LOCAL HISTORY/ GENEALOGY RESOURCES
Our library hosts an impressive local history collection
featuring extensive resource materials on Masontown
Borough, German Township, and the surrounding area. Many
rare and out-of-print materials housed in the SHIRLEY
RENALDI LOCAL HISTORY COLLECTION will enable the
serious researcher to find information about their family
history as well as local events of yesteryear.
Because of the unique nature of these resource materials,
they MAY NOT BE BORROWED from the library. Local
history and genealogical items are not available through
ACCESS PA; public libraries usually request that these
materials be used in-house only. Patrons are welcome to read
and study any local history and genealogical material in the
library, and copies can be made by library staff members for
a nominal cost.
GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH can be arranged for patrons
at a reasonable cost; the library staff is unable to
provide personal family research for individual patrons.
Contact the Library Director for information on available
genealogical research services and fees.
It is suggested that patrons planning to conduct local history
or genealogical research allow ample time during their library
visit to inspect all pertinent materials. Please note the library's
hours on the FAQs page or call 724.583.7030.
Numerous web sites such as those listed above are available
to help those trying to locate their family ancestry. An exciting
new site focusing exclusively on our local area may be
reached by visiting the Fayette County Genealogy Project.
Frequent updates and Research Resources are provided.
Nearby, the Uniontown Public Library boasts an extensive
collection of local history and genealogical materials housed in
the Pennsylvania Room. Visit their web site or call
724.437.1165 for more information.
For for an interesting site with links to free and pay services
such as court records, marriage licenses, and property
records offered by Fayette County, as well as other PA
counties, follow this link.
Photos of A. F. Hill, a noted local Civil War veteran who was
born in German Township and was the author of a book
about the White Rocks murder, are now available. Check
this site for other Fayette County people and places,
including several from the German-Masontown area
For a glimpse into daily life in the bituminous coal mining
towns of our area, visit Applachian Coalfields to view many
current and rare pictures of western Pennsylvania towns.
Check out the KLONDIKE FIELD for information on coal
mining communities or "patches" in our area. Visit the Virtual
Muesum of Coal Mining for vast resources on the places and
people of the coal region. Both sites provide helpful links for
PLANNING A VISIT TO THE AREA? Discover the history,
enjoy tourist attractions, and find places to go in Fayette
County by clicking here.
West Penn Railways operated an extensive trolley network
that served the many small communities in Fayette County
and surrounding areas. The streetcars provided safe,
reliable, and frequent service to local residents. The routes
operating between Uniontown and the Masontown and
German Township areas were discontinued in 1950 due to
increased auto ownership and improved roads.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health's web site provides
access to birth, death, marriage and divorce records.
Information on how to obtain these vital records and to make
genealogy requests may be found here
HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of
American genealogical and historical sources--unique
primary sources, local and family histories, and helpful
research aids. Click below to find where your past begins!
In appreciation of her many
years of dedication to
Library and outstanding service
to the community, our local
history collection has been
named in honor of long time
Library Administrator SHIRLEY
Board member Kathy Packroni
examines reference material in the
SHIRLEY RENALDI LOCAL HISTORY
Our region was once home to the
largest bituminous coal fields in the
Built in 1780, Lardin House in German
Township has born witness to history
as a Civil War encampment and stop
on the Underground Railroad.
Fort Mason Historical Society Museum
on North Main Street allows visitors to
experience life in early twentieth
century Fayette County.