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Auburn, New York, USA

Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA

The first person electrocuted for a crime in the United States was William Francis Kemmler, in the State Prison at Auburn, August 6, 1890. He was convicted of murdering his common-law wife, Matilda Ziegler.




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    William H. Seward house - Auburn, New York
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  • 1836 - October 6 - A second early season snowstorm produced 26 inches at Auburn, NY

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  • News 1854 - Convicts and Religion
    Examinations made at Auburn, New York, showed that out of nine hundred convicts, only forty-seven had ever been in a Sabbath School, and that of...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Auburn
    Auburn, a beautiful city, capital of Cayuga county. New York, on the line of railroad connecting Albany and Buffalo, 174 miles W. from the former,...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    AUBURN, the cap. of Cayuga co., in the state of New York, U. S., 173 m. W of Albany, on the outlet of Owasco lake, Pop. 5,626. There is a...Read MORE...


  • 1860 - December 28 - Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

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  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Harriet Tubman house - Auburn, New York
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  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Harriet Tubman marker - Auburn, New York
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  • Auburn, New York, USA
    American Hotel in Auburn, NY where George W. Salisbury and Caroline Smith were married -- believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad -- Source: Unknown
  • News 1869 - Emma A. Ridley, of Auburn, N. Y., was struck by lightning and instantly killed,
    the other day, while standing at a table ironing. No injury was done to the house.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 3, 1869

  • News 1869 - Seward Trip
    Hon. William H. Seward, accompanied by Hon. Frederick W. Seward and lady, and Abijah Fitch, Esq., of Auburn, N.Y., have started out on a tour of some ...Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - Boiler Explosion at Auburn - A Building Demolished and One Man Killed
    AUBURN, N. Y., Sept. 20. - The steam boiler in T. R. STALKER's planing-mill exploded at 6 o'clock this morning completely demolishing the large brick ...Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - Planing Mill Fire
    AUBURN, N. Y., Aug. 19. - At 12 o'clock last night a fire broke out in the sash and blind factory and planing-mill of EVARTS BROS. The building,...Read MORE...


  • News 1877 - Printers are upstanding citizens?
    There are only three printers confined in Auburn, New York, prison. Among the convicts can be found twenty-seven clergymen, forty-two lawyers and...Read MORE...


  • 1879 - Auburn
    IN 1815, Auburn was the largest village in Central or Western New York. Rochester and Syracuse had not then been incorporated as villages, Buffalo...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Engine and Hose Co. No. 5, Truck A, Fire Department, Auburn, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • News 1880 - Strange Series of Misfortunes
    Daniel Cornwall, of Auburn, New York, was the victim within the twenty-four hours ending at noon yesterday, of a singular series of misfortunes. On...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Auburn, N.Y. - State Street from Genesee Street
  • News 1888 - The doors of the First National Bank of Auburn, N.Y., were closed on the 23d, the result of a defalcation of $200,000 on the part of its cashier, Charles O'Brien, who had fled.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 28, 1888

  • 1890 - Q. Where was the first person electrocuted for a crime in the United States?
    A. In the State Prison at Auburn, New York, August 6, 1890.


    The Evening Independent
    Massillon, Ohio
    October 23, 1935

  • Auburn, New York, USA
    City Hall
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Genesee and Market Streets
    Postcard
  • June, 1891 (exact date unknown) - The 111th Survivors
    A Large Delegation From this County Will Go to Gettysburg

    A large number of the survivors of the old 111 Regiment of this county are making active ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Auburn
    Auburn, a city and the capital of Cayuga co, N.Y., is on the Auburn Branch of the New York Central Railroad, where it crosses the Lehigh Valley...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Franklin St. School, Auburn, NY 1895
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Seymour St. School, Auburn, NY 1895
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Auburn NY - late 1800s
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  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Lehigh Valley Depot
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Elks Building
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    First Presbyterian Church
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    South Street
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    The Willard Home, Genesee Street
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    First Baptist Church, Auburn, N. Y.
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Post Office, Auburn, N. Y.
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    North Street, Auburn, N. Y.
    Postcard
  • News 1902 - All Show Improvement - Tult, Salisbury and Farrell Will Probably Recover - The Funeral of Harvey
    George Tult, George Salisbury and James Farrell, the three men who were seriously injured in the elevator accident at D. M. Osborne & Co's are...Read MORE...


  • News 1902 - Big Freight Elevator Falls at Osborne's
    One Man Killed and Three Others Injured Yesterday Afternoon

    Lift Dropped From Within Three Feet of the Top and Men Were Thrown Beneath Mower...Read MORE...


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    Fulton Street School
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Lakeside Park
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  • Auburn, New York, USA
    High School, 1907
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Y.M.C.A. Building, 1907
    Postcard
  • News 1910 - BEST REUNION YET - Ranks of 111th Are Thinning but Old Spirit Is There
    WITH OLD COMMANDER AGAIN
    Hospitality of MacDougall Home to Be Extended to Survivors Next Year

    The survivors of the One Hundred and Eleventh...Read MORE...


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    Old Ladies' Home
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Auburn Prison
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    South Street
    Postcard
  • News 1911 - Joseph Nash was put to death in the electric chair at Auburn, New York, yesterday for murdering his son-in-law. Nash was a prominent citizen of Waterloo, N. Y.

    The Caucasian
    Clinton, North Carolina
    May 4, 1911

  • News 1912 - MOTHER AND THREE CHILDREN DIE WHEN FIREWORKS EXPLODE.
    ONE OTHER IS KILLED OUTRIGHT - SMALL GIRL VICTIM DIES AT THE HOSPITAL.

    SEVERAL HOUSES WRECKED.

    FIREWORKS STORED IN AUBURN RESIDENCE EXPLODE...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Harriet Tubman's grave - Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York
    Photo taken by us
  • 1914 - Missing Auburn Man Believed in the Woods - Sherman S. Salisbury Who Disappeared at Malone. May Be Mentally Unbalanced.
    Watertown - Feb. 5 - John M. Hyde, head of the Black River Paper & Manufacturing Company, by which Sherman S. Salisbury of Auburn was employed as ...Read MORE...


  • 1914 - Missing Auburn Man is Located in Adirondacks - Sherman S. Salisbury Employed at Lumber Camp, Mr. Wallace Informs Friends
    AUBURN - Feb. 8 - Sherman S. Salisbury of No. 17 Mary street in this city, reported to have been missing from Watertown for nearly four months, is in ...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Fire Department, 1914
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Case Memorial Library
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Osborne House
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Owasco Road
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    New Seward School
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Auburn, a city and the capital of Cayuga co., N.Y., is on the New York Central and Hudson River R., where it crosses the Lehigh Valley R., 173 miles...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Country Club on Owasco Lake
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Corner, South and Exchange Streets
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    St. Mary's Church
    Postcard
  • News 1922 - AUBURN LANDMARK BURNED. Cayuga County Courthouse Destroyed With a Loss of $200,000.
    AUBURN, N. Y., April 30 - The Cayuga County Courthouse was destroyed by fire of unknown origin this afternoon. The building was a handsme [sic]...Read MORE...


  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Hoops Park
    Postcard
  • Auburn, New York, USA
    Cayuga County Court House
    Postcard
  • 1989 - This week in history… 75 Years Ago…
    Jan 28, 1914: George W. Salisbury, 1 1/ 2 Lewis St., is the proud owner of a file of the "Free Press", a paper which was printed in Auburn's early...Read MORE...




Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Auburn, New York, USA


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William H. Seward house - Auburn, New York
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Harriet Tubman house - Auburn, New York
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Harriet Tubman marker - Auburn, New York
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American Hotel in Auburn, NY where George W. Salisbury and Caroline Smith were married -- believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad -- Source: Unknown

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Engine and Hose Co. No. 5, Truck A, Fire Department, Auburn, N.Y.
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Auburn, N.Y. - State Street from Genesee Street

Auburn, New York, USA
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City Hall
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Genesee and Market Streets
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Franklin St. School, Auburn, NY 1895

Auburn, New York, USA
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Seymour St. School, Auburn, NY 1895

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Auburn NY - late 1800s
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Auburn, New York, USA
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First Baptist Church, Auburn, N. Y.
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Post Office, Auburn, N. Y.
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Auburn, New York, USA
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North Street, Auburn, N. Y.
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Lehigh Valley Depot
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Elks Building
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Auburn, New York, USA
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First Presbyterian Church
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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South Street
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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The Willard Home, Genesee Street
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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Fulton Street School
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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Lakeside Park
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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High School, 1907
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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Y.M.C.A. Building, 1907
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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Old Ladies' Home
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Auburn Prison
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Auburn, New York, USA
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South Street
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Harriet Tubman's grave - Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York
Photo taken by us

Auburn, New York, USA
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Fire Department, 1914
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Case Memorial Library
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Osborne House
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Owasco Road
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Auburn, New York, USA
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New Seward School
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Auburn, New York, USA
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Country Club on Owasco Lake
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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Corner, South and Exchange Streets
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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St. Mary's Church
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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Hoops Park
Postcard

Auburn, New York, USA
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Cayuga County Court House
Postcard
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History and News of Auburn, New York, USA

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  • 1836 - October 6 - A second early season snowstorm produced 26 inches at Auburn, NY

    WeatherForYou.com
  • Auburn NY Back Then


    Auburn NY Back Then (www.youtube.com)
  • 1854 - Auburn
    Auburn, a beautiful city, capital of Cayuga county. New York, on the line of railroad connecting Albany and Buffalo, 174 miles W. from the former,... Read MORE...

  • News  1854 - Convicts and Religion
    Examinations made at Auburn, New York, showed that out of nine hundred convicts, only forty-seven had ever been in a Sabbath School, and that of... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    AUBURN, the cap. of Cayuga co., in the state of New York, U. S., 173 m. W of Albany, on the outlet of Owasco lake, Pop. 5,626. There is a... Read MORE...

  • 1860 - December 28 - Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad

    historyorb.com
  • News  1869 - Seward Trip
    Hon. William H. Seward, accompanied by Hon. Frederick W. Seward and lady, and Abijah Fitch, Esq., of Auburn, N.Y., have started out on a tour of some ... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Emma A. Ridley, of Auburn, N. Y., was struck by lightning and instantly killed,
    the other day, while standing at a table ironing. No injury was done to the house. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 3, 1869
  • News  1870 - Planing Mill Fire
    AUBURN, N. Y., Aug. 19. - At 12 o'clock last night a fire broke out in the sash and blind factory and planing-mill of EVARTS BROS. The building,... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - Boiler Explosion at Auburn - A Building Demolished and One Man Killed
    AUBURN, N. Y., Sept. 20. - The steam boiler in T. R. STALKER's planing-mill exploded at 6 o'clock this morning completely demolishing the large brick ... Read MORE...

  • News  1877 - Printers are upstanding citizens?
    There are only three printers confined in Auburn, New York, prison. Among the convicts can be found twenty-seven clergymen, forty-two lawyers and... Read MORE...

  • 1879 - Auburn
    IN 1815, Auburn was the largest village in Central or Western New York. Rochester and Syracuse had not then been incorporated as villages, Buffalo... Read MORE...

  • News  1880 - Strange Series of Misfortunes
    Daniel Cornwall, of Auburn, New York, was the victim within the twenty-four hours ending at noon yesterday, of a singular series of misfortunes. On... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - The doors of the First National Bank of Auburn, N.Y., were closed on the 23d, the result of a defalcation of $200,000 on the part of its cashier, Charles O'Brien, who had fled.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 28, 1888
  • 1890 - Q. Where was the first person electrocuted for a crime in the United States?
    A. In the State Prison at Auburn, New York, August 6, 1890.

    The Evening Independent
    Massillon, Ohio
    October 23, 1935
  • June, 1891 (exact date unknown) - The 111th Survivors
    A Large Delegation From this County Will Go to Gettysburg

    A large number of the survivors of the old 111 Regiment of this county are making active ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Auburn
    Auburn, a city and the capital of Cayuga co, N.Y., is on the Auburn Branch of the New York Central Railroad, where it crosses the Lehigh Valley... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - Big Freight Elevator Falls at Osborne's
    One Man Killed and Three Others Injured Yesterday Afternoon

    Lift Dropped From Within Three Feet of the Top and Men Were Thrown Beneath Mower... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - All Show Improvement - Tult, Salisbury and Farrell Will Probably Recover - The Funeral of Harvey
    George Tult, George Salisbury and James Farrell, the three men who were seriously injured in the elevator accident at D. M. Osborne & Co's are... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - BEST REUNION YET - Ranks of 111th Are Thinning but Old Spirit Is There
    WITH OLD COMMANDER AGAIN
    Hospitality of MacDougall Home to Be Extended to Survivors Next Year

    The survivors of the One Hundred and Eleventh... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - Joseph Nash was put to death in the electric chair at Auburn, New York, yesterday for murdering his son-in-law. Nash was a prominent citizen of Waterloo, N. Y.
    The Caucasian
    Clinton, North Carolina
    May 4, 1911
  • News  1912 - MOTHER AND THREE CHILDREN DIE WHEN FIREWORKS EXPLODE.
    ONE OTHER IS KILLED OUTRIGHT - SMALL GIRL VICTIM DIES AT THE HOSPITAL.

    SEVERAL HOUSES WRECKED.

    FIREWORKS STORED IN AUBURN RESIDENCE EXPLODE... Read MORE...

  • 1914 - Missing Auburn Man Believed in the Woods - Sherman S. Salisbury Who Disappeared at Malone. May Be Mentally Unbalanced.
    Watertown - Feb. 5 - John M. Hyde, head of the Black River Paper & Manufacturing Company, by which Sherman S. Salisbury of Auburn was employed as ... Read MORE...

  • 1914 - Missing Auburn Man is Located in Adirondacks - Sherman S. Salisbury Employed at Lumber Camp, Mr. Wallace Informs Friends
    AUBURN - Feb. 8 - Sherman S. Salisbury of No. 17 Mary street in this city, reported to have been missing from Watertown for nearly four months, is in ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Auburn, a city and the capital of Cayuga co., N.Y., is on the New York Central and Hudson River R., where it crosses the Lehigh Valley R., 173 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1922 - AUBURN LANDMARK BURNED. Cayuga County Courthouse Destroyed With a Loss of $200,000.
    AUBURN, N. Y., April 30 - The Cayuga County Courthouse was destroyed by fire of unknown origin this afternoon. The building was a handsme [sic]... Read MORE...

  • 1989 - This week in history… 75 Years Ago…
    Jan 28, 1914: George W. Salisbury, 1 1/ 2 Lewis St., is the proud owner of a file of the "Free Press", a paper which was printed in Auburn's early... Read MORE...

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Ancestors buried in Auburn - Cemeteries in Auburn, New York, USA

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Genealogy Resources for Auburn

Auburn, NY 1897-98 City Directory (distantcousin.com/Directories/NY/Auburn/1897_98/)

The Weekly Auburnian, Auburn, NY

1906 Auburn NY City Directory

The Auburn News and Bulletin, Auburn, NY

The Citizen Advertiser, Auburn, NY

1882-1897 Auburn NY City Directory

1883-1884 Auburn NY City Directory

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Auburn, New York Directories, 1889-92

The Auburn Citizen, Auburn, NY

The Auburn Bulletin, Auburn, NY

www.rootsweb.com/~nycayuga/directry/aub1900/s.htm Lamey's 1900 Auburn NY Directory, ALONZO P. LAMEY, Publisher

GAR ROSTER Auburn NY 1908 (members.aol.com/gendata54/gar.html)

Auburn NY City Directory 1862 - 1877

The Citizen, Auburn, NY

Auburn Weekly Bulletin, Auburn, New York

www.rootsweb.com/~nycayuga/school/aub1893.html

The Auburn Argus, Auburn, NY

Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, NY (cayuganet.org/forthill/index.html)

News - Bulletin - Auburnian, Auburn, New York

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