Orwell, New York

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United StatesGotoarrow.png New YorkGotoarrow.png Oswego CountyGotoarrow.pngTown of Orwell


Church Records


Additional Resources:

Oswego County, New York History

Genealogical Resources: History of Orwell, NY


Archives, Libraries and Museums

Cogswell Free Library
1999 County Route 2
Orwell, NY 13426
Phone: 315-298-5563
Fax: 315-298-5859

Oswego Public Library
120 E 2nd St.
Oswego NY 13126
Phone: 15-341-5867
Fax: 315-216-6492

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
Phone: 315-591-6778

Oswego County Historical Society
135 East 3rd St.
Oswego, New York 13126
Phone: 315-343-1342
E-mail: och@rbhousemuseum.org

Central New York Genealogical Society[1]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
E-mail: CNYSG@yahoo.com

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.

Town Clerk

Orwell Town Clerk
P. O. Box 355
1999 Co. Rt. 2
Orwell, NY 13426
Phone: 315-298-4347
Town Clerk has the records of birth, death, or marriage for the Town.

Town Historian

Orwell Town Historian
Traci S. LaVeck
1999 Co. Rte. 2
Orwell 13426
Phone: 315-298-4347

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.

Town Records

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.

Vital Records


  1. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).