Montour County Genealogical Society


Montour County Genealogical Society

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Welcome to Montour County, Pennsylvania!


Effective March 2017, our new website will replace this one.   You'll find us at    Or click on the link.  Updates to this page will be discontinued.


Welcome to the Montour County Genealogical Society's home page.  We’re glad you stopped by to see us.  Our goal is to provide Montour County researchers with tools and data valuable in your quest to discover your heritage.  Please browse our site using the tabs on the left and come back often.  We will continue to add information as we develop our resources. To go directly to MCGS research resources and the MCGS Genealogy Room library  click here. Off-site links to Montour County Queries Boards are on the links page. Returning visitors, welcome back!  To save you some time, we have a "What's New" page with links to new additions.  Meetings and membership information are on the About Us page You'll find helpful books and gift items as well as information on how to submit a research request or lookup from the Intelligencer newspaper or Naturalization microfilm on the Sales & Services page.  Please e-mail us (info at the bottom of each page) if you have any questions, suggestions, corrections or contributions.


Where is Montour County, anyway?  Covering just 131 square miles, we are located in central Pennsylvania along the banks of the Susquehanna River approximately 70 miles north of Harrisburg.   Lycoming County is to the north, Northumberland County is to the west and south, and Columbia County is on the east.  The borough of Danville is the county seat.  The photo on the left is the view of Danville from across the Susquehanna in Riverside.  Click on the tabs for more information on county & township history or for an outline map of the townships.  Be sure to check out the links page for old maps. 


The photo above is a view of Danville from across the Susquehanna taken in May 2012.

We'd love to have you visit us!

Planning on visiting Danville for the first time?  Links to Visitors Information are on the Links page so that you can plan where to eat and where to stay.  The Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau is helpful in providing maps and other visitors information.  If you have questions, just e-mail me (webmaster) and I'll try to help.   Let us know when you are coming if you'd like to make special arrangements to use our research library.  Locations and hours of local repositories are on the Research page.  If you can't come to Danville to research your family history and want information on how to submit a fee-for-service research request, click here.


Good Resource Books Available for purchase at MCGS


THEY PAID THE PRICE: Montour Countians in the Civil War

After fifty years of compiling information on Montour Countians who served in the Civil War, Danville native Randy Hackenburg published his third book, THEY PAID THE PRICE: Montour Countians in the Civil War.   This is an amazing book containing 373 fascinating pages including Regiment lists, photographs, maps, biographical sketches and narratives of action by Montour County Units.   My personal view is that it is exceptionally comprehensive, carefully documented, and beautifully presented.   It will be a great help with research concerning anyone from our county who served in that war, but even if you have no connections it makes for very interesting reading. 

 Mr. Hackenburg has B.S. and M.A. degrees in American history, served in the U.S. Air Force, and for over 30 years was Assistant Curator and Photo Archivist at the U.S. Army military History Institute at Carlisle.  He has been interested in history as far back as he can remember and during his college years wrote a biographical account of Colonel Charles W. Eckman.  His Master’s thesis was the history of the Columbia Guards.

Click here for information on how to obtain this book. 


1876 Atlas of Columbia & Montour Counties, PA

This 2010 reprint of the original by F. W. Beers & Co. is available at MCGS.  This issue differs from the 2002 reprint, in that it has been reproduced in full color scanned from the original images.   The size is 11 ¼ x 14” and it is bound in a hard cover with a gold embossed reproduction of the original title.  A full index of all surnames is included.   For information on how to obtain this book, click here.  Note reduced price!


Montour County and the American Revolution

by Randy Hackenburg

is available at the MCGS Genealogy Room or by mail.  This fascinating and well-researched hard-cover book contains 107 pages including historical accounts of the participation of those citizens of what is now Montour County in the Revolutionary War, individual biographical sketches (you'll find many familiar names here) and company rosters, as well as beautiful photographs.  If you have  Montour County ancestors or if, like me, you just enjoy learning more about the hardy folks from this area who played a role in the fight for independence, you'll surely enjoy this book.

The author, Randy Hackenburg, is a Danville native who earned B. S. and M. A. degrees in American History from Bloomsburg State College and served in the U. S. Air Force before becoming the Photo Archivist at the U. S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle, PA.  He has done extensive research on Montour County's participation in the Civil War, War of 1812 and the Mexican War.  He previously published Pennsylvania in the Mexican War: The Volunteer Regiments in 1992.  For more information on how to obtain this book click here.

   The data and resources on this site are provided for your for personal research and may be freely used for that purpose.  Any reproduction or use of any material in any format for commercial enterprise or financial gain is prohibited.


Montour County Genealogical Society, 205 Ferry St., Danville, PA  17821  (570) 275-6177

Genealogy Room: Thomas Beaver Free Library, 2nd Floor

 Hours:  Saturdays 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM; Mondays 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

President:  Megan Ryan      Website Administrator: Cindy Elder             Newsletter Editor:  Lynn Reichen         

Membership: Sue Messersmith     Correspondence/questions: Cindy Elder or Megan Ryan 

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This page last modified on March 11, 2017