Local History Collections

These collections are avaliable to view at the Benson Memorial Library upon request. They cannot be checked out and used outside of the library.

City Directories/County Directories

  • Titusville City Directories: 1866-1959 (on microfiche), 1960-modern (in print)
  • Franklin/Oil City Directories: 1870-1885 (partial, on microfiche)
  • Crawford County Directories (including Meadville: 1871-1872, 1874, 1879-1880, 1889-1890, 1897-1898, and 1899-1900, 1909-1910 (on microfiche)
  • Benson Memorial Library also has county histories for Crawford, Venango, Warren Forest, and Erie Counties

Local Cemeteries

  • Venango County Cemeteries Book Series
  • Crawford County Cemeteries Book Series
  • Pioneer Park Cemetery Book
  • Union Cemetery (Crawford County) Book
  • Dutch Hill Cemetery (Venango County) Book

Historical Titusville Newspapers

  • Titusville Herald/Titusville Morning Herald – 1866-Present (on microfilm)
  • Pithole Daily Record – Microfilm September 1865 – December 1866 (on microfilm)
  • A variety of newspapers from different towns, states, and nations can be accessed digitally in-house on Newspaper Archive

Maps of the Region

  • Currently in cataloging – will have list next year

Yearbooks

  • Titusville High School (Optimist): 1915 – current
  • Titusville Junior High: Various years from 1963-1989
  • Titusville Middle School: 2005
  • South Side Elementary School: 1976-7
  • St. Joseph’s Academy: 1960, 1961, 1965, 1966
  • Pleasantville: 1940, 1955, 1962
  • Townville (Torch): 1950, 1951, 1952
  • University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (Littlest Panther): 1973 – 1977
  • University of Pittsburgh Main Campus (The Owl): 1962

Census Records

  • Venango: 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 (partial), 1890 Union Veterans & Widows
  • Crawford: 1810, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 (partial), 1890 Union Veterans & Widows
  • Warren: 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1890 Union Veterans & Widows
  • Forest: 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1890 Union Veterans & Widows
  • Allegheny: 1790
  • Beaver: 1830
  • Bedford: 1790
  • Berks: 1790
  • Bucks: 1790
  • Center: 1830
  • Chester: 1790, 1810
  • Clearfield: 1810, 1840
  • Columbia: 1820, 1830, 1880 (partial)
  • Cumberland: 1790, 1880 (partial), 1900
  • Dauphin: 1790
  • Delaware: 1790, 1810
  • Erie: 1890 Union Veterans & Widows
  • Fayette: 1790, 1860 (partial), 1820 (partial)
  • Franklin: 1790, 1820, 1880 (partial), 1900, 1920 (partial)
  • Fulton: 1900
  • Huntington: 1790
  • Lancaster: 1790
  • Lawrence: 1890 Union Veterans & Widows
  • Luzerne: 1790
  • Mercer: 1830, 1890 Union Veterans & Widows
  • Mifflin: 1790
  • Montgomery: 1790
  • Northampton: 1790
  • Northumberland: 1790, 1810
  • Philadelphia: 1790, 1880 vol. 5
  • Potter: 1810
  • Somerset: 1810
  • Tioga: 1900
  • Union: 1830
  • Washington: 1790
  • Westmoreland: 1790
  • York: 1790, 1820

Family Histories

  • Alcorn
  • Armstrong
  • Attenburg
  • Benson
  • Birtcil
  • Blizbesky
  • Bob*
  • Boon
  • Bronson
  • Buttz
  • Cauvel
  • Chambers
  • Childs*
  • Coil/Coyle
  • Colestock
  • Dilley
  • Duncan*
  • Emerson
  • Fielding*
  • Foster
  • Fowler
  • Frank
  • Frost*
  • Gilson
  • Glasser*
  • Hanna
  • Hathaway*
  • Herring*
  • Hollabaugh
  • Hummer
  • Hyde
  • Kerr
  • Kopf
  • Lake
  • Locke
  • McCurdy
  • Miller
  • Moody*
  • Murphy*
  • Rathfon
  • Richmond*
  • Ridgway
  • Roberts
  • Rogers*
  • Schultz
  • Schwartz
  • Seep
  • Shelmadine
  • Sherman
  • Simmons
  • Stamp
  • Stewart
  • Stub*
  • Taylor*
  • Thayer
  • Titus
  • Towne*
  • Tubbs
  • Tuthill
  • Valentine
  • Waid*
  • Watson
  • Wheeler*
  • White

* indicates that this family history is part of “They Came to Crawford County” by Kelly DeLong

Other Resources

  • Weddings in Titusville 1924 – 1934 (Index Cards)
  • Titusville Deaths 1879 – 1917 (microfilm)
  • Titusville Births 1857 – 1917 (microfilm)
  • Oil City Births 1882 – 1909 (microfilm)
  • Oil City Marriages 1882 – 1897 (microfilm)
  • Obituary Card Files various 1865 – current (Index Cards, being indexed digitally to be available online)