"The Somerset county, PA
courthouse has a huge book that is entitled "Almshouse"
and it contains quite detailed original records of the residents
from 1900 forward. Each resident has a line and there are a lot
of columns of information. I didn't record anything from the
book because the person I was looking for was there in 1860. The
courthouse currently has a grant to microfilm its old records
and this book is in the microfilm offices, not in the courthouse
itself. I found out about the book purely by chance - I told one
of the office workers who I was looking for and she very kindly
said she had an idea and went looking for the records upstairs
somewhere and then showed me the book.
Unfortunately, I could find no
records prior to 1900. Apparently there had been a fire and lots
of records were destroyed years ago. If you can find someone who
lives in Somerset, they might be able to access that book and
provide some information. Otherwise, sometime in the future it
should be on microfilm."
Barbara Obaker firstname.lastname@example.org