Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday, Noon to 4:00 pm

Mission Statement:

  1. Aid and assist the general public in genealogical and historical research with a focus on Jefferson County NY, and the adjacent counties of Lewis, St. Lawrence, Oswego, and the province of Ontario.
  2. Collect and preserve genealogical and historical information in any and all possible formats.
  3. Maintain a genealogy and local history collection.


The Genealogy Department staff conducts in house searches that are free, except for a $.20 per page copy fee and any postage fees. Requests can be submitted three ways:

  1. Via email: wat-genealogy@ncls.org. Please be as detailed as possible and include an address for us to mail any copies, etc.
  2. Via mail: Please be as detailed as possible in your letter and send along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
    Genealogy Department
    c/o Flower Memorial Library
    229 Washington Street
    Watertown, NY 13601
  3. Via phone: (315) 785-7711.   Preferred for brief questions only.