Local HISTORY & GENEALOGY Links

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https://www.maryslibrary.com/?page_id=1126 … Obituaries and other materials available on the Mary S. Biesecker Public Library’s website. Obituaries can be tricky to locate unless you know exactly when the person died (or at least the year!). As you’ll notice, they are arranged first by year, then by month, and then by day.

 

http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/department.asp?deptnum=71 … A link to our Somerset County Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans’ Court web page. County will books are now digitized and can be viewed through the “Will Books” link under the “Pages of Interest” header in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

 

http://www.springspa.org/publications.php ... This link directs users to the “Publications” page of the Springs Historical Society’s website. Especially helpful is the link off of this page to the index pertaining to the 50-plus years of publication of the society’s Casselman Chronicle journal collection. Back issues of these journals relating to the history of southern Somerset County, PA, and northern Garrett County, Md., can be obtained through the Springs Historical Society. Our library can also provide copies of articles of interest.

 

https://www.relib.net/local-history-genealogy ... Local history and genealogy page of the Ruth Enlow Public Library in Oakland, Md. Includes a link to the searchable archive of back issues of the Garrett County Republican newspaper dated 1877-2016, along with an online obituary database.

 

http://www.garrettcountymuseums.com/ … Garrett County, Md., Historical Society website, featuring information regarding the Garrett County Historical Museum and Garrett County Museum of Transportation, both in Oakland, Md., and the Grantsville Museum in Grantsville, Md. Also featured is a Leo J. Beachy photograph collection (1905 to 1927).

https://archive.org/details/gc-republican?sort=titleSorter … Garrett County, Maryland’s, Republican newspaper, from the years 1877 to 2016, has been made available online. A collaborative effort of the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, the Sincell Family, and the Garrett County Historical Society, this link provides yet another wonderful resource for local genealogy and history research.

 

http://www.houseofyoder.org/index.html ... A link to the House of Yoder, a living history museum located in Grantsville, Maryland. Formed in 1995 by members of the Yoder family to promote awareness and appreciation of the Yoder heritage from Europe and the U.S., the House of Yoder features a genealogical and historical research library that includes books, photographs, letters, genealogical charts and additional materials of interest to Yoders and others who wish to understand more about the Amish and Mennonites who migrated through or settled in Western Maryland and Pennsylvania

 

https://sites.rootsweb.com/~parahgs/ … Rockwood Area Historical Society website. Provides indices to newsletters and books published by the society, along with histories of Rockwood Borough and surrounding townships and digitized images of local business ledgers.

 

http://cclsys.org/ccl-genealogy-research/ … The Cambria County Library’s genealogy website page;  includes links to indices for area birth, marriage, obituary, cemetery, naturalization and veterans’ records found in source material located in the library’s microfilm collections, county records housed at the Cambria County Records Center, and burial records from various local cemeteries.

 

And here’s a great free site to utilize in looking for stories in old Pennsylvania newspapers! … http://panewsarchive.psu.edu/. Beginning in 2018, our library undertook a historical newspaper preservation project to digitize two century-old newspaper collections (the Meyersdale Republican and Somerset County Star), along with one Somerset County Centennial edition of the Somerset Vedette. These newspapers were uploaded to this site in early 2020. While this was no doubt a challenging (and also rather expensive!) project, it was well worth it in the end to have made such invaluable pieces of our local history available to everyone, everywhere, who wishes to search for stories within them!

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