Biographical and Historical Book Library

This is a bibliography of most of our biographical and historical volumes currently being used for transcription to our various Pennsylvania counties. Some of this information is held at the DataBoards and some is on the county pages. Links are provided to take you to the location where possible.

Multiple County Books

  • Book of biographies : this volume contains biographical sketches of leading citizens of the Seventeenth Congressional District, Pennsylvania. Buffalo, N.Y.: Biographical Pub. Co., 1899, 777 pgs. - recent acquisition
  • Encyclopedia of Genealogy and Biography of the State of Pennsylvania, Vol. I, Lewis Publishing Co., 1904 - recent acquisition.
  • Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, Jordan, New York, 1915 (Vols. I, II, IV) - partially completed, please click this link to search the DataBoards for submissions from this series.
  • Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania, John W. Jordan, Vol I, New York, 1915. - Work is just getting underway on this volume.
  • History and Topography of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Bedford, Adams, and Perry Counties, I. Daniel Rupp, 1846 - recent acquisition
  • History of Cumberland Valley, Vol. II, (Franklin and Cumberland Cos.), George P. Donehoo, Susquehanna History Assn., 1930. - Work is just getting underway on this volume.
  • History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania, J.H. Beers & Co., 1890
  • History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pa., Waterman, Watkins & Co., 1884. - currently the majority of the biographies for Bedford County have been extracted.
  • History of the Susquehanna & Juniata Valleys, Franklin Ellis, 1886. Please click this link to search the DataBoards for submissions from this volume.

Armstrong County

Beaver County

  • Book of biographies : this volume contains biographical sketches of leading citizens of Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Buffalo, N.Y.: Biographical Pub. Co., 1899,

Berks County

  • Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania, a History, Cyrus T. Fox, Vol. I, Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1925 - recent acquisition

Cameron County

Clarion County

Clearfield County

Forest County

Franklin County

  • Biographical annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania : containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers, and biographical sketches of prominent citizens. Chicago: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1905

Jefferson County

Lancaster County

Washington County

Westmoreland County

York County

  • History of York County, Pennsylvania : from the earliest period to the present time, divided into general, special, township and borough histories, with a biographical department appended; John Gibson; Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886
  • History of York County from its erection to the present time: 1729-1834; William C. Carter; Harrisburg, Pa.: Aurand Press, 1930