Genealogy and Family History Research

There are two ways to obtain information from our genealogy library:

To maintain, preserve and enlarge our materials collection, it is necessary that we ask for a minimal fee for the use of our collection and the work of our volunteers.

  • As a membership benefit, FCHMS members have unlimited use of the Schryer Library archives.  For non-members, FCHMS requests a $10.00 fee for each visit.
  • Non-members requesting library staff genealogy research are asked to provide a non-refundable, research-initiation fee of $10.00.  Upon receipt of payment, the request will be placed in the research queue.  The $10.00 pre-payment will be deducted from the final research charges.
  • Research completed by our Genealogy Research Team is computed at $10.00 per half hour.  FCHMS members receive the first one-half hour ($10.00) at no charge as part of their membership benefit.
  • For all requests, copying is $.25 per page and postage and handling is $3.50.

If you request us to do the research for you, it is important that you tell us specifically what you want us to find, for example, the name of the individual(s), the inclusive dates, and the town where the person(s) may have been located. Please also include your postal address.

Our library has one of the most significant document collections in the North Country for those researching genealogy and history. Our collection includes:

  • 16th Regiment Civil War Papers
  • Adirondack history
  • Cemetery information
  • Census records
  • Town Directories and Phone Books
  • Early assessment rolls
  • Family folders with individual genealogies
  • Published/Bound Genealogies
  • Rep. Clarence Kilburn papers – 48 linear feet
  • Maps
  • Obituaries
  • Pre-1900 newspapers
  • Scrapbooks
  • School yearbooks
  • Town and county histories
  • Vital records

If you are interested in conducting research in our library, please check our seasonal open hours. If you would like to make an appointment to do research at a time other than our regularly scheduled open hours, please call us to make an appointment, at least 2 weeks in advance.  Please be aware that it may be some time before our volunteer researchers are able to respond to your request.

Other Resources for Genealogy Research:


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