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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''McKean County'''
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'''McKean 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 '''McKean 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
 
| county = McKean County
 
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| founded year = 1804
 
| founded year = 1804
 
| founded date = March 26
 
| founded date = March 26
| seat wl = Smethport
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| building image = McKean County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
 
| building image = McKean County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
 
| building address = McKean County Courthouse<br>500 W. Main Street<br>Smethport, PA 16749<br>[http://www.mckeancountypa.org/Default.aspx McKean County Website]
 
| building address = McKean County Courthouse<br>500 W. Main Street<br>Smethport, PA 16749<br>[http://www.mckeancountypa.org/Default.aspx McKean County Website]
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== McKean County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
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=== McKean County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ===
  
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| width="20%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[McKean County, Pennsylvania#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] County 26 March 1804. <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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'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Lycoming]] County 26 March 1804. <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
  
*'''County Seat:''' Smethport<br>
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'''County Seat:''' Smethport<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>
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'''Neighboring Counties''': McKean County'''residents''' may also have records in:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "McKean County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKean_County,_Pennsylvania.</ref>
  
**[[Cattaraugus County, New York|Cattaraugus County, New York]] (north)
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*[[Cattaraugus County, New York Genealogy|Cattaraugus County, New York]]
**[[Warren County, Pennsylvania|Warren]] (west)
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*[[Warren County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Warren]]
**[[Cameron County, Pennsylvania|Cameron]] (southeast)
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*[[Cameron County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Cameron]]
**[[Elk County, Pennsylvania|Elk]] (south)
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*[[Elk County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Elk]]
**[[Allegany County, New York|Allegany County, New York]] (northeast)
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*[[Allegany County, New York Genealogy|Allegany County, New York]]  
**[[Potter County, Pennsylvania|Potter]] (east)
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*[[Potter County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Potter]]  
**[[Forest County, Pennsylvania|Forest]] (southwest)
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*[[Forest County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Forest]]  
  
 
Named for [http://colonialhall.com/mckean/mckean.php Thomas McKean], former 3-term Governor of Pennsylvania (1799-1808), and signer of the Declaration of Independence.  
 
Named for [http://colonialhall.com/mckean/mckean.php Thomas McKean], former 3-term Governor of Pennsylvania (1799-1808), and signer of the Declaration of Independence.  
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==== Description ====
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The county was named Thomas McKean.  It's county seat is Smethport and was founded September 1, 1826.  It is located in the North Central tip of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKean_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/12/2017</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
*'''18 April 1843:''' [[Elk County, Pennsylvania|Elk]] County created. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''18 April 1843:''' [[Elk County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Elk]] County created. <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
*'''29 March 1860:''' [[Cameron County, Pennsylvania|Cameron]] County created. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 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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*'''29 March 1860:''' [[Cameron County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Cameron]] County created. <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 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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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.
  
== McKean County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources ==
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==== Records Loss ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biographies  ====
 
==== Biographies  ====
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/bios.htm Index to the Biographical Sketches of McKean County,] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/bios.htm Index to the Biographical Sketches of McKean County,] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====  
 
 
McKean
 
  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
  
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+McKean+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/cemet.htm USGenWeb-transcripts] <br>[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/tsimages.htm USGenWeb-tombstone photos]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|432723|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=40&CScnty=2282 Findagrave.com]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://pennsylvania-genealogy.net/McKean-County-Cemetery-Records.cfm Pennsylvania Genealogy]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://pennsylvania.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery,scfips,42083.cfm HomeTownLocator]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+McKean+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=14399&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=28&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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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=McKean&cemetery_name=a#/ BillionGraves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/cemet.htm PAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/mckean-pa-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
 
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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/mckean/tsimages.htm Tombstone Photos]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/pa/mckean.htm Interment]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.pa-roots.com/mckean/Cemeteries/Cemeteries.html GenWeb Cemetery Project]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=14399&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=28&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/mckean_county.htm Access Genealogy]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/McKean-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/mckean-county-pennsylvania-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/McKean/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]  
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''Additional Cemetery Resources''
  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/index.php?533 PA-Roots]
 
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*[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx#results Names in Stone]
[[LDS Cemetery Records|LDS Cemetery Records]]<br>US Vol. 1 page 87 - Sawyer City  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/McKean/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]
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*[[LDS Cemetery Records|LDS Cemetery Records]] US Vol. 1 page 87 - Sawyer City
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*[http://www.paintedhills.org/mckeanco.html Painted Hills Genealogical Society]
  
 
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==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
  
{{PAChurch2}} <br><br>'''Finding Church Records at Other Repositories'''  
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{{PAChurch2}}'''Finding Church Records at Other Repositories'''  
  
Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''{{PAGENAME}} Church Records''''' in online catalogs like:  
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Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''McKean County Church Records''''' in online catalogs like:  
  
:*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor={{{1}}}+county+church+records&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]  
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*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor={{{1}}}+county+church+records&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]  
:*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q={{{1}}}+county+church+records&qt=results_page WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]]).
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q={{{1}}}+county+church+records&qt=results_page WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]]).
 
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[[Image:Mckean county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|300px]]  
<br>[[Image:Mckean county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px|Mckean county pennsylvania churches.png]]  
 
  
 
===== 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.''
  
 
Some lists of early church members may be found in the Beers' history of McKean County<ref name="elk">''History of the counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Selections.'' (Chicago, Illinois : J.H. Beers and Co., 1890), 185-186. {{FSbook|53980}} Free online digital copy.</ref> When congregations were too far distant for early county settlers, they would sometimes form a Union Church Society or a Union Sunday School. These groups met as Christian congregations, without being officially recognized by any one sect.  
 
Some lists of early church members may be found in the Beers' history of McKean County<ref name="elk">''History of the counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Selections.'' (Chicago, Illinois : J.H. Beers and Co., 1890), 185-186. {{FSbook|53980}} Free online digital copy.</ref> When congregations were too far distant for early county settlers, they would sometimes form a Union Church Society or a Union Sunday School. These groups met as Christian congregations, without being officially recognized by any one sect.  
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===== Catholic  =====
 
===== Catholic  =====
  
St. Bernard's was the first Catholic congregation established in Bradford. This happened in 1877. <ref name="elk" /> Additional churches were St. Mary's in Newell Creek, Eldred, St. Elizabeth's in Smethport, St. Gabriel's in Port Allegany, and Kane township.  
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St. Bernard's was the first Catholic congregation established in Bradford. This happened in 1877. <ref name="elk" /> Additional churches were St. Mary's in Newell Creek, Eldred, St. Elizabeth's in Smethport, St. Gabriel's in Port Allegany, and Kane township.
  
 
===== Congregational  =====
 
===== Congregational  =====
  
Many town had Congregational congregations. The ministers came from New England towns. Addition congregations were in Port Allegany, and Duke Centre. Methodist Church was organized in the spring of 1880 in Bradford. <ref name="elk" />  
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Many town had Congregational congregations. The ministers came from New England towns. Addition congregations were in Port Allegany, and Duke Centre. Methodist Church was organized in the spring of 1880 in Bradford. <ref name="elk" />
  
 
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===== Protestant Espiscopal  =====
 
===== Protestant Espiscopal  =====
  
The Protestant Episcopal church (St. Luke's) was formed in Smethport as early as 1842. Addition congregations were in Port Allegany and Otto Township.  
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The Protestant Episcopal church (St. Luke's) was formed in Smethport as early as 1842. Addition congregations were in Port Allegany and Otto Township.
  
 
==== 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. McKean 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 Courts  =====
 
===== Clerk of Courts  =====
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{{PA court4}}  
 
{{PA court4}}  
  
McKean County Courthouse<br>Register Clerk of Orphans' Court<br>500 Main Street <br>Smethport, PA 16749 <br>Phone: 1.814.887.3263 <br>8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. / M - F
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McKean County Courthouse<br>Register Clerk of Orphans' Court<br>500 Main Street <br>Smethport, PA 16749 <br>Phone: 814-887-3263 <br>
  
 
{{PA court6|McKean|511530}}  
 
{{PA court6|McKean|511530}}  
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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.  
 
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.  
 
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Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''McKean County Pennsylvania Land''''' in online catalogs such as:  
 
Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''McKean County Pennsylvania Land''''' in online catalogs such as:  
  
 
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=McKean+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=McKean+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=McKean+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=McKean+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
*{{FHL|376250|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|376250|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} (For instructions see [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search]].)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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[[Image:Pamckean.jpg|thumb|240px|<center>Mckean County</center>]]
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[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free and downloadable images from the [http://ancestortracks.com/McKean_Resources.htm 1856 Map of McKean County and the map of McKean Co. Pennsylvania Compiled and Published by D.G. Beers &amp; Co., 1871]. &nbsp;These wall maps in the Library of Congress show major landowners and geographic sites at the dates of publishing. &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 Tracks.  
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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 and downloadable images from the [http://ancestortracks.com/McKean_Resources.htm 1856 Map of McKean County and the map of McKean Co. Pennsylvania Compiled and Published by D.G. Beers &amp; Co., 1871]. These wall maps in the Library of Congress show major landowners and geographic sites at the dates of publishing. 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. We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
  
Early migration routes for European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref>  
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Early migration routes for European settlers to and from McKean County included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref>  
  
:*[[Catskill Turnpike|'''Catskill Turnpike''']], trail 1760s; turnpike 1804, from [[Catskill, New York|Catskill]] to [[Bath, New York]] with extensions to [[Buffalo, New York]], or [[Erie, Pennsylvania]]  
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*[[Catskill Turnpike|'''Catskill Turnpike''']], trail 1760s; turnpike 1804, from [[Catskill, New York|Catskill]] to [[Bath, New York]] with extensions to [[Buffalo, New York]], or [[Erie, Pennsylvania]]  
:*[[Forbidden Path|'''Forbidden Path''']], 1767 from [[Athens, Pennsylvania]] to [[Salamanca, New York]]<ref>Paul A. W. Wallace, ''Indian Paths of Pennsylvania'' (Harrisburg, Pa.: PA Historical and Museum Commission, 1971), 46-48. {{WorldCat|538004|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|272147|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 H2wp}}.</ref>
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*[[Forbidden Path|'''Forbidden Path''']], 1767 from [[Athens, Pennsylvania]] to [[Salamanca, New York]]<ref>Paul A. W. Wallace, ''Indian Paths of Pennsylvania'' (Harrisburg, Pa.: PA Historical and Museum Commission, 1971), 46-48. {{WorldCat|538004|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|272147|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 H2wp}}.</ref>
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
 
'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
  
:*'''1820-1906''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Index to Declarations and Petitions in the Western District of Pennsylvania, US Circuit and District Courts] located in ''US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), National Archives publication M1208<br>
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*'''1820-1906''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Index to Declarations and Petitions in the Western District of Pennsylvania, US Circuit and District Courts] located in ''US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), National Archives publication M1208<br>
  
:*'''1820-1930''' [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=119&title=naturalizations_pa_western%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537, incomplete for all counties<br>
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*'''1820-1930''' [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=119&title=naturalizations_pa_western%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537, incomplete for all counties<br>
  
:*'''1820-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537<br>
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*'''1820-1930''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537<br>
  
 
'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
 
'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
  
:*'''1842-1906''' Alien dockets, 1842-1906. {{FHL|185407|item|disp=FHL film 13315156 (first of 2).}} <br>
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*'''1842-1906''' Alien dockets, 1842-1906. {{FHL|185407|item|disp=FHL film 13315156 (first of 2).}} <br>
  
 
{{PAnaturalization2|McKean|458310}}  
 
{{PAnaturalization2|McKean|458310}}  
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'''Newspapers of McKean County'''  
 
'''Newspapers of McKean 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=McKean&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=McKean&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
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To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see [http://news.google.com/newspapers news.google.com/newspapers] and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.  
 
To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see [http://news.google.com/newspapers news.google.com/newspapers] and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.  
  
:*[http://greenfreelibrary.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaper Archives of Green Free Library]  
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*[http://greenfreelibrary.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaper Archives of Green Free Library]  
:*[http://smethport.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaper Archives of Smethport]
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*[http://smethport.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaper Archives of Smethport]
  
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?542 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for McKean County, Pennsylvania.  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?542 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for McKean County, Pennsylvania.  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/papers.htm Selected McKean County Newspaper Articles from the years,] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives] Includes births, marriages and deaths
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/papers.htm Selected McKean County Newspaper Articles from the years,] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives] Includes births, marriages and deaths
  
 
===== Obituaries  =====
 
===== Obituaries  =====
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'''Obituary Abstracts'''  
 
'''Obituary Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?543 PA-Roots Obituaries] for McKean County, Pennsylvania.  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?543 PA-Roots Obituaries] for McKean County, Pennsylvania.  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamckean/ McKean County PA Genealogy Obituaries]  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.com/mckean/Obituaries/Obituaries.html McKean County PA Genealogy Obituaries]  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/obits.htm McKean County Obituaries,] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/obits.htm McKean County Obituaries,] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
==== Occupations  ====
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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]<br>
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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 $
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*'''1683-1994''' {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
  
 
McKean County Only: <br>  
 
McKean County Only: <br>  
  
:*'''1827–1969''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7J5%3An479697426%3Fcc%3D1999196 McKean County Probate Records]<br>
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*'''1827-1969''' [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9PMF-6TL%3A268494801%3Fcc%3D1999196 McKean County Probate Records]<br>
  
 
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
 
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
  
:*'''1827-1917''' Register's Dockets {{FHL|418302|item|disp=FHL film 869265 (first of 8 films)}} - Index included: 1827-1969<br>
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*'''1827-1917''' Register's Dockets {{FHL|418302|item|disp=FHL film 869265 (first of 8 films)}} - Index included: 1827-1969<br>
  
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|McKean|511235}}<br>  
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{{PA probate FamilySearch Catalog and WorldCat|McKean|511235}}<br>
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-society-archive/ List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
===== Archives  =====
 
===== Archives  =====
  
:*{{PA Archives}}
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*{{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://www.mckeancountypa.org/Departments/Prothonotary_Clerk/Index.aspx McKean County Courthouse] <br>500 W. Main Street <br>Smethport, PA 16749 <br>Phone: 814-887-3270  
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*[http://www.mckeancountypa.org/Departments/Prothonotary_Clerk/Index.aspx McKean County Courthouse] <br>500 W. Main Street <br>Smethport, PA 16749 <br>Phone: 814-887-3270  
  
[http://www.mckeancountypa.org/Departments/Prothonotary_Clerk/Index.aspx Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts]<br>Phone: 814–887–3270  
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*[http://www.mckeancountypa.org/Departments/Prothonotary_Clerk/Index.aspx Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts]<br>Phone: 814–887–3270  
  
[http://www.mckeancountypa.org/Departments/Register_Wills_Clerk_Orphans/Index.aspx Orphans' Court/Register of Wills]<br> Phone: 814–887–3260  
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*[http://www.mckeancountypa.org/Departments/Register_Wills_Clerk_Orphans/Index.aspx Orphans' Court/Register of Wills]<br> Phone: 814–887–3260  
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|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.
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
 
 
The main FHC for {{PAGENAME}} is the [http://www.thelittlemuseum.org/ Cameron County Historical Society]. The Cameron County Historical Society is an affiliate of the Family History Library, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. As an affiliate, patrons of the Cameron County Historical Society can rent most microfilms and microfiche that are listed in the Family History Library catalog. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory]. <br>
 
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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The main FHC for McKean County is the [http://www.thelittlemuseum.org/ Cameron County Historical Society]. The Cameron County Historical Society is an affiliate of the Family History Library, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. As an affiliate, patrons of the Cameron County Historical Society can rent most microfilms and microfiche that are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory].
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
[http://bradfordlibrary.org/ Bradford Area Public Library]<br>67 West Washington Street<br>Bradford, PA 16701-1234<br>Phone: 814-362-6527<br>E-mail: [mailto:bapublib@atlanticbb.net bapublib@atlanticbb.net]<br> The library will do limited research for a fee. Their collection includes cemetery listings, city directories, local histories, and civil war volunteers listings.
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*[http://bradfordlibrary.org/ Bradford Area Public Library]<br>67 West Washington Street<br>Bradford, PA 16701-1234<br>Phone: 814-362-6527<br>Email: [mailto:bapublib@atlanticbb.net bapublib@atlanticbb.net]<br>  
  
[http://www.library.pitt.edu/brad/hanley.html Hanley Library, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford]<br>300 Campus Drive<br>Bradford, PA 16701 <br>Phone: 814- 362-7610 <br> Hours: Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. <br>
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:The library will do limited research for a fee. Their collection includes cemetery listings, city directories, local histories, and civil war volunteers listings.  
  
:Fri 8 a.m. -5 p.m.  
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*[http://www.library.pitt.edu/brad/hanley.html Hanley Library, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford]<br>300 Campus Drive<br>Bradford, PA 16701 <br>Phone: 814- 362-7610 <br>
:Sat 1 p.m. -5 p.m.
 
:Sun 1 p.m. -11:30 p.m.
 
  
The Hanley library holds the McKean County Genealogical Society collection. This collection includes local and regional histories, cemetery records, and family genealogies.  
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:The Hanley library holds the McKean County Genealogical Society collection. This collection includes local and regional histories, cemetery records, and family genealogies.  
  
 
===== Museums  =====
 
===== Museums  =====
  
Eldred WW II Museum &amp; Learning Center<br>201 Main Street<br>PO Box 273<br>Eldred, PA 16731<br>(814) 225-2220  
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*Eldred WW II Museum &amp; Learning Center<br>201 Main Street<br>PO Box 273<br>Eldred, PA 16731<br>Phone: 814-225-2220  
  
 
===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
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==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
:*'''1800s''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamckean/ McKean County Tax Payers of the 1800's] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
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*'''1800s''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamckean/ McKean County Tax Payers of the 1800's] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
  
 
==== 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]
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
:*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
:*'''1883-1906''' - McKean County Birth Index 1883-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />  
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*'''1883-1906''' McKean County Birth Index 1883-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />  
:*'''1893-1906''' - Smethport Birth Index 1893-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />  
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*'''1893-1906''' Smethport Birth Index 1893-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />  
:*'''1897-1931''' - [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/papers.htm Selected births from McKean County Newspapers,] 1897-1931, courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]
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*'''1897-1931''' [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/papers.htm Selected births from McKean County Newspapers,] 1897-1931, courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]
 
 
 
{{PA birth}}  
 
{{PA birth}}  
  
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{{PA marriage}}  
 
{{PA marriage}}  
 
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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] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
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*'''1700-1821''' Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as: Family Records, Church Records, Civil Registration. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.  
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*'''1725-1976''' {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as: Family Records, Church Records, Civil Registration. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.  
:*'''Pre-1810''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
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*'''Pre-1810''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
:*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
:*'''1885''' - McKean County Marriage Index 1885 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />  
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*'''1874-1931'''  [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/papers.htm Selected marriages from McKean County Newspapers,] 1874-1931, courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]
:*'''1885-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.  
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*'''1885''' McKean County Marriage Index 1885 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/papers.htm Selected marriages from McKean County Newspapers,] 1874-1931, courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]
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*'''1885-1950''' {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.  
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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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===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
:*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
:*'''1874-1931''' - [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/papers.htm Selected deaths from McKean County Newspapers,] 1874-1931, courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]  
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*'''1874-1931''' [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/papers.htm Selected deaths from McKean County Newspapers,] 1874-1931, courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb Archives]  
:*'''1881-1905''' - Bradford Death Index 1881-1905 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igipennsylvaniall.pdf.</ref>  
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*'''1881-1905''' Bradford Death Index 1881-1905 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igipennsylvaniall.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igipennsylvaniall.pdf]].</ref>  
:*'''1893-1906''' - Smethport Death Index 1893-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />
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*'''1893-1906''' Smethport Death Index 1893-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />
 
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*'''1947-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
{{PA death}}  
 
{{PA death}}  
 
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{{Template:PA vitals repositories|McKean|424405}}
{{Template:PA vitals repositories|McKean|424405}}  
 
  
 
== McKean County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites  ==
 
== McKean County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/mckean-county/ McKean County, PA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+McKean|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/mckean/ USGenWeb]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/McKean-County.htm McKean County PA Genealogy]
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*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+McKean|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
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== McKean County Pennsylvania Places  ==
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United States
Pennsylvania
McKean County

Guide to McKean 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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McKean County, Pennsylvania
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Founded March 26, 1804
County Seat
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Address McKean County Courthouse
500 W. Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749
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McKean County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1827
1827

Parent Counties: Formed from Lycoming County 26 March 1804. [1]

County Seat: Smethport

Neighboring Counties: McKean Countyresidents may also have records in:[2]

Named for Thomas McKean, former 3-term Governor of Pennsylvania (1799-1808), and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Description

The county was named Thomas McKean. It's county seat is Smethport and was founded September 1, 1826. It is located in the North Central tip of the state.[3]

Boundary Changes

  • 18 April 1843: Elk County created. [4]
  • 29 March 1860: Cameron County created. [5]

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.

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
HomeTownLocator WorldCat BillionGraves
PAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Tombstone Photos Interment
GenWeb Cemetery Project Epodunk
Pennsylvania Genealogy Access Genealogy
BillionGraves (name)
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census

For tips on accessing McKean 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

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

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County-wide Database – Multi-denominational

Some lists of early church members may be found in the Beers' history of McKean County[6] When congregations were too far distant for early county settlers, they would sometimes form a Union Church Society or a Union Sunday School. These groups met as Christian congregations, without being officially recognized by any one sect.

Baptist

Baptists began meeting in McKean County in 1840. The Regular Baptist Church of Bradford was organized in 1852.[6] Additional congregations were in Turtle Point, Annin Township, Smethport, Port Allegany, Norwich (1820-21), and Kane Township. Baptists and Methodists shared the Union Church in Eldred.

Catholic

St. Bernard's was the first Catholic congregation established in Bradford. This happened in 1877. [6] Additional churches were St. Mary's in Newell Creek, Eldred, St. Elizabeth's in Smethport, St. Gabriel's in Port Allegany, and Kane township.

Congregational

Many town had Congregational congregations. The ministers came from New England towns. Addition congregations were in Port Allegany, and Duke Centre. Methodist Church was organized in the spring of 1880 in Bradford. [6]

Lutheran

Mount Jewett had a Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church established in 1888. An additional congregation was in Port Allegany. Three Swedish Lutheran congregations were founded in Kane Township between 1876-1885. Methodist Church was organized in the spring of 1880 in Bradford. [6]

Methodist

Methodist Church of Tunuanguant was organized in 1848. The First Methodist Church of Bradford congregation was established in 1878. An African Methodist Church was organized in the spring of 1880 in Bradford. [6] Kendall township established a Methodist congregation in 1881. Additional congregations were in Annin Creek, Smethport, Port Allegany, Liberty Township, Otto Township, Duke Centre, and Kane Township. Baptists and Methodists shared the Union Church in Eldred.

Presbyterian

The First Presbyterian Church of Bradford was organized in June, 1879. [6] A second congregation was established in Kendall township in 1885. Additional congregations were in Mount Jewett, Port Allegany,and Kane Township.

Protestant Espiscopal

The Protestant Episcopal church (St. Luke's) was formed in Smethport as early as 1842. Addition congregations were in Port Allegany and Otto Township.

Court Records

McKean County, Pennsylvania Genealogy court records are housed at the McKean 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 ordered at a local Family History Center.


Court of Common Pleas

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. McKean 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.[7]

Clerk of Courts

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[8] For the McKean 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 McKean County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Prothonotary office information.


The Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts is located under Departments at the McKean County website.The Court no longer accepts passport applications. Passports must be processed at the local post office.

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.[9]

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


McKean County Courthouse
Register Clerk of Orphans' Court
500 Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: 814-887-3263

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as McKean 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

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in McKean County began in 1804. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Smethport, 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

  • 1973–present Images are available online using the Landex system. There is a fee to view the images.

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

Note that the "Maps" section below also includes maps related to land ownership.

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

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Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as McKean County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Mckean County

Migration

Early migration routes for European settlers to and from McKean County included:[10]

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

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

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


Naturalization records for McKean 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 McKean County, Pennsylvania Genealogy naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

McKean 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 McKean County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see news.google.com/newspapers and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Obituaries

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Newspaper heading


Obituary Abstracts

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in McKean 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 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:

McKean County Only:

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as McKean County, Pennsylvania Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:


Repositories

Archives
  • The Pennsylvania Archives collection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.


Courthouse
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.

The main FHC for McKean County is the Cameron County Historical Society. The Cameron County Historical Society is an affiliate of the Family History Library, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. As an affiliate, patrons of the Cameron County Historical Society can rent most microfilms and microfiche that are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries
The library will do limited research for a fee. Their collection includes cemetery listings, city directories, local histories, and civil war volunteers listings.
The Hanley library holds the McKean County Genealogical Society collection. This collection includes local and regional histories, cemetery records, and family genealogies.
Museums
  • Eldred WW II Museum & Learning Center
    201 Main Street
    PO Box 273
    Eldred, PA 16731
    Phone: 814-225-2220
Societies

Painted Hills Genealogy Society
Mary E. Bryant: Founder and President
E-mail: paint@paintedhills.org

Genealogical Resources: This Society covers the Painted Hills Area of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, particularly the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Steuben in New York and the Pennsylvania counties of McKean and Potter .

Bradford Landmark Society
45 East Corydon Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: 814–362-3906
Email: info@bradfordlandmark.org


Genealogical Resources: This Society covers the city of Bradford, McKean County. Online information includes obituary and cemetery indexes and a Civil War Veterans' index. The society will do reseach within their collection of city birth and death records 1881-1905, city directories, church and school records. Articles concerning historic buildings and people of Bradford City are posted on the society website under the heading "Time Capsule Index".


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


McKean County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites


McKean County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

McKean County Pennsylvania Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "McKean County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKean_County,_Pennsylvania.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKean_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/12/2017
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. referer=brief_results Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 History of the counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Selections. (Chicago, Illinois : J.H. Beers and Co., 1890), 185-186. FamilySearch Books Online Free online digital copy.
  7. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  8. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  9. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  10. Handybook, 847-61.
  11. Paul A. W. Wallace, Indian Paths of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Pa.: PA Historical and Museum Commission, 1971), 46-48. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.8 H2wp.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igipennsylvaniall.pdf.