Members and Guests

We welcome guests, as well as new and returning members, to visit our facilities and to use our extensive reference materials. Returning researchers, who are not currently members of the Society, may want to consider the value of joining UCHS. We have a lot to offer!

Benefits of UCHS Membership

Membership is the key to maintaining and growing the UCHS. We encourage members to participate in program planning and presentations, design displays, help with tours, conduct genealogical and historical research, and other volunteer efforts.

YOUR membership supports

programs and special events throughout the year; 
our collections of vintage Union County photographs, postcards, account books, diaries, and authentic artifacts made by Union County craftsmen; and
maintaining and operating the historic 1793 Dale-Engle-Walker House and farm.

Members can

enjoy a free copy of the biennial Heritage publication;                                                                       deduct 10% off all UCHS merchandise;                                                                                           receive several newsletters a year; and

have free use of our reference library in the UCHS courthouse office.

                                                               Annual Membership Fees

    Student k-12......$10





    Life members....$500

Additional contributions from members and friends let UCHS do special projects like microfilming old phone directories and digitizing newspapers. Gifts from area businesses help produce our annual calendar. Yearly support from the Union County commissioners includes providing office and online space.

All memberships and additional giving are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

To join UCHS, just click on this link: Form, then print, complete and mail to us.                            Or you can pay online by clicking below! 


If you're unable to work in our office, our research fees are:

- $50 for one hour of general genealogical search,* plus 50¢ per copied page for courthouse         and UCHS documents exceeding 20 pages

- $10/day for search of UCHS office resources, plus 50¢ per copied page

- $7 to research each deed, will, letter of administration, or orphans court record, plus 50¢ per copied page

- $5 for researching and copying each obituary - (you must provide death date)

*General genealogical search involves researching UCHS records (including cemetery lists, newspapers, census records, family histories, Linn's Annals of Buffalo Valley, and muster lists of soldiers) and courthouse records (including Wills, Letters of Administration, Grantor/Grantee Index, and Orphans Court Index).

Gifts/Donations to the Society

We appreciate your support, no matter how large or small. Every bit helps UCHS do more for more people. 

Click on the "donate" tabs in each area to direct your donation.

OUTREACH - to promote UCHS programs and events

GENEALOGY & RESEARCH LIBRARY – to buy books and subscriptions to on-line databases including, Fold 3,

RESOURCE CONVERSION – to digitize newspapers and other print resources

PUBLICATIONS ­–  to support producing the biennial Heritage books and other works, such as DVDs and CDs 

TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES to update our office equipment, including  computers, copiers, and scanners


THE 1793 DALE-ENGLE-WALKER PROPERTY – to maintain the DEW house, property, and collections, such as developing the Samuel Dale Library and the UCHS archives