The Bedford County Courthouse

200 South Juliana St.
Bedford, PA 15522

Bedford County Court House was built in 1828-1829 and still operating. Simple, elegant architecture, with a pair of curved staircases that lead to the courtroom. Located at the corner of Juliana and Penn Streets in downtown Bedford, PA. 

Register and Recorders Office
Phone: (814) 623-4836
One can find many older wills and deeds at the Register and Recorders office at the Bedford County Courthouse. Wills and deeds are searchable by computer and microfilm. There is a small fee per page for printing. 

Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts
 (814) 623-4833
Several different records can be found here including orphans court records from the 1700's to the present. This officer also holds some birth, death, and marriage licenses from 1852-1854. Birth and death records from 1893-1905 can be found here as well as marriage licenses from 1885 to the present. 
Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Open during the lunch hour
Recording until 4:30 pm
Coverage Area: Bedford County


The Bedford County Historical Society and Pioneer Library

6441 Lincoln Highway
Bedford, PA 15522
Phone: (814) 623-2011
Web Site: 
The Bedford County Historical Society and Pioneer Library is the county's most extensive collection of historical and genealogical materials. The society's Pioneer Library serves as a repository for all types of historical information. They provide the resources and facilities for a broad spectrum of historical and genealogical research with knowledgeable staff to assist. They also sponsor numerous programs, activities, exhibits and seminars throughout the year to highlight areas or events of historical significance to the county and surrounding regions. 

January through March: 

  • Tuesday through Friday - Open from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - Closed

April through December: 

  • Monday through Friday - Open from 9 am to 4 pm
  • 3rd Saturday of each month
  • Other Saturdays and Sunday - Closed

Coverage Area: Bedford County 

Closed on major holidays and sometimes for a day or two before or after the holdiay. Exceptions to normal hours will be posted on our Home page. During bad weather, the Society will also be closed. Please call, (814)623-2011, during that time to avoid disappointments.

The Bedford Springs Historical Society

The Omni Bedford Springs Resort
2138 Business 220
Bedford, PA 15522
Phone: (814) 624-2416 - William Defibaugh
Phone:  (814) 624-5642 - Concierge Desk
The Bedford Springs Historical Society collects and maintains any historical document pertaining to the Bedford Springs Hotel and its history.  They maintain old ledgers, guest registrations, and many old documents to be used in Bedford Springs historical research.  Tours of the Bedford Springs are given daily. 
Tours: Given Daily (fee)
Monday - Thursday: 10am
Friday -Saturday: 10am and 2pm
Coverage Area: Bedford Springs History

Bedford LDS Family History Center

160 Donahue Manor Rd.
Bedford, PA 15522
Phone: (814) 623-1007 or (814) 623-2482. 
Open to the public at no cost. The Bedford Family History Center is part of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The FHC is a computer based center with programs to help organize your family history work. Onsite computer access and available wi-fi for personal laptops during research. 
Hours:  1st Thursday 3-6pm, Other hours by appointment only.
Coverage Area: General Genealogy Research 

Cumberland Valley Township Historical Society

Phone #1: (814) 623-4024 - Debora Topinka
Phone #2: (814) 494-1369 - Debora Topinka
Web Site: 
The Cumberland Valley Historical Society is a nonprofit organization with the main goal of rebuilding the historic covered bridge over Evitts Creek. While working towards that goal, the Society members have been collecting and documenting many historical facts about the township. Society holds some basic information of early area residents as well as any historical document from the area. The society members meet once a month with an open house the 4th Sunday of each month. 
Meeting Times: Third Tuesday / Monthly - 6:30 p.m. in the old Centerville School in Centerville
Meeting Location: 1033 Centerville Road, Centerville, PA 15522
Coverage Area: Cumberland Valley Township

Dutch Corner History Group

982 Imlertown Rd.
Bedford, PA 15522
Web Site:
The goal of the Dutch Corner History Group is to collect and preserve the history of Dutch Corner in Bedford County.   The society gathers historical information on the families who have lived here in the past, as well as the present.  They list much of their information online to be used by the public. They also keep original documents on the area.  They have information on Dutch Corner families, locations, land warrant maps, churches, cemeteries, and schools. 
Meetings: Usually 3rd Sunday, monthly: 2pm @ Messiah Lutheran Church in Dutch Corner.
Coverage Area: North Bedford Township, Dutch Corner

Schellsburg and Old Log Church Historic Society 

P.O. Box 314
Schellsburg, PA 15537 
Phone: 814-733-2984
Web Site: 
The Schellsburg and Old Log Church Historical Society is a volunteer non-profit organization whose purpose is to document and preserve the history of Schellsburg and its surrounding areas, provide education about the history and promote community awareness.
Old Log Church Visiting Hours:
April 1 - Memorial Day - Weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Memorial Day - Labor Day - Daily dawn to dusk
Labor Day - October 31 - Weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Coverage Area: Napier Township, Schellsburg and surrounding communities.

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Bedford County is conveniently located in South Central, PA, along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Lincoln Highway, Interstate 99 and Interstate 70.

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