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Centre County Biographies

The best collections of biographical profiles of Centre Countians were published toward the end of the 19th Century and include Linn's History of Centre and Clinton Counties and Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania.

  • They are available at most major repositories, and in Centre County, can be used on premises at the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte as well as Penn State's Pattee and Paterno Libraries on main campus.

  • John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton Counties (1883).
    • Complete edition available online through Penn State's PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf.
    • Index available online through Penn State's PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf.

  • J. H. Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (Chicago, 1898).
    • Transcription available online through the Centre County USGenWeb Archives Project.

  • Centre County Biographies can be posted online and searched:
    • Centre County USGenWeb Archives: Biographies
    • PA-Roots Centre County Board: Biographies
    • RootsWeb Centre County Message Board: Centre County Message Board
      • Some of the names include Albert Albright, Ephraim Berryman, John Blitz, George Bloom, F. Confer, James Confer, Andrew Dinges, George Dreibelbis, George Eley, Henry Eley, Martin Eley, Forrest Emrick, Joseph Emrick, Rumiel Everetts, James Gunsallus, Alfred Hale, Isaac Hicks, Hannah (Hicks) Hughes, Henry Hughes, John Hughes, John Knarr, Thomas Lemon, Jacob Lohr, Mary (Seyler) Lohr, Bessie (Wasson) Neff, Chester Neff, Margaret (Lohr) Peterman, Samuel Pletts, Lewis Roub, Samuel Rowe, S. P. Schadel, Johannes Seyler, Emily (Seyler) Spangler, William Spangler, Jacob Sweetwood, John Sweetwood, Larue Thomas, David Witmer, Henry Witmer, Joseph Witmer, John Wood and Henry Zimmerman.
      • To see only Biographies from the Centre County Message Board:
        • From the Message Board, click "Centre - Family History & Genealogy Message Board" and "Advanced Search."
        • Click "Centre Board" and select "Biography" from the "Message Classification" pull-down menu.


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