Visitors may use the Society’s computer for free. (Printing – 10 cents a page, non-members – 25 cents) Volunteers can assist you in getting started with some of the following resources:
Mercer County Cemetery Inscriptions – computer index of names for individuals in Mercer County cemeteries is the place to begin. Once you find the correct name, you will be directed to one of 16 volumes to learn more about the cemetery location, maps of burial plots, etc.
Ancestry.com – one of the world’s best electronic resources for researching family history. The GCAHS has a subscription to Ancestry.com’s United States records which provide access to census data; birth, marriage and death records; immigration and naturalization records; military records; public member family trees and much more.
Grove City Historical Society’s Database of Archives – Also known as “Past Perfect”. Ask a volunteer to assist you in searching this catalog, to learn more about what is contained in the building.
NEW Mercer County Historical Land Record Index – This index is available on the computers in the lobby and library.
Other Local Historical Societies
Mercer County Historical Society – http://www.mchspa.org, 724-662-3490, will check their records (which include obituaries from local papers, family histories, etc.) for a $15.00 per surname inquiry donation, if you make a request by mail – 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA 16137.
Lawrence County Historical Society – http://www.lawrencechs.com, 724-658-4022, 408 N. Jefferson Street, New Castle, PA 16101
Butler County Historical Society – http://www.butlerhistory.com, 724-283-8116, 123 W. Diamond St., Butler, PA 16003.They will search records for you for a $10.00 per hour fee.
Mercer County Genealogical Society –https://sites.google.com/site/mercercountypa/, wonderful site with many resources (maps showing township changes, obituaries, old photos, etc.)
Local family histories are shelved in the front room of the GCAHS, alphabetically by family name. We welcome receiving copies of your own local histories and family trees.
Newspaper Clippings File
Newspaper articles from local papers of births, weddings, accomplishments, obituaries, etc. have been collected -some going back to the 1950s. These are available in filing cabinets, arranged alphabetically in folders by the individual’s name.
Large 12-generation charts are available for sale in the Museum Shoppe ($5.00), to help researchers plot ancestors.
Books for Genealogy Research
Local histories and books by local authors, including…
Grove City: The Way We Were, Grove City Area Historical Society, 2005
Grandma Left the Light On, GCAHS, 2009 (Grove City architecture)
Grove City, Postcard History Series. Arcadia, 2004
Mercer County Memories, Pediment Publishing, 2004
Reflections of Our Past: Celebrating 200 Years of Grove City, PA, Grove City Bicentennial Committee, 1998
Combination Atlas of the County of Mercer and the State of Pennsylvania from Actual Surveys and Official Records, G.M. Hopkins Co., 1873. Many maps, sketches, biographies. Indexed (1975 online version available through Ancestry.com).
History of Mercer County, PA: Its past and present including its aboriginal history; its early settlement and development…neighborhood and family histories; portraits…, Brown, Runk & Co., 1888 – separate index.
Twentieth Century History of Mercer County Pennsylvania, Vols.1-2, John G. White, Lewis Publishing, 1909- traces history from 1800. Also online (searchable by keyword),
City Directories -sporadic years from 1909-present; mainly for Grove City
Grove City College and Grove City High School yearbooks
You may now contact Cathy Coulter (724-967-2622, [email protected]) if you have a request about a specific family member you would like researched.