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Guide to Warren 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: Warren
Organized: March 12, 1800
Parent County(s): Allegheny, Lycoming[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chautauqua (NY)  • Forest  • Cattaraugus (NY)  • Crawford  • McKean  • Elk  • Venango  • Erie
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

It's county seat is Warren and was founded October 1, 1819. It is located in the West-central tip of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Warren County Courthouse
407 Market Street
Warren, PA 16365
Warren County Website

Visit website for information and driving directions for a personal visit (click on the "Warren" tab).

Warren 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 1820 1819 1819 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 and Lycoming Counties 12 March 1800. [4]
  • County seat: Warren[5]
  • 1784: The future Warren County was part of the huge area secured by the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, also known as the "Last Purchase," and much of the land was secured for speculation by the Holland Land Company
  • 1785-1788:The eastern part of the future Warren County was annexed to Northumberland County; the western portion was part of the Donation Lands
  • 1788-1795:The eastern part of the future Warren County remained part of Northumberland County; the western portion became part of the newly created (1788) Allegheny County.
  • 1795-1800:The eastern part of the future Warren County became part of newly created Lycoming County which was carved out of Northumberland County in 1795; the western portion remained part of Allegheny County.

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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in Warren 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 Warren County, Pennsylvania online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information

 

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

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

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.

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Society houses area church records.
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Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as RobersBA/Sandbox/PA 62 Church Records  in online catalogs like:


Presbyterian

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.

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. Warren County shares its judicial district with Forest. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[6]

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.[7]

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 Warren County began in 1800. These records are filed with the Register-Recorder office in Warren, Pennsylvania.

Land Records on Microfilm

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

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Warren County

Maps

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

Naturalization records available for Warren County, Pennsylvania include the following:

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm

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 Warren 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[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.

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 Warren

Online Obituary Abstracts

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

Other Records[edit | edit source]

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational

Contains the church records of:
  • Deerfield: Presbyterian Church in Deerfield

Orphan

Published Histories

Poorhouse, Almshouse
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Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Warren 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 Records
Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch . 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:

Warren County Only:

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

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.

  • 1815-1930 Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709 -1950 – free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania marriages were created by county officals. Contact Warren 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. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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]

  • Warren County Library Association consists of five public libraries in Warren County. Each library has access to genealogical databases - especially US Census indexes and newspapers. Many are accessible with your library card from home.
    :Visit website for list of the libraries in this system, contact information and websites.
  • Warren Public Library205 Market St.
    Warren,PA 16365
    Phone: 814-723-4650
    Fax: 814-723-4521
    Email: reference@warrenlibrary.org
    The Library has a large holding plus access to HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition.
    :Visit website for hours and services.
  • Sugar Grove Free Library
    22 Harmon St.
    PO Box 313
    Sugar Grove, PA 16350
    Phone: 814-489-7872
    Fax: 814-489-7826
    Email: sgfreelibrary@gmail.com
    :Visit website for hours

    :Visit website for list of the libraries in this system, contact information and websites.
    :Visit website for hours and services.
    :Visit website for hours

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • The museum focuses on the Seneca Nation, local history, military actions, and more. [8] The Warren County Historical Society is connected to the museum.
  • Warren County Historical Society
    210 Fourth Avenue
    PO Box 427
    Warren, PA 16365
    814-723-1795
    Email: warrencountyhistory@aol.com
    :They have a wide collection of genealogical material available for searching. They have a database indexes to Birth and Death records from 1893 to 1905. Some of the other records available include, cemetery records, military records, school records, and directories.
    :Visit website for available hours, services and fees.
  • Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS)
    c/o PA Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
    4400 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
    The focus of the WPGS is the 26 counties west of Centre County, including Warren County. They are based out of Pittsburgh, PA in the Pennnsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library. [9]

    Visit website for research services and fees. [10]
    :They have a wide collection of genealogical material available for searching. They have a database indexes to Birth and Death records from 1893 to 1905. Some of the other records available include, cemetery records, military records, school records, and directories.
    :Visit website for available hours, services and fees.

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/Warren_County,_Pennsylvania 2/12/2017
  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 Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  7. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012
  8. From http://www.warrenhistory.org/edresources.htm
  9. http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx
  10. http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx