Research materials are available onsite during regular library hours, including Saturdays. Research assistance is available; however, please call ahead to confirm a staff person will be available to assist at the time you plan to visit.
Due to the nature of the genealogy and local history collection, if an archive staff person is not present, patrons are required to leave jackets, briefcases, laptop cases, and backpacks at the front desk. If bags are brought in during regular genealogy service hours, they may be subject to search. Patrons must register at the front desk and provide a photo ID to use the Pennsylvania Room should an archives staff person be unavailable.
There is no charge to conduct your own research, but donations are gladly accepted. The cost for regular copies is $.20 per black and white copy and $.40 per color copy.
Assistance is available for research via email. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(NOTE: if you have attempted to contact us by email in the past year and not received a response, please try again! We have been in a period of major transitions, and some email messages may have been lost.)
The charges are as follows:
- $15 per hour research fee. After the first hour, the genealogist will determine if further research would prove fruitful. You will be notified at this point and you will be asked if you would like the research to continue.
- $5.00 per obituary search with exact date of death. If exact date is unknown, the $5.00 fee includes 1 hour of research. If research extends beyond the hour, the $15 per hour research fee will go into effect. Please provide as much information as possible about name, date, and place of death.
In addition to research fees, copy costs as noted above apply.
We have the Library edition of Ancestry.com available on our public computers for on-site use at the library.
The Meyersdale Public Library is a FamilySearch affiliate (https://www.familysearch.org/). As such, we were formerly able to have microfilm from its Family History Library delivered here for patron use. FamilySearch discontinued its microfilm circulation services, however, as of September 7th, 2017. The majority of its microfilm collection – over 1.5 billion images – is now available digitally, with plans for remaining microfilms to be digitized by the end of 2020. These digital images can be accessed by the archives staff; please ask for their assistance.