Centre County Historical Marker

Welcome to the Centre County PAGenWeb Project!
The goal of this website is to provide the best online resources to assist Centre County, Pennsylvania researchers in their quest for their family heritage. This site started out in 1996 as part of the PAGenWeb Project and the USGenWeb Project. All are a result of volunteer effort. The County Coordinator is Lisa Kerns.

About Centre County:
It was formed on February 13, 1800, as the result of "an act erecting parts of Mifflin, Northumberland, Lycoming and Huntingdon into a separate county" and calling it Centre. The county, of course, was named for its geographic location, but the exact geographical center of the state is in dispute. There was a sign on Greenland's store in Aaronsburg that staked its claim, but other sites around the county do so as well. The county seat is located in Bellefonte and the county is home to State College, Penn State University, Boalsburg, which claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, and the Grange Fair which is often billed as the biggest of Centre County's family reunions.

Genealogy News in Centre County:

The Centre Daily Times Obituaries Index, 1937-2011,
available online through the Penns State University Libraries.
Dates available for the full page images of indexed obituaries:
January 1940-November 1944, January 1950-January 1955,
April 1961-December 1988, and August 2010-December 2011.
Note new date range to online images!

Available online to the public:
Pennsylvania Department of Health Birth (1906-1908) and Death (1906-1963) Indices.

Available online to PA residents or Ancestry.com paid subscribers:
Pennsylvania Department of Health Death Certificate Images, 1906-1944.
Note the release of death certificates 1945-1963 is scheduled for November 2014.
The release of 1906 birth certificates is scheduled for March 2015.


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We now have over 600 members in our group!

The Centre County Genealogical Society offers programs to the public throughout the year.
Check out the latest in CCGS Meetings & Events.



Archives An external link to online Centre County records contributed to the USGenWeb Archives Project.
Bible Records A location guide and links to Centre County Bible records.
Biographies A location guide and links to published Centre County biographical collections and biography records.
Birth Records A guide to birth records located in Centre County.
Cemeteries An index to the county's cemeteries.
Census Records A link to some U.S. census records for Centre County found online, and a guide to where to find those that aren't. SEARCH the 1930 Census Index for Centre County.
Centre County
Genealogical Society
An external link to the CCGS website which includes information about programs, publications (including the Cemetery Series), and more.
Centre Lines Using a version of the 1890 Census which did survive, here's an effort to organize Centre County's population by surname.
Church Records & Religion Information about Centre County's church records and its citizens' religious practice.
Death Records A guide to death records in Centre County.
Family History Books A list of surnames included in family histories/genealogies at the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library.
Family Home Pages A list of family home pages and websites with a Centre County connection.
Favorite Links A compilation of useful links not included elsewhere on this website.
Funeral Homes A guide to local funeral homes and available funeral home records.
History Some excerpts from Linn's landmark history.
Land Records & Deeds A guide to land records in Centre and its predecessor counties.
Lookups & Researchers A guide to county lookup sources and researchers.
Mailing List An external link to the RootsWeb Mailing List. Subscribe to the list or search the archives. A great place for online connections and sharing Centre County genealogy.
Maps Links to useful Centre County maps and geographic tools.
Marriage Records A guide to marriages occurring in Centre County.
Message & Data Boards Three boards to view and post queries and information about Centre County Families.
Military Resources A guide to military units and burials involving Centre County soldiers and sailors in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.
Naturalizations An external link to the Centre County Government Historical Records Imaging Project's naturalizations between 1802 and 1929.
Neighboring Counties The six counties which border Centre County and their genealogical/historical sites.
Newspapers A location guide and links to Centre County's current and historical newspapers.
Obituaries A location guide and links to Centre County indexes and obituaries.
Occupations & Industries A guide to some things that people did for a living.
Photo Album A collection of photographs connected to Centre County.
Politicians An external link to famous politicians with a Centre County connection.
Research Facilities Places to go in Centre County to get serious about Genealogy/History.
Schools A guide to the county's schools and educational system.
Slavery An external link to the Centre County Government Historical Records Imaging Project's slave records between 1803 and 1820.
Starting Out An external link to the USGenWeb Project about the basics of starting your genealogy research.
Townships & Boroughs Capsule histories of Centre County's townships and boroughs, with guides to tax records available in each.
Villages & Place Names A listing of known villages and places in Centre County with their township location.
Wills & Estates Locations of Centre County wills and estate records as well as links to post transcribed wills.
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Copyright © 1997-2014, Centre County PAGenWeb Project
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For comments or questions, contact County Coordinator, Lisa S. Kerns.
You are visitor since July 1, 2005.

Thank you to former co-coordinator, Robert L. Baker, for his contributions.

Revolutionary War Soldiers & Patriots Memorial at Stover Cemetery, Haines Township
Centre County Courthouse, Bellefonte
The Old Cemetery at Pine Grove Mills, Ferguson Township
Eagle Iron Works at Curtin, Boggs Township
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