Historical Societies ~ Cambria County


The Cambria County Historical Society

615 N. Center Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931-1122

Phone: (814-472-6674)

Library usage fee: none

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-4:30pm, Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

Website: http://www.cambriacountyhistorical.com/


  The Cambria County Historical Society maintains a library and museum in the building at 615 North Center Street in Ebensburg, Cambria County.

  The library contains many families files donated by members along with published and unpublished family histories. The society possesses U.S. Census records and indexes for the census taken in 1800 through 1920. As with most historical society libraries, a collection of published and unpublished books on church records and cemeteries in the county are accumulated by the Cambria County Historical Society. Also part of the library’s holdings include a number of map and atlas books from Cambria County and surrounding counties, including the 1890 Cambria County Atlas. The library owns all of the published Pennsylvania Archives except for the 1st Series. A recent addition to the library’s collection is photo files comprised of donations of family photographs and photographs pertaining to the region. The Cambria County Historical Society also keeps its own newsletters on file along with newsletters from other historical societies. City directories for Johnstown are available for the years 1853, 1876, 1896, 1915-1916, 1933, 1937, 1940, 1949, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1980. A county-wide directory for Cambria County is available for the year 1896.

  Of special interest are books on the subjects of indians/archaeology, local history, industry, wars Cambria County residents participated in, and Admiral Peary (who was from this region). A complete set of Samuel P. Bates’ History Of Pennsylvania Volunteers 1861-1865, Volumes I, II, III, IV , published in 1869 is among the library’s collection pertaining to veterans affairs and war history.

  Originals of the following newspapers from the region are maintained in the library’s collection:

Alleghenian 1859-1869

Cambria Freeman 1866-1903

Cambria Herald 1895-1897

Cambria Tribune 1898-1908

Democrat Sentinel 1853-1865

Ebensburg Sky 1831-1837

Hastings Tribune 1894-1896

Johnstown Democrat 1929-1949

Johnstown Tribune 1929-1949

Johnstown Tribune Democrat 1954-1965

Mainliner Dispatch 1955-1972

Mountain Sentinel 1849-1853

Mountaineer 1858-1860

Mountaineer Herald 1891-1997 (except 1936-1940)

Nanty Glo Journal 1951-1976

News Leader 1988-1998

Portage Dispatch 1954-1964

Union Press Courier 1955-1998

  In addition, the Cambria County Historical Society library maintains a collection of microfilm of the following:Census (U.S.) for Cambria County 1800-1920 Newspapers:

Allegheny Mountain Echo (Johnstown) 1855-1859

Cambria Freeman 1861-1887, 1889-1897

Cambria Tribune 1853-1861, 1897-1908

Democrat Sentinel 1856-1861

Ebensburg Mountaineer Herald 1891-1916, 1918-1977

Ebensburg Sky 1831-1837

Johnstown Daily Democrat 1894-1935

Johnstown Democrat & Cambria & Somerset Advertiser 1835

Johnstown Weekly Tribune 1868-1869, 1882-1915

Mainliner Dispatch 1971

Mountain Echo (Johnstown) 1851-1857

Mountain Sentinel 1849-1856

Mountaineer 1858-1860

Nanty Glo Journal 1951-1976

Portage Dispatch 1954-1964

The Times (Altoona) 1889

Windber-Johnstown Area Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 5048, Johnstown, PA 15904-6048

Phone: (814-539-6411)

Website: http://www.pennhighlands.edu/library/Gensoc/genealogy.htm


  The Windber-Johnstown Area Genealogical Society at one time maintained a collection of family and county histories at the Hiram G. Andrews Library on the campus of the Cambria County Community College and held monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month in the Seminar Theater at 727 Goucher Street, Johnstown. The society, which uses the initials "WJAGS" (i.e. Windber-Johnstown Area Genealogical Society) currently has a website which gives the name ofthe organization as the Johnstown Area Genealogical and Historical Society. The society’s collection of research materials includes published and unpublished books devoted to local cemeteries and church records and microfilm of the U.S. Census for the immediate region.

Cambria County Library

248 Main St., Johnstown, PA 15901-1677

Phone: (814-536-5131)

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Website: http://www.cclsys.org/index.html


  Although the Cambria County Library does not specialize in genealogical research, it does maintain microfilm for the following newspapers:

Alleghenian 1859-1869

Cambria Freeman 1867-1899

Cambria Tribune 1853-1864, 1898-1900

Democrat Sentinel 1853-1857

Ebensburg Sky 1831-1837

Johnstown Democrat 1863-1867

Johnstown Tribune 1864-1952

Johnstown Tribune Democrat 1952-present

Mountain Sentinel 1849-1853

Mountaineer 1858-1860, 1859-1866

Somerset Herald 1828-1831, 1845-1847

Somerset Herald: Farmer’s And Mechanic’s 1872-1900

LDS Family Research Center ~
     Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter~Day Saints

609 Walters Ave., Johnstown, PA

Phone: (814-269-4652)

Hours: Monday 9:00am-4:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm, Wednesday 5:00pm-8:00pm, Thursday, Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm, Closed during December


  The LDS Family Research Center of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) provides a very valuable service to the Cambria County region. The Research Center maintains a collection of published family histories, but more importantly, it provides access to the extensive collection of files on computer disc, microfilm and microfiche which are maintained by the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. For a modest rental fee you can borrow any of the records available for a period of a month.

Portage Area Historical Society

400 Lee Street, Portage, PA (P.O. Box 45, Portage, PA 15946)

Phone: (814-736-9223)

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00am-4:00pm, Closed January 1 to April 1

Website: http://www.portagestationmuseum.org/


  The Portage Area Historical Society manages the Portage Station Museum, in addition to preserving the history of the Borough of Portage.