Genealogy Resources

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We have a good collection of 'how-to' books, to help the beginner get started with genealogy research. But, if your family hails from Butler County, you are really in luck. We have southern Butler County cemetery books; a Cranberry cemetery book and histories of local families - many written and compiled by a family member and donated to the library. We also have a collection of resources published by our local Historical Society.

We have back issues of the Butler Eagle on microfilm, dating back to 2007. A popular online resource is the Butler County Obituary Database - an index to 350,000 newspaper articles published in Butler County Newspapers from 1818 to 2012.

Once your research is underway, you'll want to visit the Butler Area Library. Then, take advantage of free classes at the nearby Family History Center, (check their schedule) located at the corner of Powell & Rochester Rds. in Cranberry Township.

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Heritage Quest® Online

HQO Button.pngThis is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources, rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. 

Have your library card barcode handy, then Click here to start your journey into the past.

Powered by Ancestry.com, the collection consists of the following core data sets:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, with every-name indexes for all years.
  • Genealogy and local history books and directories deliver more than 40,000 family histories, local histories, city directories, and other books.
  • Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, and full-page register views, it offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
  • U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive (1800-2009), published by the Allen County Public Library, it contains more than 2.3 million records covering both English and French periodicals published around the world since 1800.

Family Search

FamilySearchLogoFamily Search is a free, nonprofit family history organization, provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated to connecting families across generations. Family Search believes that families bring joy and meaning to life.  

Visit the Family Search website Many databases and subscription sites, such as Ancestry, are available for free at the Family History Center. Additionally, the Cranberry Public Library is a Family History Center affiliate and additional content will be available to those accessing Family Search from a library computer.

A Family History Center is located in Cranberry Township and center volunteers are available to assist visitors.
Visit the Family History Center WIKI page for center hours and listings of free classes.

Cranberry Township Family History Center
Ph: 724-742-0922  Email: CranberryFHC@gmail.com Location: 2771 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Butler Area Public Library


218 N. McKean St., Butler, PA 16001
Contact the Genealogy Room
Ph: 724-287-1715
Email: baplgenealogy@bcfls.org 

In 1987, the Edgar Weir family provided for the creation of a resource room where family and local history could be researched. The Butler Library holds the largest genealogical collection in Butler County. More information...

Historical Societies and Local Genealogy Clubs

 

Beaver County Genealogy and History Center

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 provide aid and encouragement to the public in their historical research and genealogical pursuits; to encourage the preservation of public and private records, genealogical data, and cemetery data pertaining to Beaver County, PA. Email: beavercountyresearch@yahoo.com
Butler County Historical Society
The Butler Society has extensive historical, genealogical, and photographic collections as well as thousands of artifacts that provide opportunities for historical enthusiasts to get involved. Email: society@butlerhistory.com
Cranberry Township Historical Society
Founded in 1989, the CTHS is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to identifying, preserving, and promoting public awareness of historical sites, landmarks, place names and traditions. Email: info@explorecranberry.org
Cranberry Genealogy Club
Based in Cranberry Township, the club typically meets on the 4th Wednesday in the Cranberry Public Library at 6:30 PM. Visit the club website for program information, or email: info@cranberrygenealogy.org
North Hills Genealogists
NHG is a group of people interested in genealogy and in researching their family histories. Located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, members have common interests in the geographic areas north of the city. Email: info@NorthHillsGenealogists.org
Visit the North Hills Genealogists Resource webpage for links to other PA county societies, such as Armstrong, Erie, Crawford, Fayette, Mercer and others.
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional family historians and genealogists dedicated to the study and preservation of family history. Since 1974, members of WPGS have helped trace family roots in Western Pennsylvania while preserving important local and regional records. WPGS maintains its library and offices in the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library in Oakland.
Zelienople Historical Society
The Society was incorporated in 1975 to preserve and share the history of Zelienople. In 1978, the Society purchased and restored Passavant House, creating a museum featuring artifacts and memorabilia of the Passavant family and of the town's historic past. A research library is available with a large collection of primary source materials, as well as genealogical records of many early immigrant families.
Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
This portal to your Pennsylvania past is located at 2207 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Pennsylvania State Library



Pennsylvania State Library & genealogy The Genealogy and Local History Collection of the State Library of Pennsylvania consists of a wide variety of indexes, genealogies, state and county histories, atlases, land warranty maps, ship lists, and compilations of church and cemetery records, as well as the Pennsylvania Federal Census records on microfilm. Of interest to genealogists and historians alike are such items as the Published Pennsylvania Archives series, the many regimental histories in the collection, research guides for ethnic and minority groups, and guides to genealogical research in foreign countries.
The state library is open to the public, in the Forum Building, Commonwealth Ave. & Walnut St., Harrisburg, PA. Visit their website for hours and directions.