History Discover Center -- featuring staff member with books.

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 you 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.

Heritage Quest

We offer access to HeritageQuest, which is also accessible from home with a Seymour Library or other Finger Lakes Library System card.


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

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 Historian
Family Search
Find a Grave
Mayflower History
Immigrant Ships
National Archives
USGenWeb New York

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We also offer programs throughout the year. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with our offerings.