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Guide to Beaver County, Pennsylvania ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Beaver
Organized: March 12, 1800
Parent County(s): Allegheny, Lycoming, Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Lawrence  • Butler  • Columbiana (OH)  • Hancock (WV)  • Washington  • Allegheny
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

It is named from the Beaver River. It is located in the West-Central section of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Beaver County Courthouse
810 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
Clerk of Court, (724) 770-4586
Email: @beavercountypa.gov
Beaver County Website
Register of Wills and Orphans' Court, 724-770-4550
Prothonotary Office,(724) 770-4570, Fax: 724-728-3360

Beaver County, Pennsylvania Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1893 1852 1852 1800 1800 1800 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1906. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Formed from Allegheny, Lycoming and Washington Counties 12 March 1800.[4]
  • County seat: Beaver[5]
  • 1780: Future southern 1/3 of Beaver County was disputed between Virginia and Pennsylvania until Mason-Dixon Line was finalized.
  • 1785: Future northern 2/3 was not included in any county until 1785.
  • 27 January 1750: Future southern 1/3 was incorporated into Cumberland County when it was formed.
  • 9 March 1771: Future southern 1/3 became part of Bedford County when it was erected.
  • 26 February 1773: Future southern 1/3 became part of Westmoreland County when it was formed.
  • 28 March 1781: Future southern 1/3 became part of Washington County when it was formed.
  • 1783: Future northern 2/3 was designated as Depreciation Lands for Revolutionary War soldiers.
  • 1785: Future northern 2/3 was annexed to Northumberland County.
  • 24 September 1788: Nearly all of Beaver fell into Allegheny County when it was created. a small southern portion remained in Washington County.
  • 20 March 1849: Lawrence County was created, giving Beaver County its current boundaries. [6]

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

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in Beaver County, Pennsylvania:

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Beaver County, Pennsylvania online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information

 

Additional Cemetery Resources

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Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links and tips on using Federal (or United States) census records online for Beaver County, see: Pennsylvania Census.


Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. For members, they may contain: age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage date and maiden name; death/burial date. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, see Pennsylvania Church Records.

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Moravians who came in the 1770s were perhaps the earliest religious group to arrive in the county, and they came to preach to the Indians. The early settlers were almost exclusively Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who arrived by 1785. Methodists arrived in the early 1800s. They kept very poor records. Episcopalians arrived around 1799. The minister of that church performed many of the early marriages in the county.[7]

County-wide Database
(Multi-denominational)

Contains church records of:
  • Aliquippa: House of Prayer Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Beaver: First Presbyterian Church
  • Beaver Falls: Christ Lutheran Church; First United Methodist Church
  • Conway: Conway United Presbyterian Church
  • Freedom: First Presbyterian Church
  • Monaca: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
  • New Brighton: Christ Episcopal Church
  • Rochester: Grace Lutheran Church

Catholic

  • "100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843 -1943". Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, 17:1. FamilySearch Library book 974.8 B2wg. Contains chronolgy, map, county-by-county information.
  • The Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh contains all sacramental records older than 70 years beginning in 1808 for parishes in the following counties of Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington. Sacramental records include baptismal, first communion, confirmation, marriage and death registers. The only records older than 70 years that are open for research are death records. They are released without restriction. The research can only be done by Archive staff. Research fees are charged at an hourly rate. For more information about obtaining records of the Diocese and its records click here. For records before 1808 researchers should contact:
    Diocese of Greensburg
    723 E. Pittsburgh Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    Telephone: (412) 837-0901
    Fax: (412) 837-0857
    Website

Court Records[edit | edit source]

For information about records kept in the Orphan's court, Prothonotary Court, Court of Common Pleas, and other courts in counties of Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Court Records Wiki page.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

For online resources, passenger lists, and specific groups coming to Pennsylvania, see Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration.

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

For groups that came, see People section of the Pennsylvania Emigration page.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

The Orphan's Court ensures the best interests of those not capable of handling their own affairs: minors, incapacitated persons, decedents' estates, and more.[8]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a specific location and reveal family relationships. Records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, maps and more. For more information, see Pennsylvania Land and Property.

Land records in Beaver County began in 1800. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Online Land Indexes and Records


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Maps

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War
Men living in what is now Beaver County (then Washington and Westmoreland counties) served in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment.[9]

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Newspapers may contain obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings. Newspapers are often found in local or university libraries, historical or genealogical societies, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published. See Pennsylvania Newspapers for more information.

Newspapers of Beaver County

Online Newspapers

  • Beaver County Times - full-text of more than 11,000 issues spanning 1954-2007 available on Google Newspaper Archive.
  • Beaver Falls Tribune - more than 2,700 full-text issues spanning 1912-1928 available on Google Newspaper Archive
  • Beaver Times - full-text of close to 800 digital issues spanning 1900-1906 available on Google Newspaper Archive
  • Beaver Valley Times - full-text of more than 2,500 issues spanning 1946-1960 available on Google Newspaper Archive

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts

  • Foster, Nancy (compiler), Every-name Index to History of the Newspapres of Beaver County, Pennsylvania (Cincinnati, Ohio:N.B. Foster, c1993) FHL book 974.8 A1 no. 543
  • Two books by Mark H Welchley, used together, provide abstracts from the Beaver County Argus newspaper from 1830 -1858. Argus Genealogical Gleanings covers 1830-1838 FHL book 974.892 V28w and Beaver County, Pennsylvania Marriages from Beaver County Newspapers FHL book 974.892 V2w covers 1830-1878. Note that the content of these books do not overlap, despite the overlapping of the dates.
  • Clear, Helen G. Beaver County Deaths (abstracted from Warner's History) (S.I. s.n., 19--) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.892 V4c A list of deaths taken from newspapers. Death dates are 1817-1886.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died or where family members lived. Local libraries or societies may have indexes or other sources.

Online Obituary Abstracts

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Beaver County are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates; appointments of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills; inheritance tax appeals, and various petitions and motions.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. For the most complete set of records, contact the County Orphans' Court.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. For more information, see Pennsylvania Vital Records.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania marriages were created by county officals. Contact Beaver County Courthouse

Death[edit | edit source]

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. For indexes and records, 1906 and later, see Pennsylvania Vital Records.

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary.

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Beaver County Library System
    109 Pleasant Drive, Suite 101
    Aliquippa, PA 15001
    Phone: (724) 378-6227
    The Beaver County library system consists of nine libraries.
    Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • Beaver Area Heritage Museum
    1 River Road
    Beaver, PA 15009
    Phone: (724) 775-7174
    Website
  • Air Heritage Museum & Aircraft Restoration Facility
    Beaver County Airport
    35 Piper Street
    Beaver Falls, PA 15010
    Phone: (724) 843-2820
    Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical Genealogical Societies
    Website
  • Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
    4400 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
    Phone: (412) 687-6811
    Email: info@wpgs.org
    Website
  • Beaver County Genealogy History Center
    1301 Seventh Avenue
    Beaver Falls, PA 15010
    Phone: (724) 847-9253
    E-mail: beavercountyresearch@yahoo.com
    Website
  • Beaver Falls Historical Society and Museum
    1301 7th Ave.
    Beaver Falls, PA 15010
    Phone: (724) 846-4340
    Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame
    1 Campus Drive
    Monaca, PA 15061
    Phone: (724) 869-9684
    Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaver_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/1/2017
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. The History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement, its erection into a separate county, its subsequent growth and development, sketches of its boroughs, villages and townships. . (Evansville, Indiana : Unigraphic, 1980) FHL book 974.892 H2h 1980.
  8. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012
  9. 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
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/6d/Igipennsylvaniaaa.pdf.

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