Crawford County, Pennsylvania Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Meadville
Organized: March 12, 1800
Parent County(s): Allegheny[1]
Neighboring Counties
Erie  • Ashtabula (OH)  • Mercer  • Warren  • Venango  • Trumbull (OH)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Colonel William Crawford. The county is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Crawford County Courthouse
Judicial Center, 2nd Floor
359 E. Center St.
Meadville, PA 16335
Fax: 814-333-7349
Prothonotary Phone: 814–333-7324 Email:
Orphans' Court Phone: 814-333-7442 Fax: 814-333-7349

Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds 903 Diamond Park Square # 104, Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: 814-333-7324
Crawford County Website

County Clerk has birth, death, and burial records 1893-1905, marriage records from 1885, divorce records, probate, court, and land records from 1800[3]Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds has land records, wills, and estate adminstration records from 1800. Office of the Prothonotary has divorce records form 1811 and litigation records from 1800.

Crawford 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1893 1885 1893 1800 1800 1800 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1906. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Formed from Allegheny County 12 March 1800.[5]
  • County seat: Meadville[6]
  • Before 1785: Not included in any county (included in Donation Lands in 1783), still unorganized territory.
  • 9 March 1771: Bedford County created from Cumberland County.
  • 26 February 1773: Westmoreland County split off from Bedford County.
  • 27 March 1781: Washington County was created from Westmoreland County, taking a part of future Crawford County.
  • 24 September 1788: Allegheny County was created from Washington and Westmoreland counties, including the part covering future Crawford County.

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

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

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 Crawford 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
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Additional Cemetery Resources

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 2,346
1810 6,178 163.3%
1820 9,397 52.1%
1830 16,030 70.6%
1840 31,724 97.9%
1850 37,849 19.3%
1860 48,755 28.8%
1870 63,832 30.9%
1880 68,607 7.5%
1890 65,324 −4.8%
1900 63,643 −2.6%
1910 61,565 −3.3%
1920 60,667 −1.5%
1930 62,980 3.8%
1940 71,644 13.8%
1950 78,948 10.2%
1960 77,956 −1.3%
1970 81,342 4.3%
1980 88,869 9.3%
1990 86,169 −3.0%
2000 90,367 4.9%
2010 88,765 −1.8%
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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


  • "100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843 -1943". Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, 17:1. FamilySearch Library book 974.8 B2wg. Contains chronolgy, map, county-by-county information.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

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]

  • 1814-1869 Orphans' Court dockets FHL Films 955824-27. Indexes are found at the beginning of each volume.

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. county pennsylvania townships.png
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Land records in Crawford County began in 1800. These records are filed with the Register and Recorder office in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Online Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War II

Miscellaneous[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

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Newspapers of Crawford County

Online Newspapers

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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

Online Obituary Abstracts

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Crawford 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 Index and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. For the most complete set of records, contact the County Orphans' Court.

Birth[edit | edit source]

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

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania marriages were created by county officials. Contact Crawford 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]

Listed below are archives in Crawford County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Crawford County. For state-wide library facilities, see Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Cambridge Springs Historical Museum
26 Federal Street
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
Phone: 814-398-1827

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Crawford County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Pennsylvania Societies.

Crawford County Historical Society
P.O. Box 411
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: 814-724-6080

Crawford County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 514
Meadville, PA 16335-0514

Conneaut Valley Area Historical Society
1625 Main St.
P.O. Box 266
Conneautville, PA 16406
Phone: 814-587-3782

Linesville Historical Society
120 Erie St
Linesville, PA 16424
Phone: 814-683-4299

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.,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/2/2017
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002) Crawford County, Pennsylvania, p.589
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Crawford County, Pennsylvania," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Pennsylvania, accessed 17 January 2020.
  8. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at