Open Hours
December 1 Through March 31 Thursday through Saturday 10-4
April 1 Through November 30 Tuesday through Saturday 10-4

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ABOUT US

Our Purpose:

Our purpose is to provide an archival site for study, reference, research and the preservation of Beaver County documents and books, both historical and genealogical; to provide aid and encouragement to the public in their historical research and genealogical pursuits; and to encourage the preservation of public and private records, genealogical and cemetery data pertaining to Beaver County.

 

Our Founding History:

We are the Resource and Research Center For Beaver County & Local History, founded in 1971 by a collaborative effort of the Beaver County Commissioners, Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls and the Beaver County Genealogical Society. Over time the genealogical society and the history center realized they shared a common goal: to collect and preserve Beaver County history and family genealogies and to make these materials available for the public’s use in a non-circulating library. After much discussion the decision for the two organizations to merge was reached and we became better known as the Beaver County Genealogy & History Center. The center was originally housed at the Carnegie Library in Beaver Falls, however, when it was determined that the building could no longer support the weight of our vast collection we relocated to the former county 911 center at Beaver Station Cultural & Event Center. The facility offers us the ability to make our collection available for patrons use and offers room for expansion as more items are donated or acquired.

 

Funding:

The Center WAS partially funded by the Beaver County Commissioners from 1971 through 2016 when all funding was cut. We are staffed by knowledgeable, experienced, volunteers. Research fees, book sales, donations, and membership currently support our mission. Please donate today.

Membership:

Membership year is from July 1st to June 30th. To become a member, download and complete our Membership form and return to the Center or mail, along with your check, to BCGHC, 250 East End Ave, Beaver, PA 15009.  You can also simply pay via Paypal.  Your address and an e-mail  will be forwarded to us from Paypal.

Membership levels are:

  • Single $20.00
  • Family (couple) $35.00
  • Benefactor $100.00
  • Lifetime (couple) $300.00

Benefits of Membership:

  • E-Gleanings- electronic newsletter of the Beaver County Genealogy and History Center. Members can place queries free of charge in e-Gleanings
  • Three free queries per year. (Please include a self addressed stamped envelope). Queries are SINGLE questions such as a birth record, marriage record, tax record, deed, will or death record).  If you have a question as to what constitutes a query, please email us for clarification.  research@beavercountyhistory.org
  • Early notification of any books published by History Center
  • Help with your research using resources that are not available on the internet ie – deeds, tax records, orphan court records
  • 10% discount on all new books.

 

Monthly Classes & Lectures:

The public is invited to attend our monthly meetings held April through November. Guest Speakers topics cover historical and genealogical interests. These meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm unless otherwise stated. Announcements of speakers is made on this website and our Facebook page.

 

Business Meetings:

Meetings are held twice a year for the election of Board members and any other business requiring a vote of the membership. The Board of Directors will announce the time and place of business meetings.

 

SERVICES

Research

The Center has a large staff of well-qualified volunteer genealogists and researchers. The fees for research vary with the query. Please call (724) 775-1775 or e-mail us at research@beavercountyhistory.org  for details or quotes. (Research fees are waived for BCG&HC members.)  Fees can be paid via PayPal.  Standard rate is $20 per half hour and must be paid in advance.  We will search for Beaver County, PA specific records: obituaries, death records, cemetery records, birth records, property tax records, marriage records and deeds.  Queries may be sent via the ‘contact’ portion of this website.

What types of materials do we have?

Civil Records: Additional Sources
___ Births 1893-1906 ___ Property Tax Lists
___ Deaths 1895-1966 ___ City Directories
___ Marriages 1885-1971 ___ Telephone Directories
___ Will and intestate Index 1800-1961 ___ Divorce/Lunacy/Drunkards Index 1800-1927
___ Orphan Court Index 1804-1897 ___ Delayed Birth Certificate Index
___ Deed Grantee Index 1800-1920 ___ Beaver County Stillbirths 1895-1897
___ Deed Grantor Index 1800-1920 ___ Batchelor Funeral Home Records
___ Rome Monuments Works
Newspaper Gleanings: ___ Obituaries  1899 –
___ Pittsburgh Gazette 1786-1820 abstracts ___ Cemetery Records
___ Beaver Argus 1830-1859 ___ Church Records
___ Early Marriages 1830-1873 ___ High School Yearbooks
___ Bride/Groom Index 1875-1935 ___ Surname Files
___ Marriages & Anniversaries ___ Family Histories
___ Family Reunions ___ Newspapers
     ___ Aliquippa Gazette*
Published Histories      ___ Beaver County Times*
___ Warner – 1888      ___ Beaver Falls Review*
___ Bausman – 1903      ___ News Tribune*
___ Jordan – 1912      *on microfilm
___ Beck 1900-1988
Military
___ They Served With Honor
___ Beaver County Military Burials
___ Civil War Draft
___ Bate’s Regimental Histories

Obituary Look-ups 1899-present

The fee for copies of obituaries with a known date of death is $5.00 per obituary. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If paying via Paypal, the fee is $6.00 (to cover Paypal fees, envelope and stamp and must be paid in advance).To pay via paypal, click on the link marked ‘Donate’. If the date is unknown, the standard research rate will apply ($20 per half hour) and must be paid in advance.  Our collection begins in 1899 and continues to today.  Be aware also that not everyone paid for an obituary.

 

Marriage applications/license

1885 to January 1953
$5.00 for each license.  Will be sent as a PDF if paying via Paypal.   Send your requests using the ‘contact’ button at the top of the page.  Pay via Paypal by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button at the top of the page. We are located in Beaver County, PENNSYLVANIA.  Licenses are for Beaver County, Pennsylvania only.

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Our Address

Beaver County Genealogy & History Center
250 East End Avenue
Beaver, PA 15009
Telephone: (724) 775-1775

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Parking

Free Parking is available in the Beaver Station lot for patrons.


We are located adjacent to the beaver station

Once you arrive, follow the sidewalk to the left of the front entrance to Beaver Station. It leads to our entrance.

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