About This Site

This website is part of the online genealogical web project called the USGenWeb Project. The USGenWeb Project is divided into state websites and we are part of the PAGenWeb for Pennsylvania research.

The USGenWeb and PAGenWeb projects provide free access to records for genealogical and historical research. This website is staffed by volunteers whose research interest is in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. We are not professional genealogists and we do not receive a fee for our services or our time.

History of The USGenWeb Project

The USGenWeb Project grew out of an initial desire to transcribe public domain records such as U.S. Census Schedules, Tax Lists, Passenger Lists, Birth, Marriage, and Death records and upload them to one central location so that researchers of all levels would have access to them. In June of 1996, a small group of researchers decided to create the first State Project, the Kentucky GenWeb (KYGenWeb). Soon after volunteers came forward to host other states and to recruit county coordinators. By October, nearly all 50 states had homepages and most had county coordinators.

The response by visiting researchers has been overwhelming. More and more internet websurfers are finding the thousands of USGenWeb homepages online and are "totally impressed" by the reality of online genealogical research! Folks who have recorded years of history on paper are now becoming USGenWebbers and are signing on to the many projects as state and county sponsors, transcription volunteers, lookup volunteers, web designers, and much, much more.

The initial desire of a small group of dedicated researchers has sparked a fire in a new and growing generation of internet and online users. To see the one and only -- USGenWeb Project - visit our national homepage index at http://www.usgenweb.org.

If you would like more information on the USGenWeb Project or would like to volunteer to help build this site, please send email us at the email links at the bottom of the page.

How Does the PAGenWeb Project Work?

The PAGenWeb Project came along shortly after the Kentucky project and has since filled almost all of itís county coordinator positions. If you would like to learn more about the PAGenWeb Project, visit the PAGenWeb Homepage.

What Kind of Information Can I Find Online?

That depends on the individual county site. The pulse of the PAGenWeb Homepages is found in the hard work and dedication of its many county coordinators. Each County Coordinator is responsible for maintaining their own local resources, reference links, and query pages. Many sites have much more information than this including Surname Indexes, Newspaper Clippings, Obituaries, Local Event Listings, Cemetery Inscriptions and such.

Can I Find My Family Tree Online?

Maybe. Maybe not. Which is which? Well that depends on, you, the researcher. The USGenWeb and all it's associated weblinks is not a "research" volunteer who will find your family for you. We ARE here to help you find your own family by maintaining online local county resource and reference information. So, if you are looking for instant success - well, this project is probably not for you. You may want to contact a "paid" professional who will conduct a thorough search and present you with a completed family history. But, if you are like most of the visitors to this site, you will find alot of useful, relevant search material, maybe find a family connection or two, and hopefully will get "sparked" by the glowing fire and decide to join the growing USGenWeb Team! All in all, my hope is that you find "joy" in the journey and will continue to research your family roots for the love of the search, for the love of your family, and for the love of the history we all want to preserve!

What Kind of Information Can I Find in Somerset County

Glad you asked. Enter a keyword (surname, topic, town name, etc.) in the search box below to see a listing of related titles. Or, press the site map button and see all the materials we have online (on this host server and our associated webpages elsewhere).
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This county is part of the USGenWeb Project, a non-profit genealogical resource web system, and is maintained by April Phillips and Connie Burkett with help and information provided by other volunteers.

Last Revised: March 30, 2008

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