Genealogy

The History Discovery Center offers a variety of materials to help you on your genealogical journey. Please keep in mind that you should come prepared on your visit. Have the names and dates (birthdays, weddings, and deaths) of the family that your are researching ready. Remember when visiting to ask staff for assistance with accessing materials.

What we offer

We have a collection of printed materials (genealogical resources for learning as well as those containing family history information.

Ancestry & Heritage Quest
We offer access to Ancestry within the library as well as HeritageQuest (If the link does not go right to HeritageQuest, click here and click on “HeritageQuest Online Genealogy”), which is also accessible from home with a Seymour Library or other Finger Lakes Library System card.

Newspapers
While the History Discovery Center retains some bound newspapers, including the Auburn Bulletin (1877-78, 1903-1905), the Auburn Daily News and Bulletin (1880, 1882, & 1884), the Auburn Daily Advertiser/Advertiser Journal (1892, 1895-1931), and the Auburn Citizen (1918-1963), our vast newspaper collection (with papers dating back to the 1830s) is best viewed on our microfilm machine, our digital archive or fultonhistory.com.

Periodicals & Books
We carry many past and current issues of genealogical periodicals. Current holdings include The Register, The Record and in the library’s circulating collection: American Ancestors and Your Genealogy Today. We also offer several books on the topic of genealogy and researching your family tree, as well as books offering family history, such as the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, Italians to America, and Mayflower Families. Our print collection also includes the Auburn City Directories (1857 – present) and Auburn high school yearbooks.


Start your research from home

Cayuga County genealogy
Cayuga County Historian
Family Search
Find a Grave
Mayflower History
Immigrant Ships
National Archives
USGenWeb
Ancestry.com New York


Discover more

View our guide to learn more about genealogy, local history and to download handouts from our popular genealogy workshops.