Pennsylvania Family History Societies(B)

This section lists associations from Beaver to Bradford giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Beaver County Genealogical Society

Many collections are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Administrators Index
  • Agricultural Census 1850-1880
  • Beaver Co. Census Returns 1800-1930
  • Beaver Co. Directories
  • Beaver Co. Marriages, Wills, Orphans, Court Records and Tax Rolls
  • Civil War Tax Documents
  • Deeds
  • Delayed Birth Registrations
  • Divorce Index 1800-1926

Collections also comprise:

  • Early Tax Papers 1800-1900
  • Grantor/Grantee Index to circa 1910
  • High School Yearbooks
  • Marriage Licences 1885-1900
  • Newspapers
  • Property Tax Records for 1890
  • Registrations of Births and Deaths
  • Surname Files
  • Tax Papers for some Townships to 1925
  • Wills 1803-1926

Numerous databases and indexes are on-line, which comprise:

  • 1878-1922 Obituaries published in Columbiana Co. Ohio Newspapers
  • 1899 Obituaries
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • City Directories
  • Genealogical Gleanings from The Pittsburg Leader and other Newspapers 1875-1884
  • Military Records
  • Mortality Schedules
  • Obituary Index Beaver Falls Newspaper 1920-1929
  • Selected Items from the Western Argus 1830-1834
  • Tax Lists
Website:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pabecgs

Bedford County Historical Society

The association operates the Pioneer Library where many resources are accessible, which include:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Registers
  • Family Genealogy Books
  • Old Maps
  • Photographs
  • Public Records
Website:
http://www.bedfordpahistory.com

Berks County Genealogical Society

The society is a non-profit making association established in 1980. Its aims are to collect and preserve historical materials and to encourage and promote the study of genealogy.  

They focus on Berks and the surrounding counties, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Anyone with an interest in genealogy is welcome to join the association.

Many archives are available in their Library, which comprise:

  • Back Issues of their Journal
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Church Register
  • Family Group Sheets
  • Genealogies
  • Maps
  • Military Records
  • Newspapers
  • North American and British Isles Vital Records Indexes
  • Public and Civil Documents
  • Reference Books
  • Ships and Immigration Lists
  • Will Abstracts

Many publications are sold by the society, which include:

  • 1754 and 1767 Berks Co. Taxables
  • Berks Co. Death Collection 1797-1892
  • Berks Co. Soldiers in the American Revolution
  • Cemetery Transcripts and Indexes
  • Censuses
  • Death Records of Rev William Boos 1782-1807
  • Maps
  • Naturalisations 1752-1764
Website:
http://www.berksgenes.org

Blair County Genealogical Society

Many archives can be accessed in their Library, which incorporate: 

  • Blair Co. Deeds
  • Censuses
  • Church Registers
  • Court Documents
  • History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers 1861-1865
  • Hoenstine Collection
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries from many Counties
  • Periodicals
  • Revolutionary War Pennsylvania Soldier Pension Papers
  • Tax Papers
  • Warrants, Commissions and Patents

Numerous Databases and Indexes are accessible, including Delayed Birth Record Index, Marriage Application Index 1885-1890 and Obituaries.  A list of Cemeteries is also available.

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Census Indexes
  • Church Registers
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Genealogies
  • Maps
  • Newspaper Extracts
  • Tax Books
  • Will Abstracts
  • World War II Military Newspaper Clippings

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.

Website:
http://www.bcgslibrary.org

Bradford County Historical Society

The association was organised in 1870.  Many resources are available at their Library, which include:

  • Account Ledgers
  • Assessment Books
  • Cemeteries
  • Census Returns
  • Church Registers
  • Directories
  • DAR Lineage Books
  • Deed Books
  • Diaries and Journals
  • Family Files

Archives available also incorporate:

  • Land Warrants
  • Maps
  • Marriages
  • Naturalisation Papers
  • Newspapers
  • Poorhouse Documents
  • Probate Records
  • School Registers
  • Yearbooks

Numerous publications can be purchased from the society, which incorporate:

  • 1858 and 1869 Bradford Co. Atlases
  • Chronology of History 1924-1975
  • History 1770-1878 and 1891-1895
  • Pioneer and Patriot Families
Website:
http://www.bradfordhistory.com

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