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Contents

Historical Facts

Formed 26 March 1804, but was still administrated as part of Centre County until 1812.

Parent County

26 March 1804: Clearfield County was created 26 March 1804 from Huntingdon and Lycoming Counties. [1]

Boundary Changes [2]

  • 9 March 1771: The southern part of today's Clearfield County was part of Bedford County when it was formed.
  • 1785: The northern part of future Clearfield County was tansferred to Northumberland County; the southern part remained in Bedford County.
  • 20 September 1787: The southern part of future Clearfield County went with Huntingdon County when it was created; the northern part remained with Northumberland County.
  • 13 April 1795: The northern part of future Clearfield County became part of Lycoming County when it was created in 1795; the southern part remained in Huntingdon County.
  • 18 April 1843: A northern swath of Clearfield County became part of Elk County when it was created.

Neighboring Counties

Blair | Cambria | Cameron | Centre | Clinton | Elk | Indiana | Jefferson

Record Loss

Resources

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Clearfield County PA USGenWeb Cemetery Project

Clearfield County PA USGenWeb Archives Tombstone Photo Project


Cemetery records often reveal birth, 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-transcriptions
USGenWeb-tombstone photos
Billion Graves
Pennsylvania Genealogy   Epodunk
Pennsylvania Gravestones  
Billion Graves  
Names in Stone    
Linkpendium    
Ancestry($)    
   
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


Census

For tips on accessing Clearfield 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

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clearfield 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, 17:1. FamilySearch Library book 974.8 B2wg. Contains chronology, map, county-by-county information.
Quaker

Court Records

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

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

The following historical books about Clearfield County can be viewed and searched on the Clearfield County PAGenWeb Area History Page:

  1. The HISTORY OF CLEARFIELD COUNTY by Lewis Cass Aldrich published 1887
  2. The TWENTIETH CENTURY HISTORY OF CLEARFIELD COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS by Roland D. Swoope, Jr. published in 1911
  3. The CLEARFIELD COUNTY PENNSYLAVANIA PRESENT AND PAST by Thomas Lincoln Wall, published in 1925

Land and Property

Register and Recorder's Office
P.O. Box 361
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2641 ext. 1350

Records are available at the recorders office and on-line for 1986 to the present. A fee is required to view the on-line records.


Maps

Ancestor Tracks has posted free, downloadable images from the Clearfield Co. Township Warrantee Maps by Ed Heary.  These map images belong to us and are not be used commercially.  We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attrbiute to Ancestor Tracks. 


Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Photos

Clearfield County PA USGenWeb Archives Photo Page

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

Clearfield County Courthouse

230 East Market Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Daniel J. Nelson - Court Administrator
814-765-2641 Ext. 5982
 

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

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Marriage

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Clearfield County, Pennsylvania clerk's office for these records.

  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years.
  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.


Divorce

Divorce records are handled by the office of the Prothonotary. While no on-line indexes or records are available, records may be obtained by visiting or writing to the Prothonotary at:

Office of the Prothonotary
PO Box 549
230 E. Market Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone:(814) 765-2641

Death

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Web Sites

Places

Populated Places

A listing of the Towns, Boroughs, and Villages of Clearfield County can be found at Clearfield County PAGenWeb Project - Towns Boroughs Villages

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Pennsylvania line : a research guide to Pennsylvania genealogy and local history, 1990 ed. (Laughlintown, Pa.: Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, 1990), [FHL book 974.8 D27p 1990].

 

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