Oneida County History Center (OCHC) Trustee and Volunteer Barbara Granato recently acquired 19 boxes of records from county archives that the clerk’s office was removing from storage to be returned to their rightful homes in the town or village where they originated.
The records date from the 1840s, 1850s, and early 1900s and include birth, marriage, deaths, orders of filiation, indentures, and commitments to orphanages. Granato spent 10 months organizing, photographing, and transcribing each record.
The Oneida County History Center in Utica will keep some of these records, along with a copy and their transcriptions, that will available for researchers and the public to access in the History Center’s Tharratt Gilbert Best Research Library. The remainder of the records will be returned to the appropriate town or village clerk. Additionally, a copy of the finished product is expected to be bound and placed in the library at the Daughters of the American Revolution Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Visitors can be admitted to the Tharratt Gilbert Best Research Library by appointment only until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. Access is free for members and $5 per visit for non-members. Appointments can be made by calling (315) 735-3642 or on the Oneida County History Center website.