Orwell, New York
Genealogical Resources: History of Orwell, NY
Archives, Libraries and Museums
Cogswell Free Library
1999 County Route 2
Orwell, NY 13426
Oswego Public Library
Genealogical Resources: Cemetery and town records, censuses and newspapers, directories, and local historical journals. Available Genealogical Information
Half-Shire Historical Society
1100 County Route 48
PO Box 73
Richland, NY 13144-0073
Phone: (315) 298-3620
E-mail: halfshire @hotmail.com
Hours limited: Call for times or an appointment
Oswego County Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 3025
Oswego, New York 13126
Genealogical Resources: The Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.
Orwell Town Clerk
P. O. Box 355
1999 Co. Rt. 2
Orwell, NY 13426
Town Clerk has the records of birth, death, or marriage for the Town.
Orwell Town Historian
Collection: "Orwell Remembered Volumes One and Two," both written by former Town Historian Mrs. Betty Martin, are both available for sale at the Orwell Town Hall in the Cogswell Free Public Library. Genealogical collection by family, photographic collection of Orwell people, locations and businesses (currently available for on-site viewing only); photocopies of Orwell census for the years 1850, 1860,1870, 1875, 1892 and 1905 (quality of photocopies is not the best); typed transcription of the 1855 Orwell census; assessment rolls dating back to 1853 are available for viewing, not copying, only as permissible by state and federal regulations.
To locate additional published and transcribed records for Orwell, New York check:
- Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). American Ancestors online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists. The codes used under Church and Cemetery are defined in the link above the listing of towns, cities and villages.
- Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).