Genealogy Resources

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We are pleased to offer the Library Edition of, a research tool offering the most comprehensive, international genealogical information available online, with billions of indexed names in over 9,000 collections.

Ancestry Library Edition
Library Edition Quick User Guide & differences between personal Ancestry accounts and library edition.

In Cranberry, we have a good collection of 'how-to' books, to help the beginner get started with genealogy research. But, if your family hails from Butler County, you are really in luck. We have southern Butler County cemetery books; a Cranberry cemetery book and histories of local families - many written and compiled by a family member and donated to the library. We also have a collection of resources published by our local Historical Society.

We have back issues of the Butler Eagle on microfilm, dating back to 2007. A popular online resource is the Butler County Obituary Database - an index to 350,000 newspaper articles published in Butler County Newspapers from 1818 to 2012.

Once your research is underway, you'll want to visit the Butler Area Library. Then, take advantage of free classes at the nearby Family History Center, located on Rochester Rd. in Cranberry Township.

Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

Now powered by Ancestry, this amazing collection consists of the following core data sets:
  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, with every-name indexes for all years.
  • Genealogy and local history books and directories deliver more than 40,000 family histories, local histories, city directories, and other books.
  • Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, and full-page register views, it offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
  • U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive (1800-2009), published by the Allen County Public Library, it contains more than 2.3 million records covering both English and French periodicals published around the world since 1800.
With a robust search interface, thumbnail images, hit highlighting, easy-to-use tools, and convenient in-library or remote access through the library portal, it’s easy to see why HeritageQuest continues to be one of the most recommended resources by family history publications and genealogists.
Click here to start your journey into the past.

Family Search


Family Search, is a nonprofit family history organization, provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and dedicated to connecting families across generations. Family Search believes that families bring joy and meaning to life.  Visit the Family Search website

A Family History Center is located in Cranberry Township, offering free access to many databases and resources. 
Visit their Family History Center WIKI page for center hours and listings of free classes.
* Many databases, and subscriptions sites (such as Ancestry) are available for free at the Family History Center.

Cranberry Township Family History Center
Phone: 724-742-0922  Email: Location: 2771 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Butler Area Public Library

218 N. McKean St., Butler, PA 16001

In 1987, the Edgar Weir family provided for the creation of a resource room where family and local history could be researched. Located on the second floor of the Butler Area Public Library, the room is available by elevator or stairs. Here you will find the largest genealogical collection in Butler County. More information...

If would appreciate assistance from our genealogist during your visit, call 724 287-1715 to verify an appointment. Our reference librarians are also available to assist you. Most resources are searchable Online Catalog
You may email the genealogist at

Historical Societies and Local Genealogy Clubs

Beaver County Genealogy and History Center
Our mission is to provide an archival site for study, reference, research and preservation of Beaver County documents and books, both historical and genealogical; to provide aid and encouragement to the public in their historical research and genealogical pursuits; to encourage the preservation of public and private records, genealogical data, and cemetery data pertaining to Beaver County, PA. Email:

Butler County Historical Society
The Butler Society has extensive historical, genealogical, and photographic collections as well as thousands of artifacts that provide opportunities for historical enthusiasts to get involved. Email:
Cranberry Township Historical Society
The Society was founded in 1989, is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to identifying, preserving, and promoting public awareness of historical sites, landmarks, place names and traditions. Email:
Cranberry Genealogy Club
Based in Cranberry Township, the club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month (except December) in the Cranberry Public Library at 6:30 PM. Email:
North Hills Genealogists
This is a group of people interested in genealogy and in researching their family histories. Located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, our members have common interests in the geographic areas north of the city. Many of our members also live in that area. Email:

Visit the North Hills Genealogists Resource webpage for links to other PA county societies, such as Armstrong, Erie, Crawford, Fayette, Mercer and others.
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional family historians and genealogists dedicated to the study and preservation of family history. Since 1974, members of WPGS have helped trace family roots in Western Pennsylvania while preserving important local and regional records. WPGS maintains its library and offices in the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.

Zelienople Historical Society
The Society was incorporated in 1975 to preserve and share the history of Zelienople. In 1978, the Society purchased and restored Passavant House, creating a museum featuring artifacts and memorabilia of the Passavant family and of the town's historic past. A research library, with a large collection of primary source materials, as well as genealogical records of many early immigrant families is available to researchers.

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
The portal to your Pennsylvania past. The Society is located at 2207 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Pennsylvania State Library

Pennsylvania State Library & genealogy The Genealogy and Local History Collection of the State Library of Pennsylvania consists of a wide variety of indexes, genealogies, state and county histories, atlases, land warranty maps, ship lists, and compilations of church and cemetery records, as well as the Pennsylvania Federal Census records on microfilm. Of interest to genealogists and historians alike are such items as the Published Pennsylvania Archives series, the many regimental histories in the collection, research guides for ethnic and minority groups, and guides to genealogical research in foreign countries.

The Genealogy and Local History Collection is available on a self-service basis. You can search the State Library Catalog for published materials

The state library is located in the Forum Building, Commonwealth Ave. and Walnut St., Harrisburg. It is open to the public. Check their website for Hours & Directions

Cyndi's List 
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet (free)
A comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Library Edition, formerly The Generations Network, is a privately held Internet company based in Provo, Utah. The largest for-profit genealogy company in the world, it operates a network of genealogical and historical record websites focused on the United States and nine foreign countries, develops and markets genealogical software, and offers a wide array of genealogical related services.

In addition to its flagship site, operates,, ProGenealogists,,,,, and The company also developed and markets Family Tree Maker software.

Fold3 is a great source for original military records. Although, much of the material is available through other non-subscription sources.