Venango County Genealogical Club
2 Central Ave.
Heritage Room in the Oil City Library
Oil City, PA 16301-3122
Open- Saturdays from 1-5



Upcoming Meetings- regular business meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month, except December. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Oil City Library and are open to the public.

Membership- Dues are $10 per year, January 1 - December 31st if you choose to have the newsletter emailed to you as a pdf file that can be read on-line or printed from your computer and $15 per year if you choose to have a hard copy mailed to your home. The dues include the quarterly newsletter and one free query per issue (limit of 40 words or less). Dues can be mailed to the above address. We have about 115 members who reside is 25 states. About 80 % of our club members live outside PA.

Research Rates
Family search- Due to the limited number of people available to research, the Club no longer does Family searches.

Venango County Obituaries-$5.00 each. We will accept email or regular mail requests, copy the obituaries from the newspaper and mail them to you by regular mail for $5.00 each plus a self-addressed stamped envelope. For multiple requests, we can mail five pages in one envelope. Mail your request to VCGC, 2 Central Ave, Oil City, PA, 16301

A helpful hint for new researchers.

A query will be much more likely to get a response if you include enough information to identify the person or family you are researching. Consider including the following information, if available.

WHO, are the people for whom you are looking? What were their full names? What were the maiden names of the women? What are the names of any children?

WHAT information do you already have about them and what information do you need? Do you want contact with descendants?

WHERE did they live, work, etc.?

WHEN did they live here, when did they die? At least give an estimated death date.

Examples of ineffective queries:

Need any information about the Jones family who presumably moved to your area in the late 1800s. James Jones, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Looking for information on my Uncle Ed who moved to Oil City in 1930. Thanks. Rita Johnson Smith.

FREE Census Finder

Newspapers on Microfilm in Venango County
Census Records Available in Venango County

Links to Venango County -
Venango Co. GenWeb site -
Venango Co. Gen Forum -
Venango Co. Historical Society web address-
Venango Co. Historical Society email address -
Venango Co. Obituaries -
Oil City Public Library -
The Derrick -
Local Oil City business links
More Local businesses -
More Oil City links -
Even more Oil City links -
Oil City Yellow Pages -
Welcome to Venango County -
Oil City Resource Guide Facts -
Franklin, PA online -
Franklin Public Library -
Franklin YellowPages -
Pennsylvania Room at the Franklin Library email-
Venango County Birds webpage -

Genealogy links -
Census Finder Web site -
McKean Co. GenWeb site -
Venango Co. GenWeb site -
Genealogy Forum - -
FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service -
Cyndi's List -
Obituary Lookups for US -
More Obituary Lookups -

Local Researchers -
Karen Rodgers -

Please think about donating your family's information, family bible records, family trees, etc.

For Sale
Venango County, Pennsylvania, Special Schedule of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Veterans of the Civil War. Information was transcribed from the census microfilm, and names were verified using Bates History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, the National Park Service Civil War website, the 1890 History of Venango County, the Veteran's Administration list of Venango County veteran burials, the 1890 tax records or city directories. The alphabetical listing information varies but could include rank, company, regiment, enlistment date, discharge date, time in service, residence, disability/remarks, and township or city. The records are available in book form, wire spiral bound 8 1/2" x 14", laminated front and back cover, landscape format, double page for each entry for $25.00 plus $7.00 postage or on CD in Microsoft Excel format for $12.00 plus $2.00 postage.

Faller Funeral Home Burial Records, May 20, 1885 through December 31, 2002. Over 4,500 entries in 8 1/2" x 14", landscape format, double page for each entry. Information varies but could include death date, age, occupation, name of father and mother, birthplace of father and mother, cause of death, and cemetery. $36.00 plus $8.25 postage or on CD in landscape format $20.00 plus $2.00 postage. Checks payable to Venango County Genealogical Club.

A Friend Among the Senecas, The Quaker Mission to Cornplanter's People by David Swatzler. 319p. This accout of a 1799 Quaker mission to a Seneca village is based on the journal of Henry Simmons. Drawing of five years of research, the author examines the Quaker religion at the end of the 18th century and offers a captivating look at Seneca life at the time. He shows how the interaction between the two groups brought on conflicts among the Senecas and new developments in their culture, among them the rise to power of Handsome Lake and his Longhouse religion. Price: 24.95 plus $7.00 postage postage and handling. Checks payable to Venango County Genealogical Club.

Oil City Postcards $5.00 plus $2.00 postage. This was published by the Oil City Derrick and is on newspaper paper

Buchanan Funeral Home Records, $25.00 plus $8.25 postage Checks payable to Venango County Genealogical Club.


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