Centre County Historical Marker

Welcome to the Centre County PAGenWeb Project
This site has been online since 1996 as part of the PAGenWeb Project and the USGenWeb Project! The goal is to provide the best genealogy resource guide to assist Centre County, Pennsylvania researchers.

About Centre County:
Centre County was formed on February 13, 1800, as the result of "an act erecting parts of Mifflin, Northumberland, Lycoming and Huntingdon into a separate county" and calling it Centre. The county was named for its geographic location, but the exact geographical center of the state is in dispute. The county seat is located in Bellefonte and the county is home to State College, Penn State University, Boalsburg, which claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, and the Grange Fair which is often billed as the biggest of Centre County's family reunions.

Did you know?...

Free access to the Democratic Watchman newspaper (1855-1871 & 1889-1932)
and other Centre County newspapers is available through the Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive.

The Pennsylvania Room is currently open for limited in-house services by appointment only.
Visit Pennsylvania Room/Museum COVID Operations for information.

The Centre County PA Genealogy Facebook group is a group of over 1,400 members
where you can connect with others, learn, and share your Centre County genealogy.

Archives USGenWeb Archives Project for Centre County.
Bible Records A location guide and links to Centre County Bible records.
Biographies A guide to some Centre County biographical/historical resources.
Birth Records A guide to birth records located in Centre County.
Cemeteries Centre County's cemeteries.
Census Records Links to free U.S. Census Records and the 1890 Census replacement for Centre County.
Centre County
Genealogical Society
CCGS website which includes information about programs, publications (including the Cemetery Series), and more.
Centre County Historical
Records Imaging Project
Centre County Government's HRIP which includes Naturalizations (1802-1929), Revolutionary War Declarations (1820-1835), and Slave Records (1803-1820).
Church Records & Religion Information about Centre County's church records and its citizens' religious practice.
Connect! Connect with other researchers through message & data boards, email groups, and Facebook.
Death Records A guide to death records in Centre County.
Family Home Pages A list of family home pages and websites with a Centre County connection.
Funeral Homes A guide to local funeral homes and available funeral home records.
Land Records & Deeds A guide to land records in Centre and its predecessor counties.
Lookups & Researchers A guide to county lookup sources and researchers.
Maps Links to useful Centre County maps and geographic tools.
Marriage Records A guide to marriages occurring in Centre County.
Military Resources A guide to military units and burials involving Centre County veterans.
Neighboring Counties The six counties which border Centre County and their genealogical/historical sites.
Obituaries & Newspapers A location guide and links to Centre County obituaries, and current and historical newspapers.
Occupations & Industries A guide to some things that people did for a living.
Research Facilities Places to go in Centre County to get serious about genealogy and history.
Schools A guide to the county's schools and educational system.
Townships & Boroughs Capsule histories of Centre County's townships and boroughs, with guides to tax records available in each.
Villages & Place Names A listing of known villages and places in Centre County with their township location.
Wills & Estates A guide to wills and estate records in Centre County.
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For comments or questions, contact County Coordinator for the Centre County PAGenWeb Project, Lisa S. Kerns.

Copyright © 1997-2022, Centre County PAGenWeb Project
All rights reserved.

Thank you to former co-coordinator, Robert L. Baker, for his contributions.

Revolutionary War Soldiers & Patriots Memorial at Stover Cemetery, Haines Township
Centre County Courthouse, Bellefonte
The Old Cemetery at Pine Grove Mills, Ferguson Township
Eagle Iron Works at Curtin, Boggs Township
Location Map
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