Visit our Local History Room to learn about the village of Fayetteville, NY and the people who have lived in and left their mark on the community. 

To set up a visit, or to make a request for research or an obituary, contact Maija McLaughlin at (315) 637-6374 ext. 318, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for our Plan of Service.

  • Photographs, Documents and other Primary Resources featuring local individuals, clubs, organizations, businesses, schools, churches, parks, government and local agencies.
  • Published books categorized by Local Authors, Local Interest and Central New York History
  • Local weekly newspapers (1840 - ) on microfilm, including National Citizen & Ballot Box
  • Fayetteville Schools Collection including "Oakleaves" yearbooks dating back to the 19th century
  • Archives of local organizations including Fayetteville Scout Troops, Garden Clubs and Women’s Study Groups (Coterie and Philomath)
  • Scrapbooks and Assorted Family Archives
  • Area Historical Maps
  • Rotating Displays

Premium Resources

Ancestry.com - Library Edition

 Genealogy, family trees and family histories online. Available for use in the library only.

HeritageQuest

Trace family history and American culture. Includes all U.S. Census records from 1790-1930.

Newsbank

Full text of the Syracuse Post-Standard and the Herald-Journal/Herald American (Dec. 1986-present), the Albany Times Union (Mar. 1986-present), and the Utica Observer-Dispatch (2003-present). Text only; no images.

Newspaper Archive.com

A searchable archive of digital images of the Syracuse newspapers from 1857 forward. Coverage also includes more than 750 US cities and over 2000 US and international newspaper titles. This collection includes full text and images of newspaper pages. Please note: The years and dates available are incomplete.

Genealogy Web Sites

Ellis Island Foundation

Perform a free passenger search; use their featured genealogy resources.

Family Search

Records spanning billions of names across hundreds of collections—including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more.

FFL Local History Collection

Make an appointment to access our local history documents, including obituaries, photographs, documents, yearbooks and newspaper clippings pertaining to Fayetteville and Fayetteville's residents.

Free NY Genealogy Search Engines

Search for ancestors in this collection of free New York genealogy searches.

New York State Archives: Genealogy Resources

Site for researching New York state ancestors. Contains helpful tips on how to conduct genealogy research & where to go to find records and information.

New York Vital Records and Genealogy Indexes

Birth, marriage, death records and more, for New York City and New York State.

NY Gen Web

Site for researching New York State ancestors. Perform research by county.

Onondaga County: Office of Vital Statistics

Order copies of birth & death certificates; make requests for genealogical research.

Roots Web

Search family trees, message boards, and more.

Local History Links

Fayetteville Digital Newspaper Archives

Includes digital copies of the following newspapers, ranging from 1840-1941: Weekly Recorder, Fayetteville Bulletin, Eagle Bulletin, Fayetteville Recorder, Onondaga Independent, Fayetteville Luminary, Methodist Reformer, and the Manlius Eagle.

Fayetteville Registry- 1940s

Research project conducted by Edward Hutchison who obtained a copy of the 1942 Fayetteville Directory and tracked down all those listed in the book.  “What follows is the information that has been obtained in the course of this project.  It has been gathered from old newspaper accounts, directories, census records, other governmental records, alumni lists, and, in rare cases, from personal recollections.”

Manlius Historical Society

The Manlius Historical Society was founded in 1976.   Although located in the village of Manlius, the society is dedicated to serving the whole town of Manlius. The Manlius Historical Society runs two buildings, the Cheney House Research Center and the Manlius Historical Museum.  The library has over 500 volumes and more than 8,000 documents and photographs related to local history.

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is dedicated to educating current and future generations about Gage’s work and its power to drive contemporary social change.

Matilda Joslyn Gage's Civil War Scrapbook

This digitized scrapbook consists of mid to late 1800s newspaper clippings regarding the Civil War, and includes confederate currency, correspondence, flyers, and more. The creator, Gage, was a well known suffragist, abolitionist, and Native American activist who for many years resided in Fayetteville, NY.

New York Heritage Digital Collections

New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The site provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, totaling hundreds of thousands of items.

New York History Net

For historians and students of New York history and culture.  Includes links for online resources (i.e. archival repositories, Encyclopedia of New York State, Civil War, Erie Canal.)  See lists of historical organizations and historians of New York State.

OCPL New York State History Links

New York State History Resources including Erie Canal, Native Americans, Postcard collection, and Underground Railroad.

Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL) Local History/Genealogy

Genealogy/Family History related links for Onondaga County and New York State. 

Onondaga Historical Association

The purpose of OHA is to educate and encourage the exploration, appreciation, and utilization of the past in order to bring the great stories of Onondaga County’s history to a worldwide audience. To do so, we offer engaging exhibits, publications, products, and programs; and we develop and care for definitive collections related to local history.

Town of Manlius Historical Records

Rootsweb site for historical records of the Town of Manlius, NY.  This includes records related to businesses, cemeteries, churches, directories, maps, property sales, schools and more.