Local libraries are great for genealogy research. By way of saying “thank you” to the people who run the operation at Butler’s public library, I’m posting this so that all 15 of the people who read this blog will be aware of them. And really, we tried hard to clean up after ourselves.
This is my personal list of good things you can find here. Some of them you’ll find at other county libraries (I saw the same kinds of things in Clarion and Kittanny).
- City Guides (I love City Guides)
- Local Maps
- Cemetery Listings
- Free access to subscription-based genealogy web sites
- Local newspapers on microfilm
- Obituary listings
- Local census data on microfilm
- Marriages, wills, deaths
- Town- or county-specific histories
- Monographs on local families and their history
- Newsletters from local organizations
- Property and tax records
- Immigration records
The more we looked, the more we found. And then there was more we were able to link together. We could easily have spent a few more days. But like I said before, we were getting a little crazy from all the surnames.
Best joke of the day: Shari was having trouble pronouncing “Punxsatawney.” I asked, “haven’t you ever seen ‘Groundhog Day’?” She said, “yeah, a million times.”
(wait for it…)
Here’s the room where we whiled away many productive hours: