Collection and Resources
The Pennsylvania Room, as the name implies, is the Uniontown Public Library's resource center for the study of local history and the genealogical study of people who have lived here.
Historical study can entail areas as diverse as the French and Indian War, the coal mining industry or the Soldier's Orphan School at Jumonville.
Genealogical study may involve looking at census records or old newspapers on microfilm, reading a family history or studying early landowner maps.
You will find many of these invaluable resources and much more in the Pennsylvania Room. In an effort to help you know exactly what materials you will find here, we are listing as much information as we can about each category of resources we have.
Check back often as we will update and expand the information about the collection in the Pennsylvania Room.
County & City Histories and Directories
- The Pennsylvania Room has state and county histories for genealogical and historical research.
- We have the four well-known histories of Fayette County: Nelson's Biographical Dictionary and Historical Reference of Fayette County; Ellis' History of Fayette County; Gresham and Wiley's Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County, Pennsylvania; and Jordan's Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
- We also have county histories for the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
City Histories and Directories
- The Pennsylvania Room has city histories of Uniontown, Connellsville and Brownsville that were written in the early 1900s.
- 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 twentieth 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.
- We have no directories for Brownsville after 1910.
- We also have town histories for Smithfield, Perryopolis, Mill Run, Dawson, Masontown and Republic.
Newspapers on Microfilm
The obituary card catalog, an alphabetically arranged name index to obituaries in the newspaper from the late 1800s to 1950 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. The researcher can use both these files in conjunction with the microfilmed newspapers to pinpoint the date of a death or an event if that information was not already known.
Please read the instructions and cost of copies for the microfilm reader located under Pennsylvania Room Policies.
We have some books which record the history of military units composed of Fayette County enlistments.
The library staff and volunteers have been compiling a surname index for each of these cemeteries.
We also have examples in broader subject areas like those of the Quakers who kept highly detailed records of their members.
Specific Genealogical Resources
Passenger ship lists are also helpful in research and are available in the Pennsylvania Room.
Some marriage records from 1885-1915 are on microfilm in the collection.
Tax records are available on microfilm also.
Maps & Atlases
In addition, there are atlases showing owners of property for the year 1858, 1865 and 1872. These atlases are also indexed.
Beeson's Town lots from Ellis' History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Room has census information for all of Fayette County on film and some in book form starting with the United States Census of 1790 and continuing through the 1920 Census.
Information in census records is arranged alphabetically by township.
Our holdings also include some census information for the entire state.
Agricultural, industrial and mortality schedules are also in our collection.
Colonial Records and 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 Pennsylvania Room.
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