Research & Reference: Local History & Genealogy

Local History

Historical Local Newspapers of the Southern Tier – Hornell Public Library Community History Archive.

  • Evening Tribune (1899-1906)
  • Hornellsville Weekly Tribune (1884-1899)
  • Hornellsville Tribune (1851-1868)
  • Hornell Daily Times (1879-1881)
  • Morning Times (1885-1906)
  • Evening Press (1890-1892)

Check out our Databases page for access to The Evening Tribune/Spectator and other newspapers!

Hornell City School Yearbooks – Digital collection of the Hornell City School’s yearbooks from 1895-2017. Physical copies of the Maple Leaf, The Volcano, and the Hornellian are available to view in the library’s History Room-they are not available to circulate.

Time Line History of Hornell, NY by Collette Cornish, City of Hornell Historian

Genealogy

Heritage Quest – HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.  The database provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.

Ancestry Library Edition –    Ancestry Library Edition can only be accessed from Hornell Public Library computers or devices connected to our WIFI. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!  This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of indexed names, is essential to having a broad genealogy collection, and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest® Online.

View the Quick User Guide here.

Find a Grave – Find a Grave is the best place on the internet to look for burial and other final disposition information for your family, friends and famous people. The site provides tools that let people from all over the world work together, share information and build an online, virtual cemetery experience.

Ellis Island Records – Explore the Passenger Database that is home to 65 million records of passengers arriving to the Port of New York from 1820 to 1957.

National Archives – The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you. 

FamilySearch – FamilySearch offers a variety of ways to learn more about your family story, including initial steps to start your genealogy journey, searching for your ancestors’ records, and creating your family tree.