RESEARCH OPTIONS AND POLICIES

Please note our new fees starting January 1st, 2013

We provide different types of searches:

1. INDIVIDUAL GENEALOGY ($85.00 no change for 2013 - includes postage and up to 20 photocopies; additional copies will be billed): Our individual genealogy search is limited to the ancestors and descendants of one person (line) (for example, a grandfather, uncle, parent) of one surname, not everyone with that surname. We do our best to identify the grandparents, parents, children, and other spouses and children we can. Researching the families of both a husband and a wife would constitute two individual genealogy searches and would cost $170 (one for the "Jones" family of the husband and one for the "Smith" family of the wife). We check all of our resources that apply to your line and make copies of all pertinent information. Due to the sheer scope of it, please understand results are often not immediate. When more than 20 copies result, we will contact you for payment of the additional charge (.25 per page) before sending you our results. (We apologize for any extra delay this may cause. However, an increasing number of people do not send their final payments, and we can no longer absorb the extra expenses.)

Click here to fill out the Genealogy Request form


2. NEWSPAPER/FILE LOOKUP ($6.00 per name per file, plus SASE - $10 starting 1/1/2013): Given both the month and the year, we will check our newspaper archives for a notice of birth, marriage, or death.  Note that births, in general, were not announced in the newspaper until the 1890s, and very rarely was the child's name given (being mentioned only as a boy, girl, or child).  Because of the time it takes to conduct this search, the fee is not refundable when we cannot find the information requested.

Click here to fill out the Lookup Request form


3. TAX RECORDS ($15.00, postage and copies included): We will search the pre-1850 tax rolls for a specific property. (Post-1850 tax records are at the courthouse, and we do not currently have staff available to perform that search.)

Click here to fill out the Other Request form


4. SPECIAL REQUEST (fee to be determined): Research on local history topics, history of a property, and anything not covered in the categories above will be evaluated by staff. If we determine that the specialty search will take more than the usual time spent with our resources, we will charge a $100 fee (which will include postage and copying).

Click here to fill out the Other Request form


All research request fees are required at the time of the request.

COPIES: Because of damage to books, copyright laws and restrictions, and shortage of staff, we will not copy (or allow to be copied) certain published or large manuscript genealogies. Rates for copies made during the course of research are 25 cents per page for photocopies, 50 cents per page for microfilm, and $1 per map.

OFFICIAL RECORDS: We have no original birth, marriage, or death certificates; wills or estate papers; naturalization papers; tax records; and so forth.  These are kept at the Susquehanna County Courthouse (Montrose, PA 18801).  Marriage records are available from 1885 to present, and birth and death records are available from 1893 to 1906.

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for a completed research request.

See Research Sources Available at the S.C.H.S. for detailed information on the Society's holdings, including complete lists of our surname files, family genealogies, town and county histories, and CD and microfilm collections.

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