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Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


These are links that I have found helpful in doing genealogy research. If you have other helpful links, please send them to me, and I will add them to the site.

Genealogy Websites - Huntingdon County

This set of websites is dedicated specifically to information relating to Huntingdon County.

Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

This website was created by Deb (Fisher) Riley and specifically focuses on the Woodcock Valley area of Huntingdon County. However, the website includes information on all of Huntingdon County as well as neighboring Juniata and Blair Counties.

Posted March 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Huntingdon County Genealogy Project

This website is established through the US Gen Web Project. It contains cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, family histories, and family contacts.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:20 AM

Huntingdon County Historical Society

This website will take you to information on the Huntingdon County Historical Society to learn more about their holdings and hours. Visiting the Historical Society in person is the best way to take advantage of their resources.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:27 AM

 Pennsylvania US Gen Web Archives for Huntingdon County

You will find information submitted by fellow researchers on this site. You can search by surname. There are obituaries, cemetery transcriptions, Bible records, biographies, photos, etc.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 5:11 AM

Cemeteries in Huntingdon County

There are links to cemeteries here that do not exist on some of the other sites. You can also see other cemetery information, and even volunteer to transcribe a cemetery.

Posted September 3, 2010 at 8:19 PM


This website offers links to other websites with information about Huntingdon County. I have set this site to load for Huntingdon County, however, you can access any state and county with this website.

Posted October 22, 2010 at 1:46 AM

Huntingdon History Research Network

Nancy Shedd, retired director of the Huntingdon County Historical Society, started this website to The mission of the Huntingdon History Research Network is to give serious students of Huntingdon County and Central Pennsylvania history a place where the results of their unpublished research projects are made available to others.

Posted June 2, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Huntingdon County PA History and Heritage

Lonnie Smith created this website. He is a young researcher in Huntingdon County.

Posted March 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Iron Furnaces in Huntingdon County, PA

This list takes you to a list of iron furnaces located in Huntingdon County.

Posted July 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

State Historical Markers in Huntingdon County

Posted July 30, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Family Websites

This set of websites is dedicated to specific family names.

 Families Migrating West

This website includes information on the Brumbaugh, Ebie, Fall, Fouse, Heimbaugh, Kern, Miller, Royer, Sprankle, and Wise families.

Posted April 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Davis, Brumbaugh, Nevel, Cooney, Wilson, Bowlby, and Judy - Jesse Davis

Jesse has collected a vast amount of information on the Brumbaugh family and names associated with it in the Woodcock Valley area.

Posted September 7, 2010 at 3:07 PM

 Clark Family - Lana Clark

This website focuses on the family history of the James Allen and Annie Hatt Clark family of Huntingdon County. Lana has included many other names as well through marriages.

Posted August 7, 2010 at 1:32 PM

 Duchesnse "Duke" Clark's Genealogy Database

Duke has information on his family that includes the Woodcock Valley area of Huntingdon County as well as neighboring counties.

Posted September 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Dean Family - Larry Dean

This site offers a lot of research on the Dean family. There is a link for information on the Dean family in central PA, especially in the Woodcock Valley area. He includes the work of two other Dean researchers as well: Beverly Dean Peoples and Lois A. Derrough.

Posted September 27, 2010 at 6:11 AM

The History of the Diveley/Dively Family

The Dively family has many roots in neighboring Blair County, PA.

Posted August 15, 2013 at 8:35 PM

 Enyeart Family - Audrey (Shields) Hancock

This site is full of information and resources on the Enyeart family.

Posted September 23, 2010 at 4:05 AM

 Robbins, Foulke, Haas and Worthen Families

Walt Robbins, Jr. has created a website that addresses his family ties. He interconnects the Fisher family.

Posted March 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

 Select Fisher Surname Genealogy

This web page offers different links to websites dealing with the various lines of the Fisher family.

Posted April 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Jacob Ganoe Family

This website focuses on the Jacob Ganoe and Addleman families from the Warriors Mark area of Huntingdon County.

Posted September 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM

 Garner Family - Claudia Garner

This website provides family information, photos, and information on the lost town of Aitch.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 6:26 AM

 Horton and Mellott Families - Mike Horton

Mike has information on his family lines and photos.

Posted September 6, 2010 at 7:29 AM

Isett and Gorman Family Tree - Bonnie (Isett) Gorman

Bonnie Isett Gorman has been researching the Isett family for many years. Her information can be found at

Posted August 6, 2010 at 6:17 AM

The Families of Adam Keith - Robert Keith

Members of the Keith family were early settlers in the Woodcock Valley area of Huntingdon County. The website is maintained by Robert Keith.

Posted May 28, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Kissinger Family - Lynn Ayers

Lynn provides photos and family information on the Samuel Kissinger family.

Posted August 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The Shank, Shoup, Patterson, and Brandon Families

Bob Nisbet includes information on his Shank family from the Warriors Mark area of Huntingdon County, PA.

Posted April 9, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Zentmeyers in America: The First 100 Years

Branches of the Zentmyer/Zentmeyer family were in Huntingdon and Blair Counties and intermarried with members of the Kinch family.

Posted December 2, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Families Migrating West

This website has information on the Brumbaugh, Eby, Fouse, Royer, Sprankle, and other associated families from Huntingdon and Blair Counties.

Posted November 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Brumbaugh Family Genealogy

Posted November 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Shirley Family Website

Betty (Moore) Shirley created a website for her husband's family.

Posted March 3, 2015 at 9:13 PM

Historic Surveys for Huntingdon County

This group of links opens to registers and surveys completed leading toward the National Register of Historic Places.

Town of Alexandria;view=1up;seq=6

This survey comes from the Historic American Buildings Survey by the National Park Service Department of the Interior.

Posted November 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

 National Register of Historic Places

I have this link set to open to the page for Huntingdon County, PA. However, you can use this website for the entire US.

Posted November 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM

 The Industrial Resources of Huntingdon County, PA 1780-1939

Posted November 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Wikipedia National Register of Historic Places Listings in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania,_Pennsylvania

Posted November 24, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Hesston Cave

Posted December 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Genealogy Websites - Blair County

This set of websites is dedicated specifically to information relating to Blair County.

 Pennsylvania US Gen Web Archives - Blair County

This website provides records for Blair County, PA that include cemetery transcriptions, photos, obituaries, biographies, etc.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 7:14 AM

Blair County Genealogical Society

This website contains information on the Blair County Genealogical Society's holdings, the books you can purchase, submitted information, and volunteer projects. Even though it is in neighboring Blair County, the BCGS has many records covering the Woodcock Valley and the entire state. It is well worth a visit!

Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:30 AM

Genealogy Websites - Bedford County

This set of websites is dedicated specifically to information relating to Bedford County.

Pennsylvania US Gen Web Archives - Bedford County

This site offers information submitted by fellow researchers about Bedford County. It includes cemetery information, obituaries, family histories, and other related topics.

Posted September 16, 2010 at 1:38 AM

Pioneer Library: Bedford County Historical Society

This site hosts information about the Pioneer Library and their holdings.

Posted September 16, 2010 at 1:33 AM

Mother Bedford

Posted April 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

 Old Log Church

The Old Log Church and cemetery is located in Schellsburg, Bedford County, PA.

Posted April 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Genealogy Websites - Centre County

This set of websites is dedicated specifically to information relating to Centre County.

Centre County Historical Society

Posted May 16, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Genealogy Websites - Pennsylvania

This set of websites contains links to the state of Pennsylvania and it's counties.

 PA US Gen Web Archives

You can access submitted information for any county in Pennsylvania through this website.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 7:20 AM

 Cemetery Database for Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania

This website provides burial information for Dauphin County, PA.

Posted October 8, 2011 at 9:20 PM

 Mennonite Heritage Center

The Mennonite Heritage Center offers burial information for eastern Pennsylvania and includes many different religions. The link will take you to the burial information page.

Posted February 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

 Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

This website offers maps and links for all Pennsylvania counties.

Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Access Genealogy

This page will open to genealogy records for Pennsylvania.

Posted October 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Geneaology Websites

This set of websites is dedication to helping genealogy researchers find information.

 Gen Forum

You can post messages to this website to look for long-lost relative and connect with other researchers.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 6:21 AM


This website is free and offers member submitted information on family trees, search engines, mailing lists, volunteers, books on-line, and various other resources.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:22 AM

 World Connect

World Connect is part of the Rootsweb site, and allows you to search the family trees submitted by its members. Memeber e-mails are included for you to make contact with other long-lost relatives.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:24 AM

My Heritage (formerly Gen Circles)

This website contains family trees, photos, and researcher profiles. If you click on the letters across the bottom of the page, you can see their records on any surname. Please be advised these records are all submitted by other researchers, so their information needs to be verified.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:43 AM

Cyndi's List

This website is a compilation of other genealogical websites on the internet.

Posted September 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM

For the most part, this is a subscription website that provides all census years, newspaper articles, books on-line, member submitted data and photos, etc. There are a few aspects of the website that are free to non-members.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:38 AM

Genealogy Trails

This website has information for every state and county, including Huntingdon County. Access to the information is free, and they are always looking for volunteers to transcribe and record information.

Posted November 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Ancient Faces

This website allows you to share family photos, histories, recipes, and other family treasures.

Posted February 2, 2011 at 2:57 PM


This is a free genealogy search engine that only searches genealogy websites.

Posted March 16, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Italian Genealogical Group

If you are of Italian descent, check out this website!

Posted June 24, 2011 at 6:59 PM

The Poorhouse Story

This is a great site for anyone who had family members in the poorhouse or alms house. The site is organized by state and county.

Posted April 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

This website is set to open to a link where you can search the passenger lists coming into Ellis Island.

Posted January 22, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Old Photos

What can you do with all of those old photos, especially the ones that aren't labeled? Here are some ideas for identified and unidentified photos. And, of course, you always welcome to post your photos here!!!

This is a free website where members share their old family photos on-line. You can search by name, location, or submitter. There are names from the local area. I have posted some of the photos to this website with permission, and am seeking permission from other people as well.

Posted December 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive

You can trace your roots for FREE with the searchable database containing thousands of identified and mystery photos for genealogy enthusiasts looking for long-lost family. Anyone who finds a photo of a direct ancestor that is owned by the archive will receive the photo for free. If the historic photos you find peak your interest in genealogy, you can continue your research by doing a family search.

Posted June 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Family History

This blog post offers links to other helpful websites with identifying old photos.

Posted June 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

 Photo Detective Blog

This blog is through Family Tree Magazine.

Posted June 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Tin Eye

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.

Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Genealogy: Lost and Found

This Facebook group is designed to reunite found photos and Bibles with family members.

Posted June 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Unclaimed Ancestors

Connecting old photos with the families searching for them.

Posted June 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Veteran Memorial

On this website, the creator shares military photos of her grandfather's career. She is looking for help to identify other individuals in the photos.

Posted June 27, 2013 at 8:19 AM

The Forgotten Photographs Project

Welcome to The Forgotten Photographs Project. Within our database, you will find hundreds of lost and discarded photographs from around the world. These photographs were collected from a number of sources; antique shops, flea markets, online auctions and estate sales, and put together into one searchable database. Each of our photographs is identified on the back and includes the county and state the picture was acquired from, in addition to any other identifying information we may have. Each week our database is updated with dozens of new photographs and remains free for everyone to use.

Posted January 13, 2015 at 4:10 PM

 The Ancestor Hunt

Pennsylvania Online Historical Photos Research

Posted November 1, 2015 at 8:14 PM


Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).

Posted November 1, 2015 at 9:11 PM

Census Records

This set of websites provides FREE access to on-line census records.

This website is operated by the Church of Latter Day Saints and offers free access to the 1850-1930 census records as well as family trees and other submitted information. In some years, you can view the actual census images. You can also volunteer to transcribe census information for your area.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 2:33 AM

Nonpopulation Census Records

Agriculture, mortality, and social statistics schedules are available for the census years of 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. Manufacturing schedules are available for 1820, 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. They are arranged by state, then by county, and then by political subdivision (township, city, etc.). These schedules can add "flesh" to the bones of ancestors and provide information about the communities in which they lived.

Posted June 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM

 Access Genealogy

This website is set to open to census records that are available on-line for Huntingdon County.

Posted October 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Death Records - Obituaries, Cemeteries, and Records

This set of websites is dedicated to helping researchers find on-line obituaries - both past and current.

 The Daily News

This is the local newspaper for Huntingdon County. Obituaries are available on the website, but you must be a paid subscriber to the website or pay a flat fee for each obituary.

Posted April 9, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Altoona Mirror Obituary Listings through the Altoona Area Public Library

You can search this site for obituaries in the holdings of the Altoona Area Public Library. It will provide you with a name and the date of publication. If you choose, you can order copies of the obituaries for a minimal fee.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 5:18 AM

Ancestor Search - Tombstone Calculator

Use this website to figure out when someone was born based on a tombstone transcription that only gives the date of death and how old the person was.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 7:08 AM

Find A Grave

This website provides photos of tombstones and transcriptions submitted by family members and researchers.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 5:19 AM

Ancestor Hunt

I've linked this website for current obituaries in newspapers throughout the state. While Huntingdon is not on the list, Altoona is.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 6:09 AM

Obituary Depot

Another source to find obituaries on-line.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 6:58 AM

Genealogy Buff

I have set this website to open to the Huntingdon County obituary page. However, you can use it to look for obituaries in any state and county.

Posted October 28, 2010 at 1:36 AM

 National Gravesite Locator

This website is operated by the United States Depoartment of Veterans Affairs and will list those who served our country as well as spouses buried in the same location.

Posted April 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Social Security Master Death File

This website is not an "official" SSDI website, but it is based on their master file. It is current through November 30, 2011. You can find people by knowing the day they died or by searching for last names or social security number.

Posted July 7, 2013 at 11:15 PM

This site provides a list of links to newspaper obituaries. It is set to open to the state of Pennsylvania.

Posted August 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Access Genealogy

This website is set to open to information on Huntingdon County cemeteries, but there is information on the entire US.

Posted October 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Church Records

These links offer access to church records for Huntingdon County, PA and the surrounding areas.

Presbyterian Church Records for Huntingdon County from 1787-1937

This is a published document by Ruth Stewart on the Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Church Records from 1787-1937 including the records of the Presbyterian churches of Huntingdon, Little Aughwick (Shade Gap), Orbisonia, Hartslog and Shaver's Creek, Williamsburg [and] German Reformed Church, Water Street

Posted May 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Birmingham Presbyterian Church Baptisms

Posted May 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Access Genealogy

This website offers links to church records for many families in other parts of Pennsylvania that moved to Huntingdon County.

Posted October 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Military Records

This set of websites can help you find military records and information on those who have served our country.

National Archives and Records Administration

From this site, you can request and order copies of military records for genealogical purposes. They also have a collection of genealogical data that includes military records, ship passenger logs, hospital death records, and more.

Posted September 24, 2010 at 1:33 AM

53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

This website offers information and rosters from the 53rd PVI, which so many men from Huntingdon County joined during the civil war.

Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:24 AM

Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War

I have set this link to go directly to the Huntingdon County page for a list of soldiers from units other than the 53rd. This site does serve all of Pennsylvania too.

Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM

The Virtual Wall

This site is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information on our lost heroes. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

Posted September 24, 2010 at 1:31 AM

 United States Department of Veterans Affairs

This website offers a variety of options for veterans. Of particular interest is the Burial and Memorial Benefits page.

Posted April 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM

 Pennsylvania in the Civil War

This website provides links to anything you may be searching for that relates to Pennsylvania and the Civil War.

Posted April 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM

List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883

This is a county by county list for Pennsylvania that lists each person receiving a military pension and their injury or relationship to the veteran. The page is set to open to Huntingdon County, but it does include all Pennsylvania counties.

Posted April 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Huntingdon County PA Military Casualties

This webpage lists casualties from the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Posted April 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Stone Sentinels

This website chronicles the monuments placed in Civil War military parks. The pages include a photo of each monument, maps, regiment history, and plaque inscriptions.

Posted May 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Ranger 95

This website has many useful links for the different military branches, individual wars, and links for veterans and their families.

Posted May 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

 Civil War in the East

Posted May 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Your Affectionate Son - Letters from a Civil War Soldier

Author, Milann Daugherty, found letters written by Lt. James Cleaver from Bloody Run (Everett, PA) during the Civil War. He served in the Hopewell Rifles unit. The website includes a list of men in the Hopewell Rifles; the names in bold are mentioned in Cleaver's letters. Milann is interested in having contact with families of the Hopewell Rifles.

Posted July 2, 2013 at 10:58 AM

 Access Genealogy

This link provides a searchable database of Korean War casualties.

Posted October 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Access Genealogy

This link provides a searchable database of Vietnam War casualties.

Posted October 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM


This list offers sites where you can find maps for locating historical places for genealogical purposes.

My Topo Historical Maps

This site provides historical maps for different states and areas.

Posted February 24, 2011 at 3:46 PM

 Historical Maps of Pennsylvania

This site provides historical maps from different centuries.

Posted June 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Genealogy Inc.

The link for this website will take you right to maps of Pennsylvania that you can view by year.

Posted June 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

1856 Map of Huntingdon County

Posted August 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Great Appalachian Valley

This map shows the migration route between the north and south on the east coast.

Posted August 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Local Books

This group of links provides information on books about the area or written by local authors. The links all go to, but you can purchase these books from other sources as well. I linked to Amazon so you could read about each book.

 Doughboy's Diary

Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:19 AM

We Might as Well Die Here

Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM

 At Work in Penn's Woods: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Pennsylvania

This book features information on the CCC camps in Pennsylvania.

Posted October 25, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Family of the Phoenix

Bob Keith wrote a fact-based fictional story about his Keith family.

Posted June 2, 2011 at 10:43 PM

 Apple Manor Press

Apple Manor Press has access to many local history and genealogy books that they can scan and reprint. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

 Higginson Book Co.

They offer a number of hard to find genealogy and local history books.

Posted September 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM

The Book Man

He specializes in repairing old Bibles and other valuable family history books.

Posted September 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM

County Histories ~ The Most Recent Additions To The Genre Of Historical Literature

This list compiles all of the local published historical books about the surrounding counties.

Posted December 16, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Digitized Records

This set of websites will help researchers locate old newspaper articles and books that have been digitized.

 Penn State's Digitized Collection

This website provides digitized images of books and newspaper and other holdings.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 7:04 AM

 Retrospect Publishing

From this website, you can order various books about Huntingdon County and/or Pennsylvania on CD-ROM.

Posted October 22, 2010 at 1:43 AM


Fold3, formerly, is a subscription-based website that features searchable original historical documents, from the National Archives and other content providers.

Posted November 25, 2010 at 5:29 AM