Books (both circulation & reference)
Basic how-to genealogy books are found in the 929s in both the circulating stacks and reference.
Local history books are found on the local history/genealogy table or in the local history collections upstairs, in the Curtis Room. Most histories have indexes. Gazetters, directories, and phone books are upstairs; ask the main circulation desk for assistance.
Census and Cemetery records are on the Internet at the Orleans County Genweb site, but also are in paper form in the library. Burial listings exist for all 80 cemeteries in Orleans County. These are in loose-leaf binders in the Curtis Room. Ask at the main circulation desk for assistance. Transcriptions of the microfilm census are found in the Biography room.
Newspapers, census records and some church records are on microfilm. The papers begin in the 1820s and continue to the present. For obituaries you must know, at least, month and year of death. There are no indexes. Holley papers are also included.
Local genealogies completed by other researchers are housed in the Curtis Room. Indexes to these genealogies are found on the local history/genealogy table. A staff member can retrieve specific genealogies from the Curtis Room for you.
In the 1970s the Orleans County Historical Association conducted audiotape interviews of many Orleans County residents. These tapes have been transcribed and are available to researchers. An index of names and subjects exist for this collection. Ask the main circulation desk for assistance with these.
Albion is the County Seat for Orleans County; therefore other resources are near at hand.
Across the street on Court House Square are the County Court House and County Clerk's Office. In the Court House you will find access to the Surrogate's Office. This office houses the wills and probate papers. At the County Clerk's Office you can have access to deeds, some plat and survey maps, original census books, etc. The County Historian's Office is at 34 East Park St. (Across Park Street from the County Clark's Office on the corner of East Park & Platt St.) The historian, C.W. Lattin, can be reached at 585.589.4174. June - October you can also use 585.589.9013, which is the Cobblestone Museum. Mr. Lattin is the Museum Director. There is voicemail at both offices.
New York State has a unique network of village, city, town, county, and borough historians. A list of Orleans County historians can be obtained at the front desk. (Information on other Counties can be obtained at the Rootsweb site or at the Association of Public Historians website.
Other Associations and Societies
The Orleans County Genealogical Society has a website and can also be contacted at: P.O. Box 103, Albion, NY 14411 or at 585.682.3311.
The Orleans County Historical Society has a website and can also be reached at: P.O. Box 1285, Albion, NY 14411
The Cobblestone Society Resource Center which is the library at the Cobblestone Museum and can also be contacted at: P.O. Box 363, Albion, NY 14411; at 585.589.9013 or at: