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Forest County, Pennsylvania
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Founded April 11, 1848
County Seat Tionesta
Courthouse
Address Forest County Courthouse
526 Elm Street
Tionesta, PA 16353
Forest County Website
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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

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories
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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

Obituaries

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

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

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

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.

Some Forest County births can be found online in Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950.

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.

Divorce

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the main 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).

 

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