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Our research library consists of County Cemetery Records (with headstones,) Census Records, thousands of Obituary Records, Advocate and Democrat (late 1800’s) Newspapers, Ridgway Record microfilm tapes from 1903 to present, Family Histories, County and Township Histories, Ridgway History, Industrial Histories, School Yearbooks, and Ridgway Town Directories.  

Genealogy Requests are preferred by mail.  If sending an email request please include your Full Name and Mailing Address to send the information. Family information will not be sent via email.

The Information Request form may assist both the requestor and genealogist in determining how much information the requestor already has and where information is lacking, so duplicate information is not charged.

Fee Schedule:
Letters sent to the society will be billed according to Quantity of Information Available, Time to Gather Information, plus the price of Copies and Postage. Anyone visiting the Society in person to conduct research will be considered performing Visiting Research for the following fee schedule. 

Visiting Research:Research Requests:Copies:
Society Members    —    Free
Non-Members    —    $15
$15 per DayBlack & White    —    25
Color     —    50
11x17 Black & White    —    50
11x17 Color    —    75

Research Form:
To download the Genealogical Information Form please click this link:

Please fill out the form (or send as much information as possible) and mail to:

Elk County Historical Society
Attn. Genealogy Dept.
109 Center Street
Ridgway, PA 15853

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