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Genealogy / Research

The Historical and Genealogical Society’s Genealogical Library collects and makes available books, records, and materials of historical significance with a particular emphasis on Somerset County genealogies and historical material. 

The Historical Society's 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
  • Crafts and trades
  • Death Records: on microfilm 1852-1853, 1893-1908.
  • Delayed Birth Records: 1941 - 1965
  • Diaries, Ledgers, and Journals
  • 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  • Family Histories: published and unpublished works by other researchers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 Map c1790, 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, 4H plat books
  • Marriage Records: on microfilm 1792-1802, 1885-1968
  • Microfilm records from Somerset County Courthouse
  • 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

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