Pike County, Pennsylvania

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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Wayne County, Pennsylvania|Wayne]] County 26 March 1814. <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;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 [[Wayne County, Pennsylvania|Wayne]] County 26 March 1814. <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;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:''' Milford<br>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Milford<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>[[Sullivan County, New York|Sullivan County, New York]] (north){{•}}[[Warren County, New Jersey|Warren County, New Jersey]] (south){{•}} [[Orange County, New York|Orange County, New York]] (northeast) {{•}}[Monroe County, Pennsylvania|Monroe]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Sussex County, New Jersey|Sussex County, New Jersey]] (southeast) {{•}} [[Wayne County, Pennsylvania|Wayne]] (west)
 
*'''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>[[Sullivan County, New York|Sullivan County, New York]] (north){{•}}[[Warren County, New Jersey|Warren County, New Jersey]] (south){{•}} [[Orange County, New York|Orange County, New York]] (northeast) {{•}}[Monroe County, Pennsylvania|Monroe]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Sussex County, New Jersey|Sussex County, New Jersey]] (southeast) {{•}} [[Wayne County, Pennsylvania|Wayne]] (west)
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'''1 April 1836:''' [[Monroe County, Pennsylvania|Monroe]] County was set off. <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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'''1 April 1836:''' [[Monroe County, Pennsylvania|Monroe]] County was set off. <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;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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Members of the Methodist Church at Dingman's Ferry started gathering in 1830 although the church was not erected until 1870.<ref>Alfred Mathews, ''History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1886), 915; [http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofwaynepi00math#page/n3/mode/2up Digital Version Online at Internet Archive]; At {{WorldCat|9174277|disp=Various Libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|309633|item|disp=FHL films 392698-9}};</ref>  
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Members of the Methodist Church at Dingman's Ferry started gathering in 1830 although the church was not erected until 1870.<ref>Alfred Mathews, ''History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1886), 915; [http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofwaynepi00math#page/n3/mode/2up Digital Version Online at Internet Archive]; At {{WorldCat|9174277|disp=Various Libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|309633|item|disp=FHL films 392698-9}};</ref>  
  
 
===== Presbyterian Church  =====
 
===== Presbyterian Church  =====
  
The Presbyterian Church in this county was created in 1825 in Milford.<ref>Alfred Mathews, ''History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1886), 874; [http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofwaynepi00math#page/n3/mode/2up Digital Version Online at Internet Archive]; At {{WorldCat|9174277|disp=Various Libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|309633|item|disp=FHL films 392698-9}};</ref>  
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The Presbyterian Church in this county was created in 1825 in Milford.<ref>Alfred Mathews, ''History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1886), 874; [http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofwaynepi00math#page/n3/mode/2up Digital Version Online at Internet Archive]; At {{WorldCat|9174277|disp=Various Libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|309633|item|disp=FHL films 392698-9}};</ref>  
  
 
===== Reformed  =====
 
===== Reformed  =====
  
In 1737, the Reformed Church in Port Jervis was founded.<ref>Alfred Mathews, ''History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1886), 902-903; [http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofwaynepi00math#page/n3/mode/2up Digital Version Online at Internet Archive]; At {{WorldCat|9174277|disp=Various Libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|309633|item|disp=FHL films 392698-9}};</ref>
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In 1737, the Reformed Church in Port Jervis was founded.<ref>Alfred Mathews, ''History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1886), 902-903; [http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofwaynepi00math#page/n3/mode/2up Digital Version Online at Internet Archive]; At {{WorldCat|9174277|disp=Various Libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|309633|item|disp=FHL films 392698-9}};</ref>  
  
 
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===== Libraries  =====
 
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The [http://www.pcpl.org/about/branches.php Pike County Public Library] has several branches with the main library being at 201 Broad Street, Milford, Pennsylvania, 18337. Their phone number is (570) 296-8211. &nbsp;
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The [http://www.pcpl.org/about/branches.php Pike County Public Library] has several branches with the main library being at 201 Broad Street, Milford, Pennsylvania, 18337. Their phone number is (570) 296-8211. &nbsp;  
  
 
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[http://pikecountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Pike County Historical Society]<br>608 Broad Street Milford, PA<br>570-296-8126<br>Hours: 1 to 4 pm Wednesday–Sunday<br>e-mail: pikemuse@ptd.net<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pike-County-Historical-Society/197333186969 facebook]<br>
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[http://pikecountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Pike County Historical Society]<br>608 Broad Street Milford, PA<br>570-296-8126<br>Hours: 1 to 4 pm Wednesday–Sunday<br>e-mail: pikemuse@ptd.net<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pike-County-Historical-Society/197333186969 facebook]<br>  
  
 
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Pike County, Pennsylvania
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Founded March 26, 1814
County Seat Milford
Courthouse
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Address Pike County Courthouse
412 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1814
1814


Named for General Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr., American soldier and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. His Pike expedition mapped much of the southern part of the Louisiana Purchase.


Boundary Changes

1 April 1836: Monroe County was set off. [1]


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-transcripts
USGenWeb-tombstone photos
Billion Graves
Pennsylvania Genealogy Epodunk
Pennsylvania Gravestones
Billion Graves
Names in Stone
Access Genealogy
Ancestry($)

See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


Pine Grove Cemetery, Tafton BillionGraves

Census

For tips on accessing Pike 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.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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


Pike county pennsylvania churches.png
County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Methodist

Members of the Methodist Church at Dingman's Ferry started gathering in 1830 although the church was not erected until 1870.[3]

Presbyterian Church

The Presbyterian Church in this county was created in 1825 in Milford.[4]

Reformed

In 1737, the Reformed Church in Port Jervis was founded.[5]

Court Records

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

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Pike County began in 1814. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Milford, 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.

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

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pike County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Ancestor Tracks has a CD of the First Landowners of PA: Warrantees of Wayne & Pike Counties, Map & Index by Jason Torrey, 1814 ($).  The CD contains first landowner names and tracts, the warrant register index for Northampton County (the source for both Pike and Wayne Counties), and the warrant registers for both counties.  

Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Pike 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.
Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

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

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse
Pike County Courthouse
412 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
Phone: (570) 296-7231
Copies of documents including birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, land, and probate records can be obtained by using: Pennsylvania Public Record. Click on the link for the record you wish to request.
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 Pike County, Pennsylvania is the Middletown New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries

The Pike County Public Library has several branches with the main library being at 201 Broad Street, Milford, Pennsylvania, 18337. Their phone number is (570) 296-8211.  

Museums
Societies

Pike County Historical Society
608 Broad Street Milford, PA
570-296-8126
Hours: 1 to 4 pm Wednesday–Sunday
e-mail: pikemuse@ptd.net
facebook

Taxation

Vital Records

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.

County-wide Database
  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. 
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
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

  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Births Ancestry.com – $ Index with images.
Marriage

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

Divorce

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

Prothonotary's Office
412 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
Phone: 570-296-7231

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 Pike County, Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites

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

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 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. Alfred Mathews, History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1886), 915; Digital Version Online at Internet Archive; At Various Libraries (WorldCat); FHL films 392698-9;
  4. Alfred Mathews, History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1886), 874; Digital Version Online at Internet Archive; At Various Libraries (WorldCat); FHL films 392698-9;
  5. Alfred Mathews, History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1886), 902-903; Digital Version Online at Internet Archive; At Various Libraries (WorldCat); FHL films 392698-9;