Archives and Research

The Geneva Historical Society Research Archive is open to the public. The archival collections include material relating to the city of Geneva and surrounding areas. For a partial list of material in the collection: Archival Holdings.

Research Archive Hours and Fees

Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Or by appointment.


  • Members of the Geneva Historical Society: free
  • Non-member City and Town of Geneva residents: $3 per day,
  • Non-members who are not Geneva residents: $5 per day.
  • Students: Geneva public and parochial schools, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and Finger Lakes Community College: free. Donations are appreciated.

Genealogical research requests received through the mail, e-mail or by phone: $20 for an initial 2-hour search of our holdings (as listed above). Preliminary charge waived for Historical Society members. Memberships start at $35. Additional genealogical research beyond the 2-hour search will be at the rate of $15/hour.

Other types of research requests received through the mail, e-mail or by phone: $15 per hour.

Photocopies not associated with the initial research are $0.25 (We currently cannot provide photocopies of material on microfilm).

Research Requests


Staff of the Geneva Historical Society can pursue genealogical research for you for a fee. Please furnish all significant information: dates, place of birth, resident locations, variations of spelling of names, etc. Indicate what ancestry data you hope we can find for you. Also, let us know if our archivist can list you as a reference for others seeking information about your family line. Include a check payable to the Geneva Historical Society for $20 to cover the cost of the initial research. This fee is non-refundable. All requests will be answered even if we cannot find documentation about your subject.

Other Research

If you would like the Geneva Historical Society to work on other research (not genealogical) for you, please let us know any information you may already have on the topic and what you would like us to search for with regard to your subject. Include a check payable to the Geneva Historical Society for $15 for the first hour. We will contact you if it appears further time will be needed to complete the research.

Please direct inquiries to
Attn: Archivist, Geneva Historical Society, 543 South Main Street, Geneva, New York 14456.
Telephone: 315- 789-5151


See our How to Add to our Collection page to find out how what material we are interested in adding to our collection. Please do not send unsolicited donations to the Archive.