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Onondaga County, New York

Onondaga County, New York

We are hoping to eventually produce several items for this county.  To begin with, we offer one that is fundamental to New York State history at the county level.  How fast additional publications about this county appear depends, first, on what we locate, and second, on how popular these initial offering are.


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The Onondaga County chapter, from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860).

French's Gazetteer provides a detailed capsule description of this county on the eve of the Civil War. For those unfamiliar with the county and its history, it's hard to imagine a better place to start coming up the learning curve.  This chapter, of course, includes Syracuse.  Other localities mentioned in boldface type include Camillus, Amboy, Belle Isle, Fairmont, Cicero, Cicero Corners, Brewerton, Clay, Belgium, Euclid, Centerville, Three River Point, Dewitt, Jamesville, Orville, Collamer, Messina Springs, Elbridge, Jordan, Peru, Junction, Half Way, California, Fabius, Apulia, Gooseville, Geddes, La Fayette, Cardiff, Linn, Lysander, Betts Corners, Plainville, Little Utica, Jacksonville, Lamsons, Manlius, Fayetteville, Manlius Center, Manlius Station, Kirkville, High Bridge, Matthews Mills, Eagle Village, Hartsville, Marcellus, Marcellus Falls, Marietta, Clintonville, Thorn Hill, Onondaga, Onondaga Hill, Onondaga Valley, South Onondaga, Mavarino, Onondaga Castle, Howlet Hill, West Onondaga, Otisco, Amber, Maple Grove, Pompey, Pompey Hill, Delphi, Watervale, Oran Pompey Center, Salina, Liverpool, Skaneateles, Mottville, Mandana, Kelloggs Mills, Spafford, Borodino, Spafford Hollow, Tully, Vesper, Tully Valley, Van Buren, Canton, Van Buren Center, Ionia, and Baldwinsville.  19+ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.50.

 Onondaga County, NY French's Gazetteer


Onondaga County, from Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848).


This early gazetteer provides a brief treatment of Onondaga County, although allotting it more coverage than many other upstate counties.  While the coverage is brief, the early date makes this chapter an important part of the historical chronicle of the county.  In addition to the six pages specifically about Onondaga County, we have also included the section about land grants and patents statewide.  6++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.25.

 Onondaga County, from Mather & Brockett (1848)


Syracuse Beginnings:  Volume I Number 1 (new series) of the Publications of the Onondaga Historical Association (1910)


One wishes that all historical societies would assemble a one volume summary of the beginnings of their community as good as this one!  Beginning with the New York State legislation creating the Village of Syracuse, it progresses through a series of articles on specific topics associated with the development of the village and supplemented by a series of well-focused reminiscences up until the time Syracuse became a city.  86+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $3.75.

 Syracuse Beginnings - Onondaga Historical Society (1910)


Charity in New York State in 1906: State Institutions.  This chapter from volume II of the Annual Report of the State Board of Charities for the year 1906 contains a section about the New York State government's Syracuse State Institution for Feeble-Minded Children.  See our New York State Miscellany page for more information about this chapter.


See also: Hotchkin's History of Western New York State, available on CD-ROM.

See also: Noted Women of the Genesee Country by Mary Hotchkin Hoag (undated). 

See also:  relevant material in the NYS Canal Commissioners Report for 1878 available for download on our New York State Miscellany page.

See also:  Native Americans: Herkimer County Historical Society.  Papers from Volume IV.  1.  History of Early Jesuit Missions in the Mohawk Valley, by the Rev. James H. Halpin (1905)   2.  The Iroquois Indian, by Dr. J. D. Fitch (1907) on our Herkimer County page.


Onondaga County was separated from Herkimer County in 1794.  You may also want to consult our Herkimer County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

Other counties were subsequently removed from Onondaga County in whole or in part.  Please see our separate pages for the following counties:   Cayuga, Cortland, and Oswego.


We offer a large number of New York State titles and are continuing to accumulate more.  CLICK HERE to return to our New York State page



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