Forest County, Pennsylvania

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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Jefferson County, Pennsylvania|Jefferson]] County 11 April 1848.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Jefferson County, Pennsylvania|Jefferson]] County 11 April 1848.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Tionesta<br>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Tionesta<br>  
 
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).</ref>[[Warren County, Pennsylvania|Warren]] (north){{•}}[[Elk County, Pennsylvania|Elk]] (east){{•}}[[Venango County, Pennsylvania|Venango]] (west){{•}}[[McKean County, Pennsylvania|McKean]] (northeast) {{•}} [[Clarion County, Pennsylvania|Clarion]] (south) {{•}} [[Jefferson County, Pennsylvania|Jefferson]] (southeast)
 
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).</ref>[[Warren County, Pennsylvania|Warren]] (north){{•}}[[Elk County, Pennsylvania|Elk]] (east){{•}}[[Venango County, Pennsylvania|Venango]] (west){{•}}[[McKean County, Pennsylvania|McKean]] (northeast) {{•}} [[Clarion County, Pennsylvania|Clarion]] (south) {{•}} [[Jefferson County, Pennsylvania|Jefferson]] (southeast)
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
  
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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'''Newspapers of Forest County'''
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'''Newspapers of Forest County'''  
  
:*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]
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:*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Forest&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory  
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:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Forest&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
  
'''Online Newspapers'''
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'''Online Newspapers'''  
  
To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see [http://news.google.com/newspapers news.google.com/newspapers] and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.
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To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see [http://news.google.com/newspapers news.google.com/newspapers] and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.  
  
 
:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026497/ The Forest Republican, 1869-1952]
 
:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026497/ The Forest Republican, 1869-1952]
  
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''
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'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?372 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] of Forest County.
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:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?372 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] of Forest County.  
 
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paforest/news/news.htm USGenWeb Forest County Historical Newspapers]
 
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paforest/news/news.htm USGenWeb Forest County Historical Newspapers]
  
 
===== Obituaries  =====
 
===== Obituaries  =====
  
Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the [[Forest County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]
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Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the [[Forest County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]  
  
{{Tip|Sometimes the fastest way of finding obituaries is to call or email the local [http://www.publiclibraries.com/ public library] in the area where the person died.  If the library does not have newspapers, a librarian often will know where they are kept.  If a death date is known, and the newspapers are at the library, someone on staff will usually make a search for a small fee, or will indicate someone who will do the search.}}<br>
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{{Tip|Sometimes the fastest way of finding obituaries is to call or email the local [http://www.publiclibraries.com/ public library] in the area where the person died.  If the library does not have newspapers, a librarian often will know where they are kept.  If a death date is known, and the newspapers are at the library, someone on staff will usually make a search for a small fee, or will indicate someone who will do the search.}}<br>  
  
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''
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'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
  
 
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?373 PA-Roots Obituaries] of Forest County.  
 
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?373 PA-Roots Obituaries] of Forest County.  
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:*'''1855–1911''' Wills {{FHL|415351|item|disp=FHL film 870471}}
 
:*'''1855–1911''' Wills {{FHL|415351|item|disp=FHL film 870471}}
  
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==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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*Forest County Historical Society<br>206 Elm St. <br>Tionesta, PA 16353-9702
 
*Forest County Historical Society<br>206 Elm St. <br>Tionesta, PA 16353-9702
  
The Forest History Center is housed in an 1875 pre-Victorian Eastlake style home filled with artifacts and genealogies of the area’s families.
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The Forest History Center is housed in an 1875 pre-Victorian Eastlake style home filled with artifacts and genealogies of the area’s families.  
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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The birth records for Forest County were microfilmed by [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]. These microfilms may be [https://familysearch.org/films/ ordered] into a local [https://familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Center] or [https://familysearch.org/locations authorized public library] for a small fee. <br>  
 
The birth records for Forest County were microfilmed by [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]. These microfilms may be [https://familysearch.org/films/ ordered] into a local [https://familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Center] or [https://familysearch.org/locations authorized public library] for a small fee. <br>  
  
*''Register of Births, 1893-1907 –&nbsp; {{FHL|41934|item|disp=FHL film 1314246}}''<br>
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:*'''1893-1907''' Register of Births {{FHL|41934|item|disp=FHL film 1314246}}<br>
  
 
Beginning in 1906 Pennsylvania birth records are available through the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 Department of of Health]. Birth records become public after 105 years. A [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1086145&mode=2 statewide index] is available. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:  
 
Beginning in 1906 Pennsylvania birth records are available through the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 Department of of Health]. Birth records become public after 105 years. A [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1086145&mode=2 statewide index] is available. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:  
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The cost for an non-certified birth certificate is $3.00.<br>  
 
The cost for an non-certified birth certificate is $3.00.<br>  
  
Some Forest County births can be found online in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1681005 Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950].  
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:*''' 1709-1950'''  Some Forest County births can be found online in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1681005 Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950].  
  
 
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===== Marriage  =====
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A free online index with images to some Forest County marriages can be found in the [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] Records Collection, ''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1589502 Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 – 1950.]'' Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. These records have been microfilmed.  
 
A free online index with images to some Forest County marriages can be found in the [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] Records Collection, ''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1589502 Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 – 1950.]'' Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. These records have been microfilmed.  
  
*''Marriage Licenses, 1885-1928'' (Forest County, Pennsylvania) {{FHL|45894|item|disp=FHL films 1314244–1314246}}
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:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
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:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years.
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:*'''Pre-1810''' – Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
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:*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.
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:*'''1885-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – free. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.<br><noinclude>[[Category:Templates for PA pages]]
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:*'''1885-1928''' Marriage Licenses (Forest County, Pennsylvania) {{FHL|45894|item|disp=FHL films 1314244–1314246}}
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
  
Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the main courthouse building.<br>  
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Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|courthouse]] building.<br>
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
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These county death records were microfilmed by [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.]  
 
These county death records were microfilmed by [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.]  
  
*''Register of Deaths, 1893-1907'' – {{FHL|45901|item|disp=FHL film 1314247}}
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:*'''1893-1907''' Register of Deaths – {{FHL|45901|item|disp=FHL film 1314247}}
  
Pennsylvania death certificates become public records after 50 years. An [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 annual index] is&nbsp;released by the&nbsp;Pennsylvania Department of&nbsp;Health. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the Division of Vital Records and are not public certificates. Only certain people can request a non-public death certificate. To order a non-public representative you must be:  
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Pennsylvania death certificates become public records after 50 years. An [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 annual index] is&nbsp;released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the Division of Vital Records and are not public certificates. Only certain people can request a non-public death certificate. To order a non-public representative you must be:  
  
 
*Legal representative of decedent's estate  
 
*Legal representative of decedent's estate  

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Forest County, Pennsylvania
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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Forest County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Facts
Founded April 11, 1848
County Seat Tionesta
Courthouse
Address Forest County Courthouse
526 Elm Street
Tionesta, PA 16353
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1857
1855
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Jefferson County 11 April 1848.[1]
  • County Seat: Tionesta
  • Neighboring Counties: Forest County, Pennsylvania residents may also have records in [2]Warren (north) • Elk (east) • Venango (west) • McKean (northeast)  • Clarion (south)  • Jefferson (southeast)


Named for the vast forests in the area.


Boundary Changes

  • 31 October 1866: part taken from Venango County to enlarge Forest County.

Resources

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb-transcripts
USGenWeb-tombstone photos

Billion Graves

Pennsylvania Genealogy

Epodunk

Pennsylvania Gravestones
Billion Graves
Names in Stone
Access Genealogy
Ancestry($)

See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


Census

For tips on accessing Forest County, Pennsylvania Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records

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Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Forest County, Pennsylvania Church Records  in online catalogs like:


County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Catholic
  • "100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843–1943," Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1. FHL Book 974.8 B2wg. Chronology, map, county-by-county information.

Court Records

Forest County Courthouse
526 Elm Street
Tionesta, PA 17353
Phone: 814-755-3526
Fax: 814-755-8837

Open 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Court of Common Pleas
Clerk of the Court
Prothonotary
Orphans' Court (see Vital Records)

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Forest County began in 1784. These records are filed with the Prothonotary/Recorder of Deeds office in Tionesta, Pennsylvania.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, and maps. Property records include liens as well as livestock brands and estray records.

The following are examples of available resources:

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

Note that the "Maps" section below includes maps related to land ownership.

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Forest County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Ancestor Tracks has posted free downloadable images from the 1881 Map of Forest Co. Pennsylvania Compiled from Records & Official Surveys by S.D. Irwin, published by J.L. Smith.  This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing.  While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not to be used commercially.  We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.

Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Forest County, Pennsylvania newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, historical/genealogical societies, college or university libraries, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.

For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers

Newspapers of Forest County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see news.google.com/newspapers and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Obituaries

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Newspaper heading


Online Obituary Abstracts

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Forest County, Pennsylvania are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.

Online Probate Indexes

Online Probate Records

Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch.org. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:

Complete Collection:

Forest County only:

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Forest County, Pennsylvania probate wills in online catalogs like:

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

Forest County Courthouse
526 Elm Street, Box 3
Tionesta, PA 16353

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Rich in history, Forest County, Pennsylvania contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.

  • Forest County Historical Society
    206 Elm St.
    Tionesta, PA 16353-9702

The Forest History Center is housed in an 1875 pre-Victorian Eastlake style home filled with artifacts and genealogies of the area’s families.

Taxation

Vital Records

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.

Birth

Birth records for Forest County began in 1893. The Forest County Clerk of Orphans' Court maintains birth records through 1905. Individuals are allowed to search these records. To obtain a copy of birth record in the 1893–1905 time period contact the Forest County Courthouse.

The birth records for Forest County were microfilmed by FamilySearch. These microfilms may be ordered into a local FamilySearch Center or authorized public library for a small fee.

Beginning in 1906 Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health. Birth records become public after 105 years. A statewide index is available. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

The cost for an non-certified birth certificate is $3.00.

Marriage

Forest County marriages are maintained by the Clerk of Orphans' Court. Forest County began recording marriages in 1885. To obtain a marriage record you may go to or mail the Clerk of Orphans' Court.

A free online index with images to some Forest County marriages can be found in the FamilySearch Records Collection, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 – 1950. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. These records have been microfilmed.

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
  • 1852-1854 - Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.
  • 1885-1950 - Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950 Extracted marriage records – free. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
  • 1885-1928 Marriage Licenses (Forest County, Pennsylvania) FHL films 1314244–1314246
Divorce

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.

Death

Forest County began recording deaths in 1893. Records from 1893 – 1905 are available at the County Courthouse in Tionesta. You may request a death record from the Clerk of Orphans' Court.

These county death records were microfilmed by FamilySearch.

Pennsylvania death certificates become public records after 50 years. An annual index is released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the Division of Vital Records and are not public certificates. Only certain people can request a non-public death certificate. To order a non-public representative you must be:

  • Legal representative of decedent's estate
  • Immediate family member
  • Extended family member who indicates a direct relationship to the decedent
  • Power of Attorney (Please note that a Power of Attorney document is no longer valid upon the death of the individual)

See the Pennsylvania Department of Health website to obtain a copy of a non-public death certificate. The cost is $9.

The cost for a non-certified public death certificate is $3.00. Indexes for Pennsylvania public death records are available online through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1961. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103


Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Forest County, Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).