Watertown, Jefferson County, New York Genealogy

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United States
New York
Jefferson County


Church Records

City/Town Records

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Watertown, Jefferson County, New York Genealogy check:

  • Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). American Ancestors online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists. The codes used under Church and Cemetery are defined in the link above the listing of towns, cities and villages.


Watertown Daily Times
260 Washington Street
Watertown, New York 13601
Phone: 315-661-2445
Email: lcarr@wdt.net
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1 - 3 pm

Collection includes newspaper clip files by subject dating from the early 1920's. After that date, information is available on line. For genealogical research, there is a ten name limit and a $1.00 charge per copy made. Wives are filed under their husband's names.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the largest online collection of 400 New York 1795-2007 newspapers. The instructions for this quirky site are needed to get the most out of it.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the following Watertown, Jefferson County, New York Genealogy newspaper images:

  • Watertown New York Reformer 1850-1862
  • Watertown Ny Times 1870-1922

Other resources:


Archives, Libraries and Museums


Roswell P. Flower Genealogy Library
229 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Genealogical resources: Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest Online databases. Censuses, military records.


Paddock Museum
228 Washington Street
Watertown, New York 13601
Phone: 315-782-3491
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm


Town Clerk and Historian

Watertown Historian
Contact City Clerk
245 Washington Street, Room 101
Watertown, New York 13601
Phone: 315-785-7780
Email: ddutton@watertown-ny.gov
Hours: September 1 - May 31 9 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday
June 1 - August 31 8 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday

Genealogical research: $22 money order payable to the City Clerk is required for this service, whether or not the search yields information. Data sheet to fill out is available at the Historian website.

Vital Records