Genealogy and Reference Services

As staff time allows, the reference department can provide photocopies of obituary and marriage notices from the Johnstown (PA) Tribune, its successor, the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, and the Ebensburg Sky. No other local newspapers are available for genealogical research.

Digital copies and/or photocopies of obituary and marriage notices from these papers can be provided by the Reference Department. Library volunteers have indexed death notices and marriage announcements from the Johnstown papers for the years 1853 to the present. The online indexes posted by an independent researcher are temporarily unavailable, but an index search can be completed by one of our reference librarians. Call 814-536-5131, x210, or email reference@cclsys.org. If your person is found in the index, the cost per each record pull (obituary or marriage notice) requested is $5.

If you have an exact date of a marriage or death which does not appear to have been indexed and the death or marriage occurred in the area covered by the Johnstown newspaper, we will attempt to locate an announcement or article for you in the event that it was overlooked when the index was compiled. The library cannot refund any money if your information is not found since the fee is charged for the time spent in research.

Volunteers have also indexed death notices and marriage notices from the Ebensburg Sky for the years 1831 – 1837.

The following fees will apply for each name requested:
Photocopy from a year covered by library’s index — $5.00
(Approximate year must be included with request)
Photocopy if EXACT date is known but is not indexed — $5.00
If the month and year of death is known but not the day, we can search through one month of microfilm for a charge — $10.00

If you do not have an exact date for the years not covered by our indexes, library staff will NOT be able to search for you because this would involve going through a whole year of newspapers day by day.

News articles from the Johnstown Tribune and the Ebensburg Sky can be copied for a $5.00 charge only if the date is known since there is no subject index for either newspaper.

Only a limited amount of other research can be provided by library staff. Pages from city directories, telephone books, local histories, records from our microfilm index citations, etc. can be photocopied for a $5.00 research fee if an exact citation is given. When time must be spent in searching for a topic, a $20.00 per hour charge will be incurred.

Please address all queries to

Cambria County Library
Attn: Reference Department
248 Main Street
Johnstown, PA 15901

With your requests for research, please include a check payable to the Cambria County Library, or call us at 814-536-5131, ext. 212 to make payment by phone.

If you wish, in-depth requests may be sent to a local genealogy researcher. Although the library does not endorse or recommend genealogical or historical researchers, a list of people willing to do local searches can be provided upon request. Each individual will provide information on fees when contacted.

Library staff will be happy to assist you in using any genealogy or reference materials if you wish to visit the Cambria County Library. Check our hours on the library home page.

Our Genealogy and Reference Services Research Policy.

Professional librarians provide reference assistance to patrons in the library and quick reference assistance over the phone.
Reference librarians and other staff help patrons locate materials within the library, give basic instruction in the use of the
library’s automated catalog, and provided limited assistance with various computer programs.

The library maintains special circulating collections of test tutor books and car repair manual, a vertical file of special interest
materials, and government documents acquired through its status as a Depository library. A collection of local high school
yearbooks may be used within the reference area but not checked out.

Ancestry.com Library Edition

The library subscribes to Ancestry.com Library Edition. It is a very valuable resource for genealogy and history research and
provides access for free only from the computers within the library. This website contains over 4000 databases covering US and
world records and includes census records from 1790 to 1940, Pennsylvania death certificates from 1906-1964,
church records, maps, immigration records, World War 1 draft registration cards, as well as many other record collections.

Newspapers

On microfilm, the library has back issues of our local newspaper, the Cambria Tribune/Tribune-Democrat from 1853 to the
Present, the Ebensburg Sky from 1831-1837, and censuses for Cambria County and its surrounding areas from 1790-1930. Several
microfilm readers and reader/printers are available on the 3rd floor.

Digital copies and/or photocopies of obituary and marriage notices from these papers
can be provided by the Reference Department. Library volunteers have indexed death notices and marriage announcements
from the Johnstown papers. Those indexes can be searched at https://blacklick3.000webhostapp.com/interest.html . The cost per each name requested is $5.
Please review our research policy for information on how to request a record pull.

Other Microfilm Available at the Library

Note that all records are county-wide except where indicated. There is a cost of $5 per pull fee for each name index
search and/or record copy. Click below to access volunteer-compiled indexes that have been uploaded to our website.
To receive the corresponding record from an index citation for copies the library does not hold, contact the Cambria County
Courthouse.

Births
Index to Johnstown City Birth Records 1891-1932
Birth Records 1893-1905 Index
Birth Certificate Index for Townships Outside Johnstown 1909-1931
Delayed Registration of Births 1941-1971

Deaths
Death Records 1893-1905
Obituary Index 1853-2017 https://blacklick3.000webhostapp.com/interest.html

Marriages
Marriage License Index 1885-1949 https://blacklick3.000webhostapp.com/interest.html
Marriage License Dockets 1885-1916

Naturalizations
Naturalization Records 1835-1906 Index coming soon.

Probate
Will Books 1808-1918
Estate Index 1806-1980
Proceedings Index Volumes 1-20
Register’s Dockets 1842-1919

Orphans’ Court Dockets 1809-1883

Veterans’ Burial Records 1775 – present, six volumes
Volume 1

The library is working on transcribing the five volume set of Veterans’ Burial Records kept by the Cambria County Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Please continue to check this page for additions of other transcriptions.

Limited genealogy research can be provided by library staff. In-depth requests can be referred to non-library affiliated
genealogical researchers. Call or email to request a list.

Pennsylvania Room

A valuable collection of local history and genealogy materials is located in the library’s Pennsylvania
Room. This room contains old city directories, county histories, selected cemetery records, local church histories, the multi-volume Pennsylvania Archives series, family histories donated by generous researchers, information on the Johnstown floods, and much more.

Other Helpful Genealogy Websites

The following websites may also be of interest to genealogists:

Cambria County Courthouse – http://www.cambriacountypa.gov
Cambria County Historical Society – http://www.cambriacountyhistorical.com
Cambria County Pennsylvania Genealogy – http://www.camgenpa.com
Cambria County Yearbooks – http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pacambr2/High/
Cambria Memory Project – http://www.cambriamemory.org
Cemeteries in Cambria County – http://www.camgenpa.com/CemIndex.html
Grandview Cemetery Interment Lookup – http://grandviewjohnstownpa.com/interment-search.php
Johnstown Area Genealogical and Historical Society – http://www.johnstownroots.org/
Power Library – PA Photos and Docs – https://www.powerlibrary.org/collections/
Vintage Johnstown – http://johnstownhistory.blogspot.com

To contact the library with your genealogy or other reference request, please email reference@cclsys.org, or call
814-536-5131, x210.