Greene County, Pennsylvania Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Waynesburg
Organized: February 9, 1796
Parent County(s): Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Washington  • Fayette  • Marshall (WV)  • Wetzel (WV)  • Monongalia (WV)
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Nathanael Greene

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for General Nathanael Greene. The county is located in the southwest corner of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Greene County Courthouse
210 E. High Street
2nd Floor
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5312
Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts Phone: 724-852-5288/5289
Register & Recorder Phone: 724-852-5283/5284
Greene County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records 1893-1915 and marriage records from 1885
Prothonotary Office has divorce records from 1816 and court records from 1797
County Register has probate records from 1796
Recorder of Deeds has land records from 1796[3]

Greene 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 1797 1796 1796 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]

For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps" (1673-1878) may be viewed for free 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:[8]

Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Greene County was claimed by both Virginia and Pennsylvania until the Mason-Dixon Line was finalized in 1763-1767.[9] The county was named for General Nathanael Greene, major general in the American Revolutionary War.

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 Greene 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]

Federal Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 8,605
1810 12,544 45.8%
1820 15,554 24.0%
1830 18,028 15.9%
1840 19,147 6.2%
1850 22,136 15.6%
1860 24,343 10.0%
1870 25,887 6.3%
1880 28,273 9.2%
1890 28,935 2.3%
1900 28,281 −2.3%
1910 28,882 2.1%
1920 30,804 6.7%
1930 41,767 35.6%
1940 44,671 7.0%
1950 45,394 1.6%
1960 39,457 −13.1%
1970 39,108 −0.9%
1980 42,253 8.0%
1990 44,164 4.5%
2000 40,672 −7.9%
2010 38,686 −4.9%
Source: "".

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
1708-1985 Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 at Historical Society of Pennsylvania – $, free to members of the society; Also available at Ancestry $

100 Years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843 -1943, Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1. FHL Book 974.8 B2wg. Chronology, map, county-by-county information.

The Baptist appear to be the earliest denomination in Greene County. Organized in 1773, the Goshen Baptist Church with thirty members by the Reverend John Corbly.[10]

Organized by Reverend Thomas Hudson, Methodists organized in the Carmichaels area in 1784. In 1793 a log church was built for services.[10]

With heavy migration of Scotch and Scotch-Irish into Greene County, the Presbyterians established churches as early as 1775.[10]

Protestant Episcopal
Because of the location of Greene County, many settlers were from Virginia and Maryland. These settlers brought their Anglican faith with them. However, after the American Revolution the Anglicans were reformed into Protestant Episcopal Churches.[10]

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.[11]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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

Land records in Greene County began in 1796. These records are filed with the Register and Recorder office in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Greene County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives

Landowner Maps

  • MacInnes, Sharon Cook and Angus MacInnes. Early Landowners of Pennsylvania: Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of Greene County, PA Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, 2005. FHL book 974.883 R2m

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War
Men living in what is now Greene County (then Washington and Westmoreland counties) served in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment.[12]

Civil War

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

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

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

  • 1802-1937 Naturalization index FHL Films 1378507 Item 2–1378508 – card index A–S, S–Z; images only; click on the camera icon to view images
  • 1927-1956 Naturalization in the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County, Pennsylvania FHL Film 1378507 item 1 – card index of persons admitted; images only; click on the camera icon to view images

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 Greene County, Pennsylvania

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Democrat Messenger (1931-1958)
Waynesburg Republican (1859-1933)

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

Obituary Index

  • Morgan, Yvonne L. Blair, Index of Census, Newspaper Obituary Files and Microfilm Fayette, Green, Washington & Westmoreland counties (Apollo, Pennsylvania:Closson Press, c2003) FHL book 974.88 V42m

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Greene 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]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1798 Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at Ancestry ($).

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.

Early births 1893 -1915 are located at Greene County. See the heading Greene County on this page for contact information.

Beginning in 1906 Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of Health. Birth records become public after 105 years.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania marriages were created by county officials. Contact Greene County Courthouse

Greene County marriages are maintained at the Greene. Greene County began recording marriages in 1885 although some registrations took place from 1852 -1854. Marriage licenses are all digitally archived and copies can be requested through the mail. Marriage licenses from 1885 are available at the Greene 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.

Greene County began recording deaths in 1893 although some were recorded from 1852 -1854. You may request a death record from the Greene County Courthouse.

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary, Greene County Courthouse.

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Historic Pittsburgh Digital Library
Searchable and published works covering much of Pennsylvania.

Museums[edit | edit source]

MeKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center
1832 Arboretum Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
Phone: 412-678-1832
The heritage museum is free and open to the public. The McKeesport research center has newspapers and records related to the local schools, churches, organizations, and businesses. The research center is free for members. Check website for non-member fees.

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Greene County Historical Society & Museum
918 Rolling Meadows Road
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-627-3204

Cornerstone Genealogical Society
First Greene County Courthouse - Annex
144 East Greene Street
P.O. Box 547
Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-627-5653

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 2/12/2017
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002) Greene County, Pennsylvania, p.590
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Greene County, Pennsylvania. Page 588-593 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 579-581.
  5. 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County, Pennsylvania," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Pennsylvania, accessed 22 January 2020.
  9. Wikipedia
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 G. Wayne Smith, History of Greene County, Pennsylvania (Waynesburg, Penn.: Cornerstone Genealogical Society, 1996), 19-20. WorldCat 36230349; FHL book 974.883 H2s.
  11. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012
  12. Harold Frederic, William C. Frederick III with William J. McMaster Sr., Path of Blood: The Untold Story of the Kittanning PA. Regiment in the American Revolution (Kittanning, Pa.: W.C. Frederick, 1998). FHL Book 974.8 M2ff
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  14. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at