Venango County Historical Society

Genealogical

     Research Library 

PO Box 101    301 South Park Street    Franklin, Pennsylvania  16323

Genealogical Research Library

 

Library Hours:  10:00 a.m. ~ 2:00 p.m.

May ~ December:  Wednesdays and Thursdays

April:  Saturdays Only

January ~ March:  Closed, Weekdays by Appointment

Research Fee:  $5.00 for Non-Members; No fee for students 

 

Please call ahead of your visit to be sure a research volunteer will be on duty.

 

We also accept research requests via mail and email.  There is a $25.00 fee for this service, which includes a complete search of all of our library records.  If you wish to submit a request, please click here for more information.      

 

County Histories

Armstrong

Beaver

Blair

Butler

Cameron

Centre/Clinton

Clarion

Clearfield

Crawford

 

 

Cumberland

Dauphin

Elk

Erie

Fayette

Forest

Franklin

Greene

Huntingdon

 

 

 

Montour

Northumberland

Potter

Union

Venango

Warren

Washington

Westmoreland

Allegheny, New York

Indiana

Jefferson

Lancaster

Lawrence

Lehigh

Luzerne

MdKean

Mercer

Mifflin

 

City Directories
Marriage Indexes

Venango County:

All Sources, 1795 - 1885, 3 Volumes

Marriages Licenses, 1885 - 1998

Outside Venango County, 1886 - 1946

Centre County:  1800 - 1885

Jefferson County: 

Who, What and Where

Outside Venango County, 1886 - 1946

 

 

Yearbooks

Cooperstown

Cranberry

Franklin

Oil City

Pleasantville

Polk

Rocky Grove (Valley Grove)

Will Indexes
Maps
Archives
Genealogies and Family Histories
Photographs
The Oil Boom and Oil Industry

Allegheny County, 1789 - 1869

Armstrong County, 1805 - 1900

Butler County, 196 - 1900

Crawford County, 1800 - 1835

Indiana County, 1803 - 1900

Mercer County, 1804 - 1900

Venango County, 1804 - 1946

Westmoreland County, 1773 - 1896

Armstrong County

 

 

Clarion County

 

 

Forest County

 

 

Sanborn Fire Maps, 1906 - 1943

 

 

Venango County

 

 

Venango County Cemeteries

 

 

Topographical Maps

 

 

 

 

Mercer County Deeds, 1803 - 1806

​Vol. 1 - Articles, 1803 - 1814

Vol. 2 - Naturalization, 1804 - 1870

Vol. 3 - Orphan Court, 1825 - 1839

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This collection contains more than 200 Family Genealogies, by surname, in bound volumes and Vertical File.

The Howard Strawbridge Collection includes several hundred photos, all fully identified.  Other historical photographs are stored in the Archival Resource Center.  All photograph collections are fully indexed.

This is a miscellaneous collection of approximately 60 volumes.

Death Records

Venango County - 1861 - 1898, 1893 - 1905

Census Indexes
Vertical File

Crawford and Venango Counties:

     1790 - 1820

 

Pennsylvania:  1790 - 1870

Our Vertical Files contain information on individuals, families, local subjects, organizations, localities, churches and other miscellaneous topics.

Index Files

Alphabetical Index and Shelf List

Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths

Surname Index

William O. Milton Collection

   Presbyterian Church of Franklin

Phipps-Parker Collection

Howard Strawbridge Collection

Microfilm

Pithole City Assessment, 1866 - 1877

Newspapers on Microfilm

Oil City Derrick:  Sept. 1871 - Nov. 1930

Seneca Kicker:  1902 - 1915

Church Records, Written

Academia (Nickleville), 1857 - 1901

Amity Presbyterian

Bredinsburg United Methodist

Butler Presbytery

Christ Episcopal, Oil City

Clarion Presbytery

Clintonville United Methodist

,     by Morrow

 

Erie Presbytery

First Presbyterian, Franklin

Grace United methodist, Rocky

   Grove

Irwin Presbyterian

Neiltown

Rockland Presbyterian

Rockland United Methodist

Scrubgrass Presbyterian

Seneca United Methodist

Shenango Presbytery

St. Michael's, Clarion County

St. Paul's, Clarion County

St. Paul's Evangelical and

   Reformed, Titusville

Various other churches

Church Records on Microfilm
Census Microfilm
Military Records

Academia (Nickleville), 1909 -

   1953

Amity Presbyterian, 1843 - 1932

Clintonville Union Presbyterian,

   1878 - 1926

Emlenton Presbyterian, 1873 -

   1986

Pithole, Plumer, Pertroeum

   Centre, Shamburg, Shaw Farm,

   undated

Utica Presbyterian, 1860 - 1960

Adams County, 1800 - 1810

Allegheny County, 1800 - 1820

Armstrong County, 1800 - 1870

Berks County, 1800

Bradford County, 1830

Butler County, 1850

Crawford County, 1880

Tioga County, 1900, 1910

Union County, 1910

Venango County, 1850 - 1910

Westmoreland County, 1830

York County, 1820

American Militia, 1790 - 1796

Bates, History of Pennsylvania

   Volunteers, Civil War, 14 Vol.

Lawrence County Soldiers

Mercer County Soldiers

Pensioners

Andersonville Prison, death

   records

Venango County Burials, card file

Venango County Veteran's,

   records

Veterans who died in other

   states

Area Books

Books on the following subjects:

Callensburg, Clarion County

Central Pennsylvania

Cochranton

Cooperstown

Cranberry

Danville

Emlenton

Franklin

Hempfield

Hilliards

Irwin Township

Jamestown

Oil City

Parker

Pithole and the Oil Region

Pleasantville

Plum Township

 

Polk Center

Reno

River Ridge Mansion, built by

   Joseph C. Sibley

Rocky Grove

Stoneboro

Sunville

Titusville

Utica

 

Atlases

Allegheny County

Armstrong County

Blair/Huntingdon Counties

Butler County

Clarion County

Crawford County

Erie County

Franklin

Lawrence County

Mercer County

 

Oil City

Oil Regions of Pennsylvania

Warren County

Westmoreland County

 

Cemetery Records

Armstrong County, partial record

Butler County, partial record

Centre County

Clarion County, partial record

Crawford County, partial record

Forest County

Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City

Franklin Cemetery

Indiana County, partial record

Jefferson County

Lawrence County

Mercer County

Pioneer Cemetery, Franklin

Venango County Cemeteries,

   Vols. 1 - 10

About VCHS

The Venango County Historical Society is housed in the Egbert-Mullins-Koos House. The home was built in 1859. VCHS has exhibit space, a research library, collections storage space, and archival storage. We serve the community by preserving the history important to us. 

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