The Historical and Genealogical Society’s Genealogical Library collects and makes available books, records, and materials of historical significance to the people of Somerset County with a particular emphasis on genealogy.  This web page will announce new library acquisitions, publicize items of interest currently available, and inform the membership about the kinds of materials the library is seeking to acquire.

Among the countless items of genealogical interest the library currently has on hand are lists of marriages printed in the Somerset Herald for the years 1828-1831 and 1864-1885.  The library also has Somerset County marriage licenses listed from 1885 to the present and the weekly newsletter of the Church of the Brethren Gospel for the years 1887-1891.


The Historical Society's Genealogical Library currently features several thousand volumes including the following resources:

  • Birth records: on microfilm 1893-1908
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records: indexes on shelf for 1790-1850, 1870-1880;  Originals on microfilm 1790-1880, 1890, 1900-1920; 1930 census records for Somerset and Cambria Counties
  • Church Histories
  • Church Records
  • County Histories: Somerset County, and miscellaneous counties in and out of Pennsylvania
  • Death Records: on microfilm 1852-1853, 1893-1908.
  • Delayed Birth Records: 1941 - 1965
  • Estate Records: index on shelf,  original records on microfilm
  • Family Files: information contributed by researchers
  • Family Histories: published and unpublished works by other researchers
  • Genealogy Newsletters: index and originals of Laurel Messenger 1960 to present;  Other societies in and out of county
  • Historic Resource Survey: survey of historic buildings in Somerset County
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records: on microfilm
  • Land Records (Surveys, Warrants & Deeds): index for surveys & warrants on shelf, originals on microfilm
  • Local Histories
  • Maps: 18th century Harmon Husband's Walking Map, 1760s-1810s Township Surveys & Warrants, 1810, 1816, 1830 and 1860 maps of Somerset County, 1876 Beer's Atlas, "Bird's Eye View" maps of selected towns, Sandborn Fire Insurance Maps of selected towns, plat books
  • Marriage Records: on microfilm 1792-1802, 1885-1968
  • Military Records
  • Newspapers: originals on microfilm
  • Obituaries: approximately 20,000 in the card catalog and computer. More added daily.
  • Reference Books
  • Subject Files: collected information on topics concerning the county and region
  • Surname Search Files: List of surnames other researchers are researching with names and addresses
  • Tax Records: on shelf 1798 Direct Tax and miscellaneous years, on microfilm 1796-1879;  Tax records from former Bedford County townships that are now part of Somerset County 1775 - 1793
  • WPA Cemetery Index

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Can't make it to the Somerset Historical Center for research? Let us do it for you... by mail!

Research by Mail; The Library currently offers genealogical “Research by Mail” services to its members at a rate of $20 for the first hour and $15 per hour thereafter.  Research fees for nonmembers are $25 for the first hour, $20 thereafter.  Photocopies of records are $.35 each, and copies from microfilm are $.50.


Please direct all general information and genealogy inquiries to