The Centre County Library & Historical Museum in Pennsylvania has a large genealogy collection and accepts research requests for a modest fee.



Onsite Collections

The Pennsylvania Room has a specialized reference collection of more than 3,000 volumes on state, local, and family history, as well as original Centre County records, newspapers, patron-provided manuscript genealogies, vital record indexes, and indexes to Centre County marriages and newspaper obituaries.

You can search our non-circulating reference collection in Centre County Library’s online catalog.

The following research materials are included in the Pennsylvania Room collection but are not included in the Library’s online catalog:

Centre County Newspapers on Microfilm

  • Bellefonte Patriot
  • Bellefonte Republican
  • Centre Daily Times
  • Centre Democrat
  • Centre Reporter
  • Democratic Watchman
  • Democratic Whig
  • Howard Hustler
  • Keystone Gazette
  • Millheim Journal
  • Philipsburg Journal
  • Philipsburg Daily Journal


  • Index to Centre County Death Notices and Obituaries, 1821-2013
  • Centre County, Pennsylvania Marriage Index, 1764-2005
  • Centre County Births, 1893-1905
  • Centre County Death Records, 1893-1905
  • Centre County, PA: Index to the CCGS Cemetery Series

Original Centre County Government Records

  • Marriage license applications, 1885-1987
  • Tax assessment records, 1801-1965
  • Will and intestate files, 1800-1990
  • Orphans court dockets, 1802-1971
  • Civil and criminal court papers, 1800-1875
  • Road petitions, 1800-1956

Spangler Collection

A unique and fully indexed genealogical collection with 250,000 cards in its catalog. Documentation includes:

  • Tombstone inscriptions for 113 county cemeteries
  • Newspaper obituaries (1826-1854 and 1926-1942)
  • Marriage records
  • Bible transcriptions
  • Church records
  • Family records
  • Tax lists

J. Marvin Lee Genealogical Collection

This collection contains approximately twenty notebooks compiled by a longtime Centre County genealogist/historian. Mr. Lee’s work, which includes family group sheets with some documentation, is primarily from the 1940s to the 1970s, and is fully indexed.


Online Collections

Research Guides

African American History Resources

Civil War Genealogy Resources

Finding Marriage Evidence



Research Requests & Lookups

The Pennsylvania Room offers paid research services for patrons who are seeking information on Centre County families and history, but are not able to visit us in person. To make use of this service, please email us at or call us at (814) 355-1516, extension 214. Research will take place after payment is received.

Marriages, Obituaries, Wills, Estate Files, and Cemetery Locations

If you would like to purchase copies of any of the above items mentioned, we charge $5.00 per copy, payable after we have consulted with you. In regard to the estate files, an additional $5.00 charge may be added for each copied envelope, depending on the size and quantity of documents within the file.

General Research Requests

We will investigate general research requests for a $30.00 fee. If your request exceeds 20 copies or scans, or requires more than 3 hours of staff time, we will notify you of any additional charges.


The Pennsylvania Room accepts cash, check, and credit card as forms of payment. Please make all checks out to “Centre County Library and Historical Museum.” If you would like to pay with a credit card, please call us during business hours, and we will take your payment information over the phone.


Genealogy Publications available for purchase

The following publications are available for purchase from the Pennsylvania Room. Proceeds from these purchases support the Pennsylvania Room, as well as the rest of Centre County Library & Historical Museum.

To purchase any of these publications, please make your check or money order payable to
“Centre County Library” and send to the address below.  You may pay by credit card by calling the Pennsylvania Room during business hours at 814-355-1516, extension 214.

Pennsylvania Room

Centre County Library & Historical Museum

203 N. Allegheny St.

Bellefonte, PA 16823


Centre County, PA Marriage Books

There are three publications on Centre County Marriages for the years 1800 to 1885. These cover the time from the formation of the County in 1800 through October 1885 when marriage records began to be kept at the courthouse.

An exhaustive search was done to compile these lists of marriages performed in Centre County and marriages of Centre County residents in adjoining counties. Sources include minister’s records, newspaper accounts, and justice of the peace dockets. Sources are indicated in the books.

  • Vol. 1 — Centre County Marriages 1800-1850. Over 2,000 marriages and 1,400 family names. $10.00 plus $2.50 domestic postage.
  • Vol. 2 — Centre County Marriages 1851-1873. Over 2,600 marriages and 1,800 family names. $10.00 plus $2.50 domestic postage.
  • Vol. 3 — Centre County Marriages 1874-1885. Over 3,000 marriages and 2,000 family names. $10.00 plus $2.50 domestic postage.
  • Vol. 1-3 — $25.00 (Shipping Included)

Centre County Newspaper Death Notices 1821-1869

These death notices were compiled by Nancy Lee Stover after countless hours of research using original newspapers, microfilm, and copies of news clippings.

$20.00 plus $3.20 shipping

Soft cover, spiral bound, 130 page book

1890 Census of Centre County, Pennsylvania

Due to fire and water damage, little remains of the original 1890 census of the United States. Prior to its loss by fire, it was used to compile a business and post office directory of Centre County. The information from that directory is contained in this book. In this reprint of the census, the heads of household within each township and borough were alphabetized. As an additional aid, there is a surname index to use in locating all references to a family name within the county. The population of Centre County at the time of the 1890 census was 43,190 persons, with 2,800 family names represented.

$27.00 plus $3.20 shipping

Soft cover, spiral bound, 257 page book



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Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

3rd Saturday of Each Month: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Sunday: Closed


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