Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Research Facilities

Crawford County Historical Society library
Location:  First floor, Helene Barco-Duratz Cultural Center at 411 Chestnut Street, one block north of Diamond Park.
Hours:  Open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
        [These are new hours, effective 15 August 2015.]
Parking:  Limited free parking is available behind and beside the facilicy and along upper Chestnut Street.
Admission fee:  $5 to non-members, free to members; membership fees start at $20 annually
        The Historial Society library also houses the collection of the Crawford County Genealogical Society.  Closed stacks.
        A surname index to genealogies fills two drawers of the card catalogue.
        Photocopies [except from microfilm] must be made by staff, and cost 25 cents/page (letter size).
For holdings, seeResources for CCHS” prepared by CCHS staff.
Note:  The most notable feature of the Historical Society's collection is an extensive card catalog indexing notices of marriages, deaths, and births (to 1950) in Meadville and (for certain years) Linesville and Conneautville newspapers.  Most of the indexed papers have been microfilmed and are available on three readers in the library; photocopies (available on the newest machine only) cost 25 cents per page (pay at the desk).  (The Titusville Herald is available on microfilm from 1865 to about 1890, but has not been indexed.)
Crawford County Courthouse, Meadville
Location:  on Diamond Park (between North and South Main Streets)
Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
            closed holidays
Parking:  around Diamond Park (25 cents/hour); some free parking on side streets
            alleys on both sides the Courthouse (two hour limit)
Note:  Handicapped access is available on the north side, beside the former jail.
For holdings, see Courthouse
Office of the Register and Recorder is located in the southwest corner of the first floor.
Office of the Clerk of Courts is to located on the first floor, to the right of the main entrance.
Prothonotary’s Office is located in the southeast corner of the first floor.
Law Library is located in the northwest corner of the second floor.
Veterans’ Affairs Office has moved (January 2014) to the Downtown Mall.
Meadville City Hall
Location:  former Armory building on west side of Diamond Park (first floor; handicapped accessible)
Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30
Parking:  around Diamond Park (metered, two hour limit)
Meadville Public Library, 848 North Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335
Location:  north side of Diamond Park, across from the former high school
            (corner of North Main and Walnut Streets)
Hours:  Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
            Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EXCEPT 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day
Parking:  on North Main St., in front of the library and around Diamond Park
            (metered, two hour limit [currently 25 cents/hour; free after 6 p.m. and on weekends])
Note:  Use side (north) entrance for elevator access.
Pelletier Library, Allegheny College
Location:  555 North Main Street, Meadville
Parking:  adjacent side streets (free)
Note:  Although Pelletier Library is a federal depository, and has certain census compilations, it does not have any census schedules.
Card catalog, called “ALLECAT
Family History Center, Meadville branch
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), 597 N. Park Avenue Extension, Meadville
        (across from Hailwood Golf Course); use rear entrance
        genealogy room is the first door on the left.
Telephone:  (814)336-5064
Hours: Tuesday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and by appointment
Parking:  adjacent (free)
Admission fee:  none (open to the public); microfilm rental fees $7 short-term; $18 extended term
Benson Memorial Library, Titusville [i.e., Titusville public library]
Location:  213 North Franklin Street, Titusville PA  16354
Telephone:  (814) 827-2913.
Note: has Titusville newspapers on microfilm
    (The Crawford County Historical Society library also has the Titusville Herald from 1865 to the 1890s)