Genealogy/History Room

Located on the second floor of the New Castle Public Library, the collection in the History Room includes family histories, standard reference works, county histories of Pennsylvania, and other genealogical material.

The New Castle Public Library is proud of its collection of genealogical materials. The collection is especially strong in Pennsylvania census records and local family histories.

If you need the assistance of one of our genealogy librarians, before making a trip to the library, please call ahead to make sure one will be available when you plan to come. We also take appointments (724-658-6659, ext. 129). Thank you.


We are pleased to present our newest digital collections! Along with the Lawrence County Historical Society, we have digitized our oldest City of New Castle, Lawrence County, telephone, farm, and regional directories! Please take the time to view and search them and fill out our survey! We will be constantly updating these collections to help you find information more efficiently, so check back often. If you are not able to find what you need, please contact us.

New Castle Directories, 1872-1899
This collection contains a selection of various directories from 1872-1899 (not exhaustive), covering the Mahoning, Shenango, and Beaver valleys, as well as Lawrence County and the City of New Castle.

New Castle Directories, 1900-1910
This collection contains City of New Castle directories covering all years, 1900-1910.

New Castle Directories, 1911-1918
This collection contains a variety of Lawrence County, farm, telephone, and City of New Castle directories spanning the years, 1911-1918 (not exhaustive).

New Castle Directories, 1921-1928
This collection contains City of New Castle directories covering all years, 1921-1928.

New Castle Public Library has been awarded LSTA (Library Services and Technology) funding in the amount of $16,806 to digitize 29 New Castle city directories from 1872-1921. The directories, which belong to the library and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Out of 96 applicants from across the state, the library was one of 34 libraries to receive funding for this competitive grant. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor. The Friends of the Library contributed the amount needed to complete the project through the 1920s.

New Databases- Available In-House and Remotely for up-to-date library card holders

MyHeritage -World Vital Records
World Vital Records is designed for guests who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work want to discover more of their past. A massive library with billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and millions of family trees. Access key collections: COMPLETE U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; birth, marriage and death records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles. This database has unique and exclusive local and world collections. NEW records added regularly!

Accessible Archives
accessiblearchivesDeveloped by dedicated instructors and students of American history, Accessible Archives contain the rich, comprehensive material found in leading historic periodicals and books. Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records are available in a user-friendly online environment.

You should be able to sign-in with your library barcode number if you are accessing remotely. If you are experiencing problems, try closing your browser entirely and try again, or contact us:

724-658-6659, ext. 112
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