We have many resources available to those who are researching family history or local history of Canastota, including an Archive Room and a local history section of books that can be checked out on your library card.

On any of our public computers you can access Ancestry and Heritage Quest.

Following is a list of newspapers that are available to view on microfilm:
Madison Observer 1840-1844
Canastota Herald 1875-1889
The Courant 1902-1923
Bee Journal 1889-2009

Census records from 1790-1920

Access a database of local newspapers from the late 1800’s through 1979 in digital form to view on your computer.

Read a brief history of the library.

Watch “Canal Side Talks” on Canal Town Museum’s YouTube channel.
At the library we also have over 70 DVD’s of programs and lectures that can be checked out. Please inquire at the circulation desk.

Click on any of the following topics to view digitized versions of articles and books we have here in our archived collection:


Boxing Hall of Fame

Bruce Block

Business Catalogs

Canaltown Corporation, Museum, Erie Canal

Local Authors

Misc. History

Music & Theater

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