name, title, visitation number, and “town-ward-district number.”

Necrology
This database serves as an index to deaths of residents of Onondaga County. The list was derived from a number of sources, which include WPA records, “Minnie Kellogg’s deaths from Syracuse newspapers and directories between 1850-1880,” and obituaries found in Syracuse newspapers. Most of the deaths occurred prior to 1900. The database may be searched by last name, first name, maiden/other name, age, death year, month, day, source, citation, notes, cemetery, mother, father, spouse, event date, date, and record number. The data fields in the search results vary depending upon the search terms used.

Obituary Clippings
This index to obituary clippings from Syracuse newspapers covers 1862 through 1992. The clippings are from the library’s Local History/Genealogy Department. The collection also includes clippings related to other types of records, such as marriages and probate. You can search the index by last name, first name, and/or record number. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, call number, volume and page number, note, and record number. You may order a copy of the clipping from the Local History/Genealogy Department.

Timeline
Using various sources, the timeline covers major local events from 1654 through 1994. You can search the timeline by record number, event, date, year, notes, and citation. The data fields in the search results include record number, event, date, and year. To view all records for a particular year, search by year only.

Woodlawn Cemetery
Woodlawn Cemetery, on the east side of Syracuse, is one of the largest in the county. There are more than 46,000 records in the index. The search fields are last name, first name, year, month, day of death, section, lot, grave number, mausoleum code, row, tier number, block number, and record number. The data fields in the results returned include last name, first name, section and lot number, and year, month, and day of death.

Onondaga County WPA Files
Individuals working for the Works Progress Administration during the Depression compiled a card index for items of general and historic value to the region from the newspaper files of the Syracuse Public Library and the Historical Scrap Books of the Onondaga Historical Association. The original index has been digitized and uploaded to the library’s website. It covers 1814 through 1900 and contains nearly 53,000 records. The index can be searched by the following: last name, first name, notes, event date, source, and date of appearance in the source document. The data fields include event (type), last name, first name, notes, event date, source, page citation, date of publication, and record number.


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