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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania Genealogy|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Erie County'''
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Guide to '''Erie 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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Guide to '''Erie County, Pennsylvania ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
{{Click|Image:PA_ORP.png|Pennsylvania Online Genealogy Records}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Erie County
 
| county_map = Erie County PA Map.png
 
| state = Pennsylvania
 
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| founded year = 1800
 
| founded date = March 12
 
| seat  = Erie
 
| building image = Erie+County+Courthouse.jpg
 
| building address =Erie County Courthouse<br>140 West 6th Street<br>Room 122<br>Erie, PA 16501<br>[http://www.eriecountypa.gov/ Erie County Website]
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption PARoots
 
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=== Erie County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ===
 
 
 
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|organized= March 12, 1800
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|county seat= Erie
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|parent county= [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Allegheny]]<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Crawford County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Crawford]]
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|county2= [[Ashtabula County, Ohio Genealogy|Ashtabula (OH)]]
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|county3= [[Warren County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Warren]]
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== County Information ==
 
 
'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Allegheny]] County 12 March 1800.<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>
 
 
 
'''County Seat:''' Erie<br>
 
 
 
'''Neighboring Counties''': Erie County '''residents''' may also have records in:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Erie County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_County,_Pennsylvania.</ref>
 
 
 
*[[Crawford County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Crawford]] 
 
*[[Ashtabula County, Ohio Genealogy|Ashtabula County, Ohio]] 
 
*[[Warren County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Warren]]
 
*[[Chautauqua County, New York Genealogy|Chautauqua County, New York]]
 
 
 
Named for Lake Erie. Erie is also the name of a tribe of Indians who lived south and east of the lake before 1654. Over half of Erie County was located in an area called the Erie Triangle. This area was under claim by Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. These four states surrendered their claims to the federal government, which in turn sold this area to Pennsylvania in 1792.
 
  
 
=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
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The county was named for Lake Erie.  The county is located in the Northwest corner of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/2/2017</ref>
  
The county was named for Lake Erie.  It's county seat is Erie. It was organized November 7, 1803It is located in the Northwest corner of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/2/2017</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{PA Courthouse Intro|Erie}}
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'''Erie County Courthouse'''<br>140 West 6th Street<br>Erie, PA 16501<br>Phone: 814-451-6000 or 814-451-6237<br>
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[https://www.eriecountypa.gov/ Clerk of Courts] Phone: 814-451-6250 or 814-451-6237<br>
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[http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/register-of-wills.aspx Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court]  Phone: 814-451-6260<br>
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[https://www.eriecountypa.gov/ Erie County Prothonotary], 814–451-6250 or 814-451-6237 Email: [mailto:prothonatary@eriecountypa.gov prothonatary@eriecountypa.gov] <br>[http://www.eriecountypa.gov/ Erie County Website]<br>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Erie County, Pennsylvania Record Dates  ===
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{{PA Record Dates Intro|Erie}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Erie County, Pennsylvania Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Erie County, Pennsylvania Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Erie County, Pennsylvania Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Erie County, Pennsylvania Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Erie County, Pennsylvania Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Erie County, Pennsylvania Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1893
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1823
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1823
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1906. General compliance by 1915. </center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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'''1823''' Fire burned the Courthouse on March 23, 1823. The building and all books, papers, and records were destroyed.<ref name="HEC"> [http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924096783489 ''History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, ''](Chicago: Warner, Beers and Co., 1884, [FHL book 974.899 H2h]</ref>
  
In 1850 a boundary line dispute between Erie and Crawford counties was settled. The line was straightened and a long, narrow strip of land was added to Erie County and some land was added to Crawford County. A number of Crawford County citizens became residents of Erie County and a less number of Erie County residents were shifted to Crawford County.<ref name="HEC"> [http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924096783489 ''History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, ''](Chicago: Warner, Beers and Co., 1884, [FHL book 974.899 H2h]</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.
 
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
 
 
'''1823''' Fire burned the Courthouse on March 23, 1823. The building and all books, papers, and records were destroyed.<ref name="HEC"> [http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924096783489 ''History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, ''](Chicago: Warner, Beers and Co., 1884, [FHL book 974.899 H2h]</ref>  
 
  
 
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{PA Boundary Changes Intro|Erie}}
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[[Image:Lake-erie.png|thumb|right|185px|Lake Erie]]
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* Formed from [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Allegheny]] County 12 March 1800.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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*'''County seat:''' Erie<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>In 1850 a boundary line dispute between Erie and Crawford counties was settled. The line was straightened and a long, narrow strip of land was added to Erie County and some land was added to Crawford County. A number of Crawford County citizens became residents of Erie County and a less number of Erie County residents were shifted to Crawford County.<ref name="HEC"> [http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924096783489 ''History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, ''](Chicago: Warner, Beers and Co., 1884, [FHL book 974.899 H2h]</ref>
  
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== Erie County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources  ==
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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 at the MapofUS.org website.
  
==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
  
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://pennsylvania.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,049,c,erie.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Erie County, Pennsylvania," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_County%2C_Pennsylvania, accessed 21 January 2020.</ref>
  
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{{Populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corry,_Pennsylvania Corry]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie,_Pennsylvania Erie]
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=40&GScnty=2265&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]  
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avonia,_Pennsylvania Avonia]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairview_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Fairview]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Park_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Lawrence Park]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Harborcreek,_Pennsylvania Northwest Harborcreek]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_State_Erie_(Behrend),_Pennsylvania Penn State Erie]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amity_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Amity]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concord_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Concord]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conneaut_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Conneaut]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk_Creek_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Elk Creek]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairview_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Fairview]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Franklin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girard_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Girard]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Greene]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenfield_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Greenfield]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harborcreek_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Harborcreek]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Park_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Lawrence Park]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeBoeuf_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania LeBoeuf]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKean_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania McKean]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millcreek_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Millcreek]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_East_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania North East]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfield_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Springfield]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summit_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Summit]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Union]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venango_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Venango]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Washington]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterford_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Waterford]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Township,_Erie_County,_Pennsylvania Wayne]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion,_Pennsylvania Albion]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranesville,_Pennsylvania Cranesville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinboro,_Pennsylvania Edinboro]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin,_Pennsylvania Elgin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girard,_Pennsylvania Girard]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_City,_Pennsylvania Lake City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKean,_Pennsylvania McKean]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mill_Village,_Pennsylvania Mill Village]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_East,_Pennsylvania North East]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platea,_Pennsylvania Platea]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_City,_Pennsylvania Union City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterford,_Pennsylvania Waterford]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wattsburg,_Pennsylvania Wattsburg]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesleyville,_Pennsylvania Wesleyville]
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=== History Timeline ===
| bgcolor="E9F1EA" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=40&CScnty=2265 Findagrave.com]
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{{PA Historical Timeline Intro|Erie}}
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[http://www.interment.net/us/pa/erie.htm Interment.net]
 
  
| bgcolor="#EDDFFB" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+Erie+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
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== Resources ==
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{{PA Resources Intro|Erie}}
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[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/erie/cemet.htm USGenWeb]
 
  
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=== Bible Records ===
| bgcolor="E9F1EA" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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{{PA Bible Intro|Erie}}
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[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Erie-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy]
 
  
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=== Biographies  ===
| bgcolor="E9F1EA" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=13944&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=42&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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{{PA Biographies Intro|Erie}}
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[http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/search.php?cid=25&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Pennsylvania Gravestones]
 
  
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{PA Business Records Intro|Erie}}
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
 
  
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{PA Cemeteries Intro|Erie}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Erie County, Pennsylvania''' online and in print</center>
[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx#results Names in Stone]
 
 
 
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/erie_county.htm Access Genealogy]  
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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* [http://pennsylvania.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery,scfips,42049.cfm HomeTownLocator]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/erie/cemet.htm PAGenWeb Archives]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves (name)]
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* [http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Erie-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy]
 
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Erie/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]  
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+Erie+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Pennsylvania/Erie-County?id=county_2265 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/erie-pa-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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* [http://www.pennsylvaniagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=25 PAGravestones]
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=13944&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=42&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/pa/erie.htm Interment]
 
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=== Census Records ===
 
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{{PA Census Intro|Erie}}
*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Wintergreen-Gorge-Cemetery/163633#/ Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery, Harborcreek] BillionGraves
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=160477 Dunn Valley Cemetery, McKean] BillionGraves
 
 
 
==== Census ====
 
 
 
{{PAcensus}}
 
 
 
==== Church Records ====
 
 
 
{{PAChurch2}}<br>A good reference for early churches in Erie County is History of Erie County, Pennsylvania. The various churches are discussed in each of the township chapters.<ref>"History of Erie County, Pennsylvania" (Chicago: Warner, Beers Co., 1884). {{WorldCat|2561523}}; {{FHL|246123|item|disp=FHL book 974.899 H2h}}</ref> Some of the early denominations include: Baptist, Methodist Episcopal and Presbyterian.
 
 
 
[[Image:Erie county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px|Erie county pennsylvania churches.png]] {{PAChurch1|Erie|365654}}  
 
 
 
===== 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.''
 
 
 
===== Catholic  =====
 
 
 
*"100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843–1943," ''Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 17, No. 1. {{FHL|151821|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2wg}}. Chronology, map, county-by-county information.
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/church/StJohnbaptismindex.htm Baptism Register - St John’s Catholic Church], December 1869–1908, Erie County (PA) Genealogy<br>
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/church/CathChurchRecords.htm ''Catholic Church Records &amp; Directory''], Erie County (PA) Genealogy<br>
 
 
 
===== Methodist  =====
 
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/church/MarRecordsCirRider.htm ''Marriage Records of Rev. George Stuntz''] Methodist Circuit Rider, Erie County (PA) Genealogy<br>
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=== Church Records ===
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{{PA Church Intro|Erie}}
  
===== Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) =====
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[[Image:Erie county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|300px|Erie county pennsylvania churches.png]]  
  
*''Record of Members, 1929-1942'' (Erie District), – {{FHL|175157|item|disp=FHL film 1980}}<br>  
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'''''County-wide Database - Multi-denominational'''''<br>
*''Rediscovering History: Mormons in Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1832-1833'' {{FHL|749501|item|disp=FHL book 974.899 K2b}}<br>
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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] – $, to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry] $
  
==== Court Records ====
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'''''Catholic'''''<br>
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*"100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843 -1943," ''Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 17, No. 1. {{FHL|151821|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 B2wg}}. Chronology, map, county-by-county information.
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20170522125616/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~paerie/church/StJohnbaptismindex.htm Baptism Register - St John’s Catholic Church], December 1869 -1908, Erie County (PA) Genealogy
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20080915172331/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~paerie/church/CathChurchRecords.htm ''Catholic Church Records &amp; Directory''], Erie County (PA) Genealogy
  
{{PA court1}}
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'''''Methodist'''''<br>
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20170827192043/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~paerie/church/MarRecordsCirRider.htm ''Marriage Records of Rev. George Stuntz''] Methodist Circuit Rider, Erie County (PA) Genealogy
  
===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
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'''''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'''''<br>
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*''Record of Members, 1929-1942'' (Erie District), – {{FHL|175157|item|disp=FHL film 1980}}
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*''Rediscovering History: Mormons in Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1832-1833'' {{FHL|749501|item|disp=FHL book 974.899 K2b}}
  
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. Erie 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>
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=== Court Records ===
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{{PA Court Intro|Erie}}
  
===== Clerk of the Court  =====
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=== Directories ===
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{{PA Directories Intro|Erie}}
  
{{PA court2}}  
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{PA Emigration Intro|Erie}}
  
===== Prothonotary  =====
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*'''1952 -1957''' {{RecordSearch|2427900|Pennsylvania, Crew Lists arriving at Erie, 1952-1957}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
{{PA court3}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{PA Ethnic Groups Intro|Erie}}
  
===== Orphans' Court =====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{PA Funeral Homes Intro|Erie}}
  
{{PA court4}}<br>
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{PA Genealogies Intro|Erie}}
  
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{PA Guardianship Intro|Erie}}
 
*'''1822–1868''' Court Dockets {{FHL|401585|item|disp=FHL Film 863929–863932}}
 
*'''1822–1868''' Court Dockets {{FHL|401585|item|disp=FHL Film 863929–863932}}
  
{{PA court6|Erie|506965}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
 
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{{PA Land Intro|Erie}}
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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{{PAeriemap}}
 
 
{{PA emigration}}
 
 
 
*'''1952 - 1957''' {{RecordSearch|2427900|Pennsylvania, Crew Lists arriving at Erie, 1952-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index <br>
 
  
==== Ethnic Groups  ====
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Land records in Erie County began in 1823. These records are filed with the [http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/deeds-land-records.aspx Recorder of Deeds] office in Erie, Pennsylvania.
 
 
===== Germans  =====
 
 
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
 
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
 
 
==== History  ====
 
 
 
[[Image:Lake-erie.png|thumb|right|185px]]
 
 
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/penn/erie/history/1843history.html History of Erie County 1843] from GenealogyTrails.
 
*[http://www.archive.org/stream/cu31924028829947#page/n698/mode/1up Erie County] from An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1876, from archive.org.
 
*''History of Erie County, Pennsylvania,'' 1884, by Samuel P. Bates. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/bates/batesindx.htm Transcription on line] from the Erie County PAGenWeb site. [http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924096783489 Digitized book on line] at archive.org.<br>
 
*''History of Erie Co from its First Settlement,'' 1894, by Laura G. Sanford. [http://www.archive.org/details/historyoferiecou00sanf Digitized book on line] at archive.org.<br>
 
*''Nelson's Biographical Dictionary &amp; Historical Reference Book of Erie County, ''1896. [http://www.archive.org/details/nelsonsbiographi00whit Digitized book online] at archive.org.
 
*''A Twentieth Century History of Erie County, Pennsylvania: A Narrative Account of Its Historic Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests,'' 1909 by John Miller, two volumes. Digitized book online at archive.org, [http://www.archive.org/details/twentiethcentury01mill Volume 1] [http://www.archive.org/details/twentiethcentury02mill Volume 2]<br>
 
*''Popular History of Erie County, Pennsylvania'' by D. P. Robbins. [http://www.archive.org/details/popularhistoryof01robb Digitized book on line] at archive.org.<br>
 
*''History of Erie County Pennsylvania'', 1925 by John Elmer Reed. [http://www.archive.org/details/historyoferiecou01reed Digitized book on line] at archive.org.
 
*''Images of America: Erie County, PA'' by Erie Yesterday. [http://books.google.com/books?id=wTjnmTsEe1kC&lpg=PA6&dq=history%20of%20erie%20county%20pa&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false Limited preview at GoogleBooks]<br>
 
*''Souvenir of Erie, Penna. ''1888, Illustrated. Also called: ''The City of Erie, PA,'' 1888.<br>
 
*''Lost Erie: The Vanished Heritage of City and County,'' 1991, by John R. Claridge 
 
*Historic Erie County: An Illustrated History, 2004, by Edward T. Wellejus 
 
*''Erie: a Guide to the City and County,'' 1938. [http://www.archive.org/details/erieguidetocitya00federich Digitized book on line] at archive.org.
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Erie/hist/weather/ Erie County, PA Tornadoes, Blizzards, Floods and Other Events]
 
*''Greetings from Wesleyville'' by Debbi Lyon. [http://www.erieyesterday.org/local-author-debbi-lyon/ Debbi Lyon]<br>
 
*''Greetings from Wesleyville Vol. 2'' by Debbi Lyon.<br>
 
 
 
===== Published Histories  =====
 
 
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
 
 
Land records in Erie County began in 1823. These records are filed with the [http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/deeds-land-records.aspx Recorder of Deeds] office in Erie, 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'''
 
  
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'''Online Land Indexes and Records'''
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*'''1815-1919''' Mortgages, 1815-1836; Mortgage Index, 1823-1919. {{FHL|224031|item|disp=FHL films 870450–870461}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images; Earlier records are for what would later become Erie County that fell within the boundaries of the parent counties.
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*'''1823-1946''' Deed Books, 1823-1886; Deed Index, 1823-1946. {{FHL|224039|item|disp=FHL film 863933 (first of 76 films)}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
 
*'''1976–present''' Erie County offers [http://www.infoconcountyaccess.com/ online access] to records. Fees apply.
 
*'''1976–present''' Erie County offers [http://www.infoconcountyaccess.com/ online access] to records. Fees apply.
  
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
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=== Local Histories ===
 
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{{PA Histories Intro|Erie}}
*'''1823–1946''' Deed Books, 1823-1886; Deed Index, 1823-1946. {{FHL|224039|item|disp=FHL film 863933 (first of 76 films)}}<br>
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/penn/erie/history/1843history.html History of Erie County 1843] from GenealogyTrails.
*'''1815–1919''' Mortgages, 1815-1836; Mortgage Index, 1823-1919. {{FHL|224031|item|disp=FHL films 870450–870461}} Earlier records are for what would later become Erie County that fell within the boundaries of the parent counties.
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*[http://www.archive.org/stream/cu31924028829947#page/n698/mode/1up Erie County] from An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1876, from archive.org.
 
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*''History of Erie County, Pennsylvania,'' 1884, by Samuel P. Bates. [http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924096783489 Digitized book on line] at archive.org.
'''Additional Resources'''
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*''History of Erie Co from its First Settlement,'' 1894, by Laura G. Sanford. [http://www.archive.org/details/historyoferiecou00sanf Digitized book on line] at archive.org.
 
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*''Nelson's Biographical Dictionary &amp; Historical Reference Book of Erie County, ''1896. [http://www.archive.org/details/nelsonsbiographi00whit Digitized book online] at archive.org.
Note that the "Maps" section below includes maps related to land ownership.  
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*''A Twentieth Century History of Erie County, Pennsylvania: A Narrative Account of Its Historic Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests,'' 1909 by John Miller, two volumes. Digitized book online at archive.org, [http://www.archive.org/details/twentiethcentury01mill Volume 1] [http://www.archive.org/details/twentiethcentury02mill Volume 2]
 
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*''Popular History of Erie County, Pennsylvania'' by D. P. Robbins. [http://www.archive.org/details/popularhistoryof01robb Digitized book on line] at archive.org.
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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*''History of Erie County Pennsylvania'', 1925 by John Elmer Reed. [http://www.archive.org/details/historyoferiecou01reed Digitized book on line] at archive.org.
 
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*''Images of America: Erie County, PA'' by Erie Yesterday. [http://books.google.com/books?id=wTjnmTsEe1kC&lpg=PA6&dq=history%20of%20erie%20county%20pa&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false Limited preview at GoogleBooks]
Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''Erie County Pennsylvania Land''''' in online catalogs such as:  
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*''Souvenir of Erie, Penna. ''1888, Illustrated. Also called: ''The City of Erie, PA,'' 1888.
 
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*''Lost Erie: The Vanished Heritage of City and County,'' 1991, by John R. Claridge
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Erie+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>
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*Historic Erie County: An Illustrated History, 2004, by Edward T. Wellejus
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Erie+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>
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*''Erie: a Guide to the City and County,'' 1938. [http://www.archive.org/details/erieguidetocitya00federich Digitized book on line] at archive.org.
*{{FHL|375342|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} (For instructions see [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search]].)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Erie/hist/weather/ Erie County, PA Tornadoes, Blizzards, Floods and Other Events]
 
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*''Greetings from Wesleyville'' by Debbi Lyon. [http://www.erieyesterday.org/local-author-debbi-lyon/ Debbi Lyon]
==== Maps  ====
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*''Greetings from Wesleyville Vol. 2'' by Debbi Lyon.
  
{{PAeriemap}}  
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
<center>'''Click the image to view an enlarged version'''</center>
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{{PA Maps Intro|Erie}}
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{{CO Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{PA Erie County}}}}
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'''''Maps'''''<br>
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ Maps of Pennsylvania (1673-1878)]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ Maps of Pennsylvania (1673-1878)]
  
[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free downloadable images from the&nbsp;[http://ancestortracks.com/ErieCounty.html Map of Erie County, Pennsylvania from Actual Surveys by under Supervision of J. Chace Jr. (Troy, NY: McLeran &amp; Morris Publishers, 1855)]. &nbsp;This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date 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://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted downloadable images from the [http://ancestortracks.com/ErieCounty.html Map of Erie County, Pennsylvania from Actual Surveys by under Supervision of J. Chace Jr. (Troy, NY: McLeran &amp; Morris Publishers, 1855)]. This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date 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  ====
 
  
[[Image:Catskill Turnpike.png|right|550px|Catskill Turnpike.png]]Migration routes for early European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref><br><br>
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=== Migration ===
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{{PA Migration Intro|Erie}}
  
*[[Catskill Road]] 1750s from [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Catskill, New York]]<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 6 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="AncramTpk">[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm#_NAME_%28A%29 Ancram Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Ancram Turnpike''' went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the '''''Catskill Road'''''.</ref> <ref name="Morgan">Almira E Morgan, ''The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path'' (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. [http://tcpl.org/local-history/documents/nys-cny/Catskill_Turnpike.pdf Online digital copy].</ref> <ref name="CatskillTpk">[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm#_NAME_%28C%29 Catskill Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Catskill Turnpike''' went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the '''''Susquehanna Turnpike'''''.</ref> <ref>Huntting, 97-99.</ref>
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[[Image:Catskill Turnpike.png|right|350px|Catskill Turnpike]]Migration routes for early European settlers to and from Erie County included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref><br>
*'''''[[Catskill Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' (aka '''Susquehannah Turnpike&nbsp;''') from Catskill, NY to Unadilla, NY; route travelled by Europeans by the 1750s; toll booths opened by 1804.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="Morgan" /> <ref>Anastassia Zinke, [http://www.catskillmtn.org/guide-magazine/articles/2001-11-the-susquehanna-turnpike-and-america-s-frontier-history.html The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History] in ''Catskill Mountain Foundation'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref>Joan Odess, [http://www.dcha-ny.org/turnpike.pdf The Susquehanna Turnpike] (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).</ref>
 
*[[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>
 
*[[Lake Shore Path|Lake Shore Path]] 1792 from [[Buffalo, New York]] to [[Sandusky County, Ohio]]<ref>''Handybook'', 850.</ref>
 
*[[Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths|'''Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths''']] 1766 from [[Unadilla, New York]] to [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]], that is, from the '''''[[Catskill Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' to the '''''[[Great Valley Road]]'''''.<ref>''Handybook'', 850-51.</ref>  
 
*[[Ulster and Delaware Turnpike]]<ref name="LOTNY" /> 1802 from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Bainbridge, New York]]
 
  
==== Military  ====
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*[[Catskill Road]] 1750s from [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Catskill, New York]]<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 6 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="AncramTpk">[https://web.archive.org/web/20171006001102/http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/American%20Migration%20Routes%20TOC.htm#_Index_of_Roads,Ancram Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Ancram Turnpike''' went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the '''''Catskill Road'''''.</ref> <ref name="Morgan">Almira E Morgan, ''The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path'' (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. [http://tcpl.org/local-history/documents/nys-cny/Catskill_Turnpike.pdf Online digital copy].</ref> <ref name="CatskillTpk">[https://web.archive.org/web/20171006001102/http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/American%20Migration%20Routes%20TOC.htm#_Index_of_Roads, Catskill Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Catskill Turnpike''' went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the '''''Susquehanna Turnpike'''''.</ref> <ref>Huntting, 97-99.</ref>
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*[[Catskill Turnpike]](aka '''Susquehannah Turnpike ''') from Catskill, NY to Unadilla, NY; route travelled by Europeans by the 1750s; toll booths opened by 1804.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="Morgan" /> <ref>Anastassia Zinke, [http://www.catskillmtn.org/guide-magazine/articles/2001-11-the-susquehanna-turnpike-and-america-s-frontier-history.html The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History] in ''Catskill Mountain Foundation'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref>Joan Odess, [http://www.dcha-ny.org/turnpike.pdf The Susquehanna Turnpike] (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).</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>
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*[[Lake Shore Path|Lake Shore Path]] 1792 from [[Buffalo, New York]] to [[Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy|Sandusky (OH)]]<ref>''Handybook'', 850.</ref>
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*[[Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths|Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths]] 1766 from [[Unadilla, New York]] to [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]], that is, from the [[Catskill Turnpike]]to the [[Great Valley Road]].<ref>''Handybook'', 850-51.</ref>
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*[[Ulster and Delaware Turnpike]] 1802 from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Bainbridge, New York]]
  
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{PA Military Intro|Erie}}
  
{{PANaturalization}}<br>
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|3048335|Pennsylvania, Register of Military Volunteers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{PA Naturalization Intro|Erie}}
  
{{PAnewspapers}}  
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{PA Newspapers Intro|Erie}}
  
'''Newspapers of Erie County'''  
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'''Newspapers of Erie 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=Erie&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Erie&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
  
'''Newspapers Available on Microfilm'''  
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'''Newspapers Available on Microfilm'''
  
 
*Several different newspapers are available on microfilm in the [http://www.erielibrary.org/services/genealogy/ Heritage Room] at the [http://www.erielibrary.org/library-info-2/locations-hours/ Blasco Memorial Library] in Erie, PA. Some of the titles include the Erie Gazette, the Erie Observer, the Erie Dispatch, Erie Dispatch-Herald, the Erie Daily Times, the Erie Morning News and the Erie Times-News. Some of the Erie County newspapers that are available on microfilm include the Cosmopolite (Girard, PA), the Corry Evening Journal and the Edinboro Independent. The library also has one German language newspaper on microfilm.
 
*Several different newspapers are available on microfilm in the [http://www.erielibrary.org/services/genealogy/ Heritage Room] at the [http://www.erielibrary.org/library-info-2/locations-hours/ Blasco Memorial Library] in Erie, PA. Some of the titles include the Erie Gazette, the Erie Observer, the Erie Dispatch, Erie Dispatch-Herald, the Erie Daily Times, the Erie Morning News and the Erie Times-News. Some of the Erie County newspapers that are available on microfilm include the Cosmopolite (Girard, PA), the Corry Evening Journal and the Edinboro Independent. The library also has one German language newspaper on microfilm.
  
'''Newspaper Indexes'''
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'''Newspaper Indexes and Abstracts'''
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/newspaper/NewspaperIndex.htm USGenWeb Erie County Newspaper and Obituary Index]
 
 
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
 
  
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20161004161541/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/newspaper/NewspaperIndex.htm USGenWeb Erie County Newspaper and Obituary Index]
 
*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?346 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Erie County.
 
*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?346 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Erie County.
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*'''1947-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
==== Obituaries ====
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=== Obituaries ===
 
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{{PA Obituaries Intro|Erie}}
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 [[Erie County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]
 
  
{{Tip|Sometimes the fastest way of finding obituaries is to call or email the local [http://www.publiclibraries.com/ public library] in the area where the person died.  If the library does not have newspapers, a librarian often will know where they are kept.  If a death date is known, and the newspapers are at the library, someone on staff will usually make a search for a small fee, or will indicate someone who will do the search.}}<br>
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'''Online Obituary Index and Extracts'''
 
 
'''Online Obituary Index'''  
 
  
 
*The [http://www.erielibrary.org/ Erie County Library] has compiled and maintains an paper and online [http://www.erielibrary.org/research-services/obituary-listings/ obituary index] for Erie County from 1822 to the present. The index comes from Erie newspapers and covers 1822 to the present. Microfilmed copies of the newspapers are located in the Heritage Room of the Blasco Memorial Library. The Information Services staff of the Library will do limited genealogical research or requests for obituaries by mail. There is a fee for this service.
 
*The [http://www.erielibrary.org/ Erie County Library] has compiled and maintains an paper and online [http://www.erielibrary.org/research-services/obituary-listings/ obituary index] for Erie County from 1822 to the present. The index comes from Erie newspapers and covers 1822 to the present. Microfilmed copies of the newspapers are located in the Heritage Room of the Blasco Memorial Library. The Information Services staff of the Library will do limited genealogical research or requests for obituaries by mail. There is a fee for this service.
 
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?347 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Erie County.
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20161004161541/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/newspaper/NewspaperIndex.htm USGenWeb Erie County Newspaper and Obituary Index]
 
 
*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?347 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Erie County.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/newspaper/NewspaperIndex.htm USGenWeb Erie County Newspaper and Obituary Index]
 
 
 
'''Obituary Excerpts and Extracts'''
 
 
 
 
*Smith, Gary V. and Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania) ''3000 Death Notices Covering Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York Extracted from the Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania)'' (Montgomery, Alabama:G.V. Smith, c1992) {{FHL|222348|item|disp=FHL film 1697903 items 1-2; book 974.899/C1 V4s}}
 
*Smith, Gary V. and Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania) ''3000 Death Notices Covering Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York Extracted from the Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania)'' (Montgomery, Alabama:G.V. Smith, c1992) {{FHL|222348|item|disp=FHL film 1697903 items 1-2; book 974.899/C1 V4s}}
  
==== Occupations  ====
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=== Other Records ===
 
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{{PA Other Records Intro|Erie}}
===== Indentured Servants  =====
 
  
==== Periodicals ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{PA Periodicals Intro|Erie}}
  
==== Poorhouse, Almshouse  ====
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=== Probate Records ===
 
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{{PA Probate Intro|Erie}}
==== Probate Records ====
 
 
 
{{PA Probate Intro}}<br>
 
 
 
'''Online Probate Indexes'''<br>
 
 
 
*Erie County Estate Indexes at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/misc/MiscIndex.htm PAGenWeb] for surnames M, N, O, S, T
 
  
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'''Online Probate Indexes and Records'''
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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] $
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*'''1822-1971''' [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9PM6-JWL%3A268495301%3Fcc%3D1999196 Erie County Probate Records] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]  - images only
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*'''1822-1868''' Court Dockets {{FHL|401585|item|disp=FHL films 863929–863932}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*'''1823-1916''' Will Books {{FHL|386159|item|disp=FHL film 863927 (first of 15 films)}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*'''1823-1958''' Proceedings Index {{FHL|386163|item|disp=FHL films 894222–894232}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*'''1823-1971''' Estate Index {{FHL|401577|item|disp=FHL films 863919–863926}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*'''1839-1864''' Registers Dockets {{FHL|401659|item|disp=FHL film 863933 Item 1}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*Erie County Estate Indexes at [https://web.archive.org/web/20161004161532/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/misc/MiscIndex.htm PAGenWeb] for surnames M, N, O, S, T
 
*Erie County [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/erie/wills.htm Wills and Estate Records] at Pennsylvania USGenWeb [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/erie/ Archives]
 
*Erie County [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/erie/wills.htm Wills and Estate Records] at Pennsylvania USGenWeb [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/erie/ Archives]
  
*'''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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=== School Records ===
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{{PA Schools Intro|Erie}}
  
'''Online Probate Records'''<br>
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{PA Tax Intro|Erie}}
  
Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [http://www.familysearch.org/ 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: <br>
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{PA Vital Intro|Erie}}
  
Complete Collection:  
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Birth records for Erie County began in 1893. The [http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/clerk-of-records.aspx Erie County Clerk of Records] maintains birth records through 1905.
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Erie County marriages are maintained by the Clerk of Records. Erie County began recording marriages in 1885.
  
*'''1683-1994'''-{{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}}at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
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Death records for the city of Erie exist beginning July 5, 1875. Erie County began recording deaths in 1893. Records from 1893-1905 are available at the Clerk of Records office in Erie City. You may request a death record from the Clerk of Records.
  
Erie County only:  
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Death certificates become public records after 50 years. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the Division of Vital Records and are not public certificates. Only certain people can request a non-public death certificate. To order a non-public representative you must be:
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9PM6-JWL%3A268495301%3Fcc%3D1999196 Erie County Probate Records]<br>
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*Legal representative of decedent's estate
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*Immediate family member
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*Extended family member who indicates a direct relationship to the decedent
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*Power of Attorney (Please note that a Power of Attorney document is no longer valid upon the death of the individual)
  
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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See the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/death_certificates/14122 Pennsylvania Department of Health website] to obtain a copy of a non-public death certificate.
  
*'''1822–1868''' Court Dockets {{FHL|401585|item|disp=FHL films 863929–863932}}
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==== Birth ====
*'''1823–1916''' Will Books {{FHL|386159|item|disp=FHL film 863927 (first of 15 films)}}
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{{PA Birth Intro|Erie}}
*'''1823–1958''' Proceedings Index {{FHL|386163|item|disp=FHL films 894222–894232}}
 
*'''1823–1971''' Estate Index {{FHL|401577|item|disp=FHL films 863919–863926}}
 
*'''1839–1864''' Registers Dockets {{FHL|401659|item|disp=FHL film 863933 Item 1}}
 
  
{{PA probate FamilySearch Catalog and WorldCat|Erie|502509}}<br>
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*'''1893-1906'''  Birth Records {{FHL|386152|item|disp=FHL films 894207–08}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
  
==== Repositories  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{PA Marriage Intro|Erie}}
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-society-archive/ List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*'''1626-2016''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=pennsylvania%2cpa Pennsylvania, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast]
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*'''1677-1950'''  {{RecordSearch|2466357|Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
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*'''1700-1821'''  Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry] $
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*'''1725-1976'''  {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} index. Not complete for all years. This index 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.
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*'''Pre-1810'''  Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry] $
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*'''1852-1854'''  Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry] $
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*'''1885'''  Erie County Marriage Index 1885 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]; Batch {{IGI|M524621}}<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igipennsylvaniac.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/2/23/Igipennsylvaniac.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1885-1950'''  {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - Extracted marriage records; This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
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*'''1885-1968'''  Marriage License Dockets (Erie County, Pennsylvania), 1885-1950; index, 1885-1968 {{FHL|386145|item|disp=FHL film first film # 2208792}}
  
===== Archives  =====
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==== Death ====
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{{PA Death Intro|Erie}}
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*'''1720-1999'''  {{RecordSearch|3535178|Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, some images
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*'''1892-1906'''  Death Records {{FHL|386156|item|disp=FHL films 894209–10}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*'''1893-1906'''  Erie County Death Index 1893-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at  [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
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*'''1906-1968''' [https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online/Pages/Death-Indices.aspx Death Indexes] at the [https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Pages/default.aspx Pennsylvania State Archives] - rolling date as records after 50 years become available to the public
  
*{{PA Archives}}
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==== Divorce ====
*[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>
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{{PA Divorce Intro|Erie}}
  
===== Courthouse  =====
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Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary.
  
[http://www.eriecountypa.gov/courts.aspx Erie County Courthouse]<br>140 West 6th Street<br>Erie, PA 16501<br>Phone: 814-451-6260
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{PA Research Facilities Intro|Erie}}
  
[http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/criminal-records.aspx Clerk of Courts] (criminal records)<br>Room 103<br>814-451-6221<br>Email: [mailto:rcatalde@eriecountygov.org rcatalde@eriecountygov.org]
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=== Archives ===
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{{PA Archives Intro|Erie}}
  
[http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/register-of-wills.aspx Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court]<br>Register of Wills, Room 122<br>Phone: 814-451-6260<br>Fax: 814-451-7010<br>
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''' National Archives at Philadelphia'''<br>14700 Townsend Road<br>Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096<br>Phone: 215-305-2044<br>Fax: 215-305-2052<br>[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ Website]
  
[http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/civil-records.aspx Erie County Prothonotary]<br>Erie County Courthouse, Room 120<br>Phone: 814–451-6250<br>Email: [mailto:prothonotary@eriecountygov.org prothonotary@eriecountygov.org] <br>
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=== Family History Centers ===
 +
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
===== Family History Centers  =====
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Erie_Pennsylvania_Family_History_Center Erie Pennsylvania Family History Center]
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}{{PAfhc|Erie}}<br>The Erie County Public Library (Raymond M. Blasco, M.D. Memorial Library) may also order microfilms from FamilySearch.<br>
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=== Libraries ===
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{{PA Libraries Intro|Erie}}
  
===== Libraries  =====
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'''The Erie County Public Library System'''<br>Phone:814-451-6900 <br>
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[http://www.erielibrary.org/ Website]<br>
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::The Erie County Public Library system is made up of five library locations and a Bookmobile.The Erie County Public Library maintains a large collection of genealogical materials. The majority of this collection is housed in the Heritage Room on the second floor of the Blasco Memorial Library. The focus of this collection is Northwestern Pennsylvania and the tri-state area. An important part of their holdings are the obituary indexes that cover 1822 to the present. The Heritage Room has microfilm copies of the Erie newspapers, going back to 1820. They also have microfilm copies of the 1800 to 1930 censuses for Erie County and selected censuses for other Pennsylvania counties. Additionally the library has city directories for Erie beginning in 1853 and suburban directories beginning in 1957. The library subscribes to Ancestry.com Library Edition and to HeritageQuest Online. <br>
  
Erie County Public Library
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=== Museums ===
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{{PA Museums Intro|Erie}}
  
The [http://www.erielibrary.org/ Erie County Public Library] maintains a large collection of genealogical materials. The majority of this collection is housed in the Heritage Room on the second floor of the Blasco Memorial Library. The focus of this collection is Northwestern Pennsylvania and the tri-state area. An important part of their holdings are the obituary indexes that cover 1822 to the present. The Heritage Room has microfilm copies of the Erie newspapers, going back to 1820. They also have microfilm copies of the 1800 to 1930 censuses for Erie County and selected censuses for other Pennsylvania counties. Additionally the library has city directories for Erie beginning in 1853 and suburban directories beginning in 1957. The library subscribes to Ancestry.com Library Edition and to HeritageQuest Online. The Blasco Memorial Library is located at 160 East Front St. Erie, PA 16507.  
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'''Erie Maritime Museum'''<br>150 East Front Street<br>Erie, PA 16507<br>Phone: 814-452-2744<br>[http://flagshipniagara.org/ Website]<br>
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'''Museum of Erie County History'''<br>419 State St.<br>Erie, PA 16501<br>Phone: 814-454-1813<br>
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::The museum explores the history of Erie County from pre-settlement to today. The museum is housed in the Erie County History Center.<br>
  
===== Museums  =====
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== Societies ==
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{{PA Societies Intro|Erie}}
  
[http://flagshipniagara.org/ '''Erie Maritime Museum''']<br>150 East Front Street<br>Erie, PA 16507<br>Phone: 814-452-2744
 
  
<br> '''Museum of Erie County History'''<br>419 State St.<br>Erie, PA 16501<br>Phone: 814-454-1813
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'''Erie Society for Genealogical Research'''<br>P.O. Box 1403<br>Erie, PA 16512-1403<br>[https://genealogyerie.org/ Website]<br>
 
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::The ESGR through their volunteer research committee will perform some research requests.<br>
The museum explores the history of Erie County from pre-settlement to today. The museum is housed in the Erie County History Center.
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::A valuable tool that the ESGR provides on their website is a name index to the [http://erie.pa-roots.com/erie.html ''Keystone Kuzzins''] publication.<br>
 
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'''Erie County Historical Society'''<br>419 State St.<br> Erie, PA 16501 <br>Phone: 814-454-1813 Ext. 0<br>[http://eriehistory.com/ Website]
===== Societies  =====
 
 
 
*[http://erie.pa-roots.com/ Erie Society for Genealogical Research]<br>P.O. Box 1403<br>Erie, PA 16512-1403<br>
 
 
 
:*The ESGR through their volunteer research committee will perform some research requests.  
 
:*A valuable tool that the ESGR provides on their website is a name index to the [http://erie.pa-roots.com/erie.html ''Keystone Kuzzins''] publication.
 
 
 
*[http://eriehistory.com/ Erie County Historical Society]<br>419 State St.<br> Erie, PA 16501 <br>Phone: 814-454-1813 Ext. 0
 
 
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
 
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
 
 
Vital records are kept by the County Orphan's Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. There are no known vital records kept from that time period for Erie County. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. <br><br>{{Tip|Use substitute records for birth, marriage and death information. These substitute records include Bible Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Newspapers, and Probate Records.}} <br> See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-vital-records/ How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records]
 
 
 
===== Birth  =====
 
 
 
Birth records for the City of Erie began May 1, 1888. The birth registers for Erie City are maintained by the [http://www.eriecountyhistory.org/ Erie County Historical Society]. They have an agreement with [http://erie.pa-roots.com/ Erie Society for Genealogical Research] to handle all genealogy requests from walk-in researchers, people who phone, write in or e-mail requests for information on family history. These birth registers are not indexed and do not list the child's name. You must know the parent's name. If a delayed birth certificate was made then the child's name was added to the register. The records cannot be viewed by the general public. To obtain copies of a birth record that occurred in the city of Erie from 1888 through November 1905, you may [http://erie.pa-roots.com/CityRecFormF.html write] to:<br>
 
 
 
ESGR<br>P.O. Box 1403<br>Erie, PA 16512-1403<br>
 
 
 
Birth records for Erie County began in 1893. The [http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/clerk-of-records.aspx Erie County Clerk of Records] maintains birth records through 1905. Individuals are allowed to search these records. The Clerk of Records office will conduct a search for you; check the website for fees. To obtain a copy of birth record in the 1893–1905 time period you may contact:<br>
 
 
 
County of Erie Births<br>[http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/clerk-of-records.aspx Clerk of Records]<br>Room 122, Erie County Courthouse<br>140 W 6th St.<br>Erie, PA 16501<br>
 
 
 
The birth records for Erie County were microfilmed by [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]. These microfilms may be [https://familysearch.org/films/ ordered] into a local [https://familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Center] or [https://familysearch.org/locations authorized public library] for a small fee. <br>
 
 
 
*'''1893-1906''' Birth Records {{FHL|386152|item|disp=FHL films 894207–08}}<br>
 
 
 
Beginning in 1906 Pennsylvania birth records are available through the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 Department of of Health]. Birth records become public after 105 years. A [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1086145&mode=2 statewide index] is available. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:
 
 
 
Division of Vital Records<br>Attn: Public Records<br>P.O. Box 1528<br>New Castle, PA 16103
 
 
 
Some Erie County births can be found online in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1681005 Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950].<br>
 
 
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
 
 
Erie County marriages are maintained by the Clerk of Records. Erie County began recording marriages in 1885. To obtain a marriage record you may go to or mail the Clerk of Records office at:
 
 
 
Erie County Courthouse<br>140 West 6th Street, Room 120<br>Erie, PA 16501
 
 
 
A free online index with images to some Erie County marriages can be found in the [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] Records Collection, ''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1589502 Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 – 1950.]'' Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. These records have been microfilmed.
 
 
 
*'''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.
 
*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index 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.
 
*'''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.
 
*'''1885''' - Erie County Marriage Index 1885 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M524621}}.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igipennsylvaniac.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/23/Igipennsylvaniac.pdf]].</ref>
 
*'''1885-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – free. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.<br>
 
*'''1885–1968''' Marriage License Dockets (Erie County, Pennsylvania), 1885-1950; index, 1885-1968 {{FHL|386145|item|disp=FHL film first film # 2208792}}
 
 
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
 
 
Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|courthouse]] building.<br>
 
 
 
===== Death  =====
 
 
 
Death records for the city of Erie exist beginning July 5, 1875. They are available from the [http://erie.pa-roots.com/ Erie Society for Genealogical Research (ESGR). ]According to their [http://erie.pa-roots.com/CityRecords.html website] "There are five volumes of the death records dating from July 5, 1875 to January 24, 1908. There are six volumes of indices for these records. Typical information found for each entry is: name, color, sex, age, marital status, occupation, date of death, cause of death, place of birth, ward number, street address, time of residence, name of physician, place of intended interment, date of intended interment, date of certificate, and name of undertaker." They have records to January 24, 1908. These records cannot be viewed by the general public. You may request ESGR to research the [http://erie.pa-roots.com/CityRecFormF.html city vital records] in your behalf.
 
 
 
Erie County began recording deaths in 1893. Records from 1893 – 1905 are available at the Clerk of Records office in Erie City. You may request a death record from the Clerk of Records. The address is:
 
 
 
County of Erie Deaths<br>[http://www.eriecountypa.gov/county-services/records/clerk-of-records.aspx Clerk of Records]<br>Room 122, Erie County Courthouse<br>140 W 6th St.<br>Erie, PA 16501
 
 
 
These county death records were microfilmed by [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.]
 
 
 
*'''1892-1906''' Death Records {{FHL|386156|item|disp=FHL films 894209–10}}
 
 
 
Pennsylvania death certificates become public records after 50 years. An [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 annual index] is released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the Division of Vital Records and are not public certificates. Only certain people can request a non-public death certificate. To order a non-public representative you must be:
 
 
 
*Legal representative of decedent's estate
 
*Immediate family member
 
*Extended family member who indicates a direct relationship to the decedent
 
*Power of Attorney (Please note that a Power of Attorney document is no longer valid upon the death of the individual)
 
 
 
See the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/death_certificates/14122 Pennsylvania Department of Health website] to obtain a copy of a non-public death certificate. 
 
 
 
Indexes for Pennsylvania [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 public death records] are available online through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1961. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:
 
 
 
Division of Vital Records<br>ATTN: Public Records<br>PO Box 1528<br>New Castle, PA 16103
 
 
 
*'''1893-1906''' - Erie County Death Index 1893-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
 
 
 
{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Erie|502506}}
 
 
 
== Erie County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/erie-county/ Erie County, PA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~paerie/ Erie County PAGenWeb site] maps, history and other information.
 
*[http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/category/towns/erie-co-pa Erie County Old Photos]
 
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Erie-County.htm Erie County PA Genealogy]<br>
 
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Erie|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
 
 
== Erie County Pennsylvania Places  ==
 
 
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
 
 
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! align="center" scope="col" | '''Name of City'''
 
! align="center" scope="col" | '''Incorporated'''
 
! align="center" scope="col" | '''Settlement History'''
 
|-
 
| Corry
 
| align="left" | 1866
 
| Separated from Wayne Twp. and became borough in 1863.
 
|-
 
| Erie
 
| 1851
 
| Laid out in 1795. Became borough in 1805.
 
|}
 
 
 
&nbsp;
 
 
 
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|-
 
! align="center" scope="col" | '''Borough Name'''
 
! scope="col" | Incorporated
 
! align="center" scope="col" | Settlement History
 
|-
 
| Albion
 
| 1861
 
| Laid out&nbsp;in 1797.&nbsp;Created from Conneaut Twp.
 
|-
 
| Cranesville
 
| 1912
 
| Settled in 1800. Formed from Elk Creek Twp.
 
|-
 
| East Springfield
 
| 1887
 
| Formed from Springfield Twp. Merged back with Springfield Twp. in 1978.
 
|-
 
| Edinboro
 
| 1840
 
| Settled in 1801. Created from Washington Twp.
 
|-
 
| Elgin
 
| 1876
 
| Settled in 1800. Formed from Concord Twp.
 
|-
 
| Fariview
 
| 1868
 
| Settled in 1797.Organized from Fairview Twp. Remerged with Fairview Twp. in 1998.
 
|-
 
| Girard
 
| 1846
 
| Formed from Girard Twp.
 
|-
 
| Lake City
 
| 1926
 
| Settled in 1863. Originally North Girard Borough. Name changed in 1954.
 
|-
 
| McKean
 
| 1861
 
| Settled in 1810. Organized from McKean Twp. Name changed from Middleboro to McKean in 1970.
 
|-
 
| Mill Village
 
| 1870
 
| Formed from LeBoeuf Twp.
 
|-
 
| North East
 
| 1834
 
| Settled in 1800. Created from North East Twp.
 
|-
 
| Platea
 
| 1870
 
| Organized from Girard Twp. Named changed to Platea in 1902. Originally known as Lockport.
 
|-
 
| Union City
 
| 1865
 
| Settled in 1856. Formed from Union Twp as Union Mills. Named changed in 1871.
 
|-
 
| Waterford
 
| 1833
 
| Settled in 1795. Created from Waterford Twp.
 
|-
 
| Wattsburg
 
| 1833
 
| Settled in 1828. Organized from Venango Twp.
 
|-
 
| Wesleyville
 
| 1912
 
| Settled in 1828. Formed from Harbor Creek Twp and Millcreek Twp..
 
|}
 
 
 
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|-
 
! align="center" scope="col" | '''Township Name'''
 
! align="center" scope="col" | Incorporated
 
! align="center" scope="col" | Settlement History
 
|-
 
| Amity
 
| 1825
 
| Settled in 1796.&nbsp;Created from Union Twp.
 
|-
 
| Concord
 
| width="15%" | March 12, 1800
 
| Originally known as Brokenstraw Twp. Name changed in 1821.
 
|-
 
| Conneaut
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1797.
 
|-
 
| Elk Creek
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1797.
 
|-
 
| Fairview
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1797.
 
|-
 
| Franklin
 
| 1844
 
| Settled in 1802. Organized from McKean, Washington and Elk Creek Townships.
 
|-
 
| Girard
 
| 1832
 
| Settled in 1798. Created from Fairview, Springfield, and Elk Creek Townships.
 
|-
 
| Greene
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1800. Known as Beaver Dam until 1840. Portion given to McKean Twp.
 
|-
 
| Greenfield
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1797. Portion given to&nbsp; North East Twp. in 1841.
 
|-
 
| Harbor Creek
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1796.
 
|-
 
| Lawrence Park
 
| 1926
 
| Organized from Millcreek Twp.&nbsp;Designed by General Electric Co. in 1910 as a company town. Envisioned as a&nbsp;"garden city."<ref>[http://www.lawrencepark.govoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASICSEC={235D9342-6CAE-41BC-AFCA-B1711516EAE3} History of Lawrence Park]</ref>
 
|-
 
| LeBoeuf
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1795.
 
|-
 
| McKean
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1795. Portion given to Waterford in 1820 and to Franklin in 1844.
 
|-
 
| Millcreek
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1795. Portions lost to City of Erie over time.
 
|-
 
| North East
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1795. Gained a strip from Greenfield in 1841.
 
|-
 
| Springfield
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1796.
 
|-
 
| Summit
 
| 1854
 
| Formed from part of Greene, McKean and Waterford Townships.
 
|-
 
| Venango
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Surveyed in 1785. Settled in 1795.
 
|-
 
| Washington
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1796. First called Conneauttee Twp. Named changed in 1834.
 
|-
 
| Waterford
 
| March 12, 1800
 
| Settled in 1795.
 
|-
 
| Wayne
 
| 1826
 
| Formed from Concord Twp. Portion given to form Corry Borough in 1863 and another portion in 1866 when Corry city incorporated.
 
|}
 
  
== Erie County Pennsylvania Genealogy References  ==
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*[http://www.pagenweb.org/%7Eerie/ Erie County PAGenWeb site] maps, history and other information.
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*[http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/category/towns/erie-co-pa Erie County Old Photos]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Erie-County.htm Erie County PA Genealogy]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|187479|Pennsylvania|Erie}} – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
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Guide to Erie 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: Erie
Organized: March 12, 1800
Parent County(s): Allegheny[1]
Neighboring Counties
Crawford  • Ashtabula (OH)  • Warren  • Chautauqua (NY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Lake Erie. The county is located in the Northwest corner of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Erie County Courthouse
140 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-451-6000 or 814-451-6237
Clerk of Courts Phone: 814-451-6250 or 814-451-6237
Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court Phone: 814-451-6260
Erie County Prothonotary, 814–451-6250 or 814-451-6237 Email: prothonatary@eriecountypa.gov
Erie County Website

Erie 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 1823 1823 1823 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1906. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1823 Fire burned the Courthouse on March 23, 1823. The building and all books, papers, and records were destroyed.[4]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Lake Erie
  • Formed from Allegheny County 12 March 1800.[5]
  • County seat: Erie[6]
    In 1850 a boundary line dispute between Erie and Crawford counties was settled. The line was straightened and a long, narrow strip of land was added to Erie County and some land was added to Crawford County. A number of Crawford County citizens became residents of Erie County and a less number of Erie County residents were shifted to Crawford County.[4]


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]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Cities
Boroughs
Census-designated places
Townships


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 Erie 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

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links and tips on using Federal (or United States) census records online for Erie 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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County-wide Database - Multi-denominational

Catholic

Methodist

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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.

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Land records in Erie County began in 1823. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Online Land Indexes and Records

  • 1815-1919 Mortgages, 1815-1836; Mortgage Index, 1823-1919. FHL films 870450–870461 - images only; click on the camera icon to view images; Earlier records are for what would later become Erie County that fell within the boundaries of the parent counties.
  • 1823-1946 Deed Books, 1823-1886; Deed Index, 1823-1946. FHL film 863933 (first of 76 films) - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
  • 1976–present Erie County offers online access to records. Fees apply.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • History of Erie County 1843 from GenealogyTrails.
  • Erie County from An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1876, from archive.org.
  • History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884, by Samuel P. Bates. Digitized book on line at archive.org.
  • History of Erie Co from its First Settlement, 1894, by Laura G. Sanford. Digitized book on line at archive.org.
  • Nelson's Biographical Dictionary & Historical Reference Book of Erie County, 1896. Digitized book online at archive.org.
  • A Twentieth Century History of Erie County, Pennsylvania: A Narrative Account of Its Historic Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests, 1909 by John Miller, two volumes. Digitized book online at archive.org, Volume 1 Volume 2
  • Popular History of Erie County, Pennsylvania by D. P. Robbins. Digitized book on line at archive.org.
  • History of Erie County Pennsylvania, 1925 by John Elmer Reed. Digitized book on line at archive.org.
  • Images of America: Erie County, PA by Erie Yesterday. Limited preview at GoogleBooks
  • Souvenir of Erie, Penna. 1888, Illustrated. Also called: The City of Erie, PA, 1888.
  • Lost Erie: The Vanished Heritage of City and County, 1991, by John R. Claridge
  • Historic Erie County: An Illustrated History, 2004, by Edward T. Wellejus
  • Erie: a Guide to the City and County, 1938. Digitized book on line at archive.org.
  • Erie County, PA Tornadoes, Blizzards, Floods and Other Events
  • Greetings from Wesleyville by Debbi Lyon. Debbi Lyon
  • Greetings from Wesleyville Vol. 2 by Debbi Lyon.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Maps

Ancestor Tracks has posted downloadable images from the Map of Erie County, Pennsylvania from Actual Surveys by under Supervision of J. Chace Jr. (Troy, NY: McLeran & Morris Publishers, 1855). This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date 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[edit | edit source]

Catskill Turnpike

Migration routes for early European settlers to and from Erie County included:[9]

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

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 Erie County

Newspapers Available on Microfilm

  • Several different newspapers are available on microfilm in the Heritage Room at the Blasco Memorial Library in Erie, PA. Some of the titles include the Erie Gazette, the Erie Observer, the Erie Dispatch, Erie Dispatch-Herald, the Erie Daily Times, the Erie Morning News and the Erie Times-News. Some of the Erie County newspapers that are available on microfilm include the Cosmopolite (Girard, PA), the Corry Evening Journal and the Edinboro Independent. The library also has one German language newspaper on microfilm.

Newspaper Indexes 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 Index and Extracts

  • The Erie County Library has compiled and maintains an paper and online obituary index for Erie County from 1822 to the present. The index comes from Erie newspapers and covers 1822 to the present. Microfilmed copies of the newspapers are located in the Heritage Room of the Blasco Memorial Library. The Information Services staff of the Library will do limited genealogical research or requests for obituaries by mail. There is a fee for this service.
  • PA-Roots Obituaries for Erie County.
  • USGenWeb Erie County Newspaper and Obituary Index
  • Smith, Gary V. and Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania) 3000 Death Notices Covering Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York Extracted from the Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania) (Montgomery, Alabama:G.V. Smith, c1992) FHL film 1697903 items 1-2; book 974.899/C1 V4s

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Erie 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 records for Erie County began in 1893. The Erie County Clerk of Records maintains birth records through 1905. Erie County marriages are maintained by the Clerk of Records. Erie County began recording marriages in 1885.

Death records for the city of Erie exist beginning July 5, 1875. Erie County began recording deaths in 1893. Records from 1893-1905 are available at the Clerk of Records office in Erie City. You may request a death record from the Clerk of Records.

Death certificates become public records after 50 years. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the Division of Vital Records and are not public certificates. Only certain people can request a non-public death certificate. To order a non-public representative you must be:

  • Legal representative of decedent's estate
  • Immediate family member
  • Extended family member who indicates a direct relationship to the decedent
  • Power of Attorney (Please note that a Power of Attorney document is no longer valid upon the death of the individual)

See the Pennsylvania Department of Health website to obtain a copy of a non-public death certificate.

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 officials. Contact Erie 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]

The Erie County Public Library System
Phone:814-451-6900
Website

The Erie County Public Library system is made up of five library locations and a Bookmobile.The Erie County Public Library maintains a large collection of genealogical materials. The majority of this collection is housed in the Heritage Room on the second floor of the Blasco Memorial Library. The focus of this collection is Northwestern Pennsylvania and the tri-state area. An important part of their holdings are the obituary indexes that cover 1822 to the present. The Heritage Room has microfilm copies of the Erie newspapers, going back to 1820. They also have microfilm copies of the 1800 to 1930 censuses for Erie County and selected censuses for other Pennsylvania counties. Additionally the library has city directories for Erie beginning in 1853 and suburban directories beginning in 1957. The library subscribes to Ancestry.com Library Edition and to HeritageQuest Online.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Erie Maritime Museum
150 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507
Phone: 814-452-2744
Website
Museum of Erie County History
419 State St.
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-454-1813

The museum explores the history of Erie County from pre-settlement to today. The museum is housed in the Erie County History Center.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Erie Society for Genealogical Research
P.O. Box 1403
Erie, PA 16512-1403
Website

The ESGR through their volunteer research committee will perform some research requests.
A valuable tool that the ESGR provides on their website is a name index to the Keystone Kuzzins publication.

Erie County Historical Society
419 State St.
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-454-1813 Ext. 0
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/Erie_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/2/2017
  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. 4.0 4.1 History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, (Chicago: Warner, Beers and Co., 1884, [FHL book 974.899 H2h]
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Erie County, Pennsylvania," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_County%2C_Pennsylvania, accessed 21 January 2020.
  8. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012
  9. Handybook, 847-61.
  10. List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 6 November 2014).
  11. Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Ancram Turnpike went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the Catskill Road.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Almira E Morgan, The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. Online digital copy.
  13. Catskill Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Catskill Turnpike went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the Susquehanna Turnpike.
  14. Huntting, 97-99.
  15. List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 1 November 2014).
  16. Anastassia Zinke, The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History in Catskill Mountain Foundation (accessed 1 November 2014).
  17. Joan Odess, The Susquehanna Turnpike (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).
  18. 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.
  19. Handybook, 850.
  20. Handybook, 850-51.
  21. 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.