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[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Greene County'''
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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Greene County'''  
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'''Greene 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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== Historical Facts  ==
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== Greene County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
  
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Washington County, Pennsylvania|Washington]] County 9 February 1796.<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;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Washington County, Pennsylvania|Washington]] County 9 February 1796.<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;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:''' Waynesburg<br>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Waynesburg<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>[[Washington County, Pennsylvania|Washington]] (north){{•}}[[Fayette County, Pennsylvania|Fayette]] (east){{•}}[[Marshall County, West Virginia|Marshall County, West Virginia]] (west){{•}}[[Wetzel County, West Virginia|Wetzel County, West Virginia]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongolia County, West Virginia]] (south)
 
*'''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>[[Washington County, Pennsylvania|Washington]] (north){{•}}[[Fayette County, Pennsylvania|Fayette]] (east){{•}}[[Marshall County, West Virginia|Marshall County, West Virginia]] (west){{•}}[[Wetzel County, West Virginia|Wetzel County, West Virginia]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongolia County, West Virginia]] (south)
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*'''28 March 1781:''' Part of&nbsp; [[Washington County, Pennsylvania|Washington]] County when it was created&nbsp; from [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|Westmoreland]] County.<br>
 
*'''28 March 1781:''' Part of&nbsp; [[Washington County, Pennsylvania|Washington]] County when it was created&nbsp; from [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|Westmoreland]] County.<br>
  
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== Resources  ==
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== Greene County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources  ==
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
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==== Biographies  ====
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/bios.htm Samuel P. Bates ''Biographical History of Greene County'', 1888] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/ Greene County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
  
[[Image:Greene county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px]] [http://greene.pa-roots.com/churches.html ''Churches''], Greene County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project<br>  
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[[Image:Greene county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px|Greene county pennsylvania churches.png]] [http://greene.pa-roots.com/churches.html ''Churches''], Greene County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project<br>  
  
 
{{PAChurch1|Greene|487579}}  
 
{{PAChurch1|Greene|487579}}  
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*"100 Years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843–1943," ''Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 17, No. 1. {{FHL|151821|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2wg}}. Chronology, map, county-by-county information.
 
*"100 Years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843–1943," ''Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 17, No. 1. {{FHL|151821|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2wg}}. Chronology, map, county-by-county information.
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===== Baptist  =====
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The Baptist appear to be the earliest denomination in Greene County. Organized in 1773, the Goshen Baptist Church with thirty members by the Reverend John Corbly.<ref>G. Wayne Smith, "History of Greene County, Pennsylvania" (Cornerstone Genealogical Society Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 1996), 19. {{WorldCat|36230349}}; {{FHL|767605|item|disp=FHL book 974.883 H2s}}.</ref>
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===== Methodist  =====
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Organized by Reverend Thomas Hudson, Methodists organized in the Carmichaels area in 1784. In 1793 a log church was built for services.<ref>G. Wayne Smith, "History of Greene County, Pennsylvania" (Cornerstone Genealogical Society Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 1996), 20. {{WorldCat|36230349}}; {{FHL|767605|item|disp=FHL book 974.883 H2s}}.</ref>
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===== Presbyterian  =====
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With heavy migration of Scotch and Scotch-Irish into Greene County, the Presbyterians established churches as early as 1775.<ref>G. Wayne Smith, "History of Greene County, Pennsylvania" (Cornerstone Genealogical Society Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 1996), 19. {{WorldCat|36230349}}; {{FHL|767605|item|disp=FHL book 974.883 H2s}}.</ref>
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Because of the location of Greene County, many settlers were from Virginia and Maryland. These settlers brought their Anglican faith with them. However, after the American Revolution the Anglicans were reformed into Protestant Episcopal Churches.<ref>G. Wayne Smith, "History of Greene County, Pennsylvania" (Cornerstone Genealogical Society Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 1996), 19. {{WorldCat|36230349}}; {{FHL|767605|item|disp=FHL book 974.883 H2s}}.</ref>
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
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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>
  
 
===== Clerk of the Court  =====
 
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{{PA court2}}  
 
{{PA court2}}  
  
The Clerk of Courts’ Office encompasses the criminal, juvenile and orphans’ divisions of the Court of Common Pleas.<br>
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The Clerk of Court's Office encompasses the criminal, juvenile and orphans’ divisions of the Court of Common Pleas.  
 
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Clerk of Court<br>Greene County Courthouse, 1st Floor<br>10 East High Street<br>Waynesburg, PA 15370
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Phone: 724-852-5281 or 724-852-5282<br>Fax: 724-852-5316<br>Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday<br>
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{{PA court3}}  
 
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The Prothonotary is the keeper/clerk of the records of the Court of Common Pleas civil division.<br>
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The Prothonotary is the keeper/clerk of the records of the Court of Common Pleas civil division.<br>  
  
 
===== Orphans' Court  =====
 
===== Orphans' Court  =====
  
{{PA court4}} {{PA court5|Greene}}
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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{{PA emigration}}<br>
  
 
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*'''1950–present''' Greene County Recorder of Deeds offers [https://pa.uslandrecords.com/palr_new/PalrApp/index.jsp online access] to records. Fees apply.
 
*'''1950–present''' Greene County Recorder of Deeds offers [https://pa.uslandrecords.com/palr_new/PalrApp/index.jsp online access] to records. Fees apply.
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'''Online Land Record Abstracts'''
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/land.htm Warrantees of land in the County of Greene, 1795-1894,] 40 -Vol. XXVI, 3rd Series at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/ Greene County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
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'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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:*'''1802–1937''' Naturalization index {{FHL|98252|item|disp=FHL Films 1378507 Item 2–1378508}} – card index A–S, S–Z
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:*'''1927–1956''' Naturalization in the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County, Pennsylvania {{FHL|98245|item|disp=FHL Film 1378507 item 1}} – card index of persons admitted
  
 
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:*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
 
:*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Greene&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
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:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Greene&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory  
 
:*[http://www.heraldstandard.com/gcm/ Greene County Messenger]&nbsp;(Current)  
 
:*[http://www.heraldstandard.com/gcm/ Greene County Messenger]&nbsp;(Current)  
 
:*[http://www.observer-reporter.com/ Observer-Reporter] (Current)  
 
:*[http://www.observer-reporter.com/ Observer-Reporter] (Current)  
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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 [[Greene County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]  
 
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 [[Greene County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]  
  
{{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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{{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>  
  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?412 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Greene County.
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:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?412 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Greene County.  
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/obits.htm Greene County Obituaries] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/ Greene County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
'''Obituary Index'''  
 
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Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [http://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:  
 
Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [http://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:  
  
:*'''1683-1994'''- {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
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:*'''1683-1994'''- {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. The probate records for Greene County Only are found at [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7J6%3A1665721870%3Fcc%3D1999196 Greene County Probate Records]<br>
  
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'''Probate Record Abstracts'''
  
:*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7J6%3A1665721870%3Fcc%3D1999196 Greene County Probate Records]<br>
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/wills.htm Will Book 1, 5, 6] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/ Greene County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
  
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Greene|491822}}
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'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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:*'''1796–1918''' Will Books {{FHL|293265|item|disp=FHL film 864501 (first of 9 films)}} - each volume indexed, includes letters of administration
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:*'''1797–1869''' Orphans' Court Dockets and Accounts {{FHL|291934|item|disp=FHL films 861089–861096}}
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:*'''1797–1949''' Orphans' Court Docket Index {{FHL|291934|item|disp=FHL films 861089–861090}}
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{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Greene|491822}}  
  
 
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===== Archives  =====
 
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
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[http://www.co.greene.pa.us/secured/gc2/depts/lo/coc/coc.htm Greene County Courthouse]<br>10 East High Street <br>Waynesburg, PA 15370 <br>Phone: 724-852-5280<br>  
 
[http://www.co.greene.pa.us/secured/gc2/depts/lo/coc/coc.htm Greene County Courthouse]<br>10 East High Street <br>Waynesburg, PA 15370 <br>Phone: 724-852-5280<br>  
  
Clerk of Court/ Orphan’s Court: <br> 1st Floor<br> Phone: 724-852-5281 or 724-852-5282<br>  
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Clerk of Court/ Orphan’s Court: <br>1st Floor<br>Phone: 724-852-5281 or 724-852-5282<br>  
  
Prothonotary<br> 1st Floor<br> Phone: 724-852-5288 or 724-852-5289<br>
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Prothonotary<br>1st Floor<br>Phone: 724-852-5288 or 724-852-5289<br>  
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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===== Museums  =====
 
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[http://mckeesportheritage.org/ MeKeesport Regional History &amp; Heritage Center]<br>1832 Arboretum Drive<br>McKeesport, PA 15132<br>(412) 678-1832<br> Email:&nbsp;mckheritage@yahoo.com
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The heritage museum is free and open to the public. The McKeesport research center has newspapers and records related to the local schools, churches, organizations, and businesses. The research center is free for members. The daily fee for non-members is $15.
  
 
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Rich in history, {{PAGENAME}} contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.  
 
Rich in history, {{PAGENAME}} contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.  
  
*[http://www.greenecountyhistory.com/ Greene County Historical Society]<br>918 Rolling Meadows Road<br>Waynesburg, PA 15370<br>(724) 627-3204<br>Email: gchsmuseum@windstream.net
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*[http://www.greenecountyhistory.com/ Greene County Historical Society &amp; Museum]<br>918 Rolling Meadows Road<br>Waynesburg, PA 15370<br>(724) 627-3204<br>Email: gchsmuseum@windstream.net
 
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*[http://www.cornerstonegenealogy.com/ Cornerstone Genealogical Society]&nbsp;[[Cornerstone Genealogical Society|(Cornerstone Genealogical Society Wiki page)]]
 
*[http://www.cornerstonegenealogy.com/ Cornerstone Genealogical Society]&nbsp;[[Cornerstone Genealogical Society|(Cornerstone Genealogical Society Wiki page)]]
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
Early births 1893–1915 are located at the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Court_Records County Courthouse]. See the heading [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Orphans.27_Court_.28see_Vital_Records.29 Court Records] on this page for contact information.  
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*Early births 1893–1915 are located at the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Court_Records County Courthouse]. See the heading [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Orphans.27_Court_.28see_Vital_Records.29 Court Records] on this page for contact information.
  
Beginning in 1906 Pennsylvania birth records are available through the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 Department of of Health]. Birth records become public after 105 years. A [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1086145&mode=2 statewide index] is available. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:  
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*Beginning in 1906 Pennsylvania birth records are available through the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 Department of of Health]. Birth records become public after 105 years. A [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1086145&mode=2 statewide index] is available. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:
  
 
Division of Vital Records<br>ATTN: Public Records<br>PO Box 1528<br>New Castle, PA 16103  
 
Division of Vital Records<br>ATTN: Public Records<br>PO Box 1528<br>New Castle, PA 16103  
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The cost for an non-certified birth certificate is $3.00.  
 
The cost for an non-certified birth certificate is $3.00.  
  
Some Greene County births can be found online in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1681005 Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950].
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'''Birth Records'''
  
The births from 1894–1915 have been microfilmed. They are available at the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy/3183/vital_statistics/387291 Pennsylvania State Archives] and through local Family History Centers.  
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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.
 
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:*'''1893-1915; 1893-1968''' – Register of Births, 1893-1915; Index to Birth Dockets, 1893-1968 {{FHL|96053|item|disp=FHL films 1319621–1319622}}
*''Register of Births, 1893-1915; Index to Birth Dockets, 1893-1968'' – {{FHL|96053|item|disp=FHL films 1319621–1319622}}
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:*'''1894–1915''' Births Available at the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy/3183/vital_statistics/387291 Pennsylvania State Archives] and through local [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers.]]
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/births.htm Greene County 1893-1903 Birth Register] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/ Greene County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
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Greene County marriages are maintained at the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Orphans.27_Court_.28see_Vital_Records.29 county courthouse]. Greene County began recording marriages in 1885 although some registrations took place from 1852–1854. Marriage licenses are all digitally archived and copies can be requested through the mail. Marriage licenses from 1885 are available at the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Orphans.27_Court_.28see_Vital_Records.29 courthouse].  
 
Greene County marriages are maintained at the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Orphans.27_Court_.28see_Vital_Records.29 county courthouse]. Greene County began recording marriages in 1885 although some registrations took place from 1852–1854. Marriage licenses are all digitally archived and copies can be requested through the mail. Marriage licenses from 1885 are available at the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Orphans.27_Court_.28see_Vital_Records.29 courthouse].  
  
A free online index with images to some Greene County marriages can be found in the [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] Records Collection, ''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1589502 Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 1950.]'' Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. These records have been microfilmed.  
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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.
 
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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.
*''Marriage License Dockets, 1885-1916; Index to Marriage License Dockets, 1885-1976'' (Greene County, Pennsylvania) – {{FHL|96067|item|disp=FHL film 1319627 (first of 8)}}
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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
You may also try:  
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:*'''1885-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.  
 
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:*'''1885-1916''' Index to Marriage License Dockets, 1885-1976 (Greene County, Pennsylvania) – {{FHL|96067|item|disp=FHL film 1319627 (first of 8)}}  
*''1852-1854 - Pennsylvania Marriages'' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images
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:*[http://genealogytrails.com/penn/greene/marriage/index.html ''List of marriage records from docket book of Jay Thompson, Justice of Peace at Carmichaels, PA''] – Transcribed by Debbie Ovechka, Pennsylvania Genealogy Trails<br>  
*[http://genealogytrails.com/penn/greene/marriage/index.html ''List of marriage records from docket book of Jay Thompson, Justice of Peace at Carmichaels, PA''] – Transcribed by Debbie Ovechka, Pennsylvania Genealogy Trails<br>  
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:*[http://www.waytfamily.com/library/00127a.pdf Greene County PA marriages], a PDF&nbsp;file of marriages taken from various newspapers and other sources<br>
*[http://www.waytfamily.com/library/00127a.pdf Greene County PA marriages], a PDF&nbsp;file of marriages taken from various newspapers and other sources<br>
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===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
  
Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|courthouse]] building.<br>
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Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|courthouse]] building.<br>  
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
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Greene County began recording deaths in 1893 although some were recorded from 1852–1854. These records are available in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Clerk_of_the_Court County Courthouse] in Waynesburg. You may request a death record from the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Clerk_of_the_Court Clerk of Courts.]  
 
Greene County began recording deaths in 1893 although some were recorded from 1852–1854. These records are available in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Clerk_of_the_Court County Courthouse] in Waynesburg. You may request a death record from the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Greene_County,_Pennsylvania#Clerk_of_the_Court Clerk of Courts.]  
  
These county death records were microfilmed by [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.] They are available through [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] and at the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy/3183/vital_statistics/387291 Pennsylvania State Archives.]  
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:*'''1852-1854''' – ''Pennsylvania Deaths'' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images<br>
 
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:*'''1893-1915''' – Registration of Deaths {{FHL|96064|item|disp=FHL films 1319626–1319627}} These county death records were microfilmed by [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.] They are available through [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Centers] and at the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy/3183/vital_statistics/387291 Pennsylvania State Archives.]  
*'''1852-1854''' – ''Pennsylvania Deaths'' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images<br>
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:*[http://genealogytrails.com/penn/greene/deaths/records/index.html ''Greene County PA Death Records''], [http://genealogytrails.com/penn/greene/ Pennsylvania Genealogy Trails] – taken from''The Greene Hills Echo'', Published by the [http://www.greenecountyhistory.com/ Greene County Historical Society] - Transcribed by Debbie Ovechka<br>  
*[http://genealogytrails.com/penn/greene/deaths/records/index.html ''Greene County PA Death Records''], [http://genealogytrails.com/penn/greene/ Pennsylvania Genealogy Trails] – taken from''The Greene Hills Echo'', Published by the [http://www.greenecountyhistory.com/ Greene County Historical Society] - Transcribed by Debbie Ovechka<br>  
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/deaths.htm Greene County Death Register 1893-1915] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/greene/ Greene County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
*''Registration of Deaths, 1893-1915'' – {{FHL|96064|item|disp=FHL films 1319626–1319627}}
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Pennsylvania death certificates become public records after 50 years. An [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 annual index] is&nbsp;released by the&nbsp;Pennsylvania Department of&nbsp;Health. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596 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:  
 
Pennsylvania death certificates become public records after 50 years. An [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 annual index] is&nbsp;released by the&nbsp;Pennsylvania Department of&nbsp;Health. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596 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:  
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{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Greene|439951}}  
  
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== Greene County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Greene/ Linkpendium - Greene County]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Greene/ Linkpendium - Greene County]  
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*[http://fordyce.org/genealogy/GCRecords/]
 
*[http://fordyce.org/genealogy/GCRecords/]
  
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'''Townships:''' Aleppo&nbsp;| Center | Cumberland | Dunkard | Franklin | Freeport | Gilmore | Gray | Greene | Jackson | Jefferson | Monongahela | Morgan&nbsp; | Morris | Perry |&nbsp;Richhill |&nbsp;Springhill |&nbsp;Washington |&nbsp;Wayne |&nbsp;Whiteley  
 
'''Townships:''' Aleppo&nbsp;| Center | Cumberland | Dunkard | Franklin | Freeport | Gilmore | Gray | Greene | Jackson | Jefferson | Monongahela | Morgan&nbsp; | Morris | Perry |&nbsp;Richhill |&nbsp;Springhill |&nbsp;Washington |&nbsp;Wayne |&nbsp;Whiteley  
  
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Greene 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 February 9, 1796
County Seat Waynesburg
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Address Greene County Courthouse
93 East High St.
Waynesburg, PA 15370
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Contents

Greene County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1796
1796


  • Greene County was claimed by both Virginia and Pennsylvania until the Mason-Dixon Line was finalized in 1763-1767. (source: Wikipedia)
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  • Named for General Nathanael Greene, major general in the American Revolutionary War.


Boundary Changes


Greene County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

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 Greene 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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Churches, Greene County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Greene 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.
Baptist

The Baptist appear to be the earliest denomination in Greene County. Organized in 1773, the Goshen Baptist Church with thirty members by the Reverend John Corbly.[3]

Methodist

Organized by Reverend Thomas Hudson, Methodists organized in the Carmichaels area in 1784. In 1793 a log church was built for services.[4]

Presbyterian

With heavy migration of Scotch and Scotch-Irish into Greene County, the Presbyterians established churches as early as 1775.[5]

Protestant Episcopal

Because of the location of Greene County, many settlers were from Virginia and Maryland. These settlers brought their Anglican faith with them. However, after the American Revolution the Anglicans were reformed into Protestant Episcopal Churches.[6]

Court Records

Greene County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Greene 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. Greene 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.[7]

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.[8] For the Greene County, Pennsylvania Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.

The Clerk of Court's Office encompasses the criminal, juvenile and orphans’ divisions of the Court of Common Pleas.

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 Greene County, Pennsylvania Prothonotary office information.

The Prothonotary is the keeper/clerk of the records of the Court of Common Pleas civil division.

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.[9]

For Greene 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 Greene 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 Greene County began in 1796. These records are filed with the Register and Recorder office in Waynesburg, 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

  • 1950–present Greene County Recorder of Deeds offers online access to records. Fees apply.

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 Greene County, PA. Apollo, Pennsylvania : Closson Press, 2005. FHL book 974.883 R2m

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 Greene County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Migration

Military

Revolutionary War

Men living in what is now Greene County (then Washington and Westmoreland counties) served in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment.[10]

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.

Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm

Newspapers

Greene 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 Greene County, Pennsylvania

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.

Online Newspaper 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 Index

  • Morgan, Yvonne L. Blair, Index of Census, Newspaper Obituary Files and Microfilm : Fayette, Green, Washington & Westmoreland counties (Apollo, Pennsylvania:Closson Press, c2003) FHL book 974.88 V42m

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Greene 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 Indexes

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:

Probate Record Abstracts

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Greene County, Pennsylvania probate wills in online catalogs like:

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

Greene County Courthouse
10 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5280

Clerk of Court/ Orphan’s Court:
1st Floor
Phone: 724-852-5281 or 724-852-5282

Prothonotary
1st Floor
Phone: 724-852-5288 or 724-852-5289

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 Greene County, Pennsylvania is the Washington Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries
Museums

MeKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center
1832 Arboretum Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
(412) 678-1832
Email: mckheritage@yahoo.com

The heritage museum is free and open to the public. The McKeesport research center has newspapers and records related to the local schools, churches, organizations, and businesses. The research center is free for members. The daily fee for non-members is $15.

Societies

Rich in history, Greene County, Pennsylvania contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.


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
  • 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.

Birth Records

Marriage

Greene County marriages are maintained at the county courthouse. Greene County began recording marriages in 1885 although some registrations took place from 1852–1854. Marriage licenses are all digitally archived and copies can be requested through the mail. Marriage licenses from 1885 are available at the courthouse.

  • 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. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
  • 1885-1916 Index to Marriage License Dockets, 1885-1976 (Greene County, Pennsylvania) – FHL film 1319627 (first of 8)
  • List of marriage records from docket book of Jay Thompson, Justice of Peace at Carmichaels, PA – Transcribed by Debbie Ovechka, Pennsylvania Genealogy Trails
  • Greene County PA marriages, a PDF file of marriages taken from various newspapers and other sources
Divorce

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

Death

Greene County began recording deaths in 1893 although some were recorded from 1852–1854. These records are available in the County Courthouse in Waynesburg. You may request a death record from the Clerk of Courts.

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 Greene County, Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Greene County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

Greene County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

Boroughs: Carmichaels | Clarksville | Greensboro | Jefferson | Rices Landing | Waynesburg

Townships: Aleppo | Center | Cumberland | Dunkard | Franklin | Freeport | Gilmore | Gray | Greene | Jackson | Jefferson | Monongahela | Morgan  | Morris | Perry | Richhill | Springhill | Washington | Wayne | Whiteley

Greene 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. G. Wayne Smith, "History of Greene County, Pennsylvania" (Cornerstone Genealogical Society Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 1996), 19. WorldCat 36230349; FHL book 974.883 H2s.
  4. G. Wayne Smith, "History of Greene County, Pennsylvania" (Cornerstone Genealogical Society Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 1996), 20. WorldCat 36230349; FHL book 974.883 H2s.
  5. G. Wayne Smith, "History of Greene County, Pennsylvania" (Cornerstone Genealogical Society Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 1996), 19. WorldCat 36230349; FHL book 974.883 H2s.
  6. G. Wayne Smith, "History of Greene County, Pennsylvania" (Cornerstone Genealogical Society Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, 1996), 19. WorldCat 36230349; FHL book 974.883 H2s.
  7. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  8. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  9. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  10. Harold Frederic, William C. Frederick III with William J. McMaster Sr., Path of Blood: The Untold Story of the Kittanning PA. Regiment in the American Revolution (Kittanning, Pa.: W.C. Frederick, 1998). FHL Book 974.8 M2ff