Programs & Research Aids


Central New York's Hidden Heroine: Matilda Joslyn Gage & The Women's Suffrage Movement
March 8, 2024 [video]
Matilda Joslyn Gage chat log handout

Discovering Ancestral Heroes: OCPL's Military Archives & Fold3 Research Guide
November 17, 2023 [video]

Flowing Through History: Discovering Central New York's Water Heritage
October 13, 2023 [video]

Talking With A NYS Town Historian
September 22, 2023 [video]

Erie Eats: The Erie Canal Foodways Project
September 8, 2023 [video]

From Aachen to Zwingenberg: Finding Your German Ancestors
August 18, 2023 [video] 

History of the Great New York State Fair
August 11, 2023 [video] 

Genealogy Group: O Canada! Tracing Your Canadian Roots
July 28, 2023 [video]

Not All Were Welcome: Jewish Immigration & World War II 
May 19, 2023 [video]

Gateway to the New World: Not All Came Through Ellis Island 
May 12, 2023 [video]

Riley? O'Reilly? Oh Really? Deciphering Irish Immigrant Passenger Lists
April 28, 2023 [video]

Tracing the Hidden Half: Finding & Documenting Your Female Ancestors 
April 14, 2023 [video]

The Internet of Genealogy 
March 15, 2016 

Genealogy Resources at the Onondaga County Public Library 

Genealogy Resources at the Onondaga County Public Library: 
Or,  Why Go to the Library When I’ve Got Google? 

Helping Patrons Find Their Roots  

Introduction to Genealogy 

Newspaper Database Searching for the Genealogist 

Research Aids

Ancestral Chart  

Are Divorces Sealed in Upstate New York?
by Dick Hillenbrand 

Family Group Record Helpful Hints  

Gerald Parsons Explanation
Early NYS Vital Records  

Getting Started with your Family History  

How to Navigate the Library Catalog  

Local History/ Genealogy Query Guidelines  

New York State Vital Records Index Leaflet   

Resources for Starting your Family History 
by Jean Palmer, MSLS 

Resources for Starting your Family History  

Searching Your Family Tree Online  

Tracing Your Family History  

Vital Records Index Explanation