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Centre County Genealogical Research Facilities

Pennsylvania Room
Centre County Library and Historical Museum
203 N. Allegheny Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823-1601
814-355-1516 (ext. 214)
Hours: Monday-Wednesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday & 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 confirm the PA Room's days and hours.
Without question the premier site for genealogical research in Centre County. Its cornerstone is the massive Spangler Collection which has a 250,000 name entries index to persons appearing in various county records assembled before 1945, as well as the J. Marvin Lee Collection, obituary indexes, published family histories, tax records from 1800 to 1950, estate files, and marriage license dockets 1885-1990. To view available resources, see PA Room Collection. The PA Room staff will try to assist those who are unable to visit the PA Room. Email for information about their services.

Centre County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1135
State College, PA 16804-1135
The CCGS has no physical location, but its publications on cemetery transcriptions and other county records, membership surname file, and back issues of CCGS newsletters can be found at both the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte and the Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in State College. Most program meetings are held at Foxdale Village Auditorium in State College.

Family History Center
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
842 Whitehall Road
State College, PA 16802
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 p.m.
Please call ahead to confirm their days and hours around holidays.
There are three or four shelves of local history material housed here, but the cornerstone is the familysearch.org collection. Patrons may borrow films for a modest fee from the massive Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Centre County Historical Society
1001 East College Ave.
State College, PA 16801
Housed in the Centre Furnace Mansion near State College, the CCHS has a limited genealogical research facility and generally directs genealogists to the library in Bellefonte. However, the CCHS Library, which patrons may visit by appointment, contains books on county, state, and regional history including the iron industry and other areas of historic interest. Visit CCHS Collections and Research to view information about their holdings.

Centre County Government Offices
Centre County Courthouse
Bellefonte, PA 16823-3005
This is a beehive of current activity at the civil and criminal court level. Earliest records of Quarter Sessions Reports, and divorce records, amongst other things, can be accessed at the Prothonotary's office.
Willowbank Annex of the Centre County Courthouse
414 Holmes Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Perhaps the second most important spot for genealogical searching in the county is the courthouse annex in a site that was the former hospital. Located in the wing closest to Willowbank Street are offices of the Recorder of Deeds (with grantee and grantor indexes) and Register of Wills (with birth and death records, 1894-1906, and will books and more recent estate records; however, the earlier estate records are in the library basement). Through a different entrance (actually it is the main one) to the Willowbank Building, patrons can find their way to the tax assessment office (to locate a name of someone currently owning property at a known location in the county), the elections office (where current voter lists are maintained as well as records of past elections) and the Veterans office which has some limited information about veterans burials.

Penn State University
Pattee and Paterno Libraries
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
The benefits of a major university library go unquestioned and can be bewildering to many folks who discover that Penn State's great library is comprised of two libraries -- Pattee and Paterno. Most searchers with a Centre County focus find their way to the News and Microforms Library where most of Centre County's 19th Century newspapers are housed as well as all Pennsylvania censuses from 1790 to 1930. The Eberly Family Special Collections Library includes Historical Collections & Labor Archives, Rare Books & Manuscripts, and the University Archives.
Eberly Family Special Collections Library
104 Paterno Library
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-7931 or 814-865-1793
Matson Museum of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
409 Carpenter Building
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
Max Kade German-American Research Institute
304 Burrowes Bldg.
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
Pasto Agricultural Museum
238 Agricultural Admin Bldg.
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802

Centre County Library including facilities at Aaronsburg, Bellefonte, Centre Hall and Philipsburg
203 North Allegheny Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Penns Valley Area Historical Museum
244 West Aaron Square
Aaronsburg, PA 16820

Schlow Centre Regional Library
100 E. Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801-4986

Other Locations of Historical Interest

Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association
P.O. Box 141
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society
Train Station
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Boalsburg Heritage Museum
P.O. Box 346
Boalsburg PA 16827

Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum
P.O. Box 116
Boalsburg PA 16827-0116

Eagle Iron Works
Curtin Village
Curtin, PA

Pennsylvania Military Museum
P.O. Box 160A
Boalsburg, PA 16827

Philipsburg Historical Foundation
203 North Front Street
Philipsburg, PA 16866

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