Pennsylvania Room Resources

Reference Services: Reference assistance is available to visiting patrons. The staff also accepts telephone inquiries. Letter inquiries are also answered, usually within a period of two weeks. Our staff will conduct a basic search of The Ligonier Echo Index and Pennsylvania Room resources for genealogical or historical information. All mail inquiries should include a stamped and self-addressed envelope.


HeritageQuest Online Database** lets you search in a variety of ways for genealogical information, such as the US Federal Census Records from 1790-1930. You'll also have access to some 20,000 local and family histories, search using PERSI, and more.

**If you are using the HeritageQuest Online Database link from home, you will need to have your 14-digit library barcode in order to access the database - enter all of the digits in your bacode without the spaces.

Ancestry Library Edition** brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more. Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

**The Ancestry Library edition can only be accessed from the library.


Available on Microfilm: (We do not loan our microfilm.)


Atlases: 1876 Historical Atlas of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; Atlas of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania 1867; Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Somerset, 1876.

County histories and/or biographies: Westmoreland, Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Fulton, Indiana, Juniata, Lancaster, McKean, Philadelphia, Schuykill, Somerset, Susquehanna, Venango, and Wyoming.


Vertical Files: (The vertical files are divided into three sections.)


Cemetery books:


Year books: Ligonier High School: 1925-1969; Ligonier Valley High School: 1970-1999. We are missing the following years: 1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Donations for these years would be greatly appreciated. We also have a few Laurel Valley High School yearbooks from the 1970s.

Magazines: Heritage Quest, Expedition, Everton’s Family History, We Proceeded On, Western Pennsylvania History, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography; and Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine.

Circulating Genealogy cart: contains circulating books on how to begin family history research.

Colonial Records: All 16 published volumes plus an index of this valuable research tool are available.

Pennsylvania Archives: All volumes for the nine series are available.

Brochures: Brochures are available to help with conducting research in historical and genealogical databases. Brochures from local historical societies are also available.

PowerPoint Presentations of Historic Photography Show photographs: PowerPoint presentations on CD-ROM are available to view the photographs that were displayed in the following Ligonier Valley Library Historical Photography Shows: The Ligonier Valley Rail Road (2002); Churches of the Ligonier Valley (2003); Early Schools of the Ligonier Valley (2004); and Early Hotels of the Ligonier Valley (2005).

Historic Photography Show Binders: The Ligonier Valley Rail Road (2002); Churches of the Ligonier Valley (2003); Early Schools of the Ligonier Valley (2004); Early Hotels of the Ligonier Valley (2005); Restaurants & Eateries in the Ligonier Valley (2006); Faces of Ligonier Valley : Veterans of World War II (2007); Fort Ligonier Days Celebrations of the Past (2008); Farming Traditions in the Ligonier Valley (2009); and Coal and Coke in the Ligonier Valley (2010).