Research

The following genealogical resources are available at the Huntingdon County Historical Society. 
For more information on any of the items listed, please contact the society at (814) 643.5449 or hchsmail@gmail.com or mail@huntingdonhistory.org

  • Published regional, county, and community histories
  • 45,000 index cards of deaths and marriages from local newspapers
  • Family files of research done by our staff or other researchers in the past
  • Many published and typescript genealogies and biographical encyclopedias
  • Extensive index to Civil War sources
  • Many Bible, church and cemetery records
  • Complete published Pennsylvania Archives
  • Tax assessment records from 1788-1899
  • “Your Family Tree,” with Huntingdon County Index
  • Huntingdon County Census microfilm: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
  • 1890 Census of Civil War veterans and Widows
  • Census indexes for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870
  • Naturalizations 1798-1832
  • Estate inventories 1788-1918, some early divorces
  • City directories (1876 & 1911 – county-wide; others – Huntingdon Borough only)
  • Obituaries (late 19th and 20th centuries)
  • Access to Ancestry.com world edition
  • Access to Newspaper archives.com

For Contract Research

Search fee = $50.00 for non-members / $40.00 for members
*Search covers ONE generation of a surname (includes husband & wife under the surname.

*Fee covers ONE of the following:

  • Search of Historical Society records (Ancestry.com if time allows.)
  • Search of tax records at historical society (note – due to time required – an additional $10.00 required for this type of search.)
  • Search of Huntingdon County Courthouse records.
  • Search of local newspapers on microfilm at Juniata College.
  • Taking photographs of grave sites (note – due to distance and location of grave(s), if necessary additional funds for gas where applicable.  Prior notification will occur.)

*Fee covers approximately 2 hours of research (if it is determined the search will be more extensive and more funds are needed, prior notification will occur before continuing.)

*Report of sources checked and copies sent upon completion of research.

*Please submit with the fee as much of the following:

  • Names of couple to be researched/couple’s parents/couple’s children.
  • Dates and locations of birth/marriage/death/burial.
  • Locations lived in.
  • Any military information.
  • Sources already checked (note – to avoid duplication and make best use of research time.)

*Search will begin upon receipt of fee and information.

For Quick Search: Search fee = $5.00 for ONE name covers 20 minutes in ‘5’ of the following resources:

  1. The Susquehanna & Juniata Valleys, Everetts, Peck & Richards, 1886
  2. A History of the Juniata Valley, National Historical Assoc. Incorp., 1936
  3. Rung’s Chronicles of Pennsylvania History, Vol 1 (1946-51); Vol 2 (1951-57), Albert Rung
  4. History of Huntingdon & Blair Counties, J.S. Africa, 1873
  5. History of Juniata Valley & Its People, John W. Jordan, 1913
  6. Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Juniata Valley, J.M. Runk, 1897
  7. Death/Marriage Index
  8. Obituary Collection

*Search will begin upon receipt of fee and information including what 5 resources you would like checked.

For Online Research: Search fee = $25.00 for ONE name or topic of interest using online resources for members/non-members.  Five pages of hard copies will be included in this fee.  For further details regarding Online Research, please contact our office at 814-643-5449.

*Search will begin upon receipt of fee and information.

For Tax Records: Tax records beginning in 1788 through the mid-1830’s are available on CD/DVD for $25.00 per township, for the following townships:

Barree                                                      Porter                                                     Warriors Mark
Dublin                                                      Shirley                                                     West
Franklin                                                    Springfield                                              Woodbury
Henderson                                               Tell
Hopewell                                                 Tyrone
Huntingdon                                             Union
Morris                                                      Walker

Indexes

We maintain indexes on the following:

Maps

There are a number of general and municipal maps available.