There are three major repositories of genealogical data in libraries in Otsego County. Two are in public libraries and the third is located in Cooperstown at the New York State Historical Association. In addition, some of the colleges have large historical collections. These are listed below.

Gilbertsville Library E-mail link - This library is located in the South Western      
portion of Otsego County in the town of Butternuts. Click here to visit their web page. An Overview of What's Available at the Gilbertsville Library Available at all times the library is open: Genealogies, local, regional and New York state histories and historical reference books
Selection of Family and Genealogy Files
Cemetery records – [our records are not on-line]
Town of Butternuts, East Guilford, town of Guilford, Sidney, Unadilla
Funeral Director Records, 1894-1975
Census Records: On microfilm, Federal 1790 – 1930, N.Y. State, 1855-1905 Hard copy: 1790 - Conn., Mass., New Hampshire, New York,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, 1800 - Otsego County 1855, 1865, 1875, – Town of Guilford, transcriptions 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, -Town of Unadilla, transcriptions Transcription & Index for Butternuts’ Census 1790, 1800, 1810 1820, 1830, 1840 1850, 1855, 1860 Index Only 1865, 1870 Index Only Tax Records – Microfilm - Otsego County 1799-1803 – all townships
Church Records: Baptist, 1806-1914 (microfilm), Index - Episcopal, 1833-1918, Index
Methodist-Episcopal, 1848-1923, Index - Presbyterian/Congregational, 1797-1932, Index
School Records, including Gilbertsville Academy & Collegiate Institute 1814 – 2004 School Commission Minutes, 1814-1874, microfilm District School minutes, 1822- 1947, incomplete Year books, Gilbertsville C.S. 1895-1990 GMU 1991-2004 Mt. Upton Central 1976-1990
Post cards, Atlases and Maps
Newspapers: on microfilm: The Morris Chronicle, 1865-1932 [some years missing] The Otsego Journal, 1876-1965
Revolutionary War veterans information and Civil War veterans information
Village and Town Structural Inventory forms; all village structures and some
structures in the township
Otsego County Board of Representatives, annual reports, 1804-2003 Additional family, organizational, town, village, and business records, as well as
photographs, blueprints and scrapbooks, available by appointment. For an appointment
call 607-783-2832 or, if no answer, 607-783-2820

The Huntington Library This is the largest public library in Otsego County and is
located in the city of Oneonta. From this site you can search the Four County Library
System database and connect to a page listing items contained in the library's New York
State History Room
. Records include searchable obituary indexes, genealogy files, state
and federal census schedules, city directories, yearbooks, and scrapbooks. Contact
librarian Sarah Livingston for more information and to search the obituary database.
New York State Historical Association - Research Library This library is not on-line.
However this site can give you more information on their collection. Anyone with Otsego
County connections will find a wealth of resources at the Research Library of the New
York State Historical Association at Cooperstown. A basic or individual membership is
$45 and a household membership (two individuals) is $60. The reference fee for non-members
of the association is $35 (research by mail) and allows for up to 10 photocopies. The daily
use fee for non-members remains $9. NYSHA members, NYSHA volunteers, and students are exempt.
In addition to the above libraries, you will find several publications relating to
Otsego County in the in Making of America Digital Collection at Cornell University.
Below is the main link to that collection. The Cornell Univeristy Digital Library Includes the Making of America Collection, The
Math Book Collection, The Ezra Cornell Papers, NEH Agriculture Collection and several
Otsego County related books and manuscripts..
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