Our mission is to provide an archival site for study, reference, research and preservation of Beaver County documents and books, both historical and genealogical; to encourage the preservation of public and private records, genealogical data, and cemetery data pertaining to Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
The Center WAS partially funded by the Beaver County Commissioners from 1974 until 2016 when all funding was cut. We are staffed by volunteers and fees for research, book sales, donations, and membership currently support our mission. Please donate today.
The Research Center was founded by the Beaver County Commissioners, the Carnegie Library in Beaver Falls, the Beaver Falls Historical Society in 1971. The Beaver County Genealogy Society was founded in 1974. In 2008 the Research Center for Beaver County and the Beaver County Genealogical Society merged to form the Beaver County Genealogy and History Center to better serve the public.
In 2013, the History Center moved to Beaver Station Cultural & Event Center in Beaver PA. The Center is located in the underground bunker (view map) previously used by the 911 call center. The space is archival and windowless. Temperatures are kept cool to preserve the collection.
Membership year is from July to June. To become a member, download and complete our Membership application form 2018-2019 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. The your address and an e-mail will be forwarded to us from Paypal.
Membership levels are:
- Single $20.00
- Family $35.00
- Benefactor $100.00
- Lifetime $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.)(We will NOT do your genealogy for you. 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. firstname.lastname@example.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.
Our classes are open to the public and are held from time to time at the History Center at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. Everyone with an interest in genealogy or history is welcome! See announcements for the subject any up coming classes.
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 the business meetings.