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Adams County

http://www.adamscounty.us/adams/site/default.asp

Formed 22 January 1800 from York County

  • Population: 92,292 (2000)
  • Land Area: 521 square miles
  • County Seat: Gettysburg
  • Median household income in 1999: $42,704

Neighboring counties:

  • West: Franklin County, Pennsylvania
  • North: Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
  • East: York County, Pennsylvania
  • Southwest: Frederick County, Maryland
  • Southeast: Carroll County, Maryland
  •  ADAMS COUNTY OFFICES
    111-117 Baltimore Street
    Gettysburg, PA 17325

Recorder of Deeds and Register of Wills, Room 102; phone: (717) 337-9826. No online data.

Prothonotary: Room 104; phone: (717) 337-9834. No online data.

ADAMS COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES

see http://www.adamscounty.us/adams/cwp/view.asp?a=1669&q=468016

RESEARCH FACILITIES

Adams County Historical Society, P.O. Box 4325, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Telephone: (717) 334-4723 or Fax: (717) 334-0722        Email: info@achs-pa.org

ROOTSWEB: http://www.rootsweb.com/~paadams and http://www.rootsweb.com/~parecs/adams.html

HISTORY of Adams County

ADAMS COUNTY NEWSPAPERS

Gettysburg Times

Area Newspaper Archives 1800 to current, indexed and full scan views (subscription required)
The Adams Centinel (1800-1828)
Adams County News (1908- 1917)
The Adams Sentinel (1826-1949)
The Centinel (1805-1818)
The Compiler (1857-1868)
The Gettysburg Compiler (1861-1950)
The Gettysburg Gazette (1803-2004)
The Gettysburg Star and Republican Banner (1839-1839)
The Gettysburg Times (1909-2003)
Gettysburg Times (2003-2007)
The Peoples Press (1835-1836)
The Republican Banner (1833-1834)
The Republican Compiler (1819-1857)
The Sprig of Liberty (1804-1807)
The Star and Banner (1847-1857)
The Star and Republican Banner (1832-1890)
The Star and Sentinel (1867-1953)
The Star (1831-1832)
 

Allegheny County
http://www.alleghenycounty.us/regwills/index.aspx

  • Population: 1,281,666 (2000); 1,336,449 (1990); 1,447,541 (1980)
  • Land Area: 730 square miles
  • County Seat: Pittsburgh
  • Median household income in 1999: $38,329
  • Year Organized: 1788

Neighboring counties:

  • Northeast: Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
  • West: Beaver County, Pennsylvania
  • North: Butler County, Pennsylvania
  • South: Washington County, Pennsylvania
  • East: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

ALLEGHENY COUNTY OFFICES
436 Grant Street
County Courthouse
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2424
Phone: (412) 350-5300

Property Assessment: http://www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate
Marriage Licenses: inquire Register of Wills Office
Prothonotary: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/protho/index.aspx
Recorder of Deeds: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/deeds/index.aspx; history; indexes from 1986.
Register of Wills: Phone (412) 350-4230.
Allegheny County Resources

ROOTSWEB: http://www.rootsweb.com/~paallegh/

HISTORY of Allegheny County and its municipalities

ALLEGHENY COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES

There are 147 named places in Allegheny County including cities, towns, boroughs and communities based on the US Postal Service. Some of the area histories are included in the resources below.

Bradford Woods
     History of Bradford Woods by Ann M. Jenkins, 1985.
     Bradford Woods: The War Years by Ann M. Jenkins, 1994.
Franklin Park Borough
     Franklin Park Stories by the Franklin Park Historical Committee and Friends, 2006.
     Pioneer Cemeteries of Franklin Park Borough and Marshall Township by North Hills
       Genealogists, 2007. View Index for this book.
Hampton Township
     Pioneer Cemeteries of Hampton Township by North Hills Genealogists, 1997. View Index.
Marshall Township
     A Pennsylvania Chronicle: The History of Marshall Township by Judith A. Oliver
     (Warrendale: Marshall Township, 1988) Buy this book.
    Pioneer Cemeteries of Franklin Park Borough and Marshall Township by North Hills
       Genealogists, 2007. View Index for this book.
Pine Township
     Township of Pine, 1796 - 1996 by Pine Township Historic Committee, 1996. Buy book.
     Pioneer Cemeteries of Pine and Richland Twps. by the North Hills Genealogists, 2003.
      View Index for this book.
Richland Township
     Richland USA by John O. McMeekin, 1951.
     Pioneer Cemeteries of Pine and Richland Twps. by the North Hills Genealogists, 2003.
      View Index for this book.

RESEARCH FACILITIES

Pennsylvania Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Family History Center, LDS Church, 46 School Street, Pittsburgh

ALLEGHENY COUNTY AREA NEWSPAPERS

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
1786 to 1828: The Pittsburgh Gazette
1828: Pittsburgh Gazette and Manufacturing and Mercantile Advertiser
1829 to 1866: Pittsburgh Gazette
1866 to 1900: Commercial Gazette
1900 to 1927: The Gazette-Times
1927 to present: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tribune Review covers mostly east of Pittsburgh and Greensburg but also some regional.

 

Elk County
http://www.co.elk.pa.us

Formed 18 April 1843 from parts of Jefferson, Clearfield, and McKean Counties

  • Population: 35,112 (2000); 34,878 (1990)
  • Land area: 829 square miles.
  • County seat: Ridgway
  • Median household income in 2000: $37,711

Bordering counties:

  • North: McKean County
  • East: Cameron County
  • Southeast: Clearfield County
  • Southwest: Jefferson County
  • West: Forest County
  • Northwest: Warren County

ELK COUNTY OFFICES
Elk County Courthouse
250 Main St.
Ridgway, PA 15853
Phone: 814-776-1161

For below offices see: http://www.co.elk.pa.us
Property Assessment: Phone (814)776-5340. No online data.
Marriage Licenses: Since 1885; inquire Register of Wills Office
Prothonotary: (814)776-5344. No online data.
Recorder of Deeds: (814) 776-5349.
Register of Wills: (814) 776-5349.

ROOTSWEB: http://www.pa-roots.com/~elk

HISTORY of Elk County and its municipalities

ELK COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES

Benezette Township formed before 1843
Benzinger Township formed before 1843
Fox Township formed 1814
Highland Township formed 1850 from Ridgway Township
Horton Township formed 1850 from Fox Township
Jay Township formed before 1843
Johnsonburg
   History of Johnsonburg, Elk County, Pennsylvania, 1810-1985 by Alice Wessman, 1985
Jones Township formed before 1843
Millstone Township formed 1870 from Spring Creek Township
   History of Millstone Township by Eric Patton
Ridgway
   Then and Now: A Pictorial Comparison of Ridgway, Vol. 2 by The Ridgway Record, Dennis
     McGeehan, and the Elk County Historical Society, 2007.
Ridgway Township formed 1833
Saint Marys, founded 1842
Spring Creek Township formed before 1843

RESEARCH FACILITIES

Elk County Historical Society, 109 Center St., Ridgway, PA 15853-1701 814-776-1032

Historical Society of St. Marys & Benzinger Township, 319 Erie Ave., Saint Marys, PA 15857-1414; phone: 814-834-6525

Ridgway Free Public Library, 329 Center St., Ridgway, PA 15853-1031 814-773-7573

ELK COUNTY AREA NEWSPAPERS

Courier-Express Tri-County Sunday: Online archives from September 2004
 http://www.thecourierexpress.com/site/news.asp?brd=2758

The Bradford Era, Bradford: No plans to archive obituaries but will maintain them for a short amount of time. Complete archives on microfilm at:
Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington St., Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
(814) 362-6527

The Daily Press, St. Mary's: Online obituary archives for two weeks; advanced search from 13 Feb 2002.

The Ridgway Record, Ridgway: Online obituary archives for two weeks; advanced search from 29 Jan 2002.

The Kane Republican, Kane: Online obituary archives for two weeks; advanced search from 25 Feb 2002.

The Johnsonburg Press, Jones Township: No online archive. Address is 517 Market Street, Johnsonburg, PA 15845. Phone: (814) 965-2503

 

    This page last updated 24 December 2007.

 

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