Fee Schedule For Genealogical work done by office staff and/or volunteers from resources available only on-site.


General genealogical search* - $50.00 for general search [approximately 1 hour]
        plus additional charge of .50 per page for courthouse or UCHS documents over 20 pages.
Search of office resources - $5.00 plus .50 per page
Copy and lookup of obituary - $5.00 (must know death date)
Copy of one specific document: - deed, will, letter of administration, orphan court record $5.00 for lookup. plus .50 per page
Use of Library Resources -  non-members: $5.00 per day; members: free.

Other requests negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

*General genealogical search includes UCHS records: cemetery listings, census records, family history books, Linn's Annals, Soldiers listings, and other material as appropriate; and Courthouse records: wills, letters of administration, grantor/grantee index, orphans court index, and others as appropriate. Includes copies of documents (up to 20 pages) and mailing cost.  This is the most cost-effective choice for most research requests.

Please first send a query with the following: name(s) you are researching, dates, places of residence and other pertinent information you know.  We will advise how best to proceed.

Use the Donate button and follow the directions dealing genealogical research and costs as discussed with the office.

Family Genealogy Reports or Books

List of Family Genealogy books or pamphlets.

 Newspapers (Microfilm), General reference books, lists on in-house use only computer, primary materials (Courthouse, same building)

Page 1 of the above pdf gives a list of newspapers on microfilm, census, general reference books as well as family histories  and other materials in our office. Page 2 has a list of primary resources available in the Register and Recorder’s office as well as the Prothonotary’s office which are on the same floor as the Union County Historical Society Office in the Union County Courthouse.

National Archives "History Hub"  
NARA Launches “History Hub”
by OAH Blog

Researching at the National Archives is usually a rewarding experience.

After all, you’ve got 12 billion-plus pages of documents dating back to the Revolutionary War, 14 million photographs, miles and miles of audio and video, a cache of electronic records growing at warp speed, and countless other kinds of records.

But sometimes a researcher or historian gets a feeling there’s more. Yes, he got the answers to all his original questions, but he still felt that he didn’t have all the answers, all the perspectives, all the interpretations needed for putting the event in proper context.

Where would he find information like that?

The National Archives is on the case.

We are developing a platform for researchers to connect with people interested in their topic and people interested in our collections and expertise. It will be a support community for researchers, citizen historians, archival professionals, and open government advocates to provide these answers, interpretations, and perspectives you might need.

We’re calling it the History Hub, which is available at

This is more than just a giant chat room.

The idea is to bring all the resources, including the National Archives’ vast holdings nationwide and the archivists who oversee it, to bear on a topic someone is interested in.  One of our Strategic Goals is to “make access happen.” This platform does.

History Hub invites researchers—or anyone, really—to touch all the bases to fill out the story of our national experience. This includes students and teachers, historians and journalists, citizen archivists, subject matter experts or even people who participated in a particular event. It all adds value to the research experience at the National Archives.

And if you’re an archivist, you’ll be better able to connect your records with the communities who can use them—and maybe not answer the same questions for researchers again and again.

The History Hub is one of the initiatives that have grown out of the work of the Office of Innovation. The Office of Innovation seeks to develop ways to share the National Archives’ extensive holdings with the public, launch collaborative projects, and form partnerships with the archival community, industry, and academic institutions.

In everything we do, we have our agency mission and goals in mind. History Hub helps us with the transformation pillar of “A Customer-Focused Organization” and achieves another one of our four strategic goals, “Connect with Customers.”

History Hub will strengthen our connection with customers by expanding public participation using tools like discussion boards, blogs, and community pages to bring together experts and researchers interested in American history.

We plan to collaborate with other federal agencies, cultural organizations, and citizen experts to offer a one-stop shop for crowdsourcing information related to your research subject.

Let’s say, for example, you’re interested in the details of President Andrew Jackson’s removal of Native Americans from the eastern states to those west of the Mississippi. Some students weigh in, as do some of their history professors. A few other history buffs with appropriate expertise have something to say about it, as would the experts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the NARA staff archivist who is most familiar with the records pertaining to this dark chapter in U.S. history.

Or how about the day the last helicopter left the roof of the U.S. embassy in Saigon as the Vietnam War ended?  A lot of eyewitnesses and participants are still around: soldiers, journalists, government officials, and some lucky South Vietnamese.

When the six-month History Hub pilot project is finished in May 2016, we’ll gather up the statistics about its use and see where to go from there.  We’ll be tracking questions that were asked and  answered, the number of views, the number of people who have signed up—as well as qualitative data such as how much useful crowd-sourcing of knowledge occurs. We’ll also look at how well History Hub does compared to more traditional web sites.

History Hub is just one more way the National Archives broadens access to the records we hold around the country. That’s what we at the Archives have to draw on and bring to the discussion.

Please join the conversation at Read More We look forward to learning from your expertise.


OAH Blog | March 31, 2016 at 6:30 am | Tags: Archives | Categories: Behind the Scenes, Historians | URL: