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Services available from MCGS (click link for further information)

Fee-for service research performed by MCGS volunteers. We will research your family in Montour County at MCGS, the courthouse, library and other local resources. Click here for printable form and fees.

Lookups of Naturalizations in Montour County. (Nominal fee for copies).

Lookups of deaths and marriages in the Danville Intelligencer, the Montour American and the Morning News (these issues cover generally from 1828 up to about 1914 with some gaps in coverage, especially during the Civil War period). Nominal fee for copies.

The following books and other items can be purchased in the Genealogy Room or requested by mail. Please contact Megan Ryan to order or if you have any questions.

THEY PAID THE PRICE - Montour Countians in the Civil War


After fifty years of compiling information on Montour Countians who served in the Civil War, Danville native Randy Hackenburg has recently published his third book, THEY PAID THE PRICE: Montour Countians in the Civil War. This is an amazing book containing 373 fascinating pages including Regiment lists, photographs, maps, biographical sketches and narratives of action by Montour County Units. My personal view is that it is exceptionally comprehensive, carefully documented, and beautifully presented. It will be a great help with research concerning anyone from our county who served in that war, but even if you have no connections it makes for very interesting reading.

Mr. Hackenburg has B.S. and M.A. degrees in American history, served in the U.S. Air Force and for over 30 years was Assistant Curator and Photo Archivist at the U.S. Army military History Institute at Carlisle. He has been interested in history as far back as he can remember and during his college years wrote a biographical account of Colonel Charles W. Eckman. His Master's thesis was the history of the Columbia Guards.

$50.00 including PA sales tax. $6.00 additional if mailed. (No sales tax for out-of-state orders).

The 1876 Atlas of Columbia & Montour Counties, PA, by F. W. Beers & Co.

Note new reduced price!

has been reproduced in color and is now available at MCGS for $38.00 including PA sales tax. (No sales tax for out-of-state orders). Shipping is $6.00 additional. To order, send your check for the appropriate amount to MCGS, Attention Atlas Order, 317 Ferry Street, Danville, PA 17821.

Montour County and the American Revolution by Randy Hackenburg


is now available at the MCGS Genealogy Room or by mail. This fascinating and well-researched hard-cover book contains 107 pages and includes historical accounts of the participation of those citizens of what is now Montour County in the Revolutionary War, individual biographical sketches (you'll find many familiar names here) and company rosters, as well as beautiful photographs. If you have Montour County ancestors or if, like me, you just enjoy learning more about the hardy folks from this area who played a role in the fight for independence, you'll surely enjoy this book.

The author, Randy Hackenberg, is a Danville native who earned B. S. and M. A. degrees in American History from Bloomsburg State College and served in the U. S. Air Force before becoming the Photo Archivist at the U. S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle, PA. He has done extensive research on Montour County's participation in the Civil War, War of 1812 and the Mexican War. He previously published Pennsylvania in the Mexican War: The Volunteer Regiments in 1992.

$25.00 including PA sales tax. (No sales tax for out-of-state orders). $5.00 additional shipping and handling if mailed. Please send your check to MCGS, 317 Ferry St., Danville, PA 17821.

The History of the Old Presbyterian Cemetery by Cynthia Elder

This 49-page spiral bound booklet outlines the history of the Old Presbyterian Cemetery from the time of purchase through the court hearings to declare it a public nuisance and on through removal of some of the bodies and the transformation to our Memorial Park. It contains what is believed to be the most comprehensive list of those buried in the old cemetery. One chapter addresses the adjacent Petrikin cemetery as well. $12.00 including PA sales tax. (No sales tax for out-of-state orders). $4.00 additional if mailed.

Montour County & Riverside (PA) Cemeteries

Contains a map and directions to all known cemeteries in Montour County and Riverside, along with other helpful information. $1.00 each, or $3.00 if mailed.

Postcard size color photos of Montour County scenes by MCGS member, Donald Messersmith

Eight cards are now available for purchase: The Montgomery House; the Montour County Courthouse; the Thomas Beaver Free Library; Memorial Park on Bloom Street and four floral prints of spring flowers in Montour County. The first collection of eight includes four scenes which no longer exist: the Abigail Geisinger home on Ferry Street; the Railroad Underpass at Walnut & A Streets; the Riverview Hotel on Mill Street; and the River Bridge in 1997. Additional scenes include Sunset in Cooper Township; Powder Mill Road & Red Lane in the Fall; Keefer Mill Covered Bridge; and the old pump at the Mexico School in Liberty Township. The photos are 50 cents each and can be purchased in the MCGS Genealogy Room. For information on purchase by mail, please contact Sue Messersmith.