The Genealogy Librarian will be on vacation for the entire month of September 2017.  Reference Staff will still be available to assist with any genealogy questions.

Genealogy Searching: 

Click here for the Genealogy Research Request Form

  • Reference staff will search its records and conduct basic inquiries for a fee:
  • Pre-paid fees are $10 per name; $15 per name if only the month and year are provided; fees include postage and up to 5 copies–regardless of the success of the search.
  • Obituaries and marriage and birth announcements in local newspapers can be searched as long as the complete dates can be provided;
  • Local records include:
    • The Washington Reporter (August 1808–April 1967
    • The Washington Observer (January 1872–December 1969)
    • The Observer-Reporter (January 1970–present)
    • The Claysville Recorder (1894-1973)
    • The McDonald Record Outlook (1892-1983)
    • Citizens Library Catalog
    • Pedigree Charts
    • Surname files
    • Indexed county histories and biographies;
  • Some family histories are available through InterLibrary Loan (through your local library); microfilm holdings are not available through loans but may be displayed on a computer in house and the files saved to a personal flash drive or emailed.
  • Library Edition is also available in house only.
  • Contact or 724-222-2400 ext. 233

Online Resources:

Genealogy & History in Washington County PA –  Online books and links to resources.

Genealogy Society of Southwestern PA –  “The society was formed so members might assist one another in discovering and preserving information about their families. A non-profit, educational organization, it is primarily concerned with the genealogical records of Southwestern Pennsylvania.”

Washington County Historical Society –  Historical and genealogical information.

Cornerstone Genealogy Society –  “The Cornerstone Genealogical Society is a non-profit unincorporated organization dedicated to preserving the genealogical history of Greene County, Pennsylvania.”

Historic Pittsburgh – Historic Pittsburgh is a comprehensive collection of local resources that supports personal and scholarly research of the western PA area.

PA GenWeb Project –  Part of the U.S. GenWeb Project.

PA State Archives – This system is designed to facilitate citizen access to archival records created by all branches and levels of PA State Government.

Ancestry.Com –  “Discover Your Family Story”  This service is available in-house at one of our Genealogy computer stations.

Ellis Island –  Search ships’ manifests.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet –  “A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.”

FamilySearch – Free family history, family tree, and genealogy records and resources from around the world.