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History of the Genealogical Society of Beaver County

Milestones Vol 12 No. 3


Organized on November 4, 1974, the Beaver County Genealogical Society meets the first Monday of the month in the Research and Resource Center of Beaver County at the Carnegie Free Library, Beaver Falls.

Their Bicentennial project, Biographical Sketches, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, was compiled by members of the society with Helen G. Clear and Gladys Schmidt as co-editors.


The following are charter members:

Mrs. Donald W. Barclay, Beaver; Mrs. Harry V. Barrett, Daugherty Township; Mr. & Mrs. Paul V. Bennet, Beaver; Mr. & Mrs. James A. Braden, Pittsburgh; Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Burns, Chippewa Township; Mrs. David Butler, East Liverpool, Ohio; Mrs. Kenneth Cadley, Beaver; Warren S. Carlton II, Beaver Falls; Mrs. Helen G. Clear, New Sewickley Township; Florence Collins, Penn Hills; Mrs. Earl W. Cookson, Rochester; Miss Rue Alice Cope, Beaver Falls; Mary Lou Copeland, New Sewickley Township; Jean E. Crowl, Chippewa Township; C. Lloyd Deffenbaugh, Ohioview; Lois Demersky, North Sewickley Township; Ruth Dickenson, Baden; Thomas Graham Downing, Ellwood City; Patricia Ezzo, Brighton Township; Gladys Fair Frumen, Beaver Falls; Dr. & Mrs. J. Richard Fruth, Patterson Township; Annetta B. Gary, Center Township; Carrie Geer, New Brighton; Katherine Gilchrist, Beaver Falls; Jill Lucas Haug, Chippewa Township; Linda Heckman, Monaca; Wyanetta Hendrickson, Beaver Falls; lnez Engle Hoffmann, Beaver; Gladys L. Hoover, Beaver; Leah Houser, Beaver Falls; Lillian Jansen, New Brighton; Mrs. Robert Javens, Beaver; Bedelia P. Jukkola, Hopewell Township; Mr. & Mrs. Frank Keagy, Beaver; Florence Tennant Knapp, Beaver Falls; Mrs. Joseph Kugel, Center Township; Virginia Linville Lash, Eliwood City; Mr. & Mrs. James Locke, Rochester; Mrs. Robert G. MacChesney, Racôoon Township; Norma McClinton, Ohioville; Mrs. R.A. McConnel, Beaver; Mary T. McCullough, Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. James F. McDanel, Ambridge; Lawrence McDonald, New Brighton; Mr. & Mrs. Alexander C. Mcintosh, Weirton, W.Va.; Jeanne McMillan, North Sewickley Township; Elizabeth Oldaker, Rochester; Anna P. Petro, Hopewell Township; Helen Nippert Pullion, North Sewickley Township; Ottie M. Rea, Jr., Patterson Heights; Margaret Ross, Rochester; Mr. & Mrs. Edward Sahli, Sr., Chippewa Township; Marian J. Scheidmantel, West Bridgewater; Glayds G. Schmidt, Rochester; C. Warren Shanor, Beaver; Mr. & Mrs. James D. Smith, Greene Township; Patricia 0. Smith, Garden City, Kansas; Mr. & Mrs. Donald Tanner, Lisbon, Ohio; Joseph Harold Thompson, Freedom; Mr. & Mrs. Denver L. Walton, Center Township; Margaret Wilson, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Mae Winne, Harmony Township.

Past Presidents:

Mae Winnie, 1975-1976; Jeannie McMillan, 1976-1977; Mildred Bennett, 1977-1978; Dr. Fruth, 1978-1979; Jeff Thomas, 1979-1980; Hazel Cadley, 1980-1981; Ken Britten, 1981-1982; Alexander McIntosh, 1982-1983; Helen Tule, 1983-1984; Thelma Brown, 1984-1985; Thelma Brown, 1985-1986; Mark Welchley, 1986-1987.

In 1986 the Society began monthly classes on researching various aspects of genealogy. These take place at the Beaver Falls Library on the first Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.. The topic for September's meeting is "Research in a Courthouse" and will be held on September 14th from 6:30- 8:30 and is open free to the public. As there has been such a favorable response to these programs, the Society intends to continue them indefinately. Another project has been field trips to places where research may be accomplished. This past summer two were conducted to the Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh. Collection and Preservation is another aspect of the society. Their Record Preservation Service is offered to Churches and Cemeteries, to make copies for their files. Memberships are $7.00 a year and the business meeting is held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (Beaver Falls Library). "Gleanings", a quarterly publication is edited by David and Elsa Hays, 521 Shenango Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010, and are always looking for previously unpublished works. The genealogical society has backed the Vicary House project 100 percent and has already donated $100.00 toward this cause.