Genealogy at Cambria County Library
Researching local history, or looking for a lost family member? Our tools and resources can help you with all your research needs. In addition to the many library resources available, the reference department at Cambria County Library has many options for helping find genealogy information.
Our librarians are here to help. Send us a message and we will get back to you.
Ancestry.com Library Edition
The library subscribes to Ancestry.com Library Edition, which offers one of the most important genealogical collections available today. Their over 11 billion documents include US census records from 1790 to 1940, Pennsylvania death certificates from 1906-1964, church records, maps, immigration records, WWI draft registration cards, as well as many other record collections from all over the world. Ancestry.com is available within the library, and until further notice, from home with a Cambria County Library card.
Visit them here: Genealogy Indexes
Newspapers and Microfilm
Cambria County Library is able to help with retrieving obituary and marriage notices from the Cambria Tribune, the Johnstown Tribune, and the current paper, the Tribune-Democrat. Library volunteers have indexed obituaries and marriage announcements from the Johnstown papers for the years 1853 to the present, and from the Ebensburg Sky for the years 1831 – 1837.
Several microfilm readers are available on the 3rd floor. These indexes can also be searched by the Reference department, with a $5 charge per item to obtain a digital copy and/or photocopy. If the month and year of death is known but not the day, we can search through one month of microfilm for a $10 charge.
Here is a list of other available microfilms the library holds that can be searched. Note that all records are countywide except where indicated. Where noted with an asterisk, corresponding indexes to some of these records sets that have been compiled by our volunteers are available online. To receive the corresponding record from an index citation for copies the library does not hold, contact the Cambria County Courthouse.
- Birth Records 1893-1905
- Index to Johnstown City Birth Records 1891-1932
- Birth Certificate Index for Townships Outside Johnstown 1909-1931
- Delayed Registration of Births 1941-1971
- *Death Records 1893-1905
- Marriage License Dockets 1885-1916
- Naturalization Records 1835-1906
- 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
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 and citations 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 required. Please note that charges are not refundable, and there is no guarantee of results.
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. 210 to make payment by phone.
The Pennsylvania Room is located on the 3rd floor of the Library in the Reference Department. The collection consists of both state and local history, local authors, and genealogy resources such as Johnstown city directories beginning in 1869, the Pennsylvania Archives series, church and individual family histories, and World War II scrapbooks. The room is open during normal library business hours, no appointment necessary. Please contact the Reference Department at 814-536-5131 x210 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Bishop McCort (formerly Johnstown Catholic) starting with 1926
- Ferndale starting with 1926
- Johnstown High starting with 1915
- East Conemaugh and Conemaugh Valley starting with 1924
These can be viewed in the 3rd-floor Reference department.
Links to Local Genealogy Websites
Additional Reference Services
Professional librarians provide reference assistance to patrons in the library and quick reference assistance over the phone and via email. Reference librarians and other staff help patrons within the library by offering basic instruction in the use of the library’s automated catalog and reader advisory services. The reference staff can provide limited assistance with various computer programs.
The reference staff also offers an Hour with the Librarian service allows you to spend up to one hour with a professional librarian or another qualified staff member who can offer personalized assistance.
Please complete the form to be set up for an appointment.
Assistance is also given to individuals who wish to print from personal devices such as laptops and cell phones. The professional librarians can proctor exams free of charge and the staff can send faxes for a fee of $2.00 plus .12 tax for every 5 pages sent.
The library maintains a special circulating collection of test tutor books and car repair manuals, a collection of non-cataloged paperback classics, a vertical file of special interest materials, and government documents acquired through its status as a Depository library which are housed in the reference area. Hard copies of back issues of current local newspapers and a variety of periodicals are stored in the Periodical Department which is adjacent to the reference area.