Local History Starts with You

HistoryForge combines historic maps and photos with census records of the people who lived in Cortland and Cortland County, NY, creating a unique way to visualize the history of this community in the early 1900s.


Learn more about the people who lived in Cortland County, NY, from information recorded in the U.S. Census. We have created a database of people that can be searched from the website or exported for further research in other programs.

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Learn about the places they lived and worked. We have created a database of Cortland County, NY, buildings using the information from historic maps (Sanborn fire insurance maps and others) as well as archival information.

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This HistoryForge is a project of the Cortland County Historical Society.

The HistoryForge project is an major initiative of The History Center in Tompkins County. Learn more at historyforge.github.io.