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Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
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Founded March 26, 1804
County Seat Clearfield
Courthouse
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
Address Clearfield County Courthouse
230 East Market Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Clearfield County Website
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1805
1823


Boundary Changes

  • 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.


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-transcriptions
USGenWeb-tombstone photos

Billion Graves

Pennsylvania Genealogy

Epodunk

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

See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


Clearfield County PA USGenWeb Cemetery Project

Clearfield County PA USGenWeb Archives Tombstone Photo Project

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

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.

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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
Contains church records of:
  • Clearfield: United Methodist Church; West Side United Methodist Church
  • DuBois: Lebanon Lutheran Church
  • Houtzdale: Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Kylertown: Kylertown Presbyterian Church
  • Morrisdale: United Methodist Church
  • Osceola Mills: Osceola Mills Presbyterian Church
  • Wallaceton: United Methodist Church
  • Winburne: Winburne Presbyterian Church
  • Woodward: Beulah Presbyterian Church
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
Reformed

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

Land records in Clearfield County began in 1805. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Clearfield, 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:

Online Land Records

  • 1986–present Clearfield County offers free online access to indexes. Fees apply to view images.

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 Clearfield County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

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

Clearfield 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 Clearfield 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.

Democratic Banner 9 October 1845-14 February 1849
Country Dollas 20 June 1849 - 26 July 1850
Clearfield Republican 14 Nov 1851 - 30 Dec 1854; 7 April 1858 - 5 July 1865.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Excerpts and 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

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Photos

Clearfield County PA USGenWeb Archives Photo Page

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Clearfield 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 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:

Clearfield County Only:

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

Clearfield County Courthouse
1 North Second Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Hours: 8:30 am - 4 pm M-F

The Courthouse Annex is located at 230 East Market Street and the Administrative Offices are located at 212 East Locust Street.

Register and Recorder's Office
P.O. Box 361
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: 814-765-2641, ext. 5987

The Register and Recorder's Office is responsible for recording deeds, wills, estates, marriages, adoptions, and guardianships. The office can be found on the first floor of the County Courthouse. The Clerk of the Orphan's Court/Register of Wills holds marriage liceneses (1885-present), Estates (1832-present), and births and deaths (1893-1905). The Recorder of Deed's Office holds original deeds, copies of which cost $.50.

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

Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Clearfield County, Pennsylvania is the Brookville Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

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.

  • 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.
Divorce

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

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. 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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