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Guide to Clearfield 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: Clearfield
Organized: March 26, 1804
Parent County(s): Lycoming, Huntingdon[1]
Neighboring Counties
Elk  • Cameron  • Clinton  • Jefferson  • Cambria  • Blair  • Centre  • Indiana
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county is located in the Central section of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clearfield County Courthouse
1 North Second Street
PO Box 549
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: 814-765-2641 Ext: 5014
Fax: 814-765-7649
Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts Phone: 814-765-2641 Ext: 5013
Register & Recorder Phone: 814-765-2641 Ext: 5012
Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphan's Court Phone: 814-765-2641
Clearfield County Website

Clearfield 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 1885 1893 1828 1805 1875 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 Lycoming and Huntingdon Counties 26 March 1804.[4]
  • County seat: Clearfield[5]
  • 9 March 1771: The southern part of today's Clearfield County was part of Bedford County when it was formed.
  • 1785: The northern part of future Clearfield County was tansferred to Northumberland County; the southern part remained in Bedford County.
  • 20 September 1787: The southern part of future Clearfield County went with Huntingdon County when it was created; the northern part remained with Northumberland County.
  • 13 April 1795: The northern part of future Clearfield County became part of Lycoming County when it was created in 1795; the southern part remained in Huntingdon County.
  • 18 April 1843: A northern swath of Clearfield County became part of Elk County when it was created.

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 Clearfield County, Pennsylvania:

A listing of the Towns, Boroughs, and Villages of Clearfield County can be found at Clearfield County PAGenWeb Project - Towns Boroughs Villages

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 Clearfield 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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links and tips on using Federal (or United States) census records online for Clearfield 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.

Clearfield County Pennsylvania Churches.png

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational

Contains church records of:
  • Clearfield: United Methodist Church; West Side United Methodist Church
  • DuBois: Lebanon Lutheran Church
  • Houtzdale: Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Kylertown: Kylertown Presbyterian Church
  • Morrisdale: United Methodist Church
  • Osceola Mills: Osceola Mills Presbyterian Church
  • Wallaceton: United Methodist Church
  • Winburne: Winburne Presbyterian Church
  • Woodward: Beulah Presbyterian 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 chronology, map, county-by-county information.

Quaker

Reformed

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.[6]

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 Clearfield County began in 1805. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Online Land Indexes and Records

  • 1804 -1935 Deeds, 1805-1901; Index, 1804-1935. FHL 1436392 (first of 80 films) - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
  • 1986–present Clearfield County offers online access to indexes. Fees apply to view images.

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]

World War II

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

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

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 Clearfield 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.

  • Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspaper Collection available through the Penn State University Library.
    Democratic Banner 9 October 1845-14 February 1849
    Country Dollas 20 June 1849 -26 July 1850
    Clearfield Republican 14 Nov 1851 - 30 Dec 1854; 7 April 1858 - 5 July 1865.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Excerpts and Abstracts

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

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Clearfield 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 Clearfield 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, Clearfield County Courthouse.

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
  • USGenWeb Archives Photos for Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
    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]

  • Blair County Library System
    1600 Fifth Avenue
    Altoona, PA 16601
    Phone: (814) 946-0417 ext. 132
    Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Clearfield County Historical Society
    104 East Pine St
    Clearfield, PA 16830
    Phone: 814-768-7318
    Website
  • Directory of Pennsylvania Genealogical & Historical Societies
    Website
  • Roller-Hojeth Memorial Library
    Blair County Genealogical Society
    431 Scotch Valley Rd.
    Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
    Phone: 814-696-3492
    Website
Collection covers Blair and surrounding counties, particularly Huntingdon, Cambria, and Bedford Counties.

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/Clearfield_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. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/2/23/Igipennsylvaniac.pdf.

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