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[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Pike County'''  
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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Pike County'''  
  
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'''Pike 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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== Pike County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
  
 
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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 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
*'''County Seat:''' Milford<br>
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*'''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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<br> Named for General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebulon_Pike 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.
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*'''County Seat:''' Milford<br>
  
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*'''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>
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**[[Sullivan County, New York|Sullivan County, New York]] (north)
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**[[Warren County, New Jersey|Warren County, New Jersey]] (south)
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**[[Orange County, New York|Orange County, New York]] (northeast)
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**[[Monroe County, Pennsylvania|Monroe]] (southwest)
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**[[Sussex County, New Jersey|Sussex County, New Jersey]] (southeast)
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**[[Wayne County, Pennsylvania|Wayne]] (west)
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Named for General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebulon_Pike 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  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
'''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 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
 
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== Resources  ==
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== Pike County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources  ==
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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===== Methodist  =====
 
===== Methodist  =====
  
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 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 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 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>  
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
 
===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
  
====== Clerk of the Court ======
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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}} County 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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====== Clerk of the Courts ======
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====== Prothonotary  ======
 
====== Prothonotary  ======
  
===== Orphan's Court (see Vital Records) =====
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{{PA court5|Pike}}
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{PANaturalization}}<br>
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''Naturalization records available for Pike County, Pennsylvania include the following:''<br>
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'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>
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:*'''1901-1930''' – [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=118&title=naturalizations_pa_middle%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. Circuit and District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1906-1930; and 1901-1906] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>
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:*'''1901-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1193 Middle District, US Circuit and District Courts: Naturalization petitions, 1906-1930] located in ''U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>
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{{PANaturalization3|Pike}}
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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'''Newspapers of Pike 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=Pike&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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To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see [http://news.google.com/newspapers news.google.com/newspapers] and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.
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'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''
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:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?676 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Pike County, Pennsylvania.
  
 
===== 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 [[Pike 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?677 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Pike County, Pennsylvania.
  
 
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
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{{PA Probate Intro}}<br> <br> {{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat2|Pike}}<br>
  
 
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===== Archives  =====
 
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://www.pikepa.org/clerkcourts.html Pike County Courthouse] <br> 412 Broad Street <br> Milford, PA 18337 <br> Phone: 570-296-7231 <br>  
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[http://www.pikepa.org/ Pike County Courthouse]<br>  
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:412 Broad Street<br>  
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:Milford, PA 18337<br>  
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:Phone: (570) 296-7231<br>
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::Copies of documents including birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, land, and probate records can be obtained by using: [http://www.pennsylvaniapublicrecord.com/pike-county-pennsylvania-public-records.html Pennsylvania Public Record]. Click on the link for the record you wish to request.
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[http://www.pikepa.org/prothonotary.html Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts Office] <br>
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:412 Broad Street<br>
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:Milford, PA 18337<br>
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:Phone: 570-296-7231
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[http://www.pikepa.org/regwill.html Orphans' Court/Register of Wills]
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:Milford, PA 18337<br>
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:Phone: 570-296-3508
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
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{{NYfhc|Middletown}}
  
 
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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://www.grsnp.org/ Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc.] (GRSNP)<br>110 Main Street<br>Peckville, PA 18452<br>Phone: 570-383-7661<br>FAX: 570-383-7466<br>E-mail: info@grsnp.org
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:Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00–2:00 and Wednesday night 6:00 pm–900 pm and Saturday by appointment
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:A simple search of a dated name or event $20 - Detailed searches are at the rate of $40 an hour. Postage and photocopies up to $1 are included.<ref>http://www.grsnp.org/Research_Services_and_Center.php</ref>
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There resources include the research center and library, [http://www.grsnp.org/Newsletter.php newsletters], and database queries.<ref>http://www.grsnp.org/Home_Page.php</ref>
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==== Research Guides  ====
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Woodroofe's guide to Pike County "hidden sources" at The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is available online:
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*Woodroofe, Helen Hutchison. "A Genealogist's Guide to Pennsylvania Records," ''The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine'', Vol. 34, No. 3 (1986):239-240. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Genealogical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Genealogical_Magazine WeRelate].
  
 
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{{PA vitals}}  
 
{{PA vitals}}  
 
===== County-wide Database  =====
 
 
*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.&nbsp;
 
*'''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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===== Birth  =====
  
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:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
  
*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
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{{PA birth}}
  
 
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===== Marriage  =====
  
 
{{PA marriage}}  
 
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:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
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:*'''Pre-1810''' – Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) 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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===== 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:
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[http://www.pikepa.org/prothonotary.html Prothonotary's Office] <br>412 Broad Street<br>Milford, PA 18337<br>Phone: 570-296-7231
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:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
  
 
{{PA death}}  
 
{{PA death}}  
 
*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
 
  
 
{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Pike|611417}}  
 
{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Pike|611417}}  
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Pike County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites ==
  
 
*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+Pike|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Pike|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
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Pike 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 March 26, 1814
County Seat Milford
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Pike County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1814
1814
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  • Parent Counties: Formed from Wayne County 26 March 1814. [1]
  • County Seat: Milford
  • Neighboring Counties: Pike County, Pennsylvania residents may also have records in:[2]

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]

Pike 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-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:


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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

Pike County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Pike 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. Pike County, Pennsylvania County 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.[6]

Clerk of the Courts

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.[7] For the Pike 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 Pike 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.[8]

For Pike 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 Pike 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 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

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 Pike 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 Pike County, Pennsylvania naturalization  in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Pike 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 Pike County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see news.google.com/newspapers and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

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

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
  • 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

Pike County Courthouse

412 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
Phone: (570) 296-7231
Hours: M-F 8:30 - 4:30
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.

Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts Office

412 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
Phone: 570-296-7231

Orphans' Court/Register of Wills

506 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
Phone: 570-296-3508
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
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Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. (GRSNP)
110 Main Street
Peckville, PA 18452
Phone: 570-383-7661
FAX: 570-383-7466
E-mail: info@grsnp.org

Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00–2:00 and Wednesday night 6:00 pm–900 pm and Saturday by appointment
A simple search of a dated name or event $20 - Detailed searches are at the rate of $40 an hour. Postage and photocopies up to $1 are included.[9]

The GRSNP serves northeastern counties:

  • Lackawanna
  • Luzerne
  • Monroe
  • Pike
  • Susquehanna
  • Wayne
  • Wyoming

There resources include the research center and library, newsletters, and database queries.[10]

Research Guides

Woodroofe's guide to Pike County "hidden sources" at The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is available online:

  • Woodroofe, Helen Hutchison. "A Genealogist's Guide to Pennsylvania Records," The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 34, No. 3 (1986):239-240. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Taxation

Vital Records

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

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

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Marriage

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

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

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

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

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Pike 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

Pike County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

Pike County Pennsylvania Genealogy 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 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 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 Co., 1886), 902-903; Digital Version Online at Internet Archive; At Various Libraries (WorldCat); FHL films 392698-9;
  6. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  7. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  8. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  9. http://www.grsnp.org/Research_Services_and_Center.php
  10. http://www.grsnp.org/Home_Page.php