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[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Potter County'''  
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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Potter County'''  
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'''Potter 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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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] County 26 March 1804. <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;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 [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] County 26 March 1804. <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;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:''' Coudersport<br>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Coudersport<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>[[Allegany County, New York|Allegany County, New York]] (north){{•}}[[Clinton County, Pennsylvania|Clinton]] (south){{•}} [[Steuben County, New York|Steuben County, New York]] (northeast) {{•}}[Cameron County, Pennsylvania|Cameron]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] (southeast) {{•}} [[McKean County, Pennsylvania|McKean]] (west) {{•}} [[Tioga County, Pennsylvania|Tioga]] (east)
 
*'''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>[[Allegany County, New York|Allegany County, New York]] (north){{•}}[[Clinton County, Pennsylvania|Clinton]] (south){{•}} [[Steuben County, New York|Steuben County, New York]] (northeast) {{•}}[Cameron County, Pennsylvania|Cameron]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] (southeast) {{•}} [[McKean County, Pennsylvania|McKean]] (west) {{•}} [[Tioga County, Pennsylvania|Tioga]] (east)
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
'''29 March 1860:''' [[Cameron County, Pennsylvania|Cameron]] County 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;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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'''29 March 1860:''' [[Cameron County, Pennsylvania|Cameron]] County 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;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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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
  
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The [http://history.pottercountypa.net/index.html Potter County Genealogical Society] has various records for churches throughout the Potter County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. In addition, the [http://www.paintedhills.org/ Painted Hills Genealogical Society] has posted online a list of historical churches and a few church records.
  
 
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===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
 
===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
  
[[Image:Potter county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px|Potter county pennsylvania churches.png]]  
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:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
 
:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
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===== Baptist  =====
 
===== Baptist  =====
  
In 1850, the Baptist Church was built.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1062; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
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In 1850, the Baptist Church was built.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1062; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
  
 
===== Lutheran  =====
 
===== Lutheran  =====
  
In 1886, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized with 71 members.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1062; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
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In 1886, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized with 71 members.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1062; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
  
 
===== Protestant Episcopal  =====
 
===== Protestant Episcopal  =====
  
Christ Church, English Protestant Episcopal was reorganized in 1881 and their church was built in 1884.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1061-1062; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
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Christ Church, English Protestant Episcopal was reorganized in 1881 and their church was built in 1884.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1061-1062; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
  
 
===== Presbyterian  =====
 
===== Presbyterian  =====
  
The Presbyterian society was said to have built the first church building in the county in 1850.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1061; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
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The Presbyterian society was said to have built the first church building in the county in 1850.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1061; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
  
 
===== Roman Catholic  =====
 
===== Roman Catholic  =====
  
The Roman Catholic Church in this county was organized in about 1840.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1062; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
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The Roman Catholic Church in this county was organized in about 1840.<ref>''History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1062; [http://archive.org/stream/historyofcountie00inlees#page/n5/mode/2up Digital Version at Internet Archive]; {{FSbook|53980}}; {{WorldCat|1132002|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197824|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H2h}}.</ref>  
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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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>  
 
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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====== Prothonotary  ======
 
====== Prothonotary  ======
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===== Orphan's Court (see Vital Records) =====
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
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{{PANaturalization}}<br>
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<br> ''Naturalization records available for Potter County, Pennsylvania include the following:''<br> <br> '''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|Potter}}
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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:*'''1836–1908''' – [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7VS%3An1027095699%3Fcc%3D1999196 Potter County Probate Records]<br>
 
:*'''1836–1908''' – [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7VS%3An1027095699%3Fcc%3D1999196 Potter County Probate Records]<br>
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'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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:*'''1836–1908''' Register's Dockets (index 1836–1972){{FHL|item|89184|disp=FHL film 903546(first of 5 films)}}
  
 
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Potter|542380}}<br>  
 
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Potter|542380}}<br>  
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===== Archives  =====
 
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
:[http://www.pottercountypa.net/prothonotary_court.php Potter County Courthouse]<br> 1 East 2nd St. <br> Coudersport, PA 16915 <br> Phone: 814-274-9740 <br>E–mail: [mailto:kschroeder@pottercountypa.net kschroeder@pottercountypa.net]<br> Copies of documents including birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, land, and probate records can be obtained by using: [http://www.pennsylvaniapublicrecord.com/potter-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.pottercountypa.net/prothonotary_court.php Potter County Courthouse]<br>  
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:1 East 2nd St., Room 23 <br>  
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:Coudersport, PA 16915 <br>  
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:Phone: 814-274-9740 <br>  
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:E–mail: [mailto:kschroeder@pottercountypa.net kschroeder@pottercountypa.net]<br>
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Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts and Orphans' Court for Potter County are all handled by the same office. Copies of documents including birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, land, and probate records can be obtained by using: [http://www.pennsylvaniapublicrecord.com/potter-county-pennsylvania-public-records.html Pennsylvania Public Record]. Click on the link for the record you wish to request.  
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
===== Libraries =====
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Potter County belongs to the [http://www.pottertiogalibrary.org/ Potter-Tioga Library System,] a two county library system that is the largest in Pennsylvania. There are two libraries that have some genealogical records:
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Potter County belongs to the [http://www.pottertiogalibrary.org/ Potter-Tioga Library System,] a two county library system that is the largest in Pennsylvania. There are two libraries that have some genealogical records:  
  
[http://www.ulysseslibrary.com/ Ulysses Public Library]<br>
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[http://www.ulysseslibrary.com/ Ulysses Public Library]<br> Willis I. Lewis Memorial Library<br> P.O. Box 316<br> 401 N. Main Street<br> Ulysses, PA 16948<br> Phone: (814)848-7226<br> Email: ulylib@verizon.net<br>  
Willis I. Lewis Memorial Library<br>  
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P.O. Box 316<br>
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401 N. Main Street<br>
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Ulysses, PA 16948<br>
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Phone: (814)848-7226<br>
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Email: ulylib@verizon.net<br>
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:*County histories<br>
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:*County histories<br>  
:*Some census records<br>
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:*Some census records<br>  
:*Tri-Counties Genealogy<br>
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:*Tri-Counties Genealogy<br>  
 
:*Genealogy books and CDs<br>
 
:*Genealogy books and CDs<br>
  
[http://coudersportlibrary.org/blog/ Coudersport Public Library]<br>  
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[http://coudersportlibrary.org/blog/ Coudersport Public Library]<br> 502 Park Avenue<br> Coudersport, PA 16915<br> Phone: (814) 274-9382<br> Email: coudy502@hotmail.com<br>  
502 Park Avenue<br>
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Coudersport, PA 16915<br>
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Phone: (814) 274-9382<br>
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Email: coudy502@hotmail.com<br>
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:*Census records on microfilm<br>
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:*Census records on microfilm<br>  
 
:*Potter Enterprise newspaper from 1880-2008<br>
 
:*Potter Enterprise newspaper from 1880-2008<br>
  
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===== Societies  =====
  
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:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
 
:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as: Family Records, Church Records, Civil Registration. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.
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:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as: Family Records, Church Records, Civil Registration. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.  
 
:*'''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.  
 
:*'''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.  
 
:*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
 
:*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
:*'''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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:*'''1885-1950''' - {{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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{{PA death}}  
 
{{PA death}}  
  
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==

Revision as of 23:23, 20 November 2012

United StatesGotoarrow.png Pennsylvania Gotoarrow.png Potter County

Potter 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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Potter County, Pennsylvania
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Founded March 26, 1804
County Seat Coudersport
Courthouse
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Address Potter County Courthouse
1 East 2nd St.
Coudersport, PA 16915
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1806
1836


Named for General James Potter, from Pennsylvania in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.


Boundary Changes

29 March 1860: Cameron County 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

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 Potter 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.

The Potter County Genealogical Society has various records for churches throughout the Potter County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. In addition, the Painted Hills Genealogical Society has posted online a list of historical churches and a few church records.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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


County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
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Baptist

In 1850, the Baptist Church was built.[3]

Lutheran

In 1886, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized with 71 members.[4]

Protestant Episcopal

Christ Church, English Protestant Episcopal was reorganized in 1881 and their church was built in 1884.[5]

Presbyterian

The Presbyterian society was said to have built the first church building in the county in 1850.[6]

Roman Catholic

The Roman Catholic Church in this county was organized in about 1840.[7]

Court Records

Potter County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Potter 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. Potter 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.[8]

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.[9] For the Potter 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 Potter 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.[10]

For Potter 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 Potter 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 Potter County began in 1804. These records are filed with the Register of Wills/Recorder of Deeds office in Coudersport, 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

  • 2003–present Images are available online using the Landex system. There is a fee to view the images.

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

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 Potter County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

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Migration

Early migration routes for European settlers to and from Potter County, Pennsylvania included:[11]

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 Potter 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 Potter County, Pennsylvania naturalization  in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Potter 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 Potter 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

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Potter County, Pennsylvania are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.

Online Probate Records
Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch.org. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:
Complete Collection:

Potter County Only:

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Potter 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

Potter County Courthouse

1 East 2nd St., Room 23
Coudersport, PA 16915
Phone: 814-274-9740
E–mail: kschroeder@pottercountypa.net

Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts and Orphans' Court for Potter County are all handled by the same office. 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
Libraries

Potter County belongs to the Potter-Tioga Library System, a two county library system that is the largest in Pennsylvania. There are two libraries that have some genealogical records:

Ulysses Public Library
Willis I. Lewis Memorial Library
P.O. Box 316
401 N. Main Street
Ulysses, PA 16948
Phone: (814)848-7226
Email: ulylib@verizon.net

  • County histories
  • Some census records
  • Tri-Counties Genealogy
  • Genealogy books and CDs

Coudersport Public Library
502 Park Avenue
Coudersport, PA 16915
Phone: (814) 274-9382
Email: coudy502@hotmail.com

  • Census records on microfilm
  • Potter Enterprise newspaper from 1880-2008
Museums
Societies

Painted Hills Genealogy Society
Mary E. Bryant: Founder and President
E-mail: paint@paintedhills.org

Genealogical Resources: This  Society covers the Painted Hills Area of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, particularly the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Steuben in New York and the Pennsylvania counties of McKean and Potter .

Potter County Historical Society
P.O. Box 605
308 N. Main St
Coudersport PA 16915
841-274-4410
Hours: Mon and Fri 10:30 am – 4:00 pm, Thurs 6:30 – 8:30 pm, or by appointment 814-848-3942
e-mail: potercohist@zitomedia.net

The PCHS library has over 3000 items in the collection. Browse online listing, access on site, no circulation.

Research Guides

Woodroofe's guide to Potter 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):240. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Taxation

Vital Records

Existing Potter County, Pennsylvania Government Vital Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
1852-1855, 1893-present
1852-1855, 1885-present
1852-1855, 1893-present

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

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 Potter County, Pennsylvania clerk's office for these records.

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as: Family Records, Church Records, Civil Registration. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) 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.
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 Potter 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. History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1062; Digital Version at Internet Archive; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.8 H2h.
  4. History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1062; Digital Version at Internet Archive; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.8 H2h.
  5. History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1061-1062; Digital Version at Internet Archive; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.8 H2h.
  6. History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1061; Digital Version at Internet Archive; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.8 H2h.
  7. History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Co., 1890), 1062; Digital Version at Internet Archive; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.8 H2h.
  8. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  9. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  10. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  11. Handybook, 847-61.
  12. Paul A. W. Wallace, Indian Paths of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Pa.: PA Historical and Museum Commission, 1971), 46-48. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.8 H2wp.