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PA Room Collection

Our Pennsylvania Room is a welcoming research environment used by genealogists from across the United States.  Our primary focus is upon Somerset County with an emphasis on the Meyersdale area, although we also have some materials on adjacent counties, including those across the state line.

This is a listing of the highlights of our collection:

Marguerite Cockley Collection –  contains an extensive number of family files representing decades of research and correspondence.

Harvey Shumaker Collection – a collection totaling over 700 volumes of information on countless families.

Local History Microfilm Holdings

  • Various Pennsylvania and Maryland Census Records

  • National Archives Agriculture, Industry and Manufacturing, and Social Statistics and Supplemental Schedules for Somerset and Other Pennsylvania Counties – 1850-1880

  • Reich Funeral Home Records, Meyersdale – 1885-1960

  • Tressler/Konhaus Funeral Home Records, Meyersdale – 1930-1974

  • Somerset County Native William H. Welfley’s Marriage – 1904-1910 – and Obituary – 10 Volumes, 1894-1918 – Scrapbooks

  • Somerset County Survey Warrants – 1700s-1800s

  • Somerset County Tax Assessments – 1795-1854

  • Somerset County Wills/Estates – 1797-1895; 1922-1960

  • Somerset County Orphans’ Court Dockets – 1793-1846

  • Tombstone Inscriptions (Somerset, Bedford, Fayette and Westmoreland Counties, Pennsylvania; Ashtabula County, Ohio) – Miscellaneous Years

  • Civil War Veterans and Widows (Somerset and Washington Counties) – 1890

  • Revolutionary War Soldiers (Somerset County and Beyond in Pennsylvania)

  • Berlin Muster Roll – 1813

  • Various Local Church Records – Including Reformed, Lutheran and Brethren

  • Local Marriage and Death/Funeral Records – Including Those of Bishop Conrad Lint and Rev. Benjamin Knepper

  • Somerset County Family Bible Records (Over 300 Names) Gathered by County Native E.C. Saylor – Late 1700s-Mid 1800s

Somerset County Newspapers

  • Meyersdale Commercial Newspaper – 1881-1912 (microfilm); 1913-1918 & 1929 (scattered issues; limited access to hard copies due to age, rarity, and fragility) NOW AVAILABLE ON MICROFILM and ONLINE at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive! (See link under Local History Digital Collections: Online.)

  • Meyersdale Republican Newspaper – 1900-1990 (microfilm)

  • The New Republic (Meyersdale) Newspaper – 1991-2010 (microfilm); 2011-present (hard copies)

  • Somerset County Star (Salisbury) Newspaper – 1899, May 1909-1929 (microfilm); 1891-1893, 1900-1904 & 1907-April 1909 (hard copies; scattered issues; limited access to hard copies due to age, rarity, and fragility) NOW AVAILABLE ON MICROFILM and ONLINE at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive! (See link under Local History Digital Collections: Online.)

  • The Turkeyfoot News – 1905-1912 (microfilm)

  • Somerset Herald Newspaper – 1828-1845 (microfilm; incomplete collection)

Local History Digital Collections: ONLINE

Local History Digital Collection: ONSITE USE

  • Early Vital Records of Somerset County Families, Compiled by Genealogist Ora L. Flaningam – 1700s-1900s

  • Somerset County Naturalization Records – 1802-1854

  • Springs Area Oral Histories Recorded by Beth Holler Page of the Springs Historical Society

  • B&O Railroad Employee Oral Histories Recorded by Carolyn McKinney

  • Pennsylvania Maple Festival Photograph Collection

  • Reich Family (Meyersdale) Collection of Photographs, Store Ledgers and Other Memorabilia

  • Digitized Videos of Local Events, Historical Milestones, Speeches/Presentations, and Interviews

Books and Other Resources

  • Ross Rush Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post #361, Ursina, Record Books – On Permanent Loan to Our Library by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Mt. Union Church Camp #502, and its Ladies Auxiliary. View digital images of this collection, created by auxiliary member and library volunteer Linda Marker, here –

  •  Over 1,200 Family Surname Files and Approximately 225 Family Genealogy Publications

  • Three Filing Cabinets of Subject Files Related to Meyersdale, Somerset County, and Pennsylvania

  • Somerset Past: The History and Genealogy of Somerset County, Pennsylvania – 13-Volume Set

  • Sanborn Maps of Meyersdale (late 1800s-early 1900s) and Salisbury (1924)

  • 1876 Beers Atlas and Index

  • Early 1900s T.M. Fowler Maps of Meyersdale, Salisbury, Confluence, Rockwood, Berlin, Somerset, Boswell and Windber

  • Union Cemetery Plot Map

  • Somerset County Railroad Maps

  • Somerset County Plat Books Representing Years 1964, 1976, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2001

  • 1903 Somerset County Directory

  • History Books About Somerset County and Its Various Communities/Towns

  • Books About Other Pennsylvania Counties, Along With Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio

  • The Casselman Chronicles (Springs Historical Society, 1961-Present), Laurel Messenger (Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, 1960-Present), and Other Pennsylvania/Maryland Historical Society Newsletters

  • Church Records (Primarily Lutheran and Reformed) and Histories – Including Amish, Brethren, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed Mennonite, and United Brethren in Christ

  • Catholic Vital Records of Central Pennsylvania – Five Volumes, 1793-1869

  • Extensive Obituary Collection from Somerset and Meyersdale Newspapers – 28,000 Index Cards, 1970-2003

  • WPA Somerset County Cemetery Inventories – circa 1934

  • Somerset County Poor House Records – Early 1900s

  • Somerset County Historic Resource Survey of Selected Significant Structures – Published in 1986

  • Local Event/Organization Programs and Records – Including Those Pertaining to the Pennsylvania Maple Festival, Somerset County Fair, Meyersdale Service Clubs, and Meyersdale Borough Council

  • Somerset County School Publications and Record Books

  • Pennsylvania Archives – Seven-Series Book Collection

  • Substantial Photo (Nearly 1,000) and Accessioned Paper Items/Object (Over 800) Archives Collections, including the extensive collections of Frances Livengood Imler and Marguerite Cockley

We at the Meyersdale Public Library also fondly remember archivist and avid genealogist Cynthia Mason, who served as director of the Pennsylvania Room for over 17 years. A member of the Meyersdale Area Historical Society’s Board of Directors, Cynthia’s invaluable contributions to the preservation of information about this area and its people will forever benefit those seeking more knowledge about our past and those who shaped it.


A native of Meyersdale who moved on to reside in Ohio, the late Harvey Shumaker was a United States Marine Corps veteran and high school teacher of both history and English. Mr. Shumaker had a genuine fondness for libraries, history, and genealogical research. We are most fortunate to now provide a home for his life’s work related to genealogical research.


Our eternal thanks to devoted volunteer, the late Keith Petenbrink, for his compilation of over 3,000 records pertaining to county veterans of this war.


None of this would be here without the foresight of Frances Livengood Imler, who pioneered the idea of founding a public library in Meyersdale.

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