The Historical Society offers a variety of resources to aid the genealogist in their search for their ancestors. While some are SCHS reprints or publications and are available for purchase; others may be viewed in the library such as: maps, microfilms, newspapers, and more.
The well-stocked library of the Society has a wide variety of publications on the history of the county. Subjects covered in the library include: Canals, anthracite coal mining, Civil War, city directories, family histories, town, borough and township histories, military and railroads.
The Society has a rich collection of manuscripts covering many subjects of county history. These materials reveal the history of the early townships and the development of the anthracite coal industry. Many of the manuscripts are original documents and describe many subjects of historical interest in the county.
The Society has a very important collection of genealogical materials. Church records, family records, and genealogical publications by various groups comprise this important segment of the collections.
Genealogical Research Service
Each year the Society receives hundreds of inquiries from people seeking assistance on researching records of Schuylkill County families.
If the correspondent clearly identifies the ancestor as having lived in Schuylkill County, a city, town, or township within the geographic confines of Schuylkill County, we will offer to give the following services:
Search our index to the original family names of Schuylkill County and send photocopies of the same.
Genealogical Research Fees
For Society members the fee for a search is $22.00 per hour. For non-members the fee is $35.00 per hour.
Requests are processed in the order in which they are received. Please complete the detailing what you want us to research and find. Give us all the information you already know as to individuals, dates, etc. Include a check for the first hour research fee ($35.00 non-member or $22.00 member) or credit card information and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. We will send you a report of what we were able to find. If we are not able to find anything in the first 30 minutes of research and it is unlikely that we will, we will not charge you. If we need additional time over the 1st hour we will advise you and ask for additional payment.