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Libraries & Genealogical Resources


  • Bradford Area Public Library
    67 West Washington St.
    Bradford, Pa. 16701
    Library holdings include Bradford Era microfilm (1878 - ), city directories, histories of the county, towns and families. Necrology for Bradford and cemetery listings for the county and bordering areas. A microfilm reader/printer is available. Some requests for information can be answered via correspondence. There is a fee for this service.

  • Bradford Landmark Society
    45 E. Corydon St.
    Bradford, Pa. 16701
    Extensive collection of local memorabilia, photographs, documents and records, including newspapers (incomplete runs of: Bradford Era, Bradford Evening Star, Evening Star and Daily Record,Bradford Herald, Bradford Miner), city directories (1881-1973, incomplete), oil history books, books by local authors, correspondence of US Senator William Wallace Brown, necrology of Bradford, cemetery listings.

  • T. Edward & Tullah Hanley Library
    University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
    300 Campus Dr.
    Bradford, Pa. 16701
    Hanley Library holds the collection of the McKean County Genealogy Society, including family, local, county and regional histories, genealogies of local families, necrology, cemetery listings and census microfilm for McKean County and some surrounding areas. The library also holds histories of oil, railroad and other industrial activities germane to the region. Elizabeth Emery Kennedy Fesenmeyer's scrapbooks provide one woman's perspective on life in the region from 1922 to 1981.

  • Penn-Brad Oil Museum
    Rt. 219
    Custer City, PA
    Mail: 50 Parkway Lane, Bradford, Pa. 16701
    Displays & memorabilia related to the oil industry in the area, focusing on the 22,000 acre Bradford Oil Field, and also covering Penn Grade Crude Oil from the NY, PA, OH and WV area. Information about the history, production statistics, people and companies participating in the business for the last 120 years is available, including textual materials such as issues of Producers Monthly, local newspaper pages and issues, and an extensive collection of books on regional oil history and industries.

  • McKean County Genealogical Society
    Box 207A
    Derrick City, PA 16727
    No Phone
    Their collection is at the Hanley Library - UPB.

  • McKean County Professional Genealogist
    Judith A. Shick
    18 Pleasant St.
    Bradford, PA 16701
    Professional assistance with genealogy, local history, census, Civil War, Court House, obituaries, marriages, births, wills, deeds, cemetery and general research. Judy Shick has 17 years experience in this field, advertises in Evertons Genealogical Helper out of Utah. Judy, along with others, has compiled numerous research documents, most of which can be viewed at the Hanley Library, University Of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA. Judy also has compiled a three volume reference which includes 20 Cemeteries Of McKean County, with 6 Bordering Cemeteries in Warren and Cattaraugus Co. This Cemetery work has been copyrighted and is for sale. Judy states that this reference is the most accurate and updated cemetery information available at the present time. She is the President of the McKean County Genealogical Society, and on the board of the McKean County Historical Society.

  • Professional Genealogist
    Larry Richmond
    5 Amm Street
    Bradford, PA 16701
    Professional assistance with genealogy information, specializing in Civil War and Bradford, Pennsylvania area history. Mr. Richmond can be reached Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11:00am - 2:00pm, at the Bradford Landmark Society - where he is a member. Larry has helped to compile many genealogical reference works that have been donated to various area libraries. Larry is also on the board of the McKean County Historical Society.
  • Marc D. Thompson, Genealogist

    708 Enfield Rd, Delray Beach FL 33444

    561 676-6179
    Association of Professional Genealogists. 25 years experience.
    Specialties include American, European, African-American
    BIO: Mr. Thompson has been a Family Historian since 1980 and a Genealogist since 1990. He founded the WSY Genealogical Society, Cumberland Co., PA 1999, compiled a 10-volume Family History collection and developed a number of websites. He actively lectures on various genealogy topics, travels often and has many personal contacts throughout the world. He subscribes to many fee-based online genealogy websites to supplement his more traditional resource methods. Well-versed in resource and information location in North America (including African-American and Native American) and Western Europe.



  • Eldred World War II Museum
    201 Main St.
    P.O. Box 273
    Eldred, PA 16731
    Commemorates the efforts of the people of Eldred, Bradford, Olean, NY and the surrounding communities during WWII. Centers around a specially commissioned sculpture representing the National Munitions Company production line, features a video production chronicling the history of the war from the perspective of that Company. Includes computer-activated dioramas representing events in both major theaters of war, animated maps, posters, letters from Allied generals and a library.


  • Kane High School Library
    300 Hemlock St.
    Kane, PA 16735

    HasKane Republicanon microfilm.

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Family History Center
    30 Chestnut St.
    Kane, PA 16735
    Ancestral File, a computerized file that contains genealogies of families from around the world; International Genealogical Index (IGI), lists date and places of birth, christening, and marriage, LDS temple ordinances, for millions of deceased people, 1500-early 1900's; Family histories, biographies, and genealogies listed by surname in Family History Catalog; Social Security death index, a computerized file listing people who have died in the US since 1962.

  • Friends Memorial Library
    230 Chase St.
    Kane, PA 16735
    Kane directories for a number of years between 1908 and 1948. A few local and area histories.


  • Mt. Jewett Memorial Library
    9 Main St.
    P.O. Box Y
    Mt. Jewett, PA 16740

  • Kinzua Bridge Foundation
    20 W. Main St.
    Mt. Jewett, PA 16740


  • S.W. Smith Library
    Church St.
    Port Allegany, PA 16743
    Reporter Argus, June 3, 1874 - present on microfilm; microfilm reader (no printer). A small collection of local histories.


  • Hamlin Memorial Library
    123 South Mechanic St.
    Smethport, PA 16749
    Collection includes books relating to local families, Smethport and McKean County.

  • McKean County Historical Society
    McKean County Old Jail Building
    Smethport, PA 16749-1144
    Exhibits of early life in McKean County, including country store, schoolhouse room, period clothier, oil field materials, lumber, history of glass, the role of the Bucktails in the Civil War and a railroad room. Working looms preserve the artistry and technology of weaving. A genealogy libray provides information on the area history. Featured material includes the McKean County Miner on microfilm, and records of all McKean County Cemeteries. Group tours and professional consultants are available. The charges are $4.00 for general admission and $2.00 for members, senior citizens, and children from 6 to 12, those 5 and under are free.

The above information was taken from a brochure done for the local libraries. This brochure was the work of the following people: Dennis Frank, University Of Pittsburgh Library; Sally Costik, Bradford Landmark Society; Eileen Reddy, Bradford Area Public Library; Larry Richmond, McKean County Historical Society; Judith A. Shick, McKean County Professional Genealogist.