THE PENNSYLVANIA ROOM has state and county
histories for genealogical purposes. Locally, we have four histories of Fayette
County index which is also available in the Pennsylvania Room. We also have
county histories for the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Histories And Directories
- The Library has city histories of Uniontown,
Connellsville and Brownsville which were written in the early part of this
- City or town directories list names, residences,
occupations, etc. for a given time. These directories are particularly useful
for research around the turn of the century.
- Although the collection of early
directories is incomplete, for some of these materials
our collection begins in
1859; other parts of the collection encompass the years 1900 through 1960.
have no directories for Brownsville after 1910.
- We also have town histories for Smithfield,
Perryopolis, Mill Run and Dawson.
The library has microfilm copies of the local
newspaper beginning in 1805 to the present. An alphabetically arranged name
index to obituaries in the newspaper from the late 1800s to 1930 is filed on
catalog cards in the Pennsylvania room. Similarly, an alphabetically arranged
file of index cards highlights "Headlines of Fayette County" beginning
in the 1880s. For example, Coal Mining Explosion, Schools & Businesses.
The Pennsylvania Room has a variety of tools
such as history books covering both specific and general areas of American or
local history. Other materials include copies of official government records
detailing military service. Names are arranged alphabetically within listing by
state, region and company. Based on these records, information such as
enlistment dates, discharges, rank, residence, injuries pension information or
honors may be obtained by contacting state or national archives. We have some
books which record the history of military units composed of Fayette County
Fayette County has approximately 440 know
cemeteries which the
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The Pennsylvania Room has an index for some of these 440.
These records (often in book form) contain
information about births,
baptisms, marriages and deaths. The Pennsylvania Room
has information about local churches and some churches in the surrounding
counties. We also have examples in broader subject areas like Quaker records. Information is listed chronologically by day unless an alphabetically arranged name index has been compiled to accompany the records. These records were created and kept by the minister who served congregation. This practice often
accounts for vague or missing records within a given church's history.
The correspondence file and the Pennsylvania
Room guest book
register provide family names, addresses of researchers and
which are being researched in the Fayette County area.
The Pennsylvania Room has some family histories
researchers have compiled and/or published. Passenger ship lists
also helpful in research.
Maps and Atlases
The Pennsylvania Room has copies of early land
surveys which have been indexed. In addition, the Library also
atlases showing owners of property for the year 1858, 1865 and 1872
Census records are especially useful in
The Pennsylvania Room has census information for Fayette
in either book or microfilm format starting with the 1790 Census
continuing through the 1920 Census. The Library also has some census
information for the entire state. Information in census records is arranged
alphabetically by township.
Colonial Records and
The Pennsylvania Room has copies of the colonial
records and the Pennsylvania Archives. Dr. Mary Dunn, a native of Uniontown,
created an index of the colonial records. The Friends of the Uniontown Public
Library sponsored the publication of this index, which is also available in the