Bedford County Historical Society, Inc.
The Bedford County Historical Society (BCHS) operates the
The Bedford County Historical Society, originally known as the Pioneer Historical Society, was formed on July 4, 1937. Albert S. Ritchey and Major Simon M. Lutz were the driving forces behind the formation of the Society. Major Lutz remained a dominant figure for many years. More details about the society's formation may be found in the first publication of `The Pioneer` dated July 1975. “The Pioneer” is BCHS's quarterly magazine and can be found in the book entitled “The Pioneer Library Compiled Quarterly Magazines, Volume 1, 1975-1986” that can be purchased under the “Store” section in the Menu.
If you would like to do genealogical research at the Pioneer Library, for non-members there is a `User Fee`
of $10 for the first hour and $3 for each additional hour. We also have a `Day Rate` of $20 (a savings of $5 for a whole day of research.)
However, use of the library is included with your membership so we encourage patrons who are not already members to please join using the Membership link in the menu on the left. In addition, the library can assist you in your genealogical research. Please see the menu for more information. WIFI is available at the library when people come to do research.
Bedford County was created in 1771, and her western border extended to the Ohio line. Records for counties that were taken out of Bedford... Westmoreland, Huntingdon, Somerset, Cambria, Blair, and Fulton... would be recorded here until that county was formed.
We have a large collection of historical materials related to Bedford County including:
You can see a partial listing of our collection and resources under the “Genealogy Research” section in the menu.
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