Local History Resources, Tompkins County Public Library, New York
Tompkins County is located in central New York. Its county seat is the city of Ithaca. The Tompkins County Public Library has made a number of online resources available through its Local History section. Click the Digital Books & Directories link in the contents list to access them. A sampling of the resources follows.
Atlases & Maps
This section provides digitized atlases and maps, including Sanborn maps of Ithaca (1893, 1904, 1910, and 1919), a topographical atlas of Tompkins County (1866), and a Beers atlas of Tioga County (1869), which was reprinted in 1975.
Births, Deaths & Marriages
Indexes include: an alphabetical index to names found in Trumansburg newspapers from 1827-1940; a compiled index of obituaries and death notices published in The Ithaca Journal from 1860-1876, 1900-1914, and 1980-1999; marriages from the Pastor's Hand Book, 1844-1887; an index to births (January 1915 to April 1918) and deaths (December 1854 to June 1874 and 1914-1920) from the Ithaca Journal and Ithaca Daily Journal; and a volume containing Tompkins County gravestone inscriptions for the towns of Caroline, Danby, Enfield, Ithaca, and Newfield.
Resources include an agricultural directory of Yates, Schuyler, Tompkins, and Seneca Counties (1914), nineteenth-century gazetteers and business directories for a number of different New York counties, a telephone guide to Ithaca and Cornell University (1907), and lists of enrolled voters of Tompkins County (1912 and 1913). Researchers will also find digitized Ithaca residential and business directories from 1864 through 1986.
This section includes a number of fire company documents; school histories, catalogs, and yearbooks; church histories and, in some cases, church rolls and records; and a National Guard company history.
A number of local history resources have been digitized and appear under the following headers under in the Digital Books section: County History (Central NY), Ithaca & Tompkins County, Narratives & Memoirs, Native American History, New York State & CNY History, and Towns & Villages.