County Historian

As of July 12, the County Historian’s Office on Court Street in Auburn will be open to the public. Staff is available to answer queries in person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:00 - 5:00. We are also available by email, telephone, or U.S. Mail.  County COVID protocols will be followed.   

Contact the Historian’s Office via email or call 315-253-1300.


Established in February 1969, the Cayuga County Historian’s Office holds and preserves a wide array of county-related documents dating from the 1750s to the present day. We house and maintain a collection including, but not limited to:

  • Historical photographs
  • Local history books
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps

The Cayuga County Historian’s Office provides academic, historical, and genealogical research to local and world-wide researchers through in-person visitation and mail requests.

Here is a list of County Surnames, in the County Historian’s Office, and in several Township Historian Collections. Beyond these specific family names, our collections include information beyond this list; it often proves fruitful to contact our office, or a specific Town Historian, to obtain amplified information.  

County Surnames (PDF)

There is now a link to a PDF "Uncovering the Freedom Trail: A Cultural Resources Survey of Sites Relating to the Underground Railroad, Abolitionism and African American Life in Auburn and Cayuga County, New York" on the "Finding Aids and Indexes" Page.  We will periodically add more such reference materials to that page.