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Contents

Historical Facts

Named for Col. William Crawford (1732 – 11 June 1782) was an American soldier and surveyor who worked as a western land agent for George Washington. Crawford fought in the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War. He was tortured and burnt at the stake by American Indians in a notorious incident near the end of the American Revolution. (source:Wikipedia)

Parent County

12 March 1800: Crawford County was created from Allegheny County. [1]

Boundary Changes [2]

  • Before 1785: Not included in any county (included in Donation Lands in 1783), still unorganized territory.
  • 9 March 1771: Bedford County created from Cumberland County.
  • 26 February 1773: Westmoreland County split off from Bedford County.
  • 27 March 1781: Washington County was created from Westmoreland County, taking a part of future Crawford County.
  • 24 September 1788: Allegheny County was created from Washington and Westmoreland counties, including the part covering future Crawford County.

Neighboring Counties

Erie | Mercer | Venango | Warren | Ohio counties: Ashtabula | Trumbull

Record Loss

Resources

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Cambridge: Mitchell Cemetery

Cochranton: Cochranton Cemetery

Meadville: Greendale Cemetery
Meadville: Roselawn Cemetery
Meadville: St. Brigid's Cemetery

Saegertown: Saegertown Cemetery

Census

For tips on accessing Crawford 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

  • "100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843–1943". Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, 17:1. FamilySearch Library book 974.8 B2wg. Contains chronolgy, map, county-by-county information.

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

Land and Property

Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds
903 Diamond Park
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: (814) 373-2537

Maps

  • Ancestor Tracks has posted free, downloadable images from the 1876 Historical Atlas of Crawford County, Pennsylvania published by J.C. McDowell.  This atlas located in the files of the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg, PA, shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing.  While the physical documents 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

Meadville Tribute

Obituaries

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

Crawford County Courthouse
903 Diamond Park
Meadville, PA 16335
(814) 333-7400 or (800)-982-9019

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
  • Cambridge Springs Historical Museum
    26 Federal Street
    Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
    (814)398-1827
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 Crawford 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.
  • 1825-1865 Methodist circuit rider marriages including Crawford County in USGenWeb.
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
First Floor of the County Courthouse
903 Diamond Park
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: 814–333-7324

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

  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Deaths Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Places

Populated Places

Cambridge Springs | Centerville | Cochranton | Conneaut Lake | Conneautville | Espyville | Meadville | Saegertown | Spartansburg | Titusville | Townville

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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