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United States  Gotoarrow.png Pennsylvania Gotoarrow.png Fulton County

Fulton County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Fulton County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Location of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
Founded April 19, 1851
County Seat McConnellsburg
Fulton County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
Address Fulton County Courthouse
116 W. Market St.
McConnellsburg, PA 17233-1019
Fulton County Website
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Historical Facts

Named for Robert Fulton, inventor of first commercially practical steamboat.

Parent County

19 April 1850: Fulton County was created from Bedford County. [1]

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Bedford | Huntingdon | Washington | Maryland counties: Allegany | Washington

Record Loss


Bible Records


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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
Interment.net WorldCat Names in Stone
USGenWeb Billion Graves
Pennsylvania Genealogy   Epodunk
Pennsylvania Gravestones  
Billion Graves  
Names in Stone    
Access Genealogy    
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Fulton 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.

Church Records

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Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Blue Ridge District of the Eastern States Mission comprised church members living in southeastern Pennsylvania. District headquarters were in Lancaster, with branches located in Bucks, Fulton, Lancaster, and York counties.

  • 1805-1930 - Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania; Parish Registers, 1804-1930 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1849-1906 - St. Paul's Lutheran Church records, 1849-1906 at Ancestry ($).

Court Records

In Fulton County the Prothonotary also serves as Clerk of Courts, Recorder of Deeds,
Register of Wills, & Clerk of Orphans' Court. The address is: 

Fulton County Courthouse
201 N. Second Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233

Telephone: 717-485-4212
Email: prothonotary@co.fulton.pa.us

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Groups





Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Fulton County began in 1850. These records are filed with the Prothonotary/Recorder office in McConnellsburg, 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

  • 1965–present Fulton County offers online access to records. Fees apply.

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

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 Fulton County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Local Histories




Revolutionary War

Men living in what is now Fulton County (then Bedford County) served in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment.[2]

Naturalization and Citizenship




Indentured Servants


Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records



Fulton County Courthouse
116 W Market St
Mc Connellsburg, PA 17233-1019

Family History Centers


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.


Early births 1894–1906 are located at the County Courthouse. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Beginning in 1906 Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health. Birth records become public after 105 years. A statewide index is available. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

The cost for an non-certified birth certificate is $3.00.

Some Franklin County births can be found online in Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950.

The births from 1894–1906 have been microfilmed. They are available at the Pennsylvania State Archives and through local Family History Centers.


Fulton County marriages are maintained at the county courthouse. Fulton County began recording marriages in 1885 although some registrations took place from 1852–1854. To obtain a marriage record you may go to or mail the courthouse.

A free online index with images to some Fulton County marriages can be found in the FamilySearch Records Collection, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 – 1950. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. These records have been microfilmed.

  • Marriage Registers, 1852-1854, Marriage License Dockets, 1885-1963 (Fulton County, Pennsylvania) – FHL films 323990-323998

You may also try:

  • 1852-1854 - Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the main courthouse building.


Fulton County began recording deaths in 1895 although some were recorded from 1853–1854, and 1874–1881. These records are available in the County Courthouse in McConnelsburg. You may request a death record from the Clerk of Courts.

These county death records were microfilmed by FamilySearch. They are available through Family History Centers and at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Pennsylvania death certificates become public records after 50 years. An annual index is released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the Division of Vital Records and are not public certificates. Only certain people can request a non-public death certificate. To order a non-public representative you must be:

  • Legal representative of decedent's estate
  • Immediate family member
  • Extended family member who indicates a direct relationship to the decedent
  • Power of Attorney (Please note that a Power of Attorney document is no longer valid upon the death of the individual)

See the Pennsylvania Department of Health website to obtain a copy of a non-public death certificate. The cost is $9.

The cost for a non-certified public death certificate is $3.00. Indexes for Pennsylvania public death records are available online through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1961. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Fulton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


Populated Places


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Harold Frederic, William C. Frederick III with William J. McMaster Sr., Path of Blood: The Untold Story of the Kittanning PA. Regiment in the American Revolution (Kittanning, Pa.: W.C. Frederick, 1998). FHL Book 974.8 M2ff