Monday, August 22, 2011

12 Days of Family and Genealogy - Lycoming County Genealogical Society Library

This post is part of my series of the 12 days I spent with my parents visiting family and doing genealogy research.

On our last day in Williamsport, I helped my aunt with the neighborhood garage sale. This was how I paid for my stay. After lunch, my parents dropped me off at the Lycoming County Genealogical Society's Library. I was able to spend 2 hours there and find some records on my family.

Here's a sampling of what I found:
  • Williamsport City Death Records 1879-1927 - I found the records for Margaret Blitz and her son Joseph Blitz, but no record of Valentine Blitz (my favorite ancestor). I was hoping to find more than the year on his tombstone to help me locate an obituary.
  • Lycoming County Will Books 1795-1903 - I was hoping to find more wills, but apparently my ancestors didn't write them. I was able to find the wills of Michael F Dincher, Valentine Blitz, and Margaret Eck.
  • Surname Books - They only had "books" on my Eck family, but they had a lot of them. Most of them were just family group sheets, but a few had newspaper articles, marriage licenses, deeds and more. My grandmother told me she threw away all of her research, but some of these "books" were actually binders filled with what I believe to be here research. One clue that it is hers was my parents wedding announcement. Another was her name written on some pages in random spots.
  • Vertical Files - I searched for my Lycoming County surnames again and found a few files, but nothing of interest inside.
I hope to visit this library again someday. I should try to go through their tax records and hopefully find something interesting for the Eiswerth surname book.


  1. On site research is definitely the best for so many reasons! Very few things can top the enjoyment of visiting a genealogical library with local records. It sounds like it was a productive 2 hours, but probably not long enough, eh? :D

  2. I'm very envious of your trip--a large number of my maternal side were Lycoming County-based. However, the LCHS has been very responsive to my email inquiries. They even made a copy of one of my family books for a very reasonable fee.

    I looked at your surname list--too bad we don't seem to be cousins.