Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I do to have a search conducted?
A: We offer several different types of searches. After you decide which type you want, please write down as much information as you can (names, dates, places, etc.) to help us identify your person. Please send this, with a check in the appropriate amount, to us. All requests for any type of research must be in writing and must be paid for in advance. Some searches will involve a further charge for copies and postage; this too must be paid in advance before we forward our results. For specific information on what types of searches we do and what we charge, see Research Options.
Q: What are your Research Fees?
A: Daily Research
Members: No Charge
Non-Members: $10.00 per day
Photo Reproductions: Historical Society Members- $25.00 per original photograph
Non-Members- $35.00 per original photograph
Additional prints from one original photograph: $5.00 each
Copy Prices (members & non members must pay copy fees)
Photocopies: $0.25 per page
Microfilm Prints: $0.25 per page
Map Copies: $0.25 each (price may vary)
*The prices listed above also pertain to any digital copies made*
Please contact the Historical Society for information on placing a Photo Reproduction order. A S&H fee and a signed Photo Reproduction Agreement form will be required for completion of mailed orders.
Q: Do you take Credit Card?
A: No we do not. We are looking into being able to take credit cards but currently we only accept Cash or Check.
Q: How do I become a member? and what does being a member include?
A: There are two ways, you can just come right in and say you'd like to be a member and we can get you sorted out right then and there or you can fill out a request HERE, and mail it to us with your yearly payment of $30.00
When you are a member you will get Unlimited research visits during regular hours, a copy of our annual journal, a discount on photo reproductions, and it all goes to help keep us up and running to continue preserving our County's History
Our membership year is January-December, which means if you decide to join in say June, your membership only goes to December, it does not go all the way around to May. This is to make it easier on ourselves to keep everyone's record straight. So keep that in mind when you plan on joining.
Membership Cost: Individual/Personal Membership: $30.00 per calendar year
Business/Professional Research Membership: $200.00 per year
*Our membership does not cover the cost of copies or print outs made while doing research. It also does not include mail-in researches.*
Q: You have a Book/Surname File on my Family History how can I get a copy?
A: For reasons of copyright, limited staff time, and condition of some books, we do not provide copies of whole books or of entire family files, and we cannot provide "quick look ups" to see if someone is mentioned in them. We are only able to consult them for researchers in the course of a full Surname Research. In the course of our research we will consult any books pertinent to your family and provide copies of relevant information. Also, researchers are welcome to use these books and files in our reference room.
Q: Do you have a lending policy for old newspapers and books?
A: No, we do not. None of our resources circulate. Most of our books and newspapers are "one of a kind" and therefore can only be used in our reference room.
Q: Where can I get a birth certificate? death certificate? marriage certificate?
A: We have no birth, death, or marriage certificates at the Historical Society. These are legal documents and are kept at the Courthouse (Right next door across the green). They are available for the following years:
Birth: 1893 - 1906
Death: 1893 - 1906
Marriage: 1885 - Present
*It is also now possible to get some of these records on Ancestry.com*
Q: When are you open/ How can I can get in touch with you?
A: We are currently open Monday - Thursday 9AM-5PM and once a month during 3rd Weekend in Montrose Saturday 10AM-2PM
Although this usually works out to be the 3rd Saturday it is not necessarily the 3rd Saturday of every month, It is in fact the Saturday immediately following the 3rd Friday of each month. You can call us at 570-278-1622 , or email us at email@example.com. For more information check out our About Us page.
~~~ We are CLOSED New Year's, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. ~~~
**We are a small staff so occasionally these hours may change from time to time, we do our best to announce any closures ahead of time but for any one traveling it is wise to call ahead of time and let us know when you plan on coming to make sure we will be open during our regular scheduled hours and you can plan your trip here accordingly. We would hate for you to travel to visit us and find out that we are closed. **
Q: How do I get information on my house?
A: Very few homes or buildings have information recorded specifically about them. For most homes, you begin by doing a deed search at the Courthouse to identify the people who have lived there. Trace back as far as you can. At the Historical Society, then, we can help you find more about the people who lived there, perhaps including references to when and by whom the house was built or a map showing its location. Researching a piece of property can be time consuming and often not yield the specific information you are looking for. However, you can still learn a lot about your neighborhood and an earlier time.
Q: Is it possible to give any Donations or have a Memorial here for someone?
A: Yes! Just contact us for specific details. Our memorials are books purchased with a memorial donation and will contain a plaque identifying the donor and the person in whose memory the book was purchased. This is a gentle way to keep our loved ones with us and to help our collection grow. If you would like to Donate an item to the collection, that pertains to the county, please contact us to make sure it is something we can accept and then fill out our Gift Form. Monetary donations, of course, are always welcome as well.