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Potter County, Pennsylvania
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Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Facts
Founded March 26, 1804
County Seat Coudersport
Courthouse
Potter County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
Address Potter County Courthouse
1 East 2nd St.
Coudersport, PA 16915
Potter County Website
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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.

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

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 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:[8]

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

Potter County Courthouse
1 East 2nd St.
Coudersport, PA 16915
Phone: (814) 274-9740

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
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.

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.

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

Marriage

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Potter 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/Clerk of Courts
1 East Second Street, Room 23,
Coudersport PA 16915
Phone (814) 274-9740
E–mail: kschroeder@pottercountypa.net

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 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & Co., 1890), 1062; Digital Version at Internet Archive; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.8 H2h.
  8. Handybook, 847-61.
  9. 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.

 

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