Mifflin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Lewistown
Organized: September 19, 1789
Parent County(s): Cumberland, Northumberland[1]
Neighboring Counties
Centre  • Huntingdon  • Union  • Juniata  • Snyder
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Thomas Mifflin, the first Governor of the state of Pennsylvania. It is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Mifflin County Courthouse
20 North Wayne St.
Lewistown, PA 17044
Phone: 717-242-1449
Fax: 717-248-2503
Clerk of Courts/Prothonotary Phone: 717-248-8146
Register, Recorder and Clerk of the Orphan's Court Phone: 717 -242-1449
Email: prothonotary@co.mifflin.pa.us
Mifflin County Website

County Clerk has birth records 1893-1905, marriage records from 1885, probate and land records from 1789
Prothonotary Office has divorce and court records[3]

Mifflin 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 bef 1906 1789 1789 1789 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 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:[9]

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 Mifflin County, Pennsylvania online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information


Additional Cemetery Resources

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 7,562
1800 13,609 80.0%
1810 12,132 −10.9%
1820 16,618 37.0%
1830 21,690 30.5%
1840 13,092 −39.6%
1850 14,980 14.4%
1860 16,340 9.1%
1870 17,508 7.1%
1880 19,577 11.8%
1890 19,996 2.1%
1900 23,160 15.8%
1910 27,785 20.0%
1920 31,439 13.2%
1930 40,335 28.3%
1940 42,993 6.6%
1950 43,691 1.6%
1960 44,348 1.5%
1970 45,268 2.1%
1980 46,908 3.6%
1990 46,197 −1.5%
2000 46,486 0.6%
2010 46,682 0.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.

Mifflin county pennsylvania churches.png

County-wide Database – Multi-denominational

Contains the church records of:
  • Burnham: United Methodist Burnham Charge; United Methodist Church
  • Lewistown: First United Methodist Church; Grace United Methodist Church; United Methodist Church
  • Reedsville: United Methodist Church
  • Yeagertown: United Methodist Church

Baptists organized in Mifflin County in 1840. It wasn’t until 1879 that the congregation was able to hold consistent services. A church was completed in Lewistown in 1883.

Many of the workmen on the Juniata Canal in the 1820’s were Catholic. Lewistown was chosen as the best place to build a church for their worship. They broke ground for the Church of the Sacred Heart in 1828. It was attached to the Pittsburgh Diocese until 1868 when it became part of the Harrisburg Diocese.[10]

St. Mark’s Episcopal was established in 1824, but preachers were visiting Mifflin County as early as 1820. The African American Episcopal church was organized in 1816, with two congregations in Lewistown as early as 1872.

The first Methodist Society in Lewiston was formed in 1815. Some lists of early congregants are found in Ellis’ history of Mifflin County. [10]

The Lutheran and Reformed congregations formed a Unity church in 1814. Both were German-speaking churches and called their church Zion’s Church. A later church in Lewistown was called St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (1850).

The first church congregation established in Mifflin County was Presbyterian in 1785 in Bratton Township. Other congregations were established in Lost Creek and Mifflinburg (1805) and Lewistown and Kishacoquillas (1810). [10]

Little Valley Presbyterian Church, Vira

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]

  • Bell, Raymond Martin. Families and Records Before 1800. 1987, 1991. Includes supplement. Surname and place index at PAGenWeb

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.[12]

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 Mifflin County began in 1789. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Lewistown, Pennsylvania.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

For residents who moved away, see:

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War II

  • Frysinger, George R. and Eleanor M. Aurand. Mifflin Countians Who Served in the Civil War: Published in the Lewistown Gazette 1905. Lewistown, Pa.: Mifflin County Historical Society, 1996. Surname index at PAGenWeb; FHL Book 974.846 M2f.

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 Mifflin County

Online Newspapers

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

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Excerpts and Abstracts

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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

Online Obituary Abstracts

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Mifflin 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]

  • 1767-1789, 1798 The People of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, 1755-1798: Tax Lists 1767-1789; Federal Census 1790; Federal Direct Tax 1798 at FamilySearch Digital Library; surname index at PAGenWeb - free.
  • 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.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

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

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

The Mifflin County Historical Society
1 West Market Street, Suite 1
Lewistown, PA 17044
Phone: 717-242-1022

Mifflin County Mennonite Historical Society
3922 W. Main Street
Belleville, PA 17004
Phone: 717-935-5574

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/Mifflin_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/12/2017
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002) Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, p.591
  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. 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Mifflin County, Pennsylvania," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mifflin_County,_Pennsylvania, accessed 28 January 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Franklin Ellis, History of that part of the Susquehanna and Juniata valleys embraced in the counties of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union and Snyder in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia, Penn.: Everts, Peck and Richards, 1886), 520-524. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igipennsylvaniall.pdf.
  12. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012