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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Pennsylvania]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Dauphin_County,_Pennsylvania|Dauphin County]]''  
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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Dauphin County'''
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'''Dauphin County, Pennsylvania''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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| founded year = 1785
 
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| seat wl = Harrisburg
 
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== Historical Facts  ==
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== Dauphin County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
  
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] County 4 March 1785.<br>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] County 4 March 1785.<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;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:''' Harrisburg<br>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Harrisburg<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>[[Northumberland County, Pennsylvania|Northumberland]] (north){{•}}[[Perry County, Pennsylvania|Perry]] (west){{•}}[[York County, Pennsylvania|York]] (south){{•}}[[Lebanon County, Pennsylvania|Lebanon]] (east){{•}}[[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] (southeast) {{•}}[[Cumberland County, Pennsylvania|Cumberland]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania|Schuylkill]] (northeast)
 
*'''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>[[Northumberland County, Pennsylvania|Northumberland]] (north){{•}}[[Perry County, Pennsylvania|Perry]] (west){{•}}[[York County, Pennsylvania|York]] (south){{•}}[[Lebanon County, Pennsylvania|Lebanon]] (east){{•}}[[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] (southeast) {{•}}[[Cumberland County, Pennsylvania|Cumberland]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania|Schuylkill]] (northeast)
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<br> Named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-Joseph,_Dauphin_of_France Louis-Joseph, Dauphin of France], first son of Louis XVI. The title "Dauphin" signified heir-apparent.  
 
<br> Named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-Joseph,_Dauphin_of_France Louis-Joseph, Dauphin of France], first son of Louis XVI. The title "Dauphin" signified heir-apparent.  
  
Many Scotch-Irish immigrants settled in what is now Dauphin County (then Lancaster County) in the early eighteenth century. It was predominantly a German area of settlement.<ref name="way">Wayland F. Dunaway, ''The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania'' (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 50, 150-154. Free digital version at [http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/u?/digitalbks2,18370 PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State].</ref>  
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Many Scotch-Irish immigrants settled in what is now Dauphin County (then Lancaster County) in the early eighteenth century. It was predominantly a German area of settlement.<ref name="way">Wayland F. Dunaway, ''The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania'' (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 50, 150-154. Free digital version at [http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/u?/digitalbks2,18370 PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State].</ref> <br>  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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'''16 Feb 1813:''' [[Lebanon County, Pennsylvania|Lebanon]] County was created from parts of Dauphin and [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] counties.
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'''16 Feb 1813:''' [[Lebanon County, Pennsylvania|Lebanon]] County was created from parts of Dauphin and [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] counties.  
  
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== Dauphin County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources  ==
  
 
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
  
[[Image:Dauphin county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px]] {{PAChurch1}}  
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[[Image:Dauphin county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px]]  
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The [http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org/ Historical Society of Dauphin County] has an excellent collection of records and photographs for many local area churches. Their records include baptisms, marriages and death records for many Dauphin County churches, some dating back to the 1700's. The society also maintains an archive with hundreds of manuscript items. Details of their [http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org/research/archives/numerical manuscript] holdings are available on their website. For information about research services and fees, see the [http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org/research/fees "Research Fees"] page.
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The [http://www.capitalareagenealogy.org/ Capital Area Genealogical Society] in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has some published Dauphin County church records. See the [http://www.capitalareagenealogy.org/documents/holdings.pdf Research Library Holdings] page for a 2010 pdf. list of all their holdings.
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For a good history concerning early churches of Dauphin County, see [https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=171457&disp=History+of+Dauphin+County%2C+Pennsylvani%20%20&columns=*,0,0 History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania]. The religion section is divided into town and township and discusses the denominations in each of the areas.
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{{PAChurch1|Dauphin|353848}}  
  
 
===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
 
===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
  
 
:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
 
:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
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::Contains church records of:
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::*Jonathan Worrall, J.P./Misc. Marriage Licenses, 1890-1915
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::*Berrysburg: PA Conference Evangelical Association
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::*Elizabethville: Trinity United Methodist Church
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::*Harrisburg: Harrisburg First Church of God; Lutheran Church; Lutheran Church of the Redeemer; Memorial Lutheran Church; Park Street United Methodist Church; Rev. Nathaniel R. Snowden Records; St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. Paul's Episcopal Church; St. Stephen's Episcopal Church; United Church of Christ; Zion German Lutheran Church
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::*Hummelstown: Hummelstown United Church of Christ; Trinity United Methodist Church
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::*Millersburg: St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
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::*Oberlin: Neidig Memorial United Methodist Church
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::*Philadelphia: Cooper Memorial United Methodist Church
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::*Steelton: St. John's Lutheran Church
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::*Susquehanna: Paxton Methodist Episcopal Church
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::*Williamstown: Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
  
 
:*'''1744-1844''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4934 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Church Records] at Ancestry ($). Includes records from Salem Reformed Church (Harrisburg, Pa.), Lykens Valley Lower Church (David's Reformed) (Killingern, Upper Paxtang, Pa.), Fetterhoff's Lutheran and Reformed Church, Fredricktown Church (Hummelstown, Pa.), Hoffman Reformed Church, Lykens Valley Lower Church, Middletown Church, Paxtang and Derry Presbyterian Churches, Reformed Church (Hummelstown, Pa.), St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salem Reformed Church (Harrisburg, Pa.), Shoop's Reformed Church, Wenerich's Reformed Church, Zion Church.
 
:*'''1744-1844''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4934 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Church Records] at Ancestry ($). Includes records from Salem Reformed Church (Harrisburg, Pa.), Lykens Valley Lower Church (David's Reformed) (Killingern, Upper Paxtang, Pa.), Fetterhoff's Lutheran and Reformed Church, Fredricktown Church (Hummelstown, Pa.), Hoffman Reformed Church, Lykens Valley Lower Church, Middletown Church, Paxtang and Derry Presbyterian Churches, Reformed Church (Hummelstown, Pa.), St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salem Reformed Church (Harrisburg, Pa.), Shoop's Reformed Church, Wenerich's Reformed Church, Zion Church.
  
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:*'''1757-1825''' - Humphrey, John T. ''Pennsylvania Births, Dauphin County, 1757-1825.'' Washington, D.C.: PA Genealogy Books, 2005. {{FHL|1221736|item|disp=FHL Book 974.818 V2h}}.
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::Contains church records of Hill or "Maxe" Lutheran Church, Derry Township; Middletown Lutheran Church, Middletown, Lower Swatara Township; Hummelstown Lutheran Congregation, Derry Township; Evangelical Reformed Church, Lykens Valley, Upper Paxton Township; Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Killinger, Lykens Valley; Shoop's Church or Paxton Church, Lutheran and Reformed, Lower Paxton Township; Klinger's Church, Erdman, Lutheran and Reformed, Lykens Township; Salem Reformed Church, Harrisburg; Fetterhoff's Church, Lutheran and Reformed, Halifax Township; St. John's Lutheran Church, Lykens Valley, Upper Paxton Township; Hoffman's Reformed Church, Lykens Township; Zion Lutheran Church, Harrisburg; Wenrich's Church, Lutheran and Reformed, Lower Paxton Township; and St. Stephen's Protestant Episcopal Church, Harrisburg.
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/dauphin/church.htm Dauphin County Church Records] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/dauphin/ Dauphin County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives] Includes Church histories and records.
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===== Lutheran =====
  
 
:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=14075 Records of the Hill Lutheran Church in Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania] at Ancestry ($).
 
:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=14075 Records of the Hill Lutheran Church in Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania] at Ancestry ($).
  
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:*'''1860-1997''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3369 Saint Paul's United Methodist Church], Harrisburg, Pa. at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, and deaths.
 
:*'''1860-1997''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3369 Saint Paul's United Methodist Church], Harrisburg, Pa. at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, and deaths.
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The '''Paxtang Church''' and the '''Derry Church''' were both organized in 1729.<ref name="way" />  
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The first three churches established in the county were the Hanover, '''Paxtang'''&nbsp;and&nbsp;Derry Churches. These were organized prior to 1730.<ref>Luther Reily Kelker, "History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania" (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1907) 224-240. {{WorldCat|361725}}; {{FHL|171457|item|disp=FHL book 974.818 H2k vol. 1}}</ref>  
  
 
:*'''1741-1810''' - Marriage Record of Paxtang and Derry Churches, 1741-1810 (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 10) at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2206 Ancestry] ($); [http://books.google.com/books?id=AD0OAAAAIAAJ Google Books] - free.
 
:*'''1741-1810''' - Marriage Record of Paxtang and Derry Churches, 1741-1810 (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 10) at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2206 Ancestry] ($); [http://books.google.com/books?id=AD0OAAAAIAAJ Google Books] - free.
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*[http://http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5271 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 1800-55: Hoffman Reformed Church] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); Includes more than 8,400 records of baptisms, marriages, and burials for the Hoffman Reformed Church located in the Lykens Valley.
 
*[http://http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5271 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 1800-55: Hoffman Reformed Church] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($); Includes more than 8,400 records of baptisms, marriages, and burials for the Hoffman Reformed Church located in the Lykens Valley.
  
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===== Reformed =====
  
 
:*'''1800-1855''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5271 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 1800-55: Hoffman Reformed Church] at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
 
:*'''1800-1855''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5271 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 1800-55: Hoffman Reformed Church] at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  
 
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===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
 
===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
  
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The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. {{PAGENAME}} has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.<ref>The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.</ref>
  
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{{PA court6|Dauphin|341817}}
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
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*'''1979–present''' Dauphin County offers [http://www.dauphinc.org/deeds/default.asp#disclaimer online access] to records. Fees apply for copies. Check the website for current information on availability and fees.
 
*'''1979–present''' Dauphin County offers [http://www.dauphinc.org/deeds/default.asp#disclaimer online access] to records. Fees apply for copies. Check the website for current information on availability and fees.
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'''Online Land Record Abstracts'''
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/dauphin/land.htm Warrantees of land, Pennsylvania Archives Series 3] Volume 24, 1785-1895 at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/dauphin/ Dauphin County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
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Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''Dauphin County Pennsylvania Land''''' in online catalogs such as:  
 
Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''Dauphin County Pennsylvania Land''''' in online catalogs such as:  
  
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Dauphin+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Dauphin+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Dauphin+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
 
*{{FHL|339957|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (For instructions see [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|FHL Catalog Place-name Search]].)
 
*{{FHL|339957|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (For instructions see [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|FHL Catalog Place-name Search]].)
  
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[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free, downloadable images of [http://ancestortracks.com/Dauphin_Co_blurb.html The Combination Atlas Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Compiled, Drawn and Published from Personal Examinations and Surveys by Everts &amp; Stewart, 1875]. &nbsp;This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing. &nbsp;While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not be used commercially. We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.  
 
[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free, downloadable images of [http://ancestortracks.com/Dauphin_Co_blurb.html The Combination Atlas Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Compiled, Drawn and Published from Personal Examinations and Surveys by Everts &amp; Stewart, 1875]. &nbsp;This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing. &nbsp;While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not be used commercially. We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.  
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
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Naturalization records available for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania include the following: <br>
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:*'''1820-1906''' – [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Index to Declarations and Petitions in the Western District of Pennsylvania, US Circuit and District Courts] located in ''US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), National Archives publication M1208<br>
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:*'''1820-1930''' – [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=119&title=naturalizations_pa_western%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537, incomplete for all counties<br>
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:*'''1820-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537.<br>
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{{PANaturalization3|Dauphin}}
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{PAnewspapers}}
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'''Newspapers of Dauphin County'''
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:*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]
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:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Dauphin&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
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'''Online Newspapers'''
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:*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/collections/8728/pennsylvania_historic_newspapers Whig State Journal] at Pennsylvania Dept. of Education Historic Newspapers.
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:*[http://digitalnewspapers.libraries.psu.edu/Default/Skins/civilwar/Client.asp?skin=civilwar&AppName=2 Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspaper Collection] available through the Penn State University Library
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::Daily Patriot and Unio 15 October 1860-31 October 1863
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::Pennsylvnia Daily Telegraph 21 January 1859- 26 Nov 1862
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::Evening Telegraph 28 Nove 1862 - 11 Mar 1864
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::Pennsylvania Telegraph 12 Mar 1864 - 31 Dec 1864
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'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''
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:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?320 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Dauphin County.
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~padauph2/lykinsnews.html USGenWeb Lykens Register Newspaper] tidbits.
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/dauphin/papers.htm Dauphin County Newspaper Articles] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/dauphin/ Dauphin County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives] Includes Items from the ''Harrisburg Telegraph,'' January 4,7,8,9 1892 and Items from ''The Evening News''
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'''Newspaper Excerpts and Abstracts''' June - September 1918.
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:*''Marriages and Deaths from Dauphin Co. Newspapers,'' (SLC, Utah, 1980) {{FHL|46490|item|disp=FHL film 1298604}}
  
 
===== Obituaries  =====
 
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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 [[Dauphin County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]
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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>
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'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''
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:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?321 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Dauphin County.
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/dauphin/obits.htm Dauphin County Obituaries] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/dauphin/ Dauphin County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
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'''Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts'''
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:*Stroh, Alice F., ''Cemetery Records of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania'' (SLC, Utah, 1978) {{FHL|21179|item|disp=FHL film 1026670 item 5}}
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:*''Deaths from Berks, Dauphin and Philadelphia Counties Newspapers, 1791-1864'' (SLC, Utah, 1964) {{FHL|272941|item|disp=FHL film 385043}}
  
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{PA Probate Intro}}<br>
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'''Online Probate Records'''<br>
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Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [https://www.familysearch.org/ 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:<br>
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Complete Collection:<br>
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:*'''1683-1994'''-{{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]
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Dauphin County Only:<br>
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:*'''1785-1937'''-[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7J7%3An812930437%3Fcc%3D1999196 Dauphin County Probate Records]<br>
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'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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:*'''1785-1795''' Will Records {{FHL|277256|item|disp=FHL film 434946}}
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:*'''1785-1875''' Wills {{FHL|213907|item|disp=FHL film 21237}}
  
 
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===== Archives  =====
 
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:*{{PA Archives}}
  
 
===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://www.dauphincounty.org/publicly-elected-officials/register-of-wills/ Dauphin County Courthouse]<br>Room 103<br>Front Market Streets<br>Harrisburg, PA 17101<br>(717) 780-6500 Phone <br>
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[http://www.dauphincounty.org/ Dauphin County Courthouse]<br>101 Market Street<br>Harrisburg, PA 17101<br>
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The [http://www.dauphincounty.org/publicly-elected-officials/register-of-wills/ Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court] is located on the first floor of the Dauphin County Courthouse (rm 103) and can be reached at 717. 780.6500 (register of wills), or 717.780.6510 (Orphans' Court). The Register of Wills holds birth and death records (1893-1906), marriage records (1850-1855 and 1885-present) and estates. See their [http://www.dauphincounty.org/publicly-elected-officials/register-of-wills/genealogy/ Genealogy page] for more information.
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The [http://www.dauphinc.org/deeds/ Recorder of Deeds] is located on the first floor (rm 102) of the Dauphin County Courthouse or at 717.780.6560. The Recorder of Deeds holds records related to the transfer of property (including deeds and mortgages).
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[http://www.dauphincounty.org/publicly-elected-officials/prothonotary/ Dauphin County Prothonotary]<br>101 Market Street<br>Room 101<br>Harrisburg, PA 17101<br>Phone:717–780-6520
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]<br>
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{{PAfhc|Harrisburg/Hershey}}
*[[Harrisburg/Hershey Pennsylvania Family History Center|Hershey Pennsylvania Family History Center]] (Harrisburg)<br>
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[http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org/ The Historical Society of Dauphin County]<br>219 South Front Street<br>Harrisburg, PA 17104<br>(717) 233-3462  
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[http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org/ The Historical Society of Dauphin County]<br>219 South Front Street<br>Harrisburg, PA 17104<br>Phone: 717.233.3462 <br>E-mail: [mailto:library@dauphincountyhistory.org library@dauphincountyhistory.org]
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The [http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org/research/library/ Alexander Family Library] holds church records, newspaper clippings, cemetery inventories, military records, and more.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
:*'''1798''' - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2060 Ancestry] ($).
 
:*'''1798''' - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2060 Ancestry] ($).
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:*'''1800''' - [http://www.pagenweb.org/~lebanon/records/1800Annville.html First Annville Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania 1800] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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{{PA birth}}  
 
{{PA birth}}  
  
*'''1726-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} - free index. Not complete for all years.  
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:*'''1726-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.
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:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.
  
 
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{{PA marriage}}  
 
{{PA marriage}}  
  
*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years.  
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:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) 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. This index is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
*'''Pre-1810''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
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:*'''Pre-1810''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) 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>
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
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[http://www.dauphincounty.org/publicly-elected-officials/prothonotary/ Dauphin County Prothonotary]<br>101 Market Street<br>Room 101<br>Harrisburg, PA 17101<br>Phone:717–780-6520
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{{PA death}}  
 
{{PA death}}  
  
*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.
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:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.
  
 
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{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Dauphin|341818}}  
  
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Dauphin|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Dauphin|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
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Dauphin County, Pennsylvania genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
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Founded March 4, 1785
County Seat Harrisburg
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Address Dauphin County Courthouse
101 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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Dauphin County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1785
11785


Named for Louis-Joseph, Dauphin of France, first son of Louis XVI. The title "Dauphin" signified heir-apparent.

Many Scotch-Irish immigrants settled in what is now Dauphin County (then Lancaster County) in the early eighteenth century. It was predominantly a German area of settlement.[3]

Boundary Changes

16 Feb 1813: Lebanon County was created from parts of Dauphin and Lancaster counties.

Dauphin County Pennsylvania Genealogy 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

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 Dauphin 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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The Historical Society of Dauphin County has an excellent collection of records and photographs for many local area churches. Their records include baptisms, marriages and death records for many Dauphin County churches, some dating back to the 1700's. The society also maintains an archive with hundreds of manuscript items. Details of their manuscript holdings are available on their website. For information about research services and fees, see the "Research Fees" page.

The Capital Area Genealogical Society in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has some published Dauphin County church records. See the Research Library Holdings page for a 2010 pdf. list of all their holdings.

For a good history concerning early churches of Dauphin County, see History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The religion section is divided into town and township and discusses the denominations in each of the areas.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Contains church records of:
  • Jonathan Worrall, J.P./Misc. Marriage Licenses, 1890-1915
  • Berrysburg: PA Conference Evangelical Association
  • Elizabethville: Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Harrisburg: Harrisburg First Church of God; Lutheran Church; Lutheran Church of the Redeemer; Memorial Lutheran Church; Park Street United Methodist Church; Rev. Nathaniel R. Snowden Records; St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. Paul's Episcopal Church; St. Stephen's Episcopal Church; United Church of Christ; Zion German Lutheran Church
  • Hummelstown: Hummelstown United Church of Christ; Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Millersburg: St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Oberlin: Neidig Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Philadelphia: Cooper Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Steelton: St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Susquehanna: Paxton Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Williamstown: Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • 1744-1844 - Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Church Records at Ancestry ($). Includes records from Salem Reformed Church (Harrisburg, Pa.), Lykens Valley Lower Church (David's Reformed) (Killingern, Upper Paxtang, Pa.), Fetterhoff's Lutheran and Reformed Church, Fredricktown Church (Hummelstown, Pa.), Hoffman Reformed Church, Lykens Valley Lower Church, Middletown Church, Paxtang and Derry Presbyterian Churches, Reformed Church (Hummelstown, Pa.), St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salem Reformed Church (Harrisburg, Pa.), Shoop's Reformed Church, Wenerich's Reformed Church, Zion Church.
  • 1757-1825 - Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Dauphin County, 1757-1825. Washington, D.C.: PA Genealogy Books, 2005. FHL Book 974.818 V2h.
Contains church records of Hill or "Maxe" Lutheran Church, Derry Township; Middletown Lutheran Church, Middletown, Lower Swatara Township; Hummelstown Lutheran Congregation, Derry Township; Evangelical Reformed Church, Lykens Valley, Upper Paxton Township; Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Killinger, Lykens Valley; Shoop's Church or Paxton Church, Lutheran and Reformed, Lower Paxton Township; Klinger's Church, Erdman, Lutheran and Reformed, Lykens Township; Salem Reformed Church, Harrisburg; Fetterhoff's Church, Lutheran and Reformed, Halifax Township; St. John's Lutheran Church, Lykens Valley, Upper Paxton Township; Hoffman's Reformed Church, Lykens Township; Zion Lutheran Church, Harrisburg; Wenrich's Church, Lutheran and Reformed, Lower Paxton Township; and St. Stephen's Protestant Episcopal Church, Harrisburg.
Lutheran
Methodist
Presbyterian

The first three churches established in the county were the Hanover, Paxtang and Derry Churches. These were organized prior to 1730.[4]

  • 1741-1810 - Marriage Record of Paxtang and Derry Churches, 1741-1810 (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 10) at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.

The Hanover Presbyterian Church was built in 1736 in a Scotch-Irish settlement in what is now Lebanon County. This settlement was previously in Lancaster County, before Dauphin County was formed.[3]

Reformed

Court Records

Dauphin County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be ordered at a local Family History Center.

Court of Common Pleas

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Dauphin County, Pennsylvania has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[5]

Clerk of the Court

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[6] For the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.

Prothonotary

The office of the Prothontary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax leins, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the Courthouse section on this page for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Prothonotary office information.

Orphans' Court

See Vital Records
The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters. The name of the Court is derived from the more general definition of "orphan," that being a person or thing that is without protective affiliation or sponsorship. This would include those not capable of handling their own affairs, minors, incapacitated persons, decedents estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts. It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.

It is believed the name of this court was borrowed from the Court of Orphans of the city of London, England which had the care and guardianship of children of deceased citizens, in their minority.[7]

For Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Court Records in online catalogs like:

Emigration and Immigration

For information about emigration into Pennsylvania, see the Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration page.


Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Dauphin County began in 1785. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Harrisburg, 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

  • 1979–present Dauphin County offers online access to records. Fees apply for copies. Check the website for current information on availability and fees.

Online Land Record Abstracts

Land Records on Microfilm

Maps

  • MacInnes, Sharon Cook and Angus MacInnes. Early landowners of Pennsylvania : Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of Dauphin County, PA. Apollo, Pennsylvania : Closson Press, 2009. FHL book 974.818 E7ms

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

Additional Resources

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 Dauphin County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Local Histories

Maps

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Ancestor Tracks has posted free, downloadable images of The Combination Atlas Map of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Compiled, Drawn and Published from Personal Examinations and Surveys by Everts & Stewart, 1875.  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 be used commercially. We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.

Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of Dauphin County and a Companion Scans of Township Warrantee Maps plus Current Road Overlays CD ($) is also available from Ancestor Tracks.  They show precise outlines in metes and bounds of each original tract and all surrounding tracts in the township, giving the names of the warrantee and patentee; dates of the warrant, survey, and patent; and the patent and survey book and page of the recorded patent.

Migration

Military

French and Indian War

In 1756, Colonel Armstrong recruited many Scotch-Irish men from what is now Dauphin County (then Lancaster County). They attacked and destroyed the Indian village at Kittanning (present-day Armstrong County).[3]

Reverend John Elder, pastor of Derry and Paxtang churches, recruited Scotch-Irish rangers from his congregation in what is now Dauphin County (then Lancaster County). Known as the Paxton Rangers or Paxton Boys, they provided security for white settlements between the Blue Mountains and the Susquehanna River. They are remembered for playing a prominent role in Pontiac's War.[3]

Revolutionary War

Men from what is now Dauphin County (then Lancaster County) served in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment.[8]

War of 1812

Anderson, John, Dr. John Anderson papers, 1812-1814, 1819 Microfilm of original records in the Bureau of Archives and History in Harrisburg. Contains enlistment records relating to Pennsylvanians in the War of 1812. FHL Film 1032585 Item 3.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. See Pennsylvania Naturalization for more information about the types of records and availability.

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.

Naturalization records available for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania include the following:

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

Additional naturalization indexes can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Dauphin County, Pennsylvania naturalization  in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Dauphin 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 Dauphin County

Online Newspapers

Daily Patriot and Unio 15 October 1860-31 October 1863
Pennsylvnia Daily Telegraph 21 January 1859- 26 Nov 1862
Evening Telegraph 28 Nove 1862 - 11 Mar 1864
Pennsylvania Telegraph 12 Mar 1864 - 31 Dec 1864

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Excerpts and Abstracts June - September 1918.

  • Marriages and Deaths from Dauphin Co. Newspapers, (SLC, Utah, 1980) FHL film 1298604
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

  • Stroh, Alice F., Cemetery Records of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (SLC, Utah, 1978) FHL film 1026670 item 5
  • Deaths from Berks, Dauphin and Philadelphia Counties Newspapers, 1791-1864 (SLC, Utah, 1964) FHL film 385043

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Dauphin 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:

Dauphin County Only:

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Repositories

Archives
  • The Pennsylvania Archives collection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.
Courthouse

Dauphin County Courthouse
101 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

The Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court is located on the first floor of the Dauphin County Courthouse (rm 103) and can be reached at 717. 780.6500 (register of wills), or 717.780.6510 (Orphans' Court). The Register of Wills holds birth and death records (1893-1906), marriage records (1850-1855 and 1885-present) and estates. See their Genealogy page for more information.

The Recorder of Deeds is located on the first floor (rm 102) of the Dauphin County Courthouse or at 717.780.6560. The Recorder of Deeds holds records related to the transfer of property (including deeds and mortgages).

Dauphin County Prothonotary
101 Market Street
Room 101
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone:717–780-6520

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 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania is the Harrisburg/Hershey Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries
Museums
Societies

The Historical Society of Dauphin County
219 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
Phone: 717.233.3462
E-mail: library@dauphincountyhistory.org

The Alexander Family Library holds church records, newspaper clippings, cemetery inventories, military records, and more.

Taxation

  • 1798 - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at Ancestry ($).

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

  • 1726-1930 - Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Births Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.
Marriage

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

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) 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

  • 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 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Dauphin County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

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

Dauphin County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

Middletown Borough

Hershey

Dauphin County Pennsylvania Genealogy 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Wayland F. Dunaway, The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 50, 150-154. Free digital version at PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State.
  4. Luther Reily Kelker, "History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania" (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1907) 224-240. WorldCat 361725; FHL book 974.818 H2k vol. 1
  5. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  6. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  7. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  8. John B.B. Trussell and Charles C. Dallas, The Pennsylvania Line; Regimental Organization and Operations, 1776-1783 (Harrisburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1977). Digital version at Family History Archive.