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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 beginning in 1800, estate files, marriage license dockets, newspaper microfilm, and more. To view available resources, see PA Room Collection.
Centre County Family History Books - Published family histories and genealogies are found in the PA Room under the Dewey Decimal call number 929.2. Family history books do not circulate, but may be used on the premises.
To find the title of the book and/or author, search the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries catalog:

Search the Centre County Libraries' Catalog
Use the pull-down menu to perform a General Word Search and type in the surname.
On the page results, it can be helpful to limit by "Centre County Historical Museum" to narrow results.

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
814-238-4560
Hours:
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
814-234-4779
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 Research Resources to view information about their holdings.

Centre County Government Offices
Centre County Courthouse
102 S. Allegheny St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Earliest records of Quarter Sessions Reports, divorce records, civil and criminal court records, among other things, can be accessed at the office of the Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts.
Willowbank Building
420 Holmes St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823
814-355-6700
Perhaps the second most important spot for genealogical searching in the county is the Willowbank Building, the 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 the main entrance to the Willowbank Building, patrons can access the Tax Assessment Office (to locate a name of someone currently owning property at a known location in the county), and the Veterans office which has some limited information about veterans burials.
Some of the records of the above offices can be accessed online for a fee through the Web Information Access (WEBIA).

Penn State University
Pattee and Paterno Libraries
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
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 Pennsylvania censuses. 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
Max Kade German-American Research Institute
304 Burrowes Bldg.
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-9816

Centre County Library including facilities at Bellefonte, Centre Hall and Philipsburg
203 North Allegheny Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
814-355-1516

Penns Valley Area Historical Museum
244 West Aaron Square
Aaronsburg, PA 16820
814-349-4811

Schlow Centre Regional Library
100 E. Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801-4986
814-237-6236


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
814-355-0311

Boalsburg Heritage Museum
P.O. Box 346
Boalsburg PA 16827
814-466-6582

Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum
P.O. Box 116
Boalsburg PA 16827-0116
814-466-6210

Eagle Iron Works
Curtin Village
Curtin, PA
814-355-1982

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

Philipsburg Historical Foundation
203 North Front Street
Philipsburg, PA 16866
814-342-7115

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