Genealogy Research

There is a research fee of $10 per 30 minutes for any requests made by mail or email. A maximum of 2 hours per request will be provided for a total of $40. Payment is required regardless of the outcome.

Please submit the following: Research Request Form

Be sure to include as much information as possible. If the name does not appear in our newspaper index, we can only search up to one month’s worth of newspapers for an item.

Please limit your request to five projects at a time. Local history research usually takes 2-3 weeks. The research fee must be pre-paid.

Payment options:


You can also pay by check, make it payable to the James V Brown Library and mail to:

James V. Brown Library
Attn: Alex Hartmann
19 East Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Additional Genealogy Information

Lycoming County Genealogy Project
Part of the USGenWeb project, this nonprofit research site includes cemetery records, John F. Meginness’s 1892 History of Lycoming County, and other helpful links.

Local Historical Photographs

Lycoming County Digital Photo Archive

On this site you will find thousands of high resolution  historical photographs, drawings, and images of Lycoming County Pennsylvania for personal use only.

A. J. Brass, Mrs. Smetten and L.P.B. at Jack's Hollow Bridge, June 1911

Newspaper Index

Want to search major local newspapers from 1807 to the present? We have them available on microfilm. The newspapers are not digitized and may be accessed from inside the library on a microfilm reader.

To access the Newspaper Index:

1. Click on the Catalog.
2. Enter your search terms in the “Quick Library Search” box and click Enter.
3. Use the “Author” menu on the left to limit your search by source (Gazette & Bulletin, Grit, Williamsport Sun, etc.).

Click on an entry in the results list and look for the “Notes” field for newspaper name, date, and page number.


Williamsport-Gazette and Bulletin

April 1, 1924 – September 10, 1955 (4,034 issues)