248 Main Street
Johnstown, PA 15901
Phone: 814-536-5131

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Genealogy and Reference Services Research Policy

Currently, until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we cannot provide obituaries or any other materials not available online.

As staff time allows, the reference department can provide photocopies of obituary and marriage notices from the Johnstown (PA) Tribune, its successor, the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, and the Ebensburg Sky. No other local newspapers are available for genealogical research.

Digital copies and/or photocopies of obituary and marriage notices from these papers can be provided by the Reference Department. Library volunteers have indexed death notices and marriage announcements from the Johnstown papers for the years 1853 to the present.  The online indexes posted by an independent researcher are temporarily unavailable, but an index search can be completed by one of our reference librarians.  Call 814-536-5131, x210, or email reference@cclsys.org. If your person is found in the index, the cost per each record pull (obituary or marriage notice) requested is $5.

If you have an exact date of a marriage or death which does not appear to have been indexed and the death or marriage occurred in the area covered by the Johnstown newspaper, we will attempt to locate an announcement or article for you in the event that it was overlooked when the index was compiled. The library cannot refund any money if your information is not found since the fee is charged for the time spent in research.

Volunteers have also indexed death notices and marriage notices from the Ebensburg Sky for the years 1831 - 1837.

The following fees will apply for each name requested:
Photocopy from a year covered by library's index --- $5.00
(Approximate year must be included with request)
Photocopy if EXACT date is known but is not indexed --- $5.00 
If the month and year of death is known but not the day, we can search through one month of microfilm for a charge --- $10.00

If you do not have an exact date for the years not covered by our indexes, library staff will NOT be able to search for you because this would involve going through a whole year of newspapers day by day.

News articles from the Johnstown Tribune and the Ebensburg Sky can be copied for a $5.00 charge only if the date is known since there is no subject index for either newspaper.

Only a limited amount of other research can be provided by library staff. Pages from city directories, telephone books, local histories, records from our microfilm index citations, etc. can be photocopied for a $5.00 research fee if an exact citation is given. When time must be spent in searching for a topic, a $20.00 per hour charge will be incurred.

Please address all queries to

Cambria County Library
Attn: Reference Department
248 Main Street
Johnstown, PA 15901

With your requests for research, please include a check payable to the Cambria County Library, or call us at 814-536-5131, ext. 212 to make payment by phone.

If you wish, in-depth requests may be sent to a local genealogy researcher. Although the library does not endorse or recommend genealogical or historical researchers, a list of people willing to do local searches can be provided upon request. Each individual will provide information on fees when contacted.

Library staff will be happy to assist you in using any genealogy or reference materials if you wish to visit the Cambria County Library. Check our hours on the library home page.


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