The Altoona Area Public Library in Blair County, Pennsylvania has a large genealogy and local history collection including online resources.


Research & Lookup Requests

Obituary lookups – a look-up and email transmission service for obituaries posted in the Altoona Mirror for a fee of $5.00 per obituary


Online Collections

Birth, Marriage, & Death Records

Birth Index – the Birth Record Database includes birth notices from the Altoona Mirror.   Searches may be filtered by birth date, child’s name, Mother’s maiden or married name, and Father’s name.  Unlike the Obituary index, which is only an index, complete information is contained in a Birth Index entry. All dates are in MM/DD/YYYY format.

Obituary Index – Search the Obituary Index – the Obituary Index lists the dates that local obituaries appeared in the Altoona Mirror. It is searchable by last name or maiden name. It currently covers the period from 1929 to the present.


Residence Records

Polk City Directory 1912-1913 – directory of addresses

Railroad City: Four Historic Neighborhoods in Altoona 

Debra Appleby – Book Walk Oral History

Digitized Books

  • The Tree Language of the Pennsylvania German Gypsies
    Shoemaker, Henry W.
    Reading, PA: Reading Eagle Press, 1925
  • A Week in the Blue Mountains
    Shoemaker, Henry Wharton
    Altoona, PA: The Altoona Tribune Press, 1914
  • The Bald Eagle
    Chatman, John H.
    Altoona, PA: The Altoona Tribune Press, 1919
  • Stories of Pennsylvania Animals
    Shoemaker, Henry, W.
    Altoona Tribune, 1913
  • A Forgotten People
    Shoemaker, Henry, W.
    Bellefonte, PA 1922
  • Present Status of Wildlife
    Shoemaker, Henry, W.
  • Elizabethan Days
    Shoemaker, Henry, W.
    Reading, PA 1912
  • Altoona Chamber Of Commerce
  • Architecture: Practical and Theoretical
    Louis and Michael J. Beezer
    Altoona, PA 1894
  • Canal Towns: Survey of Canal-Era Resources in Huntingdon. Hollidaysburg and Williamsburg
    Scott D. Heberling 2013
  • Altoona, the Keystone City of the Keystone State
    Altoona Chamber of Commerce
    Chamber of Commerce: Altoona, PA 1924
  • A History of Blair County Pennsylvania
    Clark, Charles B, Esq.
    Charles B. Clark, Esq.: Altoona, PA 1896.
  • A Letter to a Protestant Friend
    Gallitzin, Demetrius Augustine
    Thomas Foley: Ebensburg, PA 1820.
  • Indian Eve and Her Descendants
    Replogle, Emma A. M.
    J. L. Rupert, Book and Job Printer: Huntingdon, PA 1911
  • A History of Methodism in Altoona
    Knox, Homer C.
    Altoona, PA 1909
  • Altoona Mirror Souvenir Booklet
    Altoona Mirror
    Altoona Mirror Printing Company: Altoona, PA 1912
  • Stephen Franks and the History of Fox Hunting in Blair County
    Shoemaker, Henry W.
    Altoona, PA: Altoona Mirror, 1937
  • Story of Altoona
    Author Unknown
    Clarence E. Weaver; Eddy Press Corp. 1911
  • The Reunion of Scholars of the Old Third Ward Schools
    Altoona, PA held at the Logan House June 12th, 1896

Onsite Collections


The Pennsylvania Room

The Pennsylvania Room, located on the 2nd floor balcony, is full of books of local significance. It is dedicated to the illustrious histories of Pennsylvania, its Counties, and our local towns and cities including Altoona, Claysburg, Hollidaysburg, Martinsburg, Roaring Spring, Tyrone, Williamsburg, and many more.

Through the generosity of the Blair County Genealogical Society, we have many of their publications available for use in research.

Ancestry Library Edition – onsite only

Newspaper Archive – with library card


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