The Worcester Room was initially funded by James S. Onley in memory of his wife, Elizabeth Byrd Onley. The room was included in the original plan for the Snow Hill branch, built in 1975. Through the years, many citizens and groups in the county have added to the collection, which focuses on local history and genealogy. In 1978, the Worcester County Historical Society gave its collection of family trees and notes on families' lineage to the library.
Many of the family tree charts, or "pedigrees" as they are also known to genealogical researchers, have been compiled by Charles Byrd Bishop of Baltimore, with research assistance from his nephew, William Rowley Bishop, Jr., who returns to Snow Hill periodically from his home in Reading, Pa. Katherine P. Fisher, auxiliary services coordinator for the library from 1977 to 1986, and Gladys Gibbons, a member of the Worcester County Historical Society, indexed the collection. Gibbons also provided most of the additional notes that make up the contents of the folders. In 1989, Anne Kinstler, of Snow Hill, a volunteer at the library, continued the work begun earlier and re-compiled the index, adding entries and new folders to incorporate a voluminous amount of material that had been received over the years.
Click here to see a list of or family tree charts and folders.