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Roller-Hojeth Memorial Library

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] librarian@bcgslibrary.org

Address:[1]

431 S. Scotch Valley Road
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-9697

Telephone:[1](814) 696-3492

Hours and holidays:[1]Mon 6:30 PM-9:30 PM; Wed 10 AM-3:30 PM & 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM; Thurs 10 AM-3:30 PM; Sat 10 AM-2 PM

Internet sites and databases:

  • Blair County Genealogical Society: Organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes, the Blair County Genealogical Society (BCGS) operates a free research library. The Roller-Hojeth Memorial Library houses thousands of historical and genealogical books including cemetery and church records, funeral home records and an extensive obituary book collection. Their microfilm holdings include all the Pennsylvania censuses from 1790-1930, marriage records and local newspapers. Their county records room is a depository for many county records from all 67 counties of Pennsylvania including deeds, wills, and tax records. Their bookstore has over 140 publications for sale on various topics relating to family history research in Pennsylvania. There are also helpful volunteers to assist you with your Pennsylvania research challenges.
  • Repository databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

George H. Liebegott Collection

This collection is a gathering of genealogical facts from the families of the Morrison Cove region of South-central Pennsylvania. It was compiled by George H. Liebegott, a native of Blair County, beginning in 1930 and continuing through the late 1950’s by sending forms to the households of the region requesting that they be filled out and returned to him. It consists of 247 binders of returned information compiled and cataloged by Mr. Liebegott.

The actual George H. Liebigott Collection is held in the Martinsburg Community Library, 201 South Walnut Street, Martinsburg, PA 16662-1129. This library is just a short 12.5 miles and 20 minutes away from the BCGS. An index to the collection containing Surname and Given Names is available at the BCGS building. The index is also available on FHL Film number 331446 and online.

A microfilm copy of this collection is also available through the FHL on 132 microfilms (FHL #331446 through 331577). Film number 331446 is a card index to the Surnames and Given Names in the collection. These films may be ordered through your local family history center. As time and finances are available the Martinsburg Community Library is digitizing this collection. The forms sent to the households contained the following categories: Name, date of birth, date of death, name of parents, vocation, religious affiliation, date of marriage, name of spouse, spouse’s date of birth, spouse’s parents, their vocation and religious affiliation, address, names of children, their birth dates, their death dates, their marriages and children.

Floyd G. Hoenstine Rental Library Collection

A collection of approximately 3,000 books which formerly comprised the Hoenstine Rental Library, purchased by BCGS as a unit, and indexed in: Guide to Genealogical Research in Pennsylvania, by Floyd G. Hoenstine, 1978. Surname and topic index to the first 2,500 books in the former Hoenstine Rental Library. Three supplements were subsequently published: Supplement 1 in 1985, Supplement 2 in 1990 and Supplement 3 in 1995. These provide an index to books added to the collection after the initial Guide was published.

Private Collections

Col. George Woods and Dr. John Anderson Documents, 1762-1820s

Collection of 339 documents which are hand drawn file copies of land surveys, hand written draft pleas to Bedford Court and invoices and receipts related to the professional and personal life of George Woods. Col. Woods, surveyor, judge, and land developer, was born in Ireland about 1731 to George Woods and Rosanna Hall. He lived in Bedford, Bedford County, PA until his death in 1796.

Highland Hall School of Hollidaysburg, Collection

This collection includes yearbooks, catalogues, event programs, newspaper clippings, and many photographs. The school under its various names, Hollidaysburg Seminary, Miss Cowles' School, and Highland Hall, is well represented by the collection's documentation of the building structure, the staffs, and students. For most of its long use, Highland Hall was an academic preparatory school for young ladies. There were also male students for the first few years. Many of the young ladies came from the local area but also from around Pennsylvania and around the country. It is a rare archive of women's maiden and married names for the era.

Sollenberger Collection

The Rex Sollenberger Collection is a compilation of sources by surname of individuals who lived in the Williamsburg area of present day Blair County. He researched histories and other sources to compile the listing of mentioned surnames along with the sources where they were mentioned.

Plummer Collection

A compilation of the genealogy of Harold Plummer and the residents of Plummer Hollow of the Tyrone area of Blair County.

Surnames

In addition to published family studies, BCGS maintains an extensive collection of surname folders, and invites donations of documented data, newspaper clippings, photographs, and family trees to this collection


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Blair County Genealogical Society (accessed 19 April 2017).