Local History Resources



Madison County History
Military History
Oneida Community
Oneida County History



Anita’s Madison County
Website contains many cemetery censuses; vital statistics for the towns of Lincoln and Smithfield; the 1937 Farm Register; World War I soldiers roster countywide; and digital versions of local histories. Other features include maps, the 1875 county atlas and links.

A member of the USGenWeb Project, this site is coordinated by Robert G. Sullivan and Martha S. Magill. It offers links to New York State genealogical Web sources and to individual New York county genealogical Web sites created by volunteer county coordinators.

Oneida County (N.Y.) GenWeb
Part of the NYGenWeb Project, this site offers Oneida County history, selected biographies, cemetary records, selected obituaries (unsorted), Rome Sentinel obituary listings (1967-2003),Waterville Times Obituary Index (1856-1900), selected links and other resources.

Welcome to Madison County, NY
Part of the NYGenWeb Project, this site maintained by Tim Stowell offers the history, cemetery records and statistics of selected townships in Madison County; transcriptions of 19th-century county histories (ongoing project); selected links and addresses; and other resources. It welcomes online genealogical queries.



The Gerrit Smith Broadside and Pamphlet Collection
at the Syracuse University Library

“The personal collection of Gerrit Smith himself, the Gerrit Smith Papers at Syracuse University, contain a significant volume of his collected works, publications by others on important themes of the day, and a large body of correspondence. Among the correspondents are Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Beecher Stow, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and William Henry Seward.” This site is the result of a digitization project supported by funds awarded by the New York State Library. The site includes transcripts of Smith’s correspondence and Abolitionist and political writings (1822-1875).

The Gerrit Smith Virtual Museum 
Biography, bibliography and photographs of the great Abolitionist and politician, Gerrit Smith of Peterboro, Madison County.

Madison County Historical Society 
Located at Cottage Lawn, 435 Main St., in Oneida, the MCHS contains bound volumes of Madison County newspapers, cemetery records, vital statistics, historical photographs, histories and other records relevant to Madison County history. The MCHS Web site contains an Index to Archival Collections with a search engine.

Madison County History
The Madison County Clerk’s Office provides a web site highlighting the history of the county and digitized primary documents, records and other archival material.



The 117th New York Volunteer Infantry
Fourth Oneida Regiment 
Jonathan D. Kettl, Sr., provides the regimental history, rosters, casualties, transcripts of related documents and more on this web site devoted to Oneida County’s own Civil War infantry.

The 157th New York Volunteer Infantry
Madison and Cortland Regiment 

Site provides regimental history, rosters and related links. (Site still under construction.)

Drums along the Mohawk:
The American Revolution on the New York Frontier 

Greg Ketchum provides a brief history, a chronology and sources for the American Revolutionary period in the west Mohawk Valley. Site includes links to transcripts of contemporary letters of participants in the war, the Battle of Oriskany and other related sources.

General Daniel Butterfield Civil War Roundtable 
Organization in Oneida County, N.Y., dedicated to the research and preservation of Oneida County’s role in the U.S. Civil War

New York State and the Civil War 
This site—maintained by Sue Greenhagen, librarian, Morrisville State College—offers links to Web sites devoted to the history and genealogy of people and military units from New York State involved in the U.S. Civil War.

New York State Military Museum & Veterans Research Center 
Official government site offers brief histories and sources for N.Y. military units in U.S. wars, including the Civil War 157th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Madison and Cortland Regiments) and the Oneida Independent Company Cavalry.


The Oneida Community Collection
in the Syracuse University Library 

Syracuse University houses the largest collection of Oneida Community primary sources and photographs. This web site provides a brief history of the community, a bibliography, transcripts of selected contemporary Community publications (including works by John Humphrey Noyes) and secondary histories as well as digital images of 140 Community photographs.

The Oneida Community Mansion House 
Web site of the Mansion House, home of the 19th-century utopian Oneida Community, founded by John Humphrey Noyes. Today it is a not-for-profit museum and guest house chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.


Oneida County Historical Society 
The OCHS’s museum, exhibit area, bookstore and research library is located at 1608 Genesee St., Utica, N.Y. The research library holds over 250,000 documents and books, including land surveys, transactions and patent description; town and legal records; military enlistments; maps and photographs. The OCHS Web site contains photo exhibits and special exhibition information.