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Genealogical Research In
Beaver County
Research in the Resource and
Research Center

by Mae H. Winne
Milestones Vol 9 No 2--Spring 1984

Most of the readers of Milestones should be familiar with the Resource and Research Center in Beaver Falls on the lower level of the Carnegie Library. If you have not visited the center you will find it to be a great source for your genealogical research. It would be impossible to enumerate all the material available there in this column. A partial list of the records and books follows.

Beaver County records include Beaver County census records from 1790 through 1910, Beaver County Histories, Naturalization application indices (1844-1900), Index to Beaver County Wills (18031900), Surname Index to Beaver County Tax Records (1803-1840), High School and College Yearbooks, local township histories, Beaver County deed indices, Early Marriage, Beaver County taxables, microfilm of Beaver County newspapers, and many other sources of information that is valuable to the Beaver County researcher.

Pennsylvania records include the Pennsylvania Archives, Pennsylvania County histories, Pennsylvania Volunteers (Civil War), Pennsylvania Manuals, Revolutionary War pensioners, many Pennsylvania histories, and the United States census for Pennsylvania (1790-1850). This is a sample listing. Many other sources are available for Pennsylvania research.

There are also many records of the surrounding areas of Beaver County and Pennsylvania. Lists of early Ohio taxables, Indian histories, West Va. Encyclopedia, Egle notes and queries, Virginia histories, New York histories, SAR and DAR Patriot indices, census lists and tax lists for Maryland, US census index on microfilm. Other books and records are available for other areas.

There is a collection of Pennsylvania and Beaver County maps that will aid in helping the researcher locate the areas in which their ancestors may have settled.

A researcher spending one day at the center will surely feel the urge to return and will always receive a warm welcome from Vivian McLaughlin, the director.

The Center is open on Monday from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M., Tuesday through Thursday from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Friday from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. Microfilm readers and a copy machine are available.