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'''Chester 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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Guide to '''Chester County, Pennsylvania ancestry, family history and genealogy''' in 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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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| county = Chester County
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| founded year = 1682  
 
| founded year = 1682  
 
| founded date = March 10
 
| founded date = March 10
| seat wl = West Chester
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| seat = West Chester
 
| building image = Chester County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
 
| building image = Chester County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
 
| building address = Chester County<br>2 North High Street<br>PO Box 2748<br>West Chester, PA 19380-0991<br>[http://dsf.chesco.org/chesco/site/default.asp Chester County Website]
 
| building address = Chester County<br>2 North High Street<br>PO Box 2748<br>West Chester, PA 19380-0991<br>[http://dsf.chesco.org/chesco/site/default.asp Chester County Website]
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== Historical Facts  ==
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=== Chester County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ===
  
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'''Parent Counties''': Created from Colonial Lands 10 March 1682.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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'''County Seat:''' West Chester
  
*'''Parent Counties''': Created from Colonial Lands 10 March 1682.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;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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'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}} '''residents''' may also have records in:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Chester County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).</ref>
*'''County Seat:''' West Chester<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>[[Berks County, Pennsylvania|Berks]] (north){{•}}[[Montgomery County, Pennsylvania|Montgomery]] (northeast){{•}}[[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]] (west){{•}}[[Delaware County, Pennsylvania|Delaware]] (southeast){{•}}[[Cecil County, Maryland|Cecil County, Maryland]] and [[New Castle County, Delaware|New Castle County, Delaware]] (south)
 
  
Many Scotch-Irish immigrants settled in Chester County in the early eighteenth century.<ref name="way">Wayland F. Dunaway, ''The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania'' (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 50. Free digital version at [http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/u?/digitalbks2,18370 PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State].</ref> <br>  
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*[[Berks County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Berks]]
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*[[Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Montgomery]]
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*[[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Lancaster]]
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*[[Delaware County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Delaware]]
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*[[Cecil County, Maryland Genealogy|Cecil County, Maryland]]
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*[[New Castle County, Delaware Genealogy|New Castle County, Delaware]]
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Many Scots-Irish immigrants settled in Chester County in the early eighteenth century.<ref name="way">Wayland F. Dunaway, ''The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania'' (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 50. Free digital version at [http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/u?/digitalbks2,18370 PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State].</ref>
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=== Description ===
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The county was named for Chester, England.  It's county seat is West Chester. It was organized November 1682.  It is located in the Southeast section of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/1/2017</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
'''14 October 1728:''' West part set off to form [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster ]]County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;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><br>'''26 September 1789:''' Southeast part set off to form [[Delaware County, Pennsylvania|Delaware ]]County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;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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'''14 October 1728:''' West part set off to form [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Lancaster ]]County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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'''26 September 1789:''' Southeast part set off to form [[Delaware County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Delaware ]]County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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*Chester County Archives: [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=617193&PM=1 Township and Borough Boundary Changes]<br>
  
*Chester County Archives: [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=617193&PM=1 Township and Borough Boundary Changes]
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For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps"] (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
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==== Records Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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== Resources  ==
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== Chester County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources  ==
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
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==== Biographies  ====
 
==== Biographies  ====
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Biographies by Surname] at Chester County Archives Index, part of USGenWeb Archives.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Biographies by Surname] at Chester County Archives Index, part of USGenWeb Archives.
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
 
 
 
 
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
 
 
 
 
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[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=13723&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=59&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://pennsylvania.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery,scfips,42029.cfm PA Cemeteries]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+Chester+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Pennsylvania&county=Chester&cemetery_name=a#/ BillionGraves]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/cemet.htm PAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/chester-pa-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/tsimages.htm Tombstone Photos]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.pennsylvaniagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=15 PAGravestones]
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/chester_county.htm Access Genealogy]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=13723&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=59&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/ BillionGraves (name)]
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''Additional Cemetery Resources''
  
:*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148282 Oxford Cemetery, Oxford] BillionGraves
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Chester-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy]
:*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=86058 Revolutionary Soldiers Cemetery, Spring City] BillionGraves. May contain burials from late 1700s/early 1800s.  
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*[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx#results Names in Stone]
:*Lloyd, Howard Williams. "Inscriptions on Gravestones in St. Peter's Episcopal Church-yard, Great Valley, East Whiteland, Chester County, Pa.," ''The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,'' Vol. 15 (1891):440-448. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Historical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Magazine_of_History_and_Biography WeRelate].
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/chester_county.htm Access Genealogy]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Chester/Default.aspx Ancestry($)] 
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*Lloyd, Howard Williams. "Inscriptions on Gravestones in St. Peter's Episcopal Church-yard, Great Valley, East Whiteland, Chester County, Pa.," ''The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,'' Vol. 15 (1891):440-448. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Historical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Magazine_of_History_and_Biography WeRelate].
  
:*"Great Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Paoli, Chester County, Pennsylvania," ''Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania'', Vol. 34, No. 3 (1986):230-238. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Genealogical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Genealogical_Magazine WeRelate].
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*"Great Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Paoli, Chester County, Pennsylvania," ''Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania'', Vol. 34, No. 3 (1986):230-238. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Genealogical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Genealogical_Magazine WeRelate].
  
<br>[http://www.mhep.org/index.php The Mennonite Heritage Center]<br>565 Yoder Road<br>Harleysville PA 19438-1020<br>215-256-3020<br>[mailto:library@mhep.org library@mhep.org]<br>Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm<br><br>The [http://www.mhep.org/index.php?id_pag=46 Cemetery Database] at the Mennonite Heritage Center includes 86,000 burial records from 125 local cemeteries.&nbsp;&nbsp;Records cover cemeteries in the counties of Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Westmoreland. The database provides transcriptions from Mennonite, Brethren, Lutheran, Reformed, Union, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, community, and private cemeteries. Search the list of cemeteries and the alphabetical surname lists in Adobe PDF format.<br><br>Visit the Mennonite Heritage Center to search the cemetery database by various criteria. The transcriptions are available for further research at the MHC library.  
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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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::*Chester Springs: St. Matthew's United Church of Christ; St. Peter's Pikeland United Church of Christ  
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:*Chester Springs: St. Matthew's United Church of Christ; St. Peter's Pikeland United Church of Christ  
::*Coatesville: Friendship United Methodist Church; Presbyterian Church; The Presbyterian Church of Coatesville  
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:*Coatesville: Friendship United Methodist Church; Presbyterian Church; The Presbyterian Church of Coatesville  
::*Compass: St. John's Episcopal Church  
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:*Compass: St. John's Episcopal Church  
::*Downingtown: Central Presbyterian Church; Messiah Lutheran Church; St. James Church; St. James Episcopal Church; St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church; United Methodist Church  
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:*Downingtown: Central Presbyterian Church; Messiah Lutheran Church; St. James Church; St. James Episcopal Church; St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church; United Methodist Church  
::*East Coventry: Coventry Mennonite Cemetery  
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:*East Coventry: Coventry Mennonite Cemetery  
::*Elk Ridge: Elk Ridge Methodist Episcopal Church  
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:*Elk Ridge: Elk Ridge Methodist Episcopal Church  
::*Kerford: Oak Grove Cemetery  
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:*Kerford: Oak Grove Cemetery  
::*Landenberg: United Methodist Church  
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:*Landenberg: United Methodist Church  
::*New London: New London Methodist Episcopal Church; Protestant Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist; St. John's Episcopal Church  
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:*New London: New London Methodist Episcopal Church; Protestant Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist; St. John's Episcopal Church  
::*Oxford: Oxford Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church; St. Andrew's Church  
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:*Oxford: Oxford Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church; St. Andrew's Church  
::*Paoli: Salem Methodist Episcopal Church  
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:*Paoli: Salem Methodist Episcopal Church  
::*Parkesburg: First United Presbyterian Church of Parkesburg  
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:*Parkesburg: First United Presbyterian Church of Parkesburg  
::*Philadelphia: Norris Square Methodist Episcopal Church  
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:*Philadelphia: Norris Square Methodist Episcopal Church  
::*Phoenixville: St. Peter's Chapel; St. Peter's Episcopal Church; United Church of Christ - Hungarian Reformed  
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:*Phoenixville: St. Peter's Chapel; St. Peter's Episcopal Church; United Church of Christ - Hungarian Reformed  
::*Salem: Salem Methodist Episcopal Church  
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:*Salem: Salem Methodist Episcopal Church  
::*Spring City: Vincent Mennonite Cemetery  
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:*Spring City: Vincent Mennonite Cemetery  
::*West Bradford: Marshallton United Methodist Church  
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:*West Bradford: Marshallton United Methodist Church  
::*West Chester: Church of the Holy Trinity; Oakland Cemetery; St. Agnes' Roman Catholic Cemetery  
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:*West Chester: Church of the Holy Trinity; Oakland Cemetery; St. Agnes' Roman Catholic Cemetery  
::*West Marlborough: St. James Church  
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::*West Nantmeal: Goodwill United Methodist Church  
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:*West Nantmeal: Goodwill United Methodist Church  
::*West Vincent: St. Matthew's United Church of Christ  
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:*West Whiteland: Grove United Methodist Church
  
:*'''1682-1800''' - Humphrey, John T. ''Pennsylvania Births, Chester County, 1682-1800.'' Washington, D.C.: Humphrey Publications, 1994. {{FHL|709114|item|disp=FHL Book 974.813 K2h}}.
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*'''1682-1800''' - Humphrey, John T. ''Pennsylvania Births, Chester County, 1682-1800.'' Washington, D.C.: Humphrey Publications, 1994. {{FHL|709114|item|disp=FHL Book 974.813 K2h}}.
  
::Contains Quaker monthly meeting records from Kennett, Bradford, Goshen, Nottingham, New Garden, Sadsbury, Uwchlan, Londongrove, Birmingham, and Fallowfield. Includes baptisms from Zion's Lutheran Church in Pikeland Township; East Vincent Reformed Church in Vincent Township; Brownbacks German Reformed Church in Coventry Township; Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church; Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church; and records of Rev. John Casper Stoever.
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:Contains Quaker monthly meeting records from Kennett, Bradford, Goshen, Nottingham, New Garden, Sadsbury, Uwchlan, Londongrove, Birmingham, and Fallowfield. Includes baptisms from Zion's Lutheran Church in Pikeland Township; East Vincent Reformed Church in Vincent Township; Brownbacks German Reformed Church in Coventry Township; Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church; Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church; and records of Rev. John Casper Stoever.
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/church.htm Church Histories, Members and Images] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ The USGenWeb Archives] Includes births, baptisms, marriage, funerals, deaths and burials.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/church.htm Church Histories, Members and Images] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ The USGenWeb Archives] Includes births, baptisms, marriage, funerals, deaths and burials.
  
:*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/church/index.html Chester County Churches] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free. Information and records about Baptists, Christians, Dunkers, Episcopalians, German Reformed, Lutherans, Mennonites, Methodists, Prebysterians, Roman Catholics, and some active churches in the area.
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*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/church/index.html Chester County Churches] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free. Information and records about Baptists, Christians, Dunkers, Episcopalians, German Reformed, Lutherans, Mennonites, Methodists, Prebysterians, Roman Catholics, and some active churches in the area.
  
 
===== Brethren  =====
 
===== Brethren  =====
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*Fisher, George Harrison. "Trinity Church, Oxford, Philadelphia," ''The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,'' Vol. 27 (1903):279-295. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Historical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Magazine_of_History_and_Biography WeRelate].
 
*Fisher, George Harrison. "Trinity Church, Oxford, Philadelphia," ''The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,'' Vol. 27 (1903):279-295. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Historical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Magazine_of_History_and_Biography WeRelate].
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===== Lutheran  =====
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'''Zion's or Old Organ Lutheran Church, East Pikeland Township'''
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*'''1760-1875''' - Zion's or Old Organ Lutheran Church, East Pikeland Township, Baptism Index 1760-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C535491}}.
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===== Presbyterian  =====
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'''Brandywine Manor Presbyterian Church'''
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*'''1869-1887''' - Brandywine Manor Presbyterian Church Baptism Index 1869-1887 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C530891}}.</ref>
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*'''1869-1887''' - Brandywine Manor Presbyterian Church Baptism Index 1869-1887 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M530891}}.
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'''Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church''' aka New Londonderry Presbyterian Church
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*'''1781-1872''' - Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church Baptism Index 1781-1872 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batches {{IGI|C524351}} and {{IGI|C524352}}.</ref>
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*'''1790-1793, 1823-1829''' - Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church Marriage Index 1790-1793 and 1823-1829 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batches {{IGI|M524351}} and {{IGI|M524352}}.
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'''Fairview Presbyterian Church, Glenmoore'''
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*'''1840-1866''' - Fairview Presbyterian Church, Glenmoore, Baptism Index 1840-1866 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C524421}}.</ref>
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*'''1845-1877''' - Fairview Presbyterian Church, Glenmoore, Marriage Index 1845-1877 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M524421}}.
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'''Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church'''
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*'''1761-1781''' - Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church Baptism Index 1761-1781 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C524391}}.</ref>
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*'''1761-1773''' - Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church Marriage Index 1761-1773 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M524391}}.
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'''Kennett Square Presbyterian Church'''
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*'''1862-1884''' - Kennett Square Presbyterian Church Baptism Index 1862-1884 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C524571}}.</ref>
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*'''1862-1884''' - Kennett Square Presbyterian Church Marriage Index 1862-1884 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M524571}}.
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'''Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, Atglen'''
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*'''1852-1875''' - Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, Atglen, Baptism Index 1852-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C523931}}.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igipennsylvaniac.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/23/Igipennsylvaniac.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1862-1885''' - Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, Atglen, Marriage Index 1862-1885 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M523931}}.
  
 
===== Quaker  =====
 
===== Quaker  =====
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Early Quaker monthly meetings (with years established):  
 
Early Quaker monthly meetings (with years established):  
  
:*'''Concord Monthly Meeting''' (1684) also known as Chichester Monthly Meeting. Hinshaw published the early records: {{FHL|181459|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 K2w}}.<ref>William Wade Hinshaw and Phyllis J. Selby, ''The William Wade Hinshaw Index to Pennsylvania Quaker Meeting Records'' (Kokomo, Ind.: Selby Publishing and Printing, 1990). Vol. 1. {{FHL|181459|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 K2w}}</ref>
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*'''Concord Monthly Meeting''' (1684) also known as Chichester Monthly Meeting. Hinshaw published the early records: {{FHL|181459|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 K2w}}.<ref>William Wade Hinshaw and Phyllis J. Selby, ''The William Wade Hinshaw Index to Pennsylvania Quaker Meeting Records'' (Kokomo, Ind.: Selby Publishing and Printing, 1990). Vol. 1. {{FHL|181459|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 K2w}}</ref>
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===== Reformed  =====
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'''Reformed Church, East Vincent'''
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*'''1784-1798, 1821-1833''' - Reformed Church, East Vincent, Marriage Index 1784-1798 and 1821-1833 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M516641}}.
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'''Vincent Reformed Church, East Vincent Township'''
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*'''1733-1880''' - Vincent Reformed Church, East Vincent Township, Baptism Index 1733-1880 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C536741}}.</ref>
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*'''1784-1880''' - Vincent Reformed Church, East Vincent Township, Marriage Index 1784-1880 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M536741}}.
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
 
===== 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. {{PAGENAME}} 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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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. Chester 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>  
  
 
===== Clerk of the Court  =====
 
===== Clerk of the Court  =====
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'''Chester County Archive Online Indexes'''  
 
'''Chester County Archive Online Indexes'''  
  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=609661 Orphan's Court]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/168/Register-of-Wills-Orphans-Court Orphan's Court]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=620854&PM=1 Affidavits, Depositions, Interrogatories], 1781-1834  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1388/Affidavits-Depositions-Interrogatories Affidavits, Depositions, Interrogatories], 1781-1834  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=616584&PM=1 Assigned Estates], 1821-1942  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1389/Assigned-Estates-1821-1942 Assigned Estates], 1821-1942  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=638067&PM=1 Equity Cases], 1844-1940  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1390/Equity-Cases-1844-1940 Equity Cases], 1844-1940  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653775 Inquisitions and Executions], 1700-1800  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1391/Inquisitions-Executions-1700-1800 Inquisitions and Executions], 1700-1800  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610158 Insolvent Debtor's Petitions &amp; Bonds], 1724-1850  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1392/Insolvent-Debtors-Petitions-1724-1850 Insolvent Debtor's Petitions], 1724-1850  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653593 Letter of Attorney], 1774-1845  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1404/Letters-of-Attorney-1774-1845 Letters of Attorney], 1774-1845  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653796 Gaol (Jail) Keepers' Docket, 1804-1816]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1395/Gaol-Jail-Keepers-Docket-1804-1857 Gaol (Jail) Keepers' Docket, 1804-1857]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=634399 Languishing Prisoner Petitions, 1718-1790]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1396/Languishing-Prisoner-Petitions-1718-1790 Languishing Prisoner Petitions, 1718-1790]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653544 Oyer &amp; Terminer, 1802-1910]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1397/Oyer-Terminer-1802-1910 Oyer &amp; Terminer, 1802-1910]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=619853&PM=1 Prison Discharges, 1843-1872]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1398/Prison-Discharges-1843-1872 Prison Discharges, 1843-1872]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653481 Quarter Sessions Indictments, 1681-1870]
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1399/Quarter-Sessions-Indictments-1681-1870 Quarter Sessions Indictments, 1681-1870]
  
 
'''Chester County Court Abstracts Online'''  
 
'''Chester County Court Abstracts Online'''  
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/court.htm Chester County Court Records] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb Archvies]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/court.htm Chester County Court Records] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb Archvies]
  
 
{{PA court6|Chester|515520}}  
 
{{PA court6|Chester|515520}}  
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{{PA emigration}}<br>  
 
{{PA emigration}}<br>  
  
:*'''1680s-early 1700s''' - "Some Early Arrivals: Settlers in Chester County, Pa.," ''Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania,'' Vol. 4, No. 3 (Mar. 1911):281-304. For online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Genealogical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Genealogical_Magazine WeRelate]; the Family History Library also has this series in its collection: {{FHL|55326|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2p}}.  
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*'''1680s-early 1700s''' - "Some Early Arrivals: Settlers in Chester County, Pa.," ''Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania,'' Vol. 4, No. 3 (Mar. 1911):281-304. For online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Genealogical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Genealogical_Magazine WeRelate]; the Family History Library also has this series in its collection: {{FHL|55326|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2p}}.  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/immig.htm Immigration Records of Chester County] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb Archives] including Early Chester Arrivals; index of names 1681-1687
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/immig.htm Immigration Records of Chester County] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb Archives] including Early Chester Arrivals; index of names 1681-1687
  
 
==== Ethnic Groups  ====
 
==== Ethnic Groups  ====
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Hunting prepared a map and a list of those who settled in Darby Township up through 1760:  
 
Hunting prepared a map and a list of those who settled in Darby Township up through 1760:  
  
:*Hunting, Morgan. "The Names of the Early Settlers of Darby Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania," ''The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,'' Vol. 25 (1900):182-186. Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/pennsylvaniamag25penngoog#page/n213/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free.
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*Hunting, Morgan. "The Names of the Early Settlers of Darby Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania," ''The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,'' Vol. 25 (1900):182-186. Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/pennsylvaniamag25penngoog#page/n213/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free.
  
 
===== Published Histories  =====
 
===== Published Histories  =====
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*'''1733-1858''' - [http://chester.pa-roots.com/land_warranties/index.html Warrantees of Land, Chester County PA, 1733-1858] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.  
 
*'''1733-1858''' - [http://chester.pa-roots.com/land_warranties/index.html Warrantees of Land, Chester County PA, 1733-1858] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.  
*'''1960–present''' Chester County offers [http://www.chesco.org/recorder/cwp/view.asp?a=1519&Q=606686&recorderNav=%7C online access] to records since 1960. Fees may apply. View the website for current records availability and fees.<br>  
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*'''1960–present''' Chester County offers [http://www.chesco.org/431/Records-Search online access] to records since 1960. Fees may apply. View the website for current records availability and fees.<br>  
 
*'''1688–1875''' The Chester County Archives offers the following free online indexes:<br>
 
*'''1688–1875''' The Chester County Archives offers the following free online indexes:<br>
  
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=615877 British Depredations, 1777-1782]<br>  
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:*[http://www.chesco.org/1401/British-Depredations-1777-1782 British Depredations, 1777-1782]<br>  
:*[http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=654741&PM=1 Deed Books, 1688-1830]<br>  
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:*[http://www.chesco.org/1402/Deeds-1688-1850 Deed Books, 1688-1850]<br>  
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653775 Inquisitions and Land Executions, 1700-1800]<br>  
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:*[http://www.chesco.org/1391/Inquisitions-Executions-1700-1800 Inquisitions and Land Executions, 1700-1800]<br>  
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653593 Letters of Attorney, 1774-1845]<br>  
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:*[http://www.chesco.org/1404/Letters-of-Attorney-1774-1845 Letters of Attorney, 1774-1845]<br>  
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653579 Mechanics' Liens, 1828-1868]<br>  
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:*[http://www.chesco.org/1405/Mechanics-Liens-1828-1869 Mechanics' Liens, 1828-1868]<br>  
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610151 Petitions for Sheriff's Deeds, 1728-1835]<br>  
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:*[http://www.chesco.org/1407/Petitions-for-Sheriffs-Deeds-1728-1835 Petitions for Sheriff's Deeds, 1728-1835]<br>  
:*[http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=622688&PM=1 Sheriffs' Deeds, 1773-1875]
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:*[http://www.chesco.org/1408/Sheriffs-Deeds-1773-1875 Sheriffs' Deeds, 1773-1875]
  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
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*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Chester+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Chester+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Chester+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Chester+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
*{{FHL|359597|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (For instructions see [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|FHL Catalog Place-name Search]].)
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*{{FHL|359597|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} (For instructions see [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search]].)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://ancestortracks.com Ancestor Tracks] has posted free, downloadable images from the&nbsp;[http://ancestortracks.com/Chester_resources.html Breou's Official Series of Farm Maps, Chester County] published by W.H. Kirk, 1883 courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. &nbsp;While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps 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 Tacks. &nbsp;<br>  
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[[Image:Pachester.jpg|thumb|220px|<center>Chester County</center>]]
*Chester County Archives - [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=609892 Atlases and Maps]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ Maps of Pennsylvania (1673-1878)]
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*[http://ancestortracks.com Ancestor Tracks] has posted free, downloadable images from the&nbsp;[http://ancestortracks.com/Chester_resources.html Breou's Official Series of Farm Maps, Chester County] published by W.H. Kirk, 1883 courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. &nbsp;While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps 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 Tacks. <br>  
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*Chester County Archives - [http://www.chesco.org/1573/Atlases-and-Maps Atlases and Maps]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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Chester County men also served in the [[5th Pennsylvania Regiment (Revolutionary War)|5th Pennsylvania Regiment]],<ref name="Truss">John B.B. Trussell and Charles C. Dallas, ''The Pennsylvania Line; Regimental Organization and Operations, 1776-1783'' (Harrisburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1977). Digital version at {{FHL|387401|item|disp=Family History Archive}}.</ref> the [[6th Pennsylvania Regiment (Revolutionary War)|6th Pennsylvania Regiment]],<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "6th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.</ref> and the [[9th Pennsylvania Regiment (Revolutionary War)|9th Pennsylvania Regiment]].<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "9th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.</ref>  
 
Chester County men also served in the [[5th Pennsylvania Regiment (Revolutionary War)|5th Pennsylvania Regiment]],<ref name="Truss">John B.B. Trussell and Charles C. Dallas, ''The Pennsylvania Line; Regimental Organization and Operations, 1776-1783'' (Harrisburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1977). Digital version at {{FHL|387401|item|disp=Family History Archive}}.</ref> the [[6th Pennsylvania Regiment (Revolutionary War)|6th Pennsylvania Regiment]],<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "6th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.</ref> and the [[9th Pennsylvania Regiment (Revolutionary War)|9th Pennsylvania Regiment]].<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "9th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.</ref>  
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/military.htm Revolutionary War Regiments, Companies and Pensioners] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester PAGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/military.htm Revolutionary War Regiments, Companies and Pensioners] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester PAGenWeb Archives]
  
 
===== War of 1812  =====
 
===== War of 1812  =====
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/military.htm War of 1812 Company Rolls] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester PAGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/military.htm War of 1812 Company Rolls] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester PAGenWeb Archives]
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/military.htm Civil War Muster Rolls] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester PAGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/military.htm Civil War Muster Rolls] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester PAGenWeb Archives]
  
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====== Chester County Archives  ======
  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653264 Board of Relief Records (Civil War), 1861-1865]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1702/Board-of-Relief-1861-1865 Board of Relief Records (Civil War), 1861-1865]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653509 Civil War Bounty Records, 1862-1865]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1703/Civil-War-Bounty-Records-1862-1865 Civil War Bounty Records, 1862-1865]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653516 Civil War Equalization Bounty &amp; Pension Records, 1863-1868]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1704/Civil-War-Pension-Records-1863-1868 Civil War Equalization Bounty &amp; Pension Records, 1863-1868]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=630073&PM=1 Veterans' Burials, 1885-1979]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1705/Veterans-Burial-Records-1885-1979 Veterans' Burials, 1885-1979]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&amp;Q=610165&amp;PM=1 World War 1 Servicemen Records (County War Aid Association), 1917-1921
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1706/County-War-Aid-Association-WWI-1917-1921 World War 1 Servicemen Records (County War Aid Association), 1917-1921]
  
*Chester County Historical Society (West Chester, Pennsylvania). ''Genealogical manuscripts up to 1968.'' (Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968) {{FHL|291068|item|disp=FHL Film 563394&amp;amp;nbsp;Item 2}}
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*Chester County Historical Society (West Chester, Pennsylvania). ''Genealogical manuscripts up to 1968.'' (Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968) {{FHL|291068|item|disp=FHL Film 563394 Item 2}}
  
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
 
'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
  
:*'''1795-1952''' – {{RecordSearch|1937344|Pennsylvania, Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952}} on [http://familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] - free, National Archives publication M1248, browsesable images of card index<br>  
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*'''1795-1952''' – {{RecordSearch|1937344|Pennsylvania, Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952}} on [http://familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] - free, National Archives publication M1248, browsesable images of card index<br>  
:*'''1795-1931''' – {{RecordSearch|1913395|Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931}} on [http://familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] - free, National Archives publication M1522, browsesable images of petitions, no index, use index listed above<br>  
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*'''1795-1931''' – {{RecordSearch|1913395|Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images<br>  
:*'''1795-1930''' – [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=117&title=naturalizations_pa_eastern%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1795-1930] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1522, incomplete for all counties<br>  
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*'''1795-1930''' – [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=117&title=naturalizations_pa_eastern%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1795-1930] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1522, incomplete for all counties<br>  
:*'''1795-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1522  
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*'''1795-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1522  
:*'''1802-1929''' – [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610144 Chester County Naturalization Records Index 1798-1935] on [http://dsf.chesco.org/chesco/site/default.asp Offical Website of Chester County, Pennsylvania] - free<br>
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*'''1802-1929''' – [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610144 Chester County Naturalization Records Index 1798-1935] on [http://dsf.chesco.org/chesco/site/default.asp Offical Website of Chester County, Pennsylvania] - free<br>
  
 
'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
 
'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
  
:*'''1798-1906''' Naturalization Records {{FHL|460085|item|disp=FHL film 1465853 (first of 5 films)}}  
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*'''1798-1906''' Naturalization Records {{FHL|460085|item|disp=FHL film 1465853 (first of 5 films)}}  
:*'''1777-1785''' Oaths of Allegiance and Fidelity {{FHL|777824|item|disp=FHL film 566521}}
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*'''1777-1785''' Oaths of Allegiance and Fidelity {{FHL|777824|item|disp=FHL film 566521}}
  
{{PAnaturalization2|Chester|566247}}  
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{{PAnaturalization2|Chester|566247}}
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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'''Newspapers of Chester County'''  
 
'''Newspapers of Chester County'''  
  
:*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
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*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Chester&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://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Chester&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
  
:*[http://www.dailylocal.com Daily Local News]
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*[http://www.dailylocal.com Daily Local News]
  
:*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/newspapers/index.html USGenWeb Newspapers]
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*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/newspapers/index.html USGenWeb Newspapers]
  
:*[http://www.cchs-pa.org/index.php Chester County Historical Society] - largest extant collection of newspapers
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*[http://www.chestercohistorical.org/ Chester County Historical Society] - largest extant collection of newspapers
  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
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'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?229 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Chester County.  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?229 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Chester County.  
:*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/newspapers/index.html USGenWeb Newspapers]  
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*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/newspapers/index.html USGenWeb Newspapers]  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Newspaper Articles of Chester County] at Chester County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb Archives. Includes birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, estate notices, family reunions, military related information, sale notices and other news.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Newspaper Articles of Chester County] at Chester County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb Archives. Includes birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, estate notices, family reunions, military related information, sale notices and other news.
  
 
'''Newspaper Excerpts and Abstracts'''  
 
'''Newspaper Excerpts and Abstracts'''  
  
:*''The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue''' (Malvern, Pennsylvania:Accessible Archives, c1993) {{FHL|95382|item|disp=FHL CD-Rom no. 6}} Abstracts of newspaper articles from Chester County.  
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*''The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue''' (Malvern, Pennsylvania:Accessible Archives, c1993) {{FHL|95382|item|disp=FHL CD-Rom no. 6}} Abstracts of newspaper articles from Chester County.  
:*''Record of Marriages from American Republican, 1815-1845'' (SLC, Utah, 1947) {{FHL|237674|item|disp=FHL film 20993 item 4}}  
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*''Record of Marriages from American Republican, 1815-1845'' (SLC, Utah, 1947) {{FHL|237674|item|disp=FHL film 20993 item 4}}  
:*Maxwell, Russelle Lane, ''Aunt Carrie's Scrapbook&nbsp;: a collection of newspaper articles covering Chester Co., PA from 1874 to 1910, births, marriages, deaths, and misc.--indexed'' (Pueblo, Colorado:R.L. Maxwell, c2000) {{FHL|996020|item|disp=FHL CD-Rom no. 866}}
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*Maxwell, Russelle Lane, ''Aunt Carrie's Scrapbook&nbsp;: a collection of newspaper articles covering Chester Co., PA from 1874 to 1910, births, marriages, deaths, and misc.--indexed'' (Pueblo, Colorado:R.L. Maxwell, c2000) {{FHL|996020|item|disp=FHL CD-Rom no. 866}}
  
 
===== Obituaries  =====
 
===== Obituaries  =====
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'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/newspapers/index.html USGenWeb Newspapers]  
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*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/newspapers/index.html USGenWeb Newspapers]  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?230 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Chester County.  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?230 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Chester County.  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County Obituaries] at Chester County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb archives.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County Obituaries] at Chester County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb archives.
  
 
'''Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts'''  
 
'''Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts'''  
  
:*Compiled and arranged b y Michael J. Osiol, ''Pottstown Area Necrology'' (S.I.:M.J. Osiol, 19--?) {{FHL|1352477|item\disp=FHL book 974.81 V4o volumes 1-2}}
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*Compiled and arranged by Michael J. Osiol, ''Pottstown Area Necrology'' (S.I.:M.J. Osiol, 19--?) {{FHL|1352477|item\disp=FHL book 974.81 V4o volumes 1-2}}
  
==== Occupations ====
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==== Occupations ====
  
===== Indentured Servants =====
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===== Indentured Servants =====
  
:*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/courtrecords/1697_indentures.html Indentures from Early Court Records 1697-1700s] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
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*[http://chester.pa-roots.com/courtrecords/1697_indentures.html Indentures from Early Court Records 1697-1700s] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
  
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610123 Indentured Servants &amp; Apprentice Records, 1700-1855]
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1723/Indentured-Servant-Complaints-1700-1855 Indentured Servants Complaints, 1700-1855]
  
 
{{ISPA|Chester}}  
 
{{ISPA|Chester}}  
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==== Officials  ====
 
==== Officials  ====
  
:*'''1697-1710''' - [http://chester.pa-roots.com/courtrecords/index.html Lists of constables 1697-1710] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
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*'''1697-1710''' - [http://chester.pa-roots.com/courtrecords/index.html Lists of constables 1697-1710] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
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==== Poorhouse, Almshouse  ====
 
==== Poorhouse, Almshouse  ====
  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653264 Board of Relief Records (Civil War), 1861-1865]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1702/Board-of-Relief-1861-1865 Board of Relief Records (Civil War), 1861-1865]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=627308&PM=1 Poor School Children Records, 1810-1841]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1576/Poorhouse-Pauper-Records Poor School Children Records, 1810-1841]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653390 Poorhouse Records, 1800-1910]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1576/Poorhouse-Pauper-Records Poorhouse Records, 1800-1910]  
*[http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=655959&PM=1 Poorhouse Bound Apprentices, 1801-1825]
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1713/Bound-Apprentices-1801-1825 Poorhouse Bound Apprentices, 1801-1825]
  
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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'''Online Probate Indexes'''<br>  
 
'''Online Probate Indexes'''<br>  
  
'''1713-1825''' - [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4895 Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills] on [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($). Includes abstracts of the wills. The original records are at the Chester County Archives and Records Service, 117 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380. See also the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) for FHL films 20844-20849.
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*'''1683 - 1993''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8802 Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records 1683-1993] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
  
'''1713-1850''' - [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10651 Index to Chester County, Pennsylvania wills and intestate records]on [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($) Taken from Anderson, Bart. Index to Chester County, Pennsylvania wills and intestate records, 1713-1850. Danboro, Pa.: R.T. and M.C. Williams, "The Pennsylvania traveler", 1970.<br>  
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*'''1683 - 1994''' {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania Probate Records 1683-1994}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1713-1825''' - [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4895 Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills] on [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($). Includes abstracts of the wills. The original records are at the Chester County Archives and Records Service, 117 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380. See also the FamilySearch Catalog for FHL films 20844-20849.
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*'''1713-1850''' - [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10651 Index to Chester County, Pennsylvania wills and intestate records]on [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($) Taken from Anderson, Bart. Index to Chester County, Pennsylvania wills and intestate records, 1713-1850. Danboro, Pa.: R.T. and M.C. Williams, "The Pennsylvania traveler", 1970.<br>  
  
 
'''Online Probate Records'''<br>  
 
'''Online Probate Records'''<br>  
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Complete Collection:<br>  
 
Complete Collection:<br>  
  
:*'''1683-1994'''-{{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]
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*'''1683-1994'''-{{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]
  
 
Chester County Only:<br>  
 
Chester County Only:<br>  
  
:*'''1700-1924''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7NB%3A449777525%3Fcc%3D1999196 Chester County Probate Records] at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
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*'''1700-1924''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7NB%3A449777525%3Fcc%3D1999196 Chester County Probate Records] at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
  
 
'''Online Probate Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Probate Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County Wills/Estate Records (by surname)] at Chester County, Pennsvylvania PAGenWeb Archives.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County Wills/Estate Records (by surname)] at Chester County, Pennsvylvania PAGenWeb Archives.
  
 
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
 
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
  
:*'''1716-1810''' Decedants' Estate Papers {{FHL|159857|item|disp=FHL film 1429174 (first of 19 films)}} - Index included: 1716-1880<br>  
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*'''1716-1810''' Decedants' Estate Papers {{FHL|159857|item|disp=FHL film 1429174 (first of 19 films)}} - Index included: 1716-1880<br>  
:*'''1713-1810''' Estate Papers {{FHL|159829|item|disp=FHL film 1429155 (first of 55 films)}} - Index included 1713-1850<br>  
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*'''1713-1810''' Estate Papers {{FHL|159829|item|disp=FHL film 1429155 (first of 55 films)}} - Index included 1713-1850<br>  
:*'''1717-1820''' Minors' Estate Papers {{FHL|159841|item|disp=FHL film 1429185 (first of 11 films)}} - Index included 1717-1880<br>  
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*'''1717-1820''' Minors' Estate Papers {{FHL|159841|item|disp=FHL film 1429185 (first of 11 films)}} - Index included 1717-1880<br>  
:*'''1850-1947''' Records of the Orphans Court {{FHL|122924|item|disp=FHL film 550721 (first of 42 films)}} - Index included 1882-1968<br>  
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*'''1850-1947''' Records of the Orphans Court {{FHL|122924|item|disp=FHL film 550721 (first of 42 films)}} - Index included 1882-1968<br>  
:*'''1850-1924''' Records of Wills {{FHL|123216|item|disp=FHL film 551519 (first of 14 films)}}  
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*'''1850-1924''' Records of Wills {{FHL|123216|item|disp=FHL film 551519 (first of 14 films)}}  
:*'''1713-1854''' Wills {{FHL|200763|item|disp=FHL film 20839 (first of 15 films)}} - Index included 1713-1923
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*'''1713-1854''' Wills {{FHL|200763|item|disp=FHL film 20839 (first of 15 films)}} - Index included 1713-1923
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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===== Archives  =====
 
===== Archives  =====
  
[http://www.chesco.org/archives/site/default.asp?archivesNav=%7C Chester County Archives] <br>601 Westtown Road, Suite 080 <br>West Chester, PA 19380-0990 <br>Phone: 610.344.6760<br>E-mail: [mailto:ccarchives@chesco.org ccarchives@cc.org]  
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[http://www.chesco.org/192/Archives-Records Chester County Archives] <br>601 Westtown Road, Suite 080 <br>West Chester, PA 19380-0990 <br>Phone: 610.344.6760<br>Email: [mailto:ccarchives@chesco.org ccarchives@cc.org]  
  
 
The Chester County Archives was established in 1982 and holds almost 3,000 volumes and nearly two thousand cubic feet of original records. The Chester County Archives is run by the Chester County Historical Society and the County of Chester.  
 
The Chester County Archives was established in 1982 and holds almost 3,000 volumes and nearly two thousand cubic feet of original records. The Chester County Archives is run by the Chester County Historical Society and the County of Chester.  
  
The Chester County Archives holds birth and death records (1852-1855, 1893-1906), marriage records (1852-1855, 1885-1930), wills and administrations (1714-1923), deed books (1688-1982), tax records (1715-1939), and [http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=609689 more]. The Chester County Archives has published online indexes to [http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653607 birth, marriage and death records], [http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653656 court records], [http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653621 land records], [http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653642 military records], [http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610144 naturalization records], [http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653614 probate records], [http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653628 tax records], and [http://www.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=609990 more].  
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The Chester County Archives holds birth and death records (1852-1855, 1893-1906), marriage records (1852-1855, 1885-1930), wills and administrations (1714-1923), deed books (1688-1982), tax records (1715-1939), and more. The Chester County Archives has published online indexes to [http://www.chesco.org/1166/Births-Deaths-Marriages birth, marriage and death records], [http://www.chesco.org/1387/Civil-Court-Debt-Related-Records civil court records], [http://www.chesco.org/1400/Land-Records land records], [http://www.chesco.org/1566/Military-Records military records], [http://www.chesco.org/1574/Naturalization-Records  naturalization records], [http://www.chesco.org/1577/Probate-Estate-Guardianship-Records probate records], [http://www.chesco.org/1579/Tax-Census-Records tax records], and [http://www.chesco.org/193/Records-Guides-Indexes more].  
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{{PA Archives}}
  
{{PA Archives}}
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[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ National Archives at Philadelphia]<br>14700 Townsend Road<br>Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096<br>Phone: (215) 305-2044<br>Fax: (215) 305-2052<br>
  
 
===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://dsf.chesco.org/chesco/site/default.asp Chester County]<br>313 West Market St<br>P.O. Box 2748 <br>West Chester, PA 19380-0991 <br>Phone: 610-344-6000<br>Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F
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[http://www.chesco.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Chester-County-Courthouse-Complex-5 Chester County Courthouse]<br>313 West Market St<br>P.O. Box 2748 <br>West Chester, PA 19380-0991 <br>Phone: 610-344-6000
  
 
The Archives (see above) holds birth and death records, marriages records, early deeds, wills and administrations, and more.  
 
The Archives (see above) holds birth and death records, marriages records, early deeds, wills and administrations, and more.  
  
[http://www.chesco.org/recorder/cwp/view.asp?a=1519&Q=606686&recorderNav=%7C Recorder of Deeds]<br>313 W Market Street, Suite 3302<br>P.B.Box 2748<br>West Chester, PA 193801-0991<br>Phone: 610-344-6330<br>E-mail: [mailto:rodinfo@chesco.org rodinfo@chesco.org]<br>Hours:8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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[http://www.chesco.org/169/Recorder-of-Deeds Recorder of Deeds]<br>313 W Market Street, Suite 3302<br>P.B.Box 2748<br>West Chester, PA 193801-0991<br>Phone: 610-344-6330 <br>Older deeds can be found in the County Archives.  
 
 
The search room (located on third floor, suite 3502) is open from 8:30 am - 4:15 pm). Older deeds can be found in the County Archives.  
 
  
[http://www.chesco.org/courts/cwp/view.asp?a=1518&q=606511 Prothonotary]<br>201 W. Market Street<br>Suite 1425<br>P.O. Box 2746<br>West Chester, PA 19380-0989<br>Phone: 610-344-6300  
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[http://www.chesco.org/173/Prothonotary Prothonotary]<br>201 W. Market Street<br>Suite 1425<br>P.O. Box 2746<br>West Chester, PA 19380-0989<br>Phone: 610-344-6300
 
 
[http://www.chesco.org/wills/site/default.asp Register of Wills/Orphans' Court] <br>201 W Market Street <br>Suite 2200 <br>West Chester, PA 19380-0989 <br>Phone: 610.344.6335
 
  
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[http://www.chesco.org/168/Register-of-Wills-Orphans-Court Register of Wills/Orphans' Court] <br>201 W Market Street <br>Suite 2200 <br>West Chester, PA 19380-0989 <br>Phone: 610.344.6335
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
{{PAfhc|Valley Forge}}  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}} {{PAfhc|Valley Forge}}  
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
[http://www.mhep.org/index.php?id_pag=4 The Mennonite Heritage Center - Historical Library and Archives]<br>565 Yoder Road<br>Harleysville PA 19438-1020<br>215-256-3020<br>[mailto:library@mhep.org library@mhep.org]<br>Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm<br>
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[http://www.mhep.org/index.php?id_pag=4 The Mennonite Heritage Center - Historical Library and Archives]<br>565 Yoder Road<br>Harleysville, PA 19438-1020<br>Phone: 215-256-3020<br>
 
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:The Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania support the John L. Ruth Historical Library and Museum at the Mennonite Heritage Center. Located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania the records and resources of this treasure also cover the counties of Bucks, Chester, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphia. The website provides a comprehensive overview of library resources, online cemetery database, manuscript collections, photo collections, archival collections, and more.  
The Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania support the John L. Ruth Historical Library and Museum at the Mennonite Heritage Center. Located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania the records and resources of this treasure also cover the counties of Bucks, Chester, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphia. The website provides a comprehensive overview of library resources, online cemetery database, manuscript collections, photo collections, archival collections, and more.  
 
  
 
===== Museums  =====
 
===== Museums  =====
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===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
  
Rich in history, {{PAGENAME}} contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.
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[http://www.chestercohistorical.org/ Chester County Historical Society] <br>The History Center <br>225 N High Street <br>West Chester, PA 19380-2658 <br>Phone 610.692.4800<br>
 
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:The History Center includes a museum, library, photo archives, and museum shop. The Chester County Historical Society also jointly administers the County Archives (see above). Check website for membership costs.
[http://www.chestercohistorical.org/ Chester County Historical Society] <br>The History Center <br>225 N High Street <br>West Chester, PA 19380-2658 <br>610.692.4800<br>E-mail Hours: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, W-S
 
 
 
The History Center includes a museum, library, photo archives, and museum shop. The Chester County Historical Society also jointly administers the County Archives (see above). Membership costs $45 for an individual or $55 for a family and comes with free access to the museum and library.  
 
  
 
The Historical Society also jointly administers the County Archives (see above).  
 
The Historical Society also jointly administers the County Archives (see above).  
  
 
*Chester County Library System's [http://ccls.org/cwo/Find_a_Resource/Databases/DB Database Access]  
 
*Chester County Library System's [http://ccls.org/cwo/Find_a_Resource/Databases/DB Database Access]  
*[http://www.hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania]  
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*[https://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania]  
*[http://www.genpa.org/index.html Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania]  
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*[https://genpa.org/ Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania]  
*[http://hspa-pa.org/default.htm Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area]  
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*[http://www.hspa-pa.org/ Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area]  
*[http://www.swarthmore.edu/fhl.xml Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College (Quaker)]  
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*[http://www.swarthmore.edu/friends-historical-library Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College (Quaker)]  
*[http://archphila.org/home.php Archdiocese of Philadelphia] - unable to locate link to the archives.<br>
 
 
*[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society]  
 
*[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society]  
 
*[http://www.lmhs.org/ Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society] - also for Amish genealogy.  
 
*[http://www.lmhs.org/ Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society] - also for Amish genealogy.  
*[http://www.abs.net/~lhs/access.html Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic]  
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*[https://www.lutheranhistoricalsociety.com/ Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic]  
*[http://www.gcah.org/site/c.ghKJI0PHIoE/b.2858857/k.BF4D/Home.htm United Methodist Church Archives]
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*[http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/commission-on-archives-history United Methodist Church Archives]
  
 
==== Slavery and Bondage  ====
 
==== Slavery and Bondage  ====
  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610116 Fugitive Slave Records, 1820-1839]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1722/Fugitive-Slave-Records-1820-1839 Fugitive Slave Records, 1820-1839]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=611411 Negro Servant Returns, 1788-1821]  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1724/Negro-Servant-Returns-1788-1821 Negro Servant Returns, 1788-1821]  
*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=623759&PM=1 Slave Manumissions]
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1725/Slave-Manumissions Slave Manumissions]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
Chester County Archives - [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610739 18th] and [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610746 19th] century tax lists
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*'''1677-1890''' - [http://chester.pa-roots.com/taxlists/index.html Tax and Landowner Lists, Petitions, etc] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
  
:*'''1677-1890''' - [http://chester.pa-roots.com/taxlists/index.html Tax and Landowner Lists, Petitions, etc] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
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*'''1765-1769, 1771''' - ''Proprietary Tax Lists of the County of Chester: For the Years 1765, 1766, 1767, 1768, 1769, 1771.'' (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 11). Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2206 Ancestry] ($); [http://books.google.com/books?id=pUQOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] - free.
  
:*'''1765-1769, 1771''' - ''Proprietary Tax Lists of the County of Chester: For the Years 1765, 1766, 1767, 1768, 1769, 1771.'' (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 11). Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2206 Ancestry] ($); [http://books.google.com/books?id=pUQOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] - free.
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*'''1774, 1779-1781, 1785''' - ''Proprietary and Other Tax Lists of the County of Chester: For the Years 1774, 1779, 1780, 1781, 1785.'' (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 12). Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2206 Ancestry] ($); {{FSbook|219052}} - free.
  
:*'''1774, 1779-1781, 1785''' - ''Proprietary and Other Tax Lists of the County of Chester: For the Years 1774, 1779, 1780, 1781, 1785.'' (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 12). Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2206 Ancestry] ($); {{FSbook|219052}} - free.
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*'''1798''' - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2060 Ancestry] ($).
  
:*'''1798''' - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2060 Ancestry] ($).
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1726/Provincial-Tax-Minutes-1756-1778 Provincial Tax Minutes], 1756-1778  
 
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1728/Tax-Discounts-1785-1865 Tax Discounts], 1785-1865
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653558 Provincial Tax Minutes], 1756-1778  
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1729/18th-Century-Tax-Records Tax Indexes], 18th Century Tax Records
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653523 Tax Discounts], 1785-1823
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*[http://www.chesco.org/1730/19th-Century-Tax-Records Tax Indexes], 19th Century Tax Records
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653383 Tax Indexes], 1715-1799
 
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653789 Tax Index], 1805
 
:*[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653355 Tax Index], 1890
 
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
 
{{PA vitals}}  
 
{{PA vitals}}  
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-vital-records/ How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records]
  
 
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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. 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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*'''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.  
:*'''1852-1855, 1893-1907 '''[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=609633 Births] Delayed Birth Records (Chester County Archives)  
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*'''1768-1874''' - Chester County Birth Index 1768-1874 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/23/Igipennsylvaniac.pdf.</ref>
:*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.
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*'''1852-1855, 1893-1907''' - [http://www.chesco.org/1167/Birth-Records Births - Delayed Birth Records] (Chester County Archives)  
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*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.
  
 
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{{PA marriage}}  
  
:*'''1690-1890''' [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=623955 Marriage Contracts, Separations and Certificates], (Chester County Archives)  
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*'''1677-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|2466357|Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
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*'''1690-1890''' - [http://www.chesco.org/1174/Marriage-Records Marriage Contracts, Separations and Certificates], (Chester County Archives)  
:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
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*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
:*'''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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*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index 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.  
:*'''1793-1813''' - Harlan, Geo. Passmore. "Marriages by Moses Marshall, Esq., Marshalton, Pa.," ''Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania,'' Vol. 3, No. 3 (Jun. 1908):190-196. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Genealogical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Genealogical_Magazine WeRelate]; the Family History Library also has this series in its collection: {{FHL|55326|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2p}}.  
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*'''1768-1874''' - Chester County Marriage Index 1768-1874 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/23/Igipennsylvaniac.pdf.</ref>
:*'''1795-1832''' - "Marriages by John Graves, Esquire, West Chester, Pa.," ''Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania,'' Vol. 4, No. 1 (Mar. 1909):101-113. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Genealogical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Genealogical_Magazine WeRelate]; the Family History Library also has this series in its collection: {{FHL|55326|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2p}}.  
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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.  
:*'''1852-1855, 1885-1930 '''[http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=609647 Marriages], (Chester County Archives)
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*'''1793-1813''' - Harlan, Geo. Passmore. "Marriages by Moses Marshall, Esq., Marshalton, Pa.," ''Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania,'' Vol. 3, No. 3 (Jun. 1908):190-196. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Genealogical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Genealogical_Magazine WeRelate]; the Family History Library also has this series in its collection: {{FHL|55326|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2p}}.  
:*'''1885-1930''' [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=610095 Marriages License Applications], (Chester County Archives)  
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*'''1795-1832''' - "Marriages by John Graves, Esquire, West Chester, Pa.," ''Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania,'' Vol. 4, No. 1 (Mar. 1909):101-113. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Genealogical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Genealogical_Magazine WeRelate]; the Family History Library also has this series in its collection: {{FHL|55326|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2p}}.  
:*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''1852-1855, 1885-1930''' - [http://www.chesco.org/1174/Marriage-Records Marriages], (Chester County Archives)  
:*'''1885-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – free. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.  
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*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''1885-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – free. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.  
 
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County Marriages (by groom surname)] at Chester County PAGenWeb archives.
 
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/chester/ Chester County Marriages (by groom surname)] at Chester County PAGenWeb archives.
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*'''1947-2010''' - {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
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{{PA death}}  
 
{{PA death}}  
  
:*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''1720-1957''' - [http://www.chesco.org/209/Coroner Coroners' Records], (Chester County Archives)
:*'''1852-1855, 1893-1906''' [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=609640 Deaths], (Chester County Archives)
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*'''1768-1907''' - Chester County Death Index 1768-1907 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/23/Igipennsylvaniac.pdf.</ref>
:*'''1720-1957''' [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653467 Coroners' Records], (Chester County Archives)  
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*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
:*'''1875-1893''' [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=653341 Proof of Death Registers], (Chester County Archives)  
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*'''1852-1855, 1893-1906''' - [http://www.chesco.org/1165/Death-Records Death Records], (Chester County Archives)  
:*'''1885-1979''' [http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=630073&PM=1 Veterans' Burials], (Chester County Archives)  
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*'''1875-1893''' - [http://www.chesco.org/1165/Death-Records Proof of Death Registers], (Chester County Archives)  
:*'''1893-1907''' [http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his480/deaths/rod.htm Chester County (Pennsylvania) Register of Deaths], Alphabetized listing of thousands of names including last name, first name, race, gender, age, marital status, place of birth, date and place of death, cause, volume and page number.
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*'''1885-1979''' - [http://www.chesco.org/1705/Veterans-Burial-Records-1885-1979 Veterans' Burials], (Chester County Archives)  
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*'''1893-1907''' - [http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his480/deaths/rod.htm Chester County (Pennsylvania) Register of Deaths], Alphabetized listing of thousands of names including last name, first name, race, gender, age, marital status, place of birth, date and place of death, cause, volume and page number.
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*'''1947-2010''' - {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-society-archive/ List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/chester-county/ Chester County, PA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Chester-County.htm Chester County PA Genealogy]
  
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Latest revision as of 02:40, 7 June 2017

United States
Pennsylvania
Chester County

Guide to Chester County, Pennsylvania ancestry, family history and genealogy in 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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Chester County, Pennsylvania
Map
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Location of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 10, 1682
County Seat West Chester
Courthouse
Chester County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
Address Chester County
2 North High Street
PO Box 2748
West Chester, PA 19380-0991
Chester County Website
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Chester County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1688
1713

Parent Counties: Created from Colonial Lands 10 March 1682.[1]

County Seat: West Chester

Neighboring Counties: Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy residents may also have records in:[2]

Many Scots-Irish immigrants settled in Chester County in the early eighteenth century.[3]

Description

The county was named for Chester, England. It's county seat is West Chester. It was organized November 1682. It is located in the Southeast section of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

14 October 1728: West part set off to form Lancaster County. [1]

26 September 1789: Southeast part set off to form Delaware County. [1]

For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps" (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Chester County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
PA Cemeteries WorldCat BillionGraves
PAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Tombstone Photos PAGravestones
PA-Roots Epodunk
BillionGraves (name) Interment
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census

For tips on accessing Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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.

Chester County Archives:

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.


Chester county pennsylvania churches.png
Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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


County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Contains church records of:
  • Chester Springs: St. Matthew's United Church of Christ; St. Peter's Pikeland United Church of Christ
  • Coatesville: Friendship United Methodist Church; Presbyterian Church; The Presbyterian Church of Coatesville
  • Compass: St. John's Episcopal Church
  • Downingtown: Central Presbyterian Church; Messiah Lutheran Church; St. James Church; St. James Episcopal Church; St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church; United Methodist Church
  • East Coventry: Coventry Mennonite Cemetery
  • Elk Ridge: Elk Ridge Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Kerford: Oak Grove Cemetery
  • Landenberg: United Methodist Church
  • New London: New London Methodist Episcopal Church; Protestant Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist; St. John's Episcopal Church
  • Oxford: Oxford Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church; St. Andrew's Church
  • Paoli: Salem Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Parkesburg: First United Presbyterian Church of Parkesburg
  • Philadelphia: Norris Square Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Phoenixville: St. Peter's Chapel; St. Peter's Episcopal Church; United Church of Christ - Hungarian Reformed
  • Salem: Salem Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Spring City: Vincent Mennonite Cemetery
  • West Bradford: Marshallton United Methodist Church
  • West Chester: Church of the Holy Trinity; Oakland Cemetery; St. Agnes' Roman Catholic Cemetery
  • West Marlborough: St. James Church
  • West Nantmeal: Goodwill United Methodist Church
  • West Vincent: St. Matthew's United Church of Christ
  • West Whiteland: Grove United Methodist Church
Contains Quaker monthly meeting records from Kennett, Bradford, Goshen, Nottingham, New Garden, Sadsbury, Uwchlan, Londongrove, Birmingham, and Fallowfield. Includes baptisms from Zion's Lutheran Church in Pikeland Township; East Vincent Reformed Church in Vincent Township; Brownbacks German Reformed Church in Coventry Township; Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church; Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church; and records of Rev. John Casper Stoever.
Brethren
Episcopalian

The earliest of the Episcopal churches is St. John's Pequra Episcopal church in Compassville.[5]

St. John's Church, New London

Early registers are lost. Surviving records begin in 1824.[6]

Trinity Church, Oxford

Early registers are lost.[6] For a history, see:

Lutheran

Zion's or Old Organ Lutheran Church, East Pikeland Township

Presbyterian

Brandywine Manor Presbyterian Church

Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church aka New Londonderry Presbyterian Church

Fairview Presbyterian Church, Glenmoore

Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church

Kennett Square Presbyterian Church

Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, Atglen

Quaker

Quakers did exist in the Chester County area prior to the arrival of William Penn. William Edmundson, minister of the Society of Friends, met with Robert Wade in about 1675 and held a meeting. The first official meeting did not occur until 1681 at the home of Mr. Wade. This meeting, held at Mr. Wade's house would eventually become the Chester Monthly Meeting. Meetings were first held in members homes but as the congregation grew separate meeting houses were built. The earliest meetings in what is now Chester County were: Goshen, Uwchlan, Caln, Kennett, Birmingham, Nottingham, West Nottingham, New Garden, London Grove Bradford and Valley.[8]

Early Quaker monthly meetings (with years established):

Reformed

Reformed Church, East Vincent

Vincent Reformed Church, East Vincent Township

Court Records

Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy court records are housed at the Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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 available at a local Family History Center. Call ahead for availability.


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. Chester 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.[10]

Clerk of the Court

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.[11] For the Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.


Prothonotary

The office of the Prothonotary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax liens, 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 Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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.[12]

For Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.


Chester County Archive Online Indexes

Chester County Court Abstracts Online

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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

Hunting prepared a map and a list of those who settled in Darby Township up through 1760:

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Chester County began in 1688. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in West Chester, 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

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

Note that the "Maps" section below 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 Chester County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Chester County

Migration

Military

Revolutionary War

Local men served in the Chester County Militia. A guide at the Pennsylvania State Archives website identifies townships where specific companies recruited soldiers, see Revolutionary War Militia Battalions and Companies, Arranged by County.

Chester County men also served in the 5th Pennsylvania Regiment,[13] the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment,[14] and the 9th Pennsylvania Regiment.[15]

War of 1812
Civil War
Chester County Archives

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 Chester 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 Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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 Chester 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 Excerpts and 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



Officials

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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 Indexes

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:

Chester County Only:

Online Probate Abstracts

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Repositories

Archives

Chester County Archives
601 Westtown Road, Suite 080
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
Phone: 610.344.6760
Email: ccarchives@cc.org

The Chester County Archives was established in 1982 and holds almost 3,000 volumes and nearly two thousand cubic feet of original records. The Chester County Archives is run by the Chester County Historical Society and the County of Chester.

The Chester County Archives holds birth and death records (1852-1855, 1893-1906), marriage records (1852-1855, 1885-1930), wills and administrations (1714-1923), deed books (1688-1982), tax records (1715-1939), and more. The Chester County Archives has published online indexes to birth, marriage and death records, civil court records, land records, military records, naturalization records, probate records, tax records, and more.

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.


National Archives at Philadelphia
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096
Phone: (215) 305-2044
Fax: (215) 305-2052

Courthouse

Chester County Courthouse
313 West Market St
P.O. Box 2748
West Chester, PA 19380-0991
Phone: 610-344-6000

The Archives (see above) holds birth and death records, marriages records, early deeds, wills and administrations, and more.

Recorder of Deeds
313 W Market Street, Suite 3302
P.B.Box 2748
West Chester, PA 193801-0991
Phone: 610-344-6330
Older deeds can be found in the County Archives.

Prothonotary
201 W. Market Street
Suite 1425
P.O. Box 2746
West Chester, PA 19380-0989
Phone: 610-344-6300

Register of Wills/Orphans' Court
201 W Market Street
Suite 2200
West Chester, PA 19380-0989
Phone: 610.344.6335

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby 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 Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy is the Valley Forge Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.


Libraries

The Mennonite Heritage Center - Historical Library and Archives
565 Yoder Road
Harleysville, PA 19438-1020
Phone: 215-256-3020

The Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania support the John L. Ruth Historical Library and Museum at the Mennonite Heritage Center. Located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania the records and resources of this treasure also cover the counties of Bucks, Chester, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphia. The website provides a comprehensive overview of library resources, online cemetery database, manuscript collections, photo collections, archival collections, and more.
Museums
Societies

Chester County Historical Society
The History Center
225 N High Street
West Chester, PA 19380-2658
Phone 610.692.4800

The History Center includes a museum, library, photo archives, and museum shop. The Chester County Historical Society also jointly administers the County Archives (see above). Check website for membership costs.

The Historical Society also jointly administers the County Archives (see above).

Slavery and Bondage

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.


See also How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records

Birth

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

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

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



Marriage

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

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 Chester County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Chester County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

Chester County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

City

Boroughs

  • Atglen
  • Avondale
  • Downingtown
  • Elverson
  • Honey Brook
  • Kennett Square
  • Malvern
  • Modena
  • Oxford
  • Parkesburg
  • Phoenixville
  • South Coatesville
  • Spring City
  • West Chester
  • West Grove

Townships

  • Birmingham
  • Caln
  • Charlestown
  • East Bradford
  • East Brandywine
  • East Caln
  • East Coventry
  • East Fallowfield
  • East Goshen
  • East Marlborough
  • East Nantmeal
  • East Nottingham
  • East Pikeland
  • East Vincent
  • East Whiteland
  • Easttown
  • Elk
  • Franklin
  • Highland
  • Honey Brook
  • Kennett
  • London Britain
  • London Grove
  • Londonderry
  • Lower Oxford
  • New Garden
  • New London
  • Newlin
  • North Coventry
  • Penn
  • Pennsbury
  • Pocopson
  • Sadsbury
  • Schuylkill
  • South Coventry
  • Thornbury
  • Tredyffrin
  • Upper Oxford
  • Upper Uwchlan
  • Uwchlan
  • Valley
  • Wallace
  • Warwick
  • West Bradford
  • West Brandywine
  • West Caln
  • West Fallowfield
  • West Goshen
  • West Marlborough
  • West Nantmeal
  • West Nottingham
  • West Pikeland
  • West Sadsbury
  • West Vincent
  • West Whiteland
  • Westtown
  • Willistown

Communities

  • Birchrunville
  • Chester Springs
  • Chesterbrook
  • Cheyney
  • Daylesford
  • Devon-Berwyn
  • Embreeville
  • Exton
  • Kemblesville
  • Kenilworth
  • Kimberton
  • Knauertown
  • Lionville-Marchwood
  • Marshallton
  • Nottingham
  • Paoli
  • South Pottstown
  • Southeastern
  • Strafford
  • Sugartown
  • Thorndale
  • Toughkenamon
  • Unionville
  • Valley Forge
  • Wayne
  • West Goshen
  • Willowdale

Chester County Pennsylvania Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Chester County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
  3. Wayland F. Dunaway, The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 50. Free digital version at PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/1/2017
  5. W.W. Thomson "Chester County and Its People" (Chicago and New York: The Union History Company, 1898), 832. WorldCat 14691246; FHL book 974.813 H2t
  6. 6.0 6.1 Philip Syng Physick Conner,"Registers of the Anglican Church in Pennsylvania prior to 1800," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 12 (1888):341-349. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/23/Igipennsylvaniac.pdf.
  8. W.W. Thomson, "Chester County and Its People" (Chicago and New York: The Union History Company, 1898), 740-745, WorldCat 14691246; FHL book 974.813 H2t
  9. William Wade Hinshaw and Phyllis J. Selby, The William Wade Hinshaw Index to Pennsylvania Quaker Meeting Records (Kokomo, Ind.: Selby Publishing and Printing, 1990). Vol. 1. FHL Book 974.8 K2w
  10. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  11. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  12. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  13. John B.B. Trussell and Charles C. Dallas, The Pennsylvania Line; Regimental Organization and Operations, 1776-1783 (Harrisburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1977). Digital version at Family History Archive.
  14. Wikipedia contributors, "6th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  15. Wikipedia contributors, "9th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  16. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/23/Igipennsylvaniac.pdf.
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