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[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Warren County'''  
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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Warren County'''  
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'''Warren 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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== Warren County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
  
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania|Allegheny]] and [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] Counties 12 March 1800. <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;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 [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania|Allegheny]] and [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] Counties 12 March 1800. <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:''' Warren<br>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Warren<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>[[Chautauqua County, New York|Chautauqua County, New York]] (north) {{•}} [[Forest County, Pennsylvania|Forest]] (south) {{•}} [[Cattaraugus County, New York|Cattaraugus County, New York]] (northeast) {{•}} [[Crawford County, Pennsylvania|Crawford]] (west) {{•}} [[McKean County, Pennsylvania|McKean]] (east) {{•}} [[Elk County, Pennsylvania|Elk]] (southeast) {{•}} [[Venango County, Pennsylvania|Venango]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Erie County, Pennsylvania|Erie]] (northwest)
 
*'''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>[[Chautauqua County, New York|Chautauqua County, New York]] (north) {{•}} [[Forest County, Pennsylvania|Forest]] (south) {{•}} [[Cattaraugus County, New York|Cattaraugus County, New York]] (northeast) {{•}} [[Crawford County, Pennsylvania|Crawford]] (west) {{•}} [[McKean County, Pennsylvania|McKean]] (east) {{•}} [[Elk County, Pennsylvania|Elk]] (southeast) {{•}} [[Venango County, Pennsylvania|Venango]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Erie County, Pennsylvania|Erie]] (northwest)
 
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*'''1784:'''&nbsp; The future Warren County was part of the huge area secured by the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, also known as the "Last Purchase," and much of the land was secured for speculation by the Holland Land Company
 
*'''1784:'''&nbsp; The future Warren County was part of the huge area secured by the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, also known as the "Last Purchase," and much of the land was secured for speculation by the Holland Land Company
  
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== Resources  ==
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== Warren County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources  ==
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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::Contains the church records of:  
 
::Contains the church records of:  
 
::*Deerfield: Presbyterian Church in Deerfield
 
::*Deerfield: Presbyterian Church in Deerfield
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===== Presbyterian =====
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:*'''1815-1862''' - Presbyterian Church, Lottsville, Baptism Index 1815-1862 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C524561}}.<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/2/20/Igipennsylvaniat.pdf.</ref>
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
 
===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
  
====== Clerk of the Court ======
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The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters.
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The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. {{PAGENAME}} shares its judicial district with [[Forest County, Pennsylvania|Forest County]]. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.<ref>The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.</ref>
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====== Clerk of the Courts ======
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====== Prothonotary  ======
 
====== Prothonotary  ======
  
===== Orphan's Court (see Vital Records) =====
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{{PA court3}}
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===== Orphan's Court  =====
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{{PA court4}}
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{{PA court6|Warren|514996}}
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
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{{PA emigration}}<br>
  
 
==== Ethnic Groups  ====
 
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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''Naturalization records available for Warren County, Pennsylvania include the following:''<br>
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'''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><br>
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'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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*'''1847-1906''' - Alien dockets, 1847-1906, {{FHL|185375|item|disp=FHL film 1814241, (first of 3 films)}}
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{{PAnaturalization2|Warren|458292}}
  
 
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:*'''1683-1994''' – {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
 
:*'''1683-1994''' – {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
  
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Warren County Only:  
  
:*'''1820–1918'''&nbsp;– [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7VZ%3An66316996%3Fcc%3D1999196 Warren County Probate Records]<br>
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:*'''1820–1918'''&nbsp;– [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7VZ%3An66316996%3Fcc%3D1999196 Warren County Probate Records]<br> <br> '''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>
  
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Warren|492899}}<br>  
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:*'''1820–1918''' Registers Docket, includes Index 1824–1971 {{FHL|398800|item|disp=FHL film 877991 (first of 16 films)}}<br>
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:*'''1875–1916''' Intestate Docket {{FHL|399493|item|disp=FHL film 1314327–1314329}}<br>
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<br> {{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Warren|492899}}<br>  
  
 
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===== Archives =====
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Parking is available to left and rear of the court house.  
 
Parking is available to left and rear of the court house.  
  
*[http://www.warrencountypa.net/current/depts.php?name=Prothonotary Prothonotary]<br>*Phone: 814-728-3440<br> *Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM<br>  
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*[http://www.warrencountypa.net/current/depts.php?name=Prothonotary Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts]<br>Phone: 814-728-3440<br>Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM<br>
  
*[http://www.warrencountypa.net/current/depts.php?name=Register%20-%20Recorder Register and Recorder]  
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*[http://www.warrencountypa.net/current/depts.php?name=Register%20-%20Recorder Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court]<br>Phone: 814-728-3430<br>Fax: 814-728-3476
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[http://www.warrenlibrary.org/county.php Warren County Library Association] consists of five public libraries in Warren County. Each library has access to genealogical databases - especially US Census indexes and newspapers. Many are accessible with your library card from home. A list of the libraries in this system and their website and contact information is found [http://www.warrenlibrary.org/county.php here].
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[http://www.warrenlibrary.org/ Warren Public Library]205 Market St.<br>Warren PA 16365<br>Phone: 814-723-4650<br>Fax: 814-723-4521<br>E-mail: reference@warrenlibrary.org<br>Hours: Monday through Thursday: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM<br>Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
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:The Library has a large holding plus access to HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition. These are explained in Genealogy Handbook. The handbook is able to printed.
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[http://www.sgfreelibrary.org/index.html Sugar Grove Free Library]<br>22 Harmon St.<br>PO Box 313<br>Sugar Grove, PA 16350<br>Phone: 814-489-7872<br>Fax: 814-489-7826<br>E-mail: sgfreelibrary@gmail.com<br>
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:The [http://www.sgfreelibrary.org/genealogy.html Genealogy] news is listed as they are digitizing the historical collection.
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[http://www.warrenhistory.org/wilder_museum.htm Wilder Museum of Warren County History]<br>51 Erie Ave.<br>PO Box 144<br>Irvine, PA 16329<br>Phone: 814-563-7773 or 814-723-1795<br>E-mail: warrenhistory@kinzua.net<br>
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:The museum focuses on the Seneca Nation, local history, military actions, and more.<ref>Sentence from http://www.warrenhistory.org/edresources.htm</ref> The Warren County Historical Society is connected to the museum.
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Rich in history, {{PAGENAME}} contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.
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*[http://www.warrenhistory.org Warren County Historical Society]<br>210 Fourth Avenue<br>PO Box 427<br>Warren, Pennsylvania 16365<br>814-723-1795<br>Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM<br>Saturday: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM<br>Researchers will look through the resourses for $35.00.
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:They have a wide collection of genealogical material available for searching. They have a database indexes to Birth and Death records from 1893 to 1905. Some of the other records available include, cemetery records, military records, school records, and directories.
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*[http://www.wpgs.org Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society] (WPGS)<br>c/o PA Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh<br>4400 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080<br>
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:The focus of the WPGS 26 counties west of Centre County including Warren County. They are based out of Pittsburgh, PA in the [http://www.clpgh.org/research/genealogy// Pennnsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library.] <ref>http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx</ref>
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:The [http://www.wpgs.org/research.htm Research Request] lists fees for research and look ups in indexes, naturalizations, WPA Home Survey, and more. <ref name="WPGS">http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx</ref>
  
 
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
:*'''1815–1930''' – {{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.  
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:*'''1815–1930''' – {{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.
  
 
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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.  
 
:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years.  
:*'''Pre-1810''' – Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
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:*'''Pre-1810''' – Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
:*'''1852-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years.
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:*'''1852-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years.  
 
:*'''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.
 
:*'''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.
  
[http://www.warrencountypa.net/current/depts.php?name=Register%20-%20Recorder Register and Recorder's Office]<br>Warren County Courthouse<br>204 4th Avenue<br>Warren, PA 16365<br>Phone: 814-728-3430<br>Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
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[http://www.warrencountypa.net/current/depts.php?name=Register%20-%20Recorder Register and Recorder's Office]<br>Warren County Courthouse<br>204 4th Avenue<br>Warren, PA 16365<br>Phone: 814-728-3430<br>Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM  
  
 
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===== Divorce  =====
  
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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Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|courthouse]] building.<br>  
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
 
:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
 
:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
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:*'''1893-1906''' - Warren County Death Index 1893-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1"/>
  
 
{{PA death}}
 
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== Warren County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites ==
  
 
*USGenWeb project. [http://www.pagenweb.org/~warren/townships/Brokenstraw.html#churches Warren County]&nbsp;May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. [http://www.pagenweb.org/~warren/townships/Brokenstraw.html#churches Warren County]&nbsp;May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Warren|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Warren|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
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Warren County, Pennsylvania genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Founded March 12, 1800
County Seat Warren
Courthouse
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Address Warren County Courthouse
407 Market Street
Warren, PA 16365
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Contents

Warren County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1819
1820

Boundary Changes

  • 1784:  The future Warren County was part of the huge area secured by the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, also known as the "Last Purchase," and much of the land was secured for speculation by the Holland Land Company
  • 1785-1788:  The eastern part of the future Warren County was annexed to Northumberland County; the western portion was part of the Donation Lands
  • 1788-1795:  The eastern part of the future Warren County remained part of Northumberland County; the western portion became part of the newly created (1788) Allegheny County.
  • 1795-1800: The eastern part of the future Warren County became part of newly created Lycoming County which was carved out of Northumberland County in 1795; the western portion remained part of Allegheny County.


Warren County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb-transcripts
USGenWeb-tombstone photos

Billion Graves

Pennsylvania Genealogy

Epodunk

Pennsylvania Gravestones

Billion Graves

Names in Stone

Access Genealogy

Ancestry($)


See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


Census

For tips on accessing Warren 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 Warren County Historical Society has some church history records. Visit or contact them for information on what is denominations and time periods are available.

Locating current and historical churches check Topographic Map Church Features in Warren County, Pennsylvania by TopoZone. This site gives a list of church by name, elevation, latitude and longitude. You may call or write them at
Warren County Historical Society
PO Box 427
Warren, PA 16365
814-723-1795.

There is a $35 fee for researches to investigate the records at their library. It will take up to four weeks to hear from the society.

Additional church records can be located at Linkpendium and by searching the Family History Library Catalog. The FHLC has a plethora of church recordsfor Warren County, many are limited in the time frame they cover. When searching the FHL catalog, be sure to also search at the town and township level.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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


Church History by township in Warren County by USGenWeb

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Contains the church records of:
  • Deerfield: Presbyterian Church in Deerfield
Presbyterian

Court Records

Warren County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Warren 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. Warren County, Pennsylvania shares its judicial district with Forest County. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[4]

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.[5] For the Warren 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 Warren County, Pennsylvania Prothonotary office information.

Orphan's 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.[6]

For Warren 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 Warren 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 Warren County began in 1800. These records are filed with the Register-Recorder office in Warren, 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:

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 Warren County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. See Pennsylvania Naturalization for more information about the types of records and availability.

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.

Naturalization records available for Warren 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 Warren County, Pennsylvania naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Warren 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 Warren 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

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Warren 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:

Warren County Only:


Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

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

Warren County Courthouse
204 Fourth Avenue
Warren, PA 16365
Hours: 8:30–4:30

On the website, click the Warren County tab for driving directions and other information.

Parking is available to left and rear of the court house.

Family History Center

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 Warren County, Pennsylvania is the Warren Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries

Warren County Library Association consists of five public libraries in Warren County. Each library has access to genealogical databases - especially US Census indexes and newspapers. Many are accessible with your library card from home. A list of the libraries in this system and their website and contact information is found here.

Warren Public Library205 Market St.
Warren PA 16365
Phone: 814-723-4650
Fax: 814-723-4521
E-mail: reference@warrenlibrary.org
Hours: Monday through Thursday: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

The Library has a large holding plus access to HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition. These are explained in Genealogy Handbook. The handbook is able to printed.

Sugar Grove Free Library
22 Harmon St.
PO Box 313
Sugar Grove, PA 16350
Phone: 814-489-7872
Fax: 814-489-7826
E-mail: sgfreelibrary@gmail.com

The Genealogy news is listed as they are digitizing the historical collection.


Museums

Wilder Museum of Warren County History
51 Erie Ave.
PO Box 144
Irvine, PA 16329
Phone: 814-563-7773 or 814-723-1795
E-mail: warrenhistory@kinzua.net

The museum focuses on the Seneca Nation, local history, military actions, and more.[7] The Warren County Historical Society is connected to the museum.


Societies

Rich in history, Warren County, Pennsylvania contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.


  • Warren County Historical Society
    210 Fourth Avenue
    PO Box 427
    Warren, Pennsylvania 16365
    814-723-1795
    Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
    Saturday: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
    Researchers will look through the resourses for $35.00.
They have a wide collection of genealogical material available for searching. They have a database indexes to Birth and Death records from 1893 to 1905. Some of the other records available include, cemetery records, military records, school records, and directories.


The focus of the WPGS 26 counties west of Centre County including Warren County. They are based out of Pittsburgh, PA in the Pennnsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library. [8]
The Research Request lists fees for research and look ups in indexes, naturalizations, WPA Home Survey, and more. [9]

Taxation

Vital Records

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

Birth
  • 1815–1930Pennsylvania, 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.

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

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
  • 1852-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years.
  • 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.

Register and Recorder's Office
Warren County Courthouse
204 4th Avenue
Warren, PA 16365
Phone: 814-728-3430
Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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

Warren County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

Warren County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

Warren County Pennsylvania Genealogy References

  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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/20/Igipennsylvaniat.pdf.
  4. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  5. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  6. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  7. Sentence from http://www.warrenhistory.org/edresources.htm
  8. http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx
  9. http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx