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The Daily Genealogist: Blair County Genealogical Society, Pennsylvania

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Blair County Genealogical Society, Pennsylvania

Blair County is located in central Pennsylvania. Its county seat is Hollidaysburg. The Blair County Genealogical Society was organized in 1979. Its purpose is “to compile, study and exchange information of a genealogical and historical nature and to preserve, perpetuate and publish the genealogical and historical heritage of the Blair County area for the benefit of its members, schools, and the general public.” The Blair County Genealogical Society has made the following resources available on its website.

Delayed Birth Records Index
Pennsylvania only began keeping records of births in 1906. Anyone born before 1906 who needed a birth certificate had to apply for a delayed birth record. This database is an index to those delayed birth file records. The delayed birth files contain the supporting documentation submitted to receive a delayed birth record. A form is provided so that you can order a copy of a delayed birth file via postal mail. (Not everyone in the record index has a file.)

Marriage Records Index
This database contains the index to Blair County Genealogical Society publication 18: Marriage Application Records, Blair County, PA, Vol. 1, Oct. 1885-1890. The data fields in this alphabetical-by-groom’s-surname index include the groom’s name, bride’s name, and year of the marriage.

Death Records Indexes
The largest online index collection on the website is that of Blair County deaths. The data has been gathered from a number of different sources. An obituary order form is provided on each database page. The following is a sample list of sources.

1856–1860 deaths abstracted from the Altoona Tribune.

Coroner's lists that appeared in the Altoona Tribune for 1886, 1888–1891, and 1893–1903.

Deaths listed in the Tyrone Daily Herald for 1887, 1888, 1891–1894, 1911, and 1932–1935.

Deaths recorded at the Blair County Courthouse in 1894, 1895, and 1898, before the Pennsylvania Department of Health began keeping vital records in 1905.

Death notices from the Altoona Mirror for 1906, 1908, and 1913–1932.

The Archie Claar Obituary Collection Index, based on the Archie Claar obituary clipping books (ten volumes covering 1933 through 1938).

Death indexes from the Broad Top Bulletin of Saxton, 1989 through 2009.


The website also contains links to offsite databases with deaths extracted from local newspapers, a link to a Blair County atlas on the PAGenWeb site, and other external links.

Posted by Jean Powers at 06/11/2012 10:27:02 AM | 

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