Resources From the H. Fletcher Davidson Library Archives
of the Delaware County Historical Association

DCHA has a large archive of genealogical and historical research materials available to the public. The library/archives are open year round Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm, excluding holidays (but you are advised to call or write first to be sure the library/archives are open on the day of your visit). County residents and DCHA members may do their own research in the library for no charge. A $5 use fee is requested from non-Delaware County residents to help maintain library services.

Until further notice, the DCHA Library is open BY APPOINTMENT only during regular library hours.
Please call 607-746-3849 or e-mail at to make your appointment. Only one researcher at a time will be allowed and masks must be worn for the duration of the research visit by researchers and library staff. Click here for further information on rules concerning use of the library/archives at this time.

Before you visit check out our Tips for Researchers.

Suggestions on How to Research Your House in Delaware County.

The Historical Association also offers research services by mail and email. We charge a research fee of $15.00 per inquiry for a maximum of one hour of research. This fee covers the staff time required to process your request and helps ensure that the service will be available in years to come.

If you wish to use our services, please send a check or money order for the $15.00 fee with completed research form to DCHA 46549 State Hwy 10 Delhi, NY 13753. In answering your request we will, to the best of our abilities, search for up to one hour, the resources you have checked. Due to extremely limited staff time, it may take several weeks before we can begin to research new inquiries.

To better serve researchers, our quarterly publication Headwaters of History features a genealogy research section. You may place a genealogical classified advertisement at the rate of $5.00 for 30 words or less. Send your prepaid advertisement to Headwaters of History: Classified at DCHA 46549 State Hwy 10, Delhi, NY 13753.

Tips for Transcribing Historic Documents.

DCHA Research Materials

For an overview of materials we have available for researching Delaware County (and what materials we do not have), go to Researching Delaware County at DCHA.

With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War upon us, there is more interest in researching this war. Civil War Resources at DCHA provides a more detailed description of some of the Civil War related materials we have in the library/archives.

An article on a collection of Civil War letters at DCHA published on Scholarly Editing website Paper Bullets: The Civil War Letters of John and Phebe Miller

DCHA has an eclectic mix of Delaware County newspapers, on paper and/or on microfilm. Newspapers at DCHA provides a list by geographic area of those newspapers we have available.

The archives has a large collection of photographs, including 100,000 negatives from Delhi photographer Bob Wyer. Go to Images at DCHA for more detail about the photographs and negatives available at DCHA.

The DCHA library has a wide selection of books related to all aspects of Delaware County history. Copies of the standard histories, including Munsell's History of Delaware County (1880), the Biographical Review of Delaware County (1895), Jay Gould's Delaware County New York (1856) and Murray's History of Delaware County, New York (1898) are in our collections, as are newer local histories, including A History of Delaware County New York, A Catskill Land and Its People, 1797-2007. This book, and other local history texts, are available for purchase in our gift/book shop.

Delaware County's Civil War Soldiers

Delaware County's World War One Soldiers

Outside Sources Research Materials

Many of the County's genealogical resources are available online, through the Delaware County NY - Genealogy and History Site.

For more genealogical information on all Frisbee Families visit the Frisbie-Frisbee Family Association of America, Inc.

Resources for Finding Your Delaware County (NY) Civil War Soldier

Digitized Historic Newspapers of Delaware County, NY

The New York State Historic Newspapers project was created to digitize and make freely available for research significant runs of historic newspapers for every county in the state.
Delaware County newspapers included on this website are Bloomville Mirror, Catskill Mountain News, Delaware Gazette, Franklin Visitor, Hobart Independent, Stamford and Bloomville Mirror and the Star of Delaware. The dates include 1819 - current.

Old Fulton New York Postcards
This site contains over 15,000,000 pages of upstate New York newspapers, including the Bloomville Mirror.

Harpersfield Historical Society, Harpersfield, NY
Editions of the Stamford Mirror and Recorder, the Stamford Mirror, and the Stamford Recorder, 1880-1999.

William B. Ogden Free Library, Walton, NY
This digital archive covers publications in the Walton, NY area from 1856 - 2011. Publications include the Walton Blade, Walton Chronicle, Walton Cyclone, Walton Journal and Walton Reporter.

Sidney Memorial Library, Sidney, NY
This digital archive spans the time 1880 - 2010. Publications include the Tri-Town News, Sidney Record, Sidney Enterprise, The Sidney Record and Bainbridge News and the Sidney Record - Enterprise.

New York State Library
Statewide listing of Microfilm and Print holding of New York State newspapers

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