On Tuesday, November 6, 2001, I was lucky enough to get the chance to visit with the Jane Tracy, Town Historian for the Town of Onondaga. 

Here she is showing me the HUGE (largest and most complete I have yet found for any county in NY) collection of Onondaga County Poorhouse records!

She sent me home with lots of copies of wonderful material ... most of which she and her husband (the computer wizard in the family) have now published on their wonderful website for the town.

Trust me, she was a lot more comfortable in her contemporary garb than I was in the 1850s Irish immigrant costume I wore for the "Going to the Poorhouse" presentations for which I was touring Ohio and New York.  Go see her website!    PHL!

PS I finally learned how to correctly pronounce Onondaga!

NOTE: The website linked above requires that you have Vector Graphic Rendering (VML) on your computer. If you open the pages and get that notice (or cannot see the photographs) you may have to upgrade to the latest version of your web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer) which takes quite a while but is well worth being able to view the graphics which so many are now using on their websites.

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