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[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Somerset County'''  
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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Somerset County'''  
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'''Somerset 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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== Somerset County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
  
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Bedford County, Pennsylvania|Bedford]] County 17 April 1795. <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 [[Bedford County, Pennsylvania|Bedford]] County 17 April 1795. <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:''' Somerset<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>[[Cambria County, Pennsylvania|Cambria]] (north){{•}}[[Garrett County, Maryland|Garrett County, Maryland]] and [[Allegany County, Maryland|Allegany County, Maryland]] (south){{•}} [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|Westmoreland]] (northwest) {{•}}[[Fayette County, Pennsylvania|Fayette]] (west) {{•}} [[Bedford County, Pennsylvania|Bedford]] (east)
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<br> Named for the [[Somerset|County of Somerset]] in England.
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*'''County Seat:''' Somerset<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>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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**[[Cambria County, Pennsylvania|Cambria]] (north)
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**[[Garrett County, Maryland|Garrett County, Maryland]]
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**[[Allegany County, Maryland|Allegany County, Maryland]] (south)
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**[[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|Westmoreland]] (northwest)
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**[[Fayette County, Pennsylvania|Fayette]] (west)
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**[[Bedford County, Pennsylvania|Bedford]] (east)
  
'''26 March 1804:''' [[Cambria County, Pennsylvania|Cambria]] 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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Named for the [[Somerset|County of Somerset]] in [[England]].  
  
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'''26 March 1804:''' [[Cambria County, Pennsylvania|Cambria]] County was set off.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
  
== Resources  ==
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== Somerset County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources  ==
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/bios.html Somerset County Biographies] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
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[http://www.interment.net/us/pa/somerset.htm Interment.net]  
 
[http://www.interment.net/us/pa/somerset.htm Interment.net]  
  
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
 
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[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/cemetery.html USGenWeb]  
 
[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/cemetery.html USGenWeb]  
  
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
 
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[http://pennsylvania-genealogy.net/Somerset-County-Cemetery-Records.cfm Pennsylvania Genealogy]  
 
[http://pennsylvania-genealogy.net/Somerset-County-Cemetery-Records.cfm Pennsylvania Genealogy]  
  
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[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=14878&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]  
 
[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=14878&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]  
  
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[http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/search.php?cid=56&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Pennsylvania Gravestones]  
 
[http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/search.php?cid=56&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Pennsylvania Gravestones]  
  
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[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/somerset_county.htm Access Genealogy]  
 
[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/somerset_county.htm Access Genealogy]  
  
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[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Somerset/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]  
 
[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Somerset/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]  
  
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
  
{{PAChurch2}} <br> [[Image:Somerset county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px|Somerset county pennsylvania churches.png]] <br>  
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{{PAChurch2}} <br>[[Image:Somerset county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px]] <br>  
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The [http://www.somersethistoricalcenter.org/genealogy.html Somerset County Historical Center] has various records for churches throughout the Somerset County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. The society will do research for a fee. For more details see their website.
  
 
{{PAChurch1|Somerset|493811}}  
 
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===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
 
===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
  
:*'''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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:*'''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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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/church.html Somerset County Church History and Records] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
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===== Episcopal  =====
 
===== Episcopal  =====
  
Services for the St. James Episcopal Church in Bedford began as early as 1755 but was not an organized parish until 1861.<ref>''History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: Waterman, Watkins, 1884), 262; {{FSbook|46384}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=History+of+Bedford%2C+Somerset%2C+and+Fulton+counties%2C+Pennsylvania+%3A+with+illustrations+and+biographical+sketches+of+some+of+its+pioneers+and+prominent+men.&amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=results_page At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|231971|item|disp=FHL book 974.87 H2w}}.</ref>  
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Services for the St. James Episcopal Church in Bedford began as early as 1755 but was not an organized parish until 1861.<ref name="fult">''History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: Waterman, Watkins, 1884), 258-262; {{FSbook|46384}}; {{FHL|231971|item|disp=FHL book 974.87 H2w}}.</ref>  
  
 
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===== Lutheran  =====
  
The Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized by 1785 although the exact date is unknown. The Lutheran and German Reformed congregations met at the same union church until 1848. <ref>''History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: Waterman, Watkins, 1884), 259; {{FSbook|46384}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=History+of+Bedford%2C+Somerset%2C+and+Fulton+counties%2C+Pennsylvania+%3A+with+illustrations+and+biographical+sketches+of+some+of+its+pioneers+and+prominent+men.&amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=results_page At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|231971|item|disp=FHL book 974.87 H2w}}.</ref>  
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'''Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church''' was organized by 1785 although the exact date is unknown. The Lutheran and German Reformed congregations met at the same union church until 1848.<ref name="fult" />  
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:*'''1812-1875''' - Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Baptism Index 1812-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C505481}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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:*'''1818-1871''' - Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Marriage Index 1818-1871 (gap 1849-1860) in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M505481}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stoyestown'''
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:*'''1798-1881''' - Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stoyestown, Baptism Index 1798-1881 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C505431}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Glade Reformed and Lutheran Congregation, Stony Creek Township'''
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:*'''1798, 1811-1866''' - Glade Reformed and Lutheran Congregation, Stony Creek Township, Baptism Index 1798, 1811-1866 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C505421}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Grace White Oak Lutheran and Reformed Church, Formerly Reichards'''
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:*'''1830-1875''' - Grace White Oak Lutheran and Reformed Church, Formerly Reichards, Baptism Index 1830-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C505451}}.<ref name="vr1" />
  
 
===== Methodist  =====
 
===== Methodist  =====
  
In 1809, the Methodist Episcopal church was formed.<ref>''History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: Waterman, Watkins, 1884), 262; {{FSbook|46384}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=History+of+Bedford%2C+Somerset%2C+and+Fulton+counties%2C+Pennsylvania+%3A+with+illustrations+and+biographical+sketches+of+some+of+its+pioneers+and+prominent+men.&amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=results_page At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|231971|item|disp=FHL book 974.87 H2w}}.</ref>  
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In 1809, the Methodist Episcopal church was formed.<ref name="fult" />  
  
 
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===== Presbyterian  =====
  
The Presbyterians were in the county early although no exact date is known, although, the first known paster came in 1786. The First Presbyterian Church building in the county was erected in Bedford in 1800.<ref>''History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: Waterman, Watkins, 1884), 258-259; {{FSbook|46384}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=History+of+Bedford%2C+Somerset%2C+and+Fulton+counties%2C+Pennsylvania+%3A+with+illustrations+and+biographical+sketches+of+some+of+its+pioneers+and+prominent+men.&amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=results_page At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|231971|item|disp=FHL book 974.87 H2w}}.</ref>  
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The Presbyterians were in the county early although no exact date is known, although, the first known paster came in 1786. The First Presbyterian Church building in the county was erected in Bedford in 1800.<ref name="fult" />  
  
 
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===== Reformed  =====
  
The Reformed Church of Bedford was in the county early although no known date is known although it is believed it was before 1769. They met in a union church with the Lutherans until they separated in 1848. <ref>''History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: Waterman, Watkins, 1884), 260; {{FSbook|46384}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=History+of+Bedford%2C+Somerset%2C+and+Fulton+counties%2C+Pennsylvania+%3A+with+illustrations+and+biographical+sketches+of+some+of+its+pioneers+and+prominent+men.&amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=results_page At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|231971|item|disp=FHL book 974.87 H2w}}.</ref>
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The Reformed Church of Bedford was in the county early although no known date is known although it is believed it was before 1769. They met in a union church with the Lutherans until they separated in 1848.<ref name="fult" />  
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'''German Reformed Church, Centreville'''
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:*'''1850-1883''' - German Reformed Church, Centreville, Baptism Index 1850-1883 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C587031}}.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/49/Igipennsylvaniapppppp.pdf.</ref>
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:*'''1873-1883''' - German Reformed Church, Centreville, Marriage Index 1873-1883 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M587031}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''German Reformed Church, New Centerville'''
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:*'''1850-1883''' - German Reformed Church, New Centerville, Baptism Index 1850-1883 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C536691}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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:*'''1873-1883''' - German Reformed Church, New Centerville, Marriage Index 1873-1883 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M536691}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''German Reformed Church, Stoyestown'''
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:*'''1799-1875''' - German Reformed Church, Stoyestown, Baptism Index 1799-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C505441}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Glade Reformed and Lutheran Congregation, Stony Creek Township'''
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:*'''1798, 1811-1866''' - Glade Reformed and Lutheran Congregation, Stony Creek Township, Baptism Index 1798, 1811-1866 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C505421}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Grace White Oak Lutheran and Reformed Church, Formerly Reichards'''
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:*'''1830-1875''' - Grace White Oak Lutheran and Reformed Church, Formerly Reichards, Baptism Index 1830-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C505451}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Mt. Tabor Reformed Church formerly Union Church or Zimmermans, Quemahoning Township'''
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:*'''1839-1875''' - Mt. Tabor Reformed Church formerly Union Church or Zimmermans, Quemahoning Township, Baptism Index 1839-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C505391}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Reformed Church, Friedens'''
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:*'''1852-1875''' - Reformed Church, Friedens, Baptism Index 1852-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C504971}}.<ref name="vr1" />
  
 
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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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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
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:*Blackburn, E. Howard, [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/area.html History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania, 1906] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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{{PAsomersetmap}} '''Click the image to view an enlarged version'''  
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[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free downloadable images from the [http://ancestortracks.com/Somerset_Co_Warrantees.html Somerset County Atlas of Surveys and Warrants Collected and Plotted as a WPA Project, 1939]. &nbsp;This atlas located in the Office of Recorder of Deeds in Somerset includes maps showing the first landowners, warrants, surveys, and patents, but they are not indexed. &nbsp;While the physical maps may be in the public domain, the images we have taken of them belong to us and are not to be used commercially. &nbsp;We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.
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[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free downloadable images from the [http://ancestortracks.com/Somerset_Co_Warrantees.html Somerset County Atlas of Surveys and Warrants Collected and Plotted as a WPA Project, 1939]. &nbsp;This atlas located in the Office of Recorder of Deeds in Somerset includes maps showing the first landowners, warrants, surveys, and patents, but they are not indexed. &nbsp;While the physical maps may be in the public domain, the images we have taken of them belong to us and are not to be used commercially. &nbsp;We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.  
  
 
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==== Migration  ====
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Civil  =====
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/military.html Service of Somerset County Men and Women involved in the Civil War] Work in Progress. Courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
===== Revolutionary War  =====
 
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{PANaturalization}}<br>
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<br>''Naturalization records available for Somerset County, Pennsylvania include the following:''<br><br>'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>
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:*'''1820-1906''' – [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Index to Declarations and Petitions in the Western District of Pennsylvania, US Circuit and District Courts] located in ''US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), National Archives publication M1208<br>
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:*'''1820-1930''' – [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=119&title=naturalizations_pa_western%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537, incomplete for all counties<br>
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:*'''1820-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537<br>
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'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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:*'''1800–1906''' Naturalization Records {{FHL|item|172403|disp=FHL film 1318013 (first of 4 films)}}
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{{PAnaturalization2|Somerset|465435}}
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{PAnewspapers}}
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'''Newspapers of Somerset 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=Somerset&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
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:*[http://www.pagenweb.org/~somerset/papers.htm USGenWeb - Newspapers in the County]
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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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:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025917/ The Somerset Herald and Farmers' and Mechanics Register (Somerset, PA)] 183?-1852 Chronicling America.
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:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86082043/ Somerset Herald (Somerset, PA)] 18?? -&nbsp;???? Chronicling America.
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:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026409/ The Somerset Herald (Somerset, PA)] 1870-1936 Chronicling America.
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'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''
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:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?728 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
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'''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts'''
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:*Somerset Whip (Somerset County, Pennsylvania) and Somerset Democrat (Somerset County, Pennsylvania), ''Newspapers, The Somerset Whig, 1818,1819; The Somerset Democrat, 1864'' (SLC, Utah, 1968) {{FHL|181108|item|disp=FHL film 560193 item 8}}
  
 
===== Obituaries  =====
 
===== 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 [[Somerset 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?729 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
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:*[http://www.pagenweb.org/~somerset/obituary.htm USGenWeb - Obituary Records]
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/obits/ Somerset County Obituaries] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/somerset/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{PA Probate Intro}}<br>
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'''Online Probate Records'''<br>Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:<br>Complete Collection:<br>
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:*'''1683-1994''' – {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
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Somerset County Only: <br>
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:*'''1795–1916''' – [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7V7%3A683215896%3Fcc%3D1999196 Somerset County Probate Records]<br>
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'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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:*'''1795–1916''' Orphans court records (index 1795–1922){{FHL|item|171348|disp=FHL film 558479 (first of 7 films)}}
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:*'''1795–1907''' Index of estate records, docket, record of executors and administration accounts, auditor's reports (index 1795–1921){{FHL|item|122932|disp=FHL film 558478 (first of 20 films)}}
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:*'''1889–1937''' Partition Docket, vol. 1{{FHL|item|123205|disp=FHL film 557976}}
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{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Somerset|465129}}<br>
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
  
 
===== Archives  =====
 
===== Archives  =====
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:{{PA Archives}}
  
 
===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
:[http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/department.asp?deptnum=36 Somerset County Courthouse]<br>111 East Union Street<br>Somerset, PA 15501<br>Phone: (814) 445-1473<br>
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[http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/department.asp?deptnum=36 Somerset County Courthouse]<br>  
  
:Copies of documents including birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, land, and probate records can be obtained by using: [http://www.pennsylvaniapublicrecord.com/somerset-county-pennsylvania-public-records.html Pennsylvania Public Record]. Click on the link for the record you wish to request.
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:111 East Union Street<br>
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:Somerset, PA 15501<br>
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:Phone: (814) 445-1473<br>
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:Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM
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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/somerset-county-pennsylvania-public-records.html Pennsylvania Public Record]. Click on the link for the record you wish to request.
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'''Clerk of Courts''' <br>
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:Somerset County Courthouse, Suite 180
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:Phone: 814-445-1435
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[http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/department.asp?deptnum=36 Prothonotary's Office]<br>
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:Somerset County Courthouse, Suite 165<br>
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:Phone: 814–445-1428<br>
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:Fax: 814–444-9270<br>
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:E–mail: [mailto:prothonotary@co.somerset.pa.us prothonotary@co.somerset.pa.us]
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[http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/department.asp?deptnum=71 Clerk of Orphans' Court]<br>
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:Somerset County Courthouse Suite 145<br>
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:Phone: 814–445-1548<br>
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:Fax: 814–444-1542<br>
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:E–mail: [mailto:ackermans@co.somerset.pa.us ackermans@co.somerset.pa.us]
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
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{{PAfhc|Greensburg}}  
  
 
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[http://www.somersethistoricalcenter.org/index.html Somerset Historical Center]<br>Western Pennsylvania's Rural Heritage Museum<br>10649 Somerset Pike<br>Somerset, PA 15501<br>Phone: (814) 445-6077<br>Email: c-sseese@pa.gov
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The Museum also holds the [http://www.somersethistoricalcenter.org/genealogy.html Genealogical Library] maintained by the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County Pennsylvania. See the society listed [[Somerset County, Pennsylvania#Societies|below]].
  
 
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:Somerset Historical Center<br>10649 Somerset Pike<br>Somerset PA 15501<br>Genealogical Society Librarian: Susan Seese<br>814-445-6077<br>e-mail: c-sseese@pa.gov<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Somerset-Historical-Center/91812729774 facebook]
 
:Somerset Historical Center<br>10649 Somerset Pike<br>Somerset PA 15501<br>Genealogical Society Librarian: Susan Seese<br>814-445-6077<br>e-mail: c-sseese@pa.gov<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Somerset-Historical-Center/91812729774 facebook]
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==== Research Guides  ====
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Woodroofe's guide to Somerset 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):252-263. 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 =====
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===== Birth =====
  
*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.&nbsp;
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:*'''1726-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
*'''Pre-1810''' – Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) 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 Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
 
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===== Birth  =====
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{{PA birth}}  
 
{{PA birth}}  
 
:*'''1726-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} - free index. Not complete for all years.&nbsp;
 
:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
 
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
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{{PA marriage}}  
 
{{PA marriage}}  
  
:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years.
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:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
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:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as: Family Records, Church Records, Civil Registration. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.
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:*'''Pre-1810''' – Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) 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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:*'''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.
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== 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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Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|courthouse]] building.<br>  
 
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:[http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/county.asp?deptnum=36 Prothonotary's Office]<br>111 East Union Street<br>Suite 165<br>Somerset, PA 15501<br>Phone: 814–445-1428<br>Fax: 814–444-9270<br>E–mail: [mailto:prothonotary@co.somerset.pa.us prothonotary@co.somerset.pa.us]
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===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
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:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
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:*'''1853-1908''' - Somerset County Death Index 1853-1908 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />
  
 
{{PA death}}  
 
{{PA death}}  
  
:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
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{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Somerset|519314}}
  
{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Somerset|519314}}
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== Somerset County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites ==
 
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== Web Sites ==
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*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+Somerset|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Somerset|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
== Places  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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Somerset 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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Facts
Founded April 17, 1795
County Seat Somerset
Courthouse
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Address Somerset County Courthouse
111 East Union Street

Somerset, PA 15501
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Contents

Somerset County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1795
1795
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  • Parent Counties: Formed from Bedford County 17 April 1795. [1]
  • County Seat: Somerset
  • Neighboring Counties: Somerset County, Pennsylvania residents may also have records in:[2]

Named for the County of Somerset in England.

Boundary Changes

26 March 1804: Cambria County was set off.[1]

Somerset County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb

Billion Graves

Pennsylvania Genealogy

Epodunk

Pennsylvania Gravestones

Billion Graves

Names in Stone

Access Genealogy

Ancestry($)


See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


Census

For tips on accessing Somerset County, Pennsylvania Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.
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The Somerset County Historical Center has various records for churches throughout the Somerset County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. The society will do research for a fee. For more details see their website.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Catholic
  • 1843-1943 - "100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843–1943". Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, 17:1. FamilySearch Library book 974.8 B2wg. Contains chronology, map, county-by-county information.
Episcopal

Services for the St. James Episcopal Church in Bedford began as early as 1755 but was not an organized parish until 1861.[3]

Lutheran

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized by 1785 although the exact date is unknown. The Lutheran and German Reformed congregations met at the same union church until 1848.[3]

Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stoyestown

Glade Reformed and Lutheran Congregation, Stony Creek Township

Grace White Oak Lutheran and Reformed Church, Formerly Reichards

Methodist

In 1809, the Methodist Episcopal church was formed.[3]

Presbyterian

The Presbyterians were in the county early although no exact date is known, although, the first known paster came in 1786. The First Presbyterian Church building in the county was erected in Bedford in 1800.[3]

Reformed

The Reformed Church of Bedford was in the county early although no known date is known although it is believed it was before 1769. They met in a union church with the Lutherans until they separated in 1848.[3]

German Reformed Church, Centreville

German Reformed Church, New Centerville

German Reformed Church, Stoyestown

Glade Reformed and Lutheran Congregation, Stony Creek Township

Grace White Oak Lutheran and Reformed Church, Formerly Reichards

Mt. Tabor Reformed Church formerly Union Church or Zimmermans, Quemahoning Township

Reformed Church, Friedens

Court Records

Somerset County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Somerset 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. Somerset 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.[5]

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.[6] For the Somerset 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 Somerset 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.[7]

For Somerset 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 Somerset 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 Somerset County began in 1795. These records are filed with the Register of Deeds office in Somerset, 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

  • 1985-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 Somerset County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

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Ancestor Tracks has posted free downloadable images from the Somerset County Atlas of Surveys and Warrants Collected and Plotted as a WPA Project, 1939.  This atlas located in the Office of Recorder of Deeds in Somerset includes maps showing the first landowners, warrants, surveys, and patents, but they are not indexed.  While the physical maps may be in the public domain, the images we have taken of them belong to us and are not to be used commercially.  We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.

Migration

Military

Civil
Revolutionary War

Men living in what is now Somerset County (then Bedford County) served in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment.[8]

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 Somerset County, Pennsylvania include the following:

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm

Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

Additional naturalization indexes can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Somerset County, Pennsylvania naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Somerset 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 Somerset 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

Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts

  • Somerset Whip (Somerset County, Pennsylvania) and Somerset Democrat (Somerset County, Pennsylvania), Newspapers, The Somerset Whig, 1818,1819; The Somerset Democrat, 1864 (SLC, Utah, 1968) FHL film 560193 item 8
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 Somerset 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:

Somerset 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 Somerset 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

Somerset County Courthouse

111 East Union Street
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814) 445-1473
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM
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.

Clerk of Courts

Somerset County Courthouse, Suite 180
Phone: 814-445-1435

Prothonotary's Office

Somerset County Courthouse, Suite 165
Phone: 814–445-1428
Fax: 814–444-9270
E–mail: prothonotary@co.somerset.pa.us

Clerk of Orphans' Court

Somerset County Courthouse Suite 145
Phone: 814–445-1548
Fax: 814–444-1542
E–mail: ackermans@co.somerset.pa.us
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 Somerset County, Pennsylvania is the Greensburg Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries

The Meyersdale Public Library has a Pennsylvania Room focused on genealogical resources for the county and state. Their address is:

210 Center St
PO Box 98
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, 15552
Phone: (814) 634-0512
The Pennsylvania Room provides research services for $15 for the first hour. They will contact you after the hour to determine how much more time would be needed to complete the request.

Obituary Services:

Museums

Somerset Historical Center
Western Pennsylvania's Rural Heritage Museum
10649 Somerset Pike
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814) 445-6077
Email: c-sseese@pa.gov

The Museum also holds the Genealogical Library maintained by the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County Pennsylvania. See the society listed below.

Societies

The Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County Pennsylvania maintains a library at the Somerset Historical Center. The collection includes records of birth, marriage, death, maps, military, newspapers, obituaries, tax, estate, family files, county histories, church records, and an online WPA Cemetery Index. A genealogical research service is offered with fees beginning at $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Somerset Historical Center
10649 Somerset Pike
Somerset PA 15501
Genealogical Society Librarian: Susan Seese
814-445-6077
e-mail: c-sseese@pa.gov
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Research Guides

Woodroofe's guide to Somerset 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):252-263. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Taxation

  • 1798 - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at Ancestry ($).

Vital Records

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

Birth
  • 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 Somerset 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

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 Somerset County, Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Somerset 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

Somerset County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

Somerset 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: Waterman, Watkins, 1884), 258-262; FamilySearch Books Online; FHL book 974.87 H2w.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/49/Igipennsylvaniapppppp.pdf.
  5. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  6. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  7. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  8. Harold Frederic, William C. Frederick III with William J. McMaster Sr., Path of Blood: The Untold Story of the Kittanning PA. Regiment in the American Revolution (Kittanning, Pa.: W.C. Frederick, 1998). FHL Book 974.8 M2ff