Family & Local History
Donald J. Nicolls History Room
Located on the second floor of the New Castle Public Library, the collection in the Donald J. Nicolls 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 staff members, please call ahead to make sure one will be available when you plan to come. We also take appointments, 724-658-6659, ext. 112, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
The Genealogy staff will do LIMITED genealogical research or requests for obituaries by the mail. The fee for this service is determined by the amount of time needed to perform the search, as well as any copying fees. Information on more than one person can be included in each request.
The library will charge a minimum service charge of $5, plus $1 for each additional page. So if a patron requests 1 page of information, the charge would be $5. Two are $6, three are $7, etc. An invoice will be sent with the information and payment should be returned with the invoice to the library’s business office.
If you use this service, please give as much information about the person(s) that you are searching, such as spouse, dates, location, etc. This helps us to verify that we have the correct person or family. The more information you can provide, the better the chances that we can provide you with the information you need.
If you would like a copy of the obituary, please include your regular mail address. This will help fill your request sooner.
A public copier/printer is available; charge is $0.15 for black-and-white and $0.50 for color copies.
Several microfilm machines are available for public use; copies are $0.50 per page. Assistance is available in using these machines.
Genealogy staff will also do LIMITED genealogical research and provide information by mail, as described above.
Contact the Genealogy Department
New Castle Public Library
c/o Genealogy Department
207 East North Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: 724-658-6659 ext. 112, 129
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Genealogy & Local History Databases
Marriage & Obituary Index
Please visit our home-grown database for marriage announcement and obituary dates from the New Castle News. We have entered information about where and when obituaries were published (so they can be found on microfilm) since the start of the newspaper in 1880, in addition to other New Castle newspapers over the years.
Please note that dates are of the ANNOUNCEMENT, not necessarily the date of the marriage or death. Consult the actual announcement on microfilm for complete information.
Digital Collection of New Castle Directories
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. Available via Power Library's PA Photos and Documents.
New Castle Directories 1872-1899 (not exhaustive) – also covers Mahoning, Shenango, and Beaver
New Castle Directories 1911-1918 (not exhaustive)
New Castle Public Library was awarded LSTA (Library Services and Technology) funding in the amount of $16,806 to digitize 29 New Castle city directories from 1872-1921. This project was 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.
Some copies of our high school yearbook collection have been digitized and are now available on the Power Library's PA Photos and Documents website.
Ancestry Library Edition - AVAILABLE IN-LIBRARY ONLY
Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.
Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Find titles from across the US and Illinois. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.
Search the archives of the New Castle News from 2000 – today - You can browse today’s news or search for stories, obituaries, sports, columns, and more.
Newspapers.com - AVAILABLE IN-LIBRARY ONLY
At Newspapers.com it's easy and convenient to search or browse the collection to find news, notices of births, marriages and deaths, sports, comics and much more. Our high quality digital images and powerful viewer provide the best look at these historical papers and make it easy to print, save and share what you find. New Castle Public Library has access to Pennyslvania newspapers only.
Genealogy & Local History Databases
Local Interest Links:
Useful Genealogy Links:
Billions of names across hundreds of collections- including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more.
A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
A source for family history buffs to find genealogical research and popular genealogy articles. Start a search or browse below to start digging into your family's past!
Provides “daily updates on the newest genealogy sites and data online”.
Locate genealogical information by location.
Find local societies.
With a mission to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.
Documents, records, and photographs, including veterans’ service records and teachers’ resources.
Connects people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.
List of startup resources to begin your genealogy search (most of which we have in our History Room Collection).
Provides access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
"The world's largest online family history resource" (available free for in-library access only).