Research Links & Facilities

Centre County PAGenWeb Project, which is part of the PAGenWeb Project and USGenWeb Project, contains helpful information such topics as cemeteries, census records, research facilities, township/borough histories, ways to connect with other Centre County researchers, and much more.
Family History Center
State College Family History Center
842 Whitehall Rd., State College, PA 16801
Open to the public during the following hours:
~Closed for remodeling through the end of March 2017~
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
It is recommended to call ahead to verify days and hours of operation.
For special arrangements, please call the Center at 814-238-4560 during the above hours, or call 238-1048 or 238-7183 after hours. Microfilm/microfiche orders are placed on Wednesday.
Centre County Library and Historical Museum
~Closed for maintenance April 21 through May 1, 2017~
The Pennsylvania Room of the Library houses a large collection that focuses on Centre County and Pennsylvania history and genealogy. It includes a specialized collection of over 3000 volumes devoted exclusively to these topics, in addition to original Centre County records, newspapers, vertical files, and various historical and genealogical periodicals. An online catalog is available for the Pennsylvania Room and Centre County Library, as well as other Centre County public libraries.  For those who are not able to visit, the staff offers Research Services.

The Centre County Library and Historical Museum
203 North Allegheny St., Bellefonte, PA 16823
814-355-1516 (ext. 214)
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and
the third Saturday of every month 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
It is recommended to call ahead to verify days and hours of operation.
Centre County Historical Society
Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Centre County Mailing List on RootsWeb is a great way to communicate and share information with other Centre County researchers.
Centre County Government
Centre County Courthouse
Allegheny St., Bellefonte, PA 16823
Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts
814-355-6796
Centre County Government, Willowbank Building
Register of Wills
814-355-6724
Recorder of Deeds
814-355-6801
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Centre Daily Times is the local newspaper.
Penns Valley Area Historical Museum
244 West Aaron Square, Aaronsburg, PA 16820
814-349-4811.
Penn State University Libraries
The Penn State University Libraries on the Penn State Campus, also known as Pattee Library and Paterno Library, do not have a separate genealogy room, but they do have a large number of resources that are of use to genealogists. Pattee has the census films, with all available indexes, for Pennsylvania as well as many valuable county and church histories. Paterno resources include many maps, Government Documents, and Special Collections. Check the website for days and hours of operation or call 814-865-6368.
Useful online resources:

Pennsylvania Department of Health Vital Records for information on obtaining these records. Beginning in 1906, Pennsylvania birth and death records have been kept by the state. From about 1893 through 1905, birth and death records were kept by the counties. Contact the appropriate county for additional information. Marriage records begin in the mid-1880’s, and are not available from the state. They are kept by the county where the license was issued.
Access Pennsylvania Database is an online catalog for various public, school, college, and specialized libraries throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The holdings of the Centre County Library and the Penn State University Libraries are also searchable from this site.
WorldCat is a search tool to locate books and more in libraries around the world.
Neighboring Counties’ Genealogical/Historical Societies
Blair County Genealogical Society
Blair County Historical Society
Clearfield County Historical Society
Clinton County Genealogical Society
Clinton County Historical Society
Huntingdon County Historical Society
Mifflin County Historical Society
Union County Historical Society
and also The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
 
 
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