One Of A Kind Databases

One-Of-A-Kind Searchable Online Databases

** If you’d like to request a copy of any of these records please email the department at lhg@onlib.org, noting the following information: **

  • In your email include the results of your search – including complete name of your ancestor(s) and the citation
  • Some resources are available electronically and can be emailed to you
  • Many are only available in print; photocopies can be made at a fee of .25 cents per page and a $1 mailing fee
  • While these fees help to defray the actual costs, donations are also gratefully accepted
  • Please feel free to contact us with any questions or help using these databases

 Databases

1855 New York State Census for Onondaga County 
Index to the 1855 NY State Census for Syracuse and a partial index to towns in Onondaga County. Records include: head-of-household; visitation number; ward or election district (5,432 records)
** Microfilm of the complete 1855 NYS Census for Onondaga County can be viewed in the LHG Department.

1865 New York State Census for Onondaga County 
Index to the 1865 NY State Census for Syracuse and a partial index to towns in Onondaga County. Records include: head-of-household; visitation number; ward or election district (8,143 records)
** Microfilm of the complete 1865 NYS Census for Onondaga County can be viewed in the LHG Department.

Necrology 
This database is a list of deaths mostly of Onondaga County residents.  Many sources are included here; some are WPA records, Minnie Kellogg’s deaths from Syracuse newspapers and directories between 1850-1880, obituaries from Syracuse newspapers and more.  The majority of deaths occurred before 1900.

Obituary Clippings 
Index to the Local History/Genealogy Department's collection of selective obituaries clipped from the Syracuse newspapers for 1862 through 1992.  May include other events, i.e. marriages and probate.  If you'd like a copy of the actual clipping, contact the Local History/Genealogy department at 315.435.1900 or lhg@onlib.org

Timeline 
Compiled from Schram's "River of Time," Chase's "Syracuse & Environs," and input from Local History/Genealogy staff, this database reflects major local events from 1654 through 1994. (1,846 records to date)

Vitals
This database is an index to LH/G Department's extensive church records holdings and newspaper abstracts; often includes names of parents and siblings. (10,632 records)

Woodlawn Cemetery 
One of the largest cemeteries in Onondaga County located on the east side of the city of Syracuse.  The Woodlawn database contains burial information on local residents, with selective deaths covering the period from 1838 through 2003.  Records include: name, date of death, lot and section number.  (46,034 records)

WPA Files 
This index was done during the Great Depression by Works Progress Administration workers, who compiled a card index of newspaper items of general and historic value to Syracuse and Onondaga County. The material was obtained from newspaper files of the Syracuse Public Library and newspaper files of the Historical Scrap Books of the Onondaga Historical Association. The index covers the years 1814-1900 inclusive. (52,882 records to date)