At The Butler Library

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:

The genealogy room at the Butler Public Library
The genealogy room at the Butler Public Library

6 thoughts on “At The Butler Library”

  1. There were a lot of the same surnames and Anderson was one of them. They are in our tree and we wanted to find them and boy did we find them. Tom, who kept me in stitches the whole trip, made the comment “you can’t turn around in this town without tripping over an Anderson”. Now that was funny i don’t care who you are. But then again it was the end of the day and i got giddy toward the end of each day and he could say anything and i would laugh. But seriously, he kept me entertained all day long with his humor.

    Oh in the morning we’d be all serious and determined (to find decent coffee) and as the day went on our eyes would get crossed from trying to read old tombstones and looking at old documents which we printed off microfilm and by the time we ate dinner we’d be talking about funny scenes from movies or TV shows.

  2. For context, the “tripping over an Anderson” wisecrack was made while in a cemetery full of foot-high Anderson markers.

  3. Are you sure? Cuz i remember you making that crack at the library when we were looking up names in the cemetery index.

    Man, we must sound really lame. People, this genealogy bidness can be interesting. If you approach it with the right attitude. When we found out that our g-g-grandfather died in a buggy accident i thought we hit the jackpot. I wanted to kiss the librarian!

  4. For context, i should say that i have been trying to locate our g-g-grandfather (John McGee)for ~8 years. To find out when he died and when our great aunt died to the day were two major major pieces in this puzzle.

  5. Oh riggghhht. Yes, yes, i remember now, Tom told the “tripping over Andersons” joke at the cemetery.

    Thing is, i know his wit is dry, but i don’t think he meant the comment to be as funny as it came off. Am I wrong, Tom? The kids tell me i laugh at just about anything. But the way i see it, a couple of them just don’t have senses of humor, God Bless ’em. Most anything can be funny if you look at it from the right angle. From an obtuse angle would be the way i view the world…..

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