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SELECTED LINKS FOR
MADISON AND ONEIDA COUNTIES

Genealogy
Madison County History
Military History
Oneida Community
Oneida County History

 

GENEALOGY

NYGenWeb
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.
www.rootsweb.com/~nygenweb

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.
http://oneida.nygenweb.net/

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.
www.rootsweb.com/~nymadiso

 

MADISON COUNTY HISTORY

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).
https://digitalcollections.syr.edu/gerrit-smith-collection

The Gerrit Smith Virtual Museum 
Biography, bibliography and photographs of the great Abolitionist and politician, Gerrit Smith of Peterboro, Madison County.
http://www.nyhistory.com/gerritsmith/

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.
https://mchs1900.org/

Madison County Genealogy
The County Clerk’s office contains a wealth of materials for both the genealogist and general researcher. You’ll find naturalizations, marriage certificates, deeds, school records and much more.
https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/185/Genealogy-Research

 

MILITARY HISTORY

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.
https://researchguides.morrisville.edu/localhistory

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.
http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/mil-hist.htm

ONEIDA COMMUNITY

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.
https://library.syracuse.edu/digital/guides/o/oneida_comm.htm

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.
http://www.oneidacommunity.org/

ONEIDA COUNTY HISTORY

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.
https://www.oneidacountyhistory.org/

 

*Updated 8/10/23