Centre County, PA Genealogy Collection #1 - CD / DVD
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Centre County Pennsylvania Genealogy Collection #1
This is an extensive collection of historical and biographical books on Centre County, PA. These books were published between 1847 and 1970 and containing over 4,000 pages of information. This collection includes major historical & biographical volumes published for Centre County, as well as a number of obscure historical publications.
The larger biographical volumes are an excellent place to start genealogical research as these detail hundreds of family genealogies from the county. The smaller, more obscure publications are an excellent addition to the larger volumes, as they contain information of a more specific focus. Often these smaller publications contain historical and genealogical gems found nowhere else - such as portraits, biographies, and records. (Please see the descriptions below for specifics on individual books.)
This collection is an excellent place to begin or continue research in Centre County. In addition to this collection, Centre County Collection #2 provides another great set of resources including church histories, directories, town and township histories and more. This additional set of information can be found in the PA-Genealogy Store, along with many other titles of interest.
1) History and Topography of Northumberland, Huntingdon, Mifflin,
Centre, Union, Columbia, Juniata and Clinton Counties, PA.
I. D. Rupp, 1847, 567 pages
The full title of the publication is:
"History and Topography of Northumberland, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Centre, Union, Columbia, Juniata and Clinton Counties, PA. Embracing local and general events, leading incidents, descriptions of the principal boroughs, towns, villages, etc."
The book begins with a general history of the territory of these counties, (which also embraced the area of Snyder and Montour Counties, formed later), including its native inhabitants, the settlement of the area, discussion of the Germans and Scotch-Irish who played a large part in settling Pennsylvania, and also the Indian troubles leading up to the Revolution. Following this attention is given to each of the counties mentioned in the title. The information provided on the counties is a description of its geological features, the formation of the county, its public improvements over the years, and descriptions on each of the county's major towns. The concluding portion of the book also contains some biographies of important men of Pennsylvania: Conrad Weiser, Count Zinzendorf, David Brainerd, David Zeisberger, Simon Snyder, John Harris, Colonel Hartley, George Croghan, Col. John Kelly, and David R. Porter.
A - Minutes of conferences held by the Indians on the encroachments of the whites upon their lands, May & June of 1750.
B - Extracts from the Hallische Nachrichten describing the efforts of Neulaneders to persuade Germans to immigrate to Pennsylvania.
C - Correspondence from Shamokin (Sunbury, Northumberland County) on dealings with the Indians from 1740-1758.
D - Correspondence associated with George Croghan and his residence Aughwick (Old Town).
E - Account and correspondence regarding the imprisonment and assisted escape of Frederick Stump and John Ironcutter.
F - Account of Tedyescung, the last chief of the Delaware Indians.
G - Dr. Priestly's Case, concerning riots of the town of Birmingham, which destroyed some of his property.
H - A copy of the act to establish a University at Lewisburg (now Bucknell University).
2) Industries and Institutions of Centre County,
with Historical Sketches of Principle Villages, &c, &c
D. S. Maynard, 1877, 364 pages
This publication is an early history and description of Centre County, PA. It begins with some account of the area's early history, including the native Indians and early settlers. It then proceeds into the various business and trade institutions of the county, in such areas as Banking, Iron, Newspapers, Roads, Railroads, Schools, Medicine, Agriculture, the Bench and Bar, Churches, Hotels, and Lumber.
Also included are sections devoted to the various small villages around Centre County, giving a description of the towns, the businesses present, as well as mention of their settlers and prominent citizens. Additionally, throughout the publication there are brief biographical sketches of influential citizens of the county. The end of the publication provides an appendix listing the soldiers of the Civil War furnished by Centre County.
Aaronsburg, Bellefonte, Boalsburg, Centre Hall, Eagleville, Howard, Hublersburg, Lemont, Milesburg, Millheim, Madisonburg, Philipsburg, Pine Grove Mills, Potter's Mills, Pleasant Gap, Port Matilda, Rebersburg, Spring Mills, Stormstown, Snow Shoe, Unionville, Woodward, Zion
Businesses & Institutions:
Bellefonte Academy, Centre Bank of Pennsylvania, Humes McAllister Hale & Co., The First National Bank of Bellefonte, The Centre County Bank, The Pennsylvania State College, The Bellefonte and Snow Shoe Railroad, The Bald Eagle Valley Railroad, Lewisburg Centre & Spruce Creek Railroad, Eagle Iron Works, Milesburg Iron Works, Mann's Bellefonte Ax Factory, Allison's Woolen Mill, Wallace Run Tannery, Bellefonte Flouring Mills Car Works &c., Garman House, Brockerhoff House,
Allen, Armor, Armstrong, Baird, Beaver, Benner, Berry, Bigler, Blanchard, Boal, Boggs, Brady, Burnside, Burrowes, Bush, Calder, Coburn, Cooper, Cresson, Curtin, Dobbins, Duncan, Dunlop, Frazer, Gregg, Green, Guiles, Hale, Hamilton, Harris, Harter, Hoffer, Holt, Hughes, Huston, Irvin, Jordan, Linn, Livingston, Marks, Mayer, McAllister, McKee, McLoed, McManus, Meyer, Miles, Mitchel, Monks, Motz, Musser, Orvis, Packer, Patton, Petrikin, Pollock, Potter, Pugh, Smith, Strohecker, Thompson, Valentine, Van Doran, Vanvalzah, Vough, Walker, Watts, Weaver, Wilson, Wolf
3) History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania
John Blair Linn, 1883, 914 pages
This is an early historical and biographical work on Centre and Clinton Counties, PA. It is divided into two sections each dealing with one of the counties. Each section begins with a general history of the county, followed by sections dealing with their respective townships and boroughs. The borough and township sections contain a brief history of each individual area as well, and then provide biographical sketches of the prominent and influential residents of those same areas. Along with the historical and biographical information provides there is also a great deal of reference material including early tax lists, military rosters, maps, etc. Also there are also many portraits and other illustrations included in the publication.
Achenbach, Alexander, Allison, Anspach, Antes, Bailey, Baird, Barnhart, Bayard, Bear, Beaver, Benner, Berry, Bierly, Blakely, Blanchard, Boal, Boggs, Bollander, Bower, Brew, Brady, Bridgens, Brisben, Brockerhoff, Brown, Brugger, BNrungart, Bryson, Buchanan, Buchtel, Burchfield, Burnside, Bush, Caldwell, Callahan, Cambridge, Campbell, Canfield, Chambers, Conser, Cook, Cooper, Curtin, Dale, Dartt, David, De Haas, Dieffenbach, Dobbins, Dougherty, Dubbs, Duncan, Dunlop, Dunn, Eartle, Ferguson, Fisher, Foster, Frank, Frantz, Furey, Gast, Gill, Glenn, Graham, Gramly, Gray, Green, Gregg, Griest, Grove, Hale, Hall, Harloff, Harper, Harold, Harris, Hasson, Hastings, Hayes, Hazel, Henderson, Hilbish, Hinton, Hipple, Holmes, Holt, Homan, Houser, Hoy, Humes, Huston, Irvin, Jack, Jarrett, Keller, Kelly, Kimport, Kooken, Kreamer, Kreighbaum, Kryder, Kurtz, Lamb, Lauth, Linn, Livingston, Long, Loraine, Lowrey, Lytle, Lucas, Mayer, McAllister, McCaman, McCloskey, McCormick, McCoy, McEwen, McKee, McKinney, Meek, Meyer, Miles, Mallory, Malone, Martin, Mayes, Miles, Miller, Montgomery, Motz, Munson, Musser, Noyes, Nuttall, Packer, Patton, Pearce, Petrikin, Pettit, Pie, Potter, Pruner, Quay, Rankin, Raub, Ream, Reber, Reynolds, Rhone, Rich, Rishel, Royer, Ruhl, Sankey, Schaeffer, Schall, Sechler, Schaffer, Shannon, Shoemaker, Shugert, Smith, Smyth, Snook, Spangler, Steiner, Stewart, Sussman, Swanzey, Thomas, Thompson, Tipton, Tonner, Treziyulny, Valentine, Wagner, Walbon, Walker, Waltsmith, Weaver, Williams, Wilson, Wolf, Wolfart, Young
4) Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania,
Including the Counties of Centre, Clinton, Union and Snyder
J. H. Beers & Co., 1898, 1966 pages
This publication is an extensive biographical volume for four Central Pennsylvania counties: Centre, Clinton, Union and Snyder. It contains hundreds of biographies of prominent citizens and families from this region of PA. Also included are numerous portraits of the sketch subjects. This is an excellent source for historical or genealogical research in Central Pennsylvania, as much of the information is related only in this volume.
Adams, Africa, Aigler, Albrecht, Albright, Alexander, Allbaugh, Alleman, Allen, Allison, Allport, Ammon, Andrews, Anthony, App, Ard, Armstrong, Arney, Arnold, Atherton, Aurand, Aviragnet, Backus, Bair, Bairfoot, Baker, Barber, Barker, Barner, Barnes, Barnhart, Barr, Barrows, Bartol, Bassler, Batcheler, Beaber, Beard, Beaver, Bechdel, Bechtel, Beck, Becker, Beerly, Behrer, Beirly, Bennage, Benner, Bennett, Berkenstock, Bernhart, Berry, Bickel, Bickford, Biehl, Bierly, Bigony, Binder, Bingaman, Bitner, Blair, Blanchard, Blanche, Bliss, Bloom, Blyler, Boal, Bobb, Bogar, Boggs, Bollinger, Boob, Bossert, Boush, Bower, Bowersox, Boyer, Braucher, Braucht, Breon, Bressler, Bricker, Bridgens, Bright, Brobst, Brooke, Brooks, Brown, Brugger, Brumgard, Brungard, Brungart, Brunner, Bucher, Buckbout, Budinger, Bumiller, Burd, Burket, Burkholder, Burns, Burnside, Burrell, Burrey, Bush, Butz, Caldwell, Cameron, Carlin, Carlisle, Capenter, Carver, Christ, Christie, Church, Clark, Cleaver, Clemson, Clingan, Clinton, Close, Clouser, Coburn, Cole, Colyer, Comly, Condo, Confair, Confer, Conley, Cook, Cooke, Cooper, Cort, Cornelius, Corson, Corss, Courter, Crawford, Crider, Criswell, Cromley, Crossgrove, Crowe, Crust, Curtin, Dale, Daley, Darrah, Dauberman, Daup, Davidson, Davis, Decker, DeHaas, Deibler, Deininger, Deitrich, DeLong, Denlinger, Dennis, Derr, Dershem, Deshler, Dewire, Dickey, Dieffenderfer, Dietrich, Dimm, Dorman, Dornblaser, Dorworth, Douty, Downing, Dreese, Dreisbach, Dubbs, Dundore, Dunham, Dunkel, Dunlap, Dunlop, Dunn, Durst, Earon, Eby, Eddy, Edelman, Eisenhauer, Eisenhower, Elliot, Elliott, Emigh, Emory, Engle, Engleman, Erdley, Ertel, Etters, Evans, Ewing, Eyer, Fabel, Fair, Fairchild, Fairlamb, Farley,Farwell, Faulkner, Felmlee, Fessler, Fetterolf, Fiedler, Field, Fink, Fishburn, Fisher, Fleming, Flisher, Focht, Folmar, Follmer, Foote, Forcey, Forry [Forrer], Fortney, Foster, Fowler, Fox, Frain, Frank, Frantz, Frederick, Fredericks, Frick, Fritz, Fry, Fryberger, Fullmer, Furey, Furst, Gardner, Garman, Garner, Garthoff, Geary, Gebbart, Geddes, Gellinger, Gemberling, Gephart, Getgen, Getz, Ghaner, Gilliland, Gingery, Ginter, Glace, Gleason, Glenn, Glosner, Glossner, Glover, Good, Goodman, Gordon, Gormley, Gottschall, Gowland, Gramley, Gramly, Gray, Green, Gregg, Gretzinger, Grieb, Grimm, Groff, Groover, Gross, Group, Grove, Grow, Gudykuntz, Guiswite, Gummo, Gunsallus, Guss, Gutelius, Haag, Haagen, Haas, Hafer, Hagenbuch, Haines, Hale, Halenback, Halfpenny, Hall, Hamilton, Hancock, Hand, Habeson, Harley, Harman, Harnish, Harper, Harris, Harrison, Harshberger, Harter, Hartman, Hartswick, Harvey, Hassenplug, Hastings, Hause, Hayes, Hays, Haynes, Heard, Heaton, Heckman, Heffner, Heim, Heimbach, Heinley, Heiser, Henderson, Henneich, Hensyl, Hepburn, Herb, Herbster, Herman, Herr, Hess, Hilbish, Hillbish, Hillibish, Himmelreich, Hinkson, Hinton, Hipple, Hoch, Hoffa, Hoffman, Holmes, Holt, Holter, Holtzman, Hoop, Hoover, Horner, Hosterman, Hottenstein, Houseworth, Houtz, Howell, Hower, Hoy, Hoyt, Hubler, Hudson, Huey, Huff, Hufferd, Hughes, Hulley, Humes, Hummel, Hunter, Huston, Hutton, Hyatt, Ickes, Iddings, Irland, Irvin, Irvine, Irwin, Isenberg, Jacobs, Jarrett, Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Jordan, Kanawel, Kantz, Kaufman, Kaup, Keefer, Keen, Keichline, Keiser, Keller, Kelley, Kelly, Kemmerer, Kendig, Kepler, Kerlin, Kerstetter, Kessinger, Kessler, Keys, Kimpel, King, Kinsloe, Kintner, Kissell, Kister, Kistler, Kleckner, Kline, Klinefelter, Kling, Klingler, Knauer, Knight, Knouse, Kolp, Korman, Krape, Kreamer, Kreider, Kremer, Kress, Krouse, Krumrine, Kines, Kunkel, Kurtz, Kuster, Lachat, Larh, Landis, Laubach, Lauck, Laurelton, Laurie, Lauth, Leathers, Lebkicher, Lehr, Leiby, Leiser, Lesher, Lewis, Leyman, Liggetts, Lilley, Limbert, Lincoln, Lingle, Linn, Livingston, Long, Longaker, Loomis, Loose, Lorain, Love, Loveland, Loyd, Lucas, Lukens, Lumbard, Lutz, Lynn, Lytle, Mallory, Mann, Mark, Marr, Marshall, Martin, Matlack, Mattern, Mauck, May, Mayer, Mays, McAllister, McCall, McCarthy, McClintock, McCloskey, McClure, McCormick, McCoy, McDonald, McDowell, McEntire, McFarlane, McGhee, McGirk, McGuire, McKinney, McLanahan, McLeod, McMahon, McMeen, McMicken, McMunagle, McNamara, Meek, Meitzler, Mench, Mendenhall, Mensch, Merrey, Merrill, Merryman, Mertz, Meyer, Middleswarth, Miles, Miller, Millner, Mingle, Mitchell, Mobley, Mohn, Moll, Montelius, Montgomery, Moore, Morgan, Morlock, Morningstar, Mortimer, Mosebarger, Mothersbaugh, Motz, Moyer, Mulhollan, Munro, Murphy, Musser, Muthler, Myers, Nearhoof, Neese, Neff, Neidig, Nesbit, Nipple, Nogel, Noll, North, Nowell, Nowland, O'Bryan, Odenkirk, O'Dwyer, Orndorf, Orner, Orvis, Orwig, Osman, Owens, Ott, Owens, Packer, Parsons, Pawling, Paxton, Pealer, Peck, Pellman, Perkins, Persing, Peters, Petrikin, Pinogel, Platt, Pletcher, Poorman, Porter, Potter, Poulsen, Powers, Pringle, Prutzman, Pursley, Quiggle, Quinn, Ranck, Rangler, Rankin, Rauch, Raudenbush, Raup, Reagel, Ream, Rearick, Reber, Redlin, Reed, Reeder, Reedy, Reeser, Reesman, Reiber, Reifsnyder, Reigard, Reish, Rerick, Rhinesmith, Rhoads, Rhone, Rich, Richards, Richter, Ricker, Rider, Riegel, Rine, Rishel, Ritter, Rittman, Roach, Robbins, Robenold, Rockey, Rodenbaugh, Rogers, Romig, Rooke, Ross, Rosser, Rossman, Rote, Rothermel, Rothrock, Roush, Royer, Ruhl, Ruhle, Russell, Rute, Rutherford, Saas, Sampsel, Sanders, Sankey, Sauer, Scheckler, Schmeltzer, Schnure, Schoch, Schofield, Schrack, Schray, Schwenk, Scott, Seebold, Selin, Shafer, Shaffer, Shambach, Shambaugh, Shaw, Sheckler, Shell, Shellenbarger, Shields, Shindel, Shipton, Shirk, Shively, Shivery, Shobert, Shoemaker, Shortlidge, Showalter, Showers, Shuey, Shugert, Shuler, Shultz, Simler, Singer, Slear, Slifer, Slinger, Smith, Snyder, Sober, Sohmer, Solt, Spangler, Specht, Sperring, Spigelmeyer, Spigelmyer, Spotts, Springer, Springman, Stahl, Stapleton, Steadman, Steans, Steele, Stetler, Stevenson, Stewart, Stine, Stitzer, Stiver, Stockham, Stonerod, Stoughton, Stover, Strickler, Strohecker, Strohm, Stroub, Strunk, Stuart, Stuffel, Swartz, Swineford, Swires, Sypher, Taylor, Temple, Thomas, Thompson, Throne, Tibbins, Tice, Tipton, Tobias, Todd, Tool, Troxell, Trutt, Tuten, Twitmyer, Ulrich, Ulsh, Underwood, Uzzell, Valentine, Van Dyke, Van Pelt, Van Valzah, Vonada, Voneida, Waddle, Wagenseller, Wagner, Waite, Walker, Wallace, Walter, Walton, Ward, Warfel, Wate, Waters, Watson, Weaver, Weber, Weidensaul, Weidler, Weiser, Wentzel, Werts, West, Weston, Wetzel, Wheland, White, Whiteleather, Whitman, Wickersham, Williams, Willis, Wilson, Winters, Wirt, Wise, Witherrite, Wolf, Wolfe, Womelsdorf, Woodring, Woodruff, Worts, Wright, Yarnell, Yeager, Yearick, Yocum, Yoder, Young, Youtz, Zeigler, Zeller, Zerby, Zieber, Ziegler, Zimmerman
5) Beautiful Centre County
Centre County Pomona Grange, 1928, 29 pages
This booklet is was published as a souvenir of Centre County, Pennsylvania. It provides a brief description of the county, followed by photographs of various buildings and places around the county.
6) Where To Go and Place-Names of Centre County
Paul M. Dubbs, 1961, 157 pages
This book is a collection of articles first published in the Centre Daily Times from 1959-1960 featuring recreational and otherwise interesting locations around Centre County, PA, most with photographs. This is a nice overall view of the attractions of Centre County. The section portion of the book lists and describes the towns and villages throughout the county, some of which were almost a footnote at the time of publication. As with the first section, many photographs of the locations are included.
7) Historical Reflections of Centre County
Centre County Planning Commission, 1970, 96 pages
This publication was produced as a survey of the historic sites of Centre County. Similar publications were produced in other counties around the time of the country's bicentennial as a means of preserving historic heritage. The first section relates a brief history of the county and a description of its features. The next section lists the historic sites and buildings of the county by their respective regions, along with photographs of many of them. This is a very interesting publication, particularly for those interested in the historic heritage of Centre County, PA.