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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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Bedford County Historical Society, Inc.

6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford, PA 15522
Phone: (814) 623-2011
Email: bedfordhistory@embarqmail.com
Webmaster: kaldred@bellsouth.net

Genealogy Research Services

We offer a variety of genealogy research services for members and non members. The cost depends on the type of service requested.

For use the Pioneer Library, there is no hourly charge for members. However, 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.

To request a search send your search requirements, payment, and SASE to the address above. If you have questions, please email or phone us for more information. Be sure to include an email address and telephone number in case we have any questions.

1 - Look-Ups

When requesting a Look-Up, we will research the following areas:

  • Alms House Records - The cost is $5.00 plus $1.00 shipping and handling.
  • Civil War Exemption Records - The cost is $5.00 plus $1.00 shipping and handling.
  • County Commissioners Records - Includes Minutes, Tax Records, Election Returns and Miscellaneous Records. Call or email for pricing.
  • Divorce Records - The cost is $20.00 plus copy charges. Provide the name of the Libellant, Respondent, and year of the divorce along with payment so that we can send you the record.
  • Military Pension Files - The cost varies depending on the size of the file. Files range from a few pages to over 250 pages. Call or email for pricing.
  • Miscellaneous Events - Newspaper clippings from a wide variety of events that occurred in Bedford County.
  • Naturalization Papers - Provide the name of the person who received naturalization papers in Bedford County so that we can send you the record. The cost is $10.00 plus $1.00 shipping and handling.
  • Obituaries - Tell us the book and page and we look up the obituary and send it to you. The charge is $5.00, which includes shipping and handling.
  • Old Photo Album Collection - We have many newspaper clippings that contain a photo and the associated caption from the Bedford Gazette in our collection with some dating to before 1900. The cost is $5.00 per clipping. We will scan and send it to you.
  • Orphans Court Records - The cost is $10.00 with five pages copied free. Additional pages are $1.00/page.
  • Tax Records: - The cost is $25.00 for each record. Provide the name of the person, the township of residence and the year you want searched.

2 - Single Person Search

For $60.00 plus cost of copies and mailing, we do a search for information on a single person. You provide the first and last name of the individual you want searched. If more than one individual has the name you want searched, we send you everything we find on the name so that you can decide which record applies to the person of interest to you. We do not attempt to distinguish among multiple individuals who have the same name. After the study is completed, we mail an invoice with our results. The $60.00 fee must accompany the request.

The following is a list of areas that we cover in this Family Search service.

  • Genealogies - We have approximately 4500 family histories on file in folders in our vertical file and in soft and hard cover binders.
  • Census records
  • Taxes
  • Immigration records
  • Naturalization records
  • Land Warrants
  • Obituaries
  • Archives
  • 1884 History of Bedford County
  • Orphan's Court records
  • Cemetery records
  • Military records
  • Pioneer Newsletter
  • Lineage Charts
  • Court House - Wills & probate records
  • Court House - Deeds

3 - Court House Research

We will go to the Bedford County Court House and get a copy of a record, such as a will, deed, marriage record or death record. The cost is $20.00 for the first item and $10.00 per additional item that can be retrieved on the same trip to the court house. Court House copy charges also apply, which currently vary from $0.25 to $0.75 per page.

4 - Cemetery Look-Up

If you know the cemetery where a person is buried, you may purchase a copy of the inscription on the person's grave stone. The cost is $5.00. When you know where the person is buried, you may also purchase a copy of the inscription with your PayPal account or your credit card. Just click here to pay with PayPal or a credit card.

If you do not know the cemetery, the cost is $20.00 because we have to search our cemetery records, which can take up to an hour. And we do not offer a PayPal payment option for this search service at this time.

5 - Gravestone Photograph

For a $20.00 fee, we will visit a cemetery and photograph a grave stone. You must specify the cemetery and name and dates for the person whose stone you want photographed.

6 - Other Research

If you want a search that doesn't fall into one of the areas above, the charge is $25.00/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.