Cortland County Historical Society has been
“Telling Your Stories Since 1925.”

We are your hometown source for genealogy and local history research. Education is central to our mission, and research is one of our core functions at CCHS. Whether you are tracing your ancestors from Cortland County, looking for historical background on a home or business, or exploring the rich history of Cortland County contained in manuscripts and primary sources, we invite you to begin your research at our Research Center.  


Who was O.U. Kellogg?


We’re open for research appointments!

We are now open Wednesdays and Saturdays for two research time slots: 1:00 pm-2:45 pm and 3:00 pm-4:45 pm. We will be able to accommodate three researchers per time slot.


Please use the calendar form below to book your appointment!


 Distance Research  – We will respond to requests in the order in which they are received. 

To submit a Research Request you can:

1. Email us at

2. Submit our Contact Us form.

3. Call us: (607) 756-6071

Research Fees

  • Assisted Research for Members & Students: FREE
  • Assisted Research for Non-Members: $10 per daily research visit, (includes 4 free copies)
  • Research Fees by staff for individuals: $25 per hour (includes 5 free copies)
  • Research Fees by staff for businesses and organizations: $50 per hour
  • Additional charges for photocopying and postage may apply.

    Please use this form to request an appointment. You will receive an email confirmation if your request is approved, and will be contacted directly if the time you have selected is unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience while we work with this new booking system:

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