Community and Legal Resources

Community Resources Directory for 2021 (will download as a PDF file and/or open in Microsoft Edge):

GED and Literacy Services

Literary and ESOL (English as a Second Language) Resources

Law Help NY (General Legal Help)

Free Legal Answers NY

Nolo’s Legal Encyclopedia

Genealogy Resources (Free on our Wifi or Computers)
Oswego City Newspapers: 1819-present (Can be loaned through local library)
Oswego Palladium 1819-1925
Oswego City Directories: 1852-present (Can be loaned through local library)
Oswego City Directories 1852-1929
Oswego County Historical Journals
Paradox, Oswego High School Yearbooks
Exemplar, Oswego Catholic High Yearbooks

Historical Background of Oswego County

Oswego Cemeteries

We have binders for Oswego City, Oswego Town, Scriba, Volney, Minetto, Granby, Fulton, New Haven, Hannibal, Mexico, Palermo, Hastings, Amboy, Parish, Redfield, Orwell, Constantia, Sandy Creek, and Richland.

You can search many cemeteries at once through

Searching for Deaths, Marriages, and Births at the Oswego Public Library

If you are 100% sure of the date, find the appropriate reel of microfilm in the drawers near the Reference Desk and microfilm reader/printers.

If you aren’t completely sure of the date check and

FultonSearch is an alternate interface to

Easily restrict search by region and date range (not 100% accurate)

Search by paper / document collection

Sortable columns, including name of paper, date range, and date added. (Date range is extracted from the filename)

Filterable search results

For, enter the person’s name and Oswego in the search box.  There is no need to put in “death, obituary, marriage, birth,” or any other particular event information.  You can put in a year as well to limit the search results.

You can also see the June 1, 1859 to May 31, 1860 deaths by visiting

Since spellings differ and was not spell-checked after conversion visit

The Oswego Public Library NOW has access to this database site if you visit the Library. will propose many possible spellings for you.  If you find a correct or alternate spelling… or even a different date… you can then search our microfilm,,, and even with the name, location, and possibly year.

Genealogy at Home recommended by the After School Kids in El Paso County, Colorado Resources

New York State Probate Records 1629-

New York State Births and Christenings 1640-

New York State Marriages 1686-

New York State Deaths and Burials 1795-

1865 New York State Census

1875 New York State Census

1892 New York State Census

1905 New York State Census

1915 New York State Census

1925 New York State Census

New York Web Resources

New York State Library:  State Census Records
Census Records are available at the Oswego County Records Center, 384 East River Rd., and at the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Other Area Resources

OSWEGO COUNTY RECORDS CENTER:  384 E. River Rd., Oswego NY 13126
State Census through 1925.
Cemetery records and census reports.
Deeds, assessment records, and manuscripts.
Maps from the 1800’s showing property owners.

BUREAU OF VITAL RECORDS:  State Dept. of Health, Vital Records Sec., Genealogy Unit, P.O. Box 2602, Albany NY 12220-2602
Application forms may be requested by mail or a PDF file accessed here.
Birth Records – $22.00 each
Death Records – $22.00 each
Marriage Records – $22.00 each


OSWEGO CITY CLERK’S OFFICE:  City Hall, 13 W. Oneida St., Oswego NY 13126
Copies of documents start at $15.00 each


1.    No information shall be issued from a record of birth unless a record has been on file for at least 75 years or more and the person who the record relates is known to the applicant to be deceased.
2.    No information shall be issued from a record of birth that has been placed in a confidential file.
3.    No information may be issued for a record of death unless the record has been on file for at least 50 years or more.
4.    Vital records were mandatory in 1880 but not enforced until 1890.

Historical Society Educational Links

Digitized Local History Materials

Old Photos of Oswego and More

“Old newspapers” by Neil T is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0.