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The mission of the Bedford County Historical Society is to document, preserve, protect and promote the history and heritage of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.



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Genealogy Research Services

For use the Pioneer Library, there is no hourly charge for members; there is a slight fee for copies. If you are not a member, the hour charge is $5.00 for the first hour and $2.00 for every hour there after per visit.

If you have questions, please email or phone us for more information. Be sure to include an email address and telephone number on all correspondence.

We offer a variety of genealogy research services. Please watch your email for your ordered items from bedfordhistory@embarqmail.com.

If you come into possession of things such as marriage certificates or Bible records and can't get a descendant to claim the item(s), we can archive and indexed them to the surname. They would be placed in an archival (acid free) box for future generations.


Indexes and Requests

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Research and Requests
  • Bedford County Court House Search - We will go to the Bedford County Court House and search for a Will, marriage, death, birth certeificate, or deed for the charge of $15, plus $2 for copies.

    Note: The State of Pennsylvania did not require registering births, marriages and deaths until 1885. For Bedford county, the birth and death records were lost in a fire, so those registers do not begin until Feb 1893. Beginning in 1906, all Birth/Marriage/Death records were to be sent to Dept of Health, New Castle, PA. Only marriages are kept at the Court House after that date.
    Click here to make a request.

  • Cemetery & Gravestone Information -
    Cemetery Look-ups - $20.00
    Gravestone Inscription - $5.00
    Click here to make a request.

  • Single Person Search - For $80.00, which includes the cost of copies and mailing, we do a search for information on a single surname. You should provide as much information about your ancestor in order that we may isolate the correct line of descent to you. Birth, marriage and death dates are important as is the township in which they lived. Unfortunately, the State of PA did not require registering BMD dates until 1885, however, due to a fire in 1893, the birth and death records were lost and begin mid-1893 in Bedford Co. Click here to make a request.

  • Tax Records - Please provide us, via phone or email or US mail, the name of the person, the township of residence and the year you want searched. The charge is $5.00 for each record. If you do not know the township of residence and the year, then the charge is $25.00 for each record.



  • Other Research - If you want a search that doesn't fall into one of the areas above, the charge is $20.00/hr. with minimum of one hour. Copies and postage are extra. You may also limit the time or the amount that you want to spend.