Start with our primary sources:
“Clues from the past”


Kellogg Memorial Research Center is a great place to learn about local history and genealogy. You can explore life past and present in Cortland County by searching our extensive archives of primary sources.  Primary sources are the only way to reconstruct the past, aside from memory and communication that haven’t been recorded.

Some available resources: 

      • Books
      • Cemetery Records
      • Census Records
      • City Directories
      • Genealogies/family files
      • Maps and Atlases
      • Obituaries
      • Photographs
      • Scrapbooks
      • Town Histories
      • Business and Organization files
      • Manuscripts
      • Military Records
      • Letters and Diaries
      • Collection of Town Clerk registers of deaths, births, and marriages by town – 1847, 1848, 1849 (actual documents and index)
      • “Vital Records from the Newspapers of Cortland County, NY 1815-1840”, compiled by Halsey Stevens 1937

Records not available in our archives:

New York didn’t begin statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths 
until 1880-81, under the supervision of the State and local boards of health. 

      • Official birth records
      • Official death records
      • Property deeds
      • Official marriage records


Where to Start:

Have you ever wondered how to begin a local history research project? Sophie Clough, our Collections and Research Assistant, has put together a list of resources to help you. You can find these sources at Kellogg Research Center as well as online. Check out our archives for more information when you are ready!

Click the image to go to the Favorites Sources page.



If you are interested in researching family members who received a NY State Revolutionary War Land Grant, this YouTube video will be helpful.

Researching History and Genealogy in NYS’s Revolutionary War Land Grants
( Michael Brewster)