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Planning a Research Trip to Beaver County

If you have decided that this is the year you visit Beaver County and do research , here are a few tips to help to ensure that your trip is pleasant and rewarding. 

Your first stop should be the new and improved  Beaver County Genealogy and History Center  located at Beaver Train Station Complex, 250 East End Avenue, Beaver, PA 15009  The Center is a non circulating library of local history and genealogy.  The Center is in an underground facility on the far left of the campus.  Follow the sidewalk down into the cut in the bank and to the door.(See photo on home page)  It is kept cold to preserve the collection.  Please dress appropriately.

The hours are Monday through Thursday10-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. The staff is extremely helpful and can direct you to the courthouse in Beaver if you need to visit there.
Parking is free.

If you plan to spend a few days in the county there are a number of hotels.  The editor's personal preference when doing historic research is to stay in a Bed and Breakfast inn. Beaver County has several including, Ber-Nita in Ellwood City(1860), Felicity Farms in Beaver, Inn on College Hill in Beaver Falls(1910), and the Todd House in Beaver(1873)(walking distance to the Center!). We also have some of the other chain hotels, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Inns of America and Comfort Suites, all of these are located off Route 376 in the vicinity of the Beaver Valley Mall.

Eating

If it's 50's nostalgia you crave, try legendary Jerry's Curb Service, Bridgewater.  Levanti's in downtown Beaver for a taste of Italy.  Kolaches for coffee and a nosh and Biba for some interesting food with a latin touch. The Wooden Angel (Excellent wine cellar!) in Bridgewater is a very fine place for a more formal dinner.  Of course Brighton Hot Dog Shoppes and Eat n Park restaurants are sprinkled all over the county and are local favorites.  The Beaver Valley mall area has several chain type restaurants, Panera, Texas Road House, Applebee's, Taiwan 101, Vesuvios, etc. 
Bruster's Ice Cream is also a favorite thoughout the county, if something sweet is what you crave.

Now that we have you settled with a place to sleep and a place to eat and a place to park, let's get down to doing research at the History Center. 

What to expect: We are located in an underground facility.  There are no windows.  The temperature is kept very cool to help preserve our records.  Bring a sweater.  We have lockers available for your coats, purses, computer cases, etc. Please register with the desk, we will ask for your name and address.  If you are a member, please let us know your member number located on your membership card.

There are at least 12 file cabinets (4/5 drawers each) stuffed to the max with files containing correspondence that has come from other genealogists for over thirty years. All are filed by the surname being researched. If you have sent us your family group sheets, we have put them in the surname file. Hopefully a distant cousin has done the same thing! Lucky you! Local newspaper clippings are also dropped in the surname files. Do come prepared! Family group sheets or pedigree charts will help the staff understand your particular genealogical brick wall.  The staff is very helpful and can guide you in your research.  Copy costs are 25 cents each and a running total is kept and you pay at the end. If you still need to visit the courthouse, it is located just up the street.
 

Please take a moment to look around.  You will notice that many books and other resources need repair.  The  Genealogy and History Center runs on a very limited budget.  Please consider slipping something into the donation jar.   While researching at the center is free, donations are gratefully accepted.  This helps the center pay for preservation of archived material which includes re-binding of books and cover our utilities.   Most folks give a donation


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