Snyder County, Pennsylvania Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Middleburg
Organized: March 2, 1855
Parent County(s): Union[1]
Neighboring Counties
Union  • Perry  • Juniata  • Mifflin  • Northumberland
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of the famous citizen and political figure Simon Snyder, who was governor of Pennsylvania. It is located in the mid-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Snyder County Courthouse
P.O. Box 217
9 West Market Street
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: 570-837-4208
Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Phone: 570–837-4202
Office of Register and Recorder/Orphan's Court Phone: 570-837-4224
Snyder County Website

Clerk Courts has birth, death, and burial records 1893-1905, marriage records from 1885, divorce, and court records from 1855
County Register and Recorder has probate and land records
Susquehanna University Library in Selinsgrove has local census records[3]

Copies of documents including birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, land, and probate records can be obtained by using: Pennsylvania Public Record. Click on the link for the record you wish to request.
The Prothonotary is the Clerk for the Orphan's Court and can be reached at [Snyder Office of Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts]. E-mail:

Snyder 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 1855 1855 1855 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 Union County 2 March 1855. [5]
  • County seat: Middleburg[6]

1855 - Snyder County created from Union County.

1813 - Union County created from Northumberland County.

1772 - Northumberland County created from Cumberland County.

1750 - Cumberland County created from Lancaster, Cumberland and Berks Counties.

1682 - Lancaster County created from Chester County which was one of the 3 original counties.

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:[7]

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 Snyder 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


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

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 15,035
1870 15,606 3.8%
1880 17,797 14.0%
1890 17,651 −0.8%
1900 17,304 −2.0%
1910 16,800 −2.9%
1920 17,129 2.0%
1930 18,836 10.0%
1940 20,208 7.3%
1950 22,912 13.4%
1960 25,922 13.1%
1970 29,269 12.9%
1980 33,584 14.7%
1990 36,680 9.2%
2000 37,546 2.4%
2010 39,702 5.7%
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.

Snyder County Pennsylvania Churches

The Snyder County Historical Society has various records for churches throughout the Snyder County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. The society will do research for a fee. For more details see their website.

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational

Contains the church records of:
  • Penns Creek United Methodist Church
  • Selinsgrove Wesley United Methodist Church

The first church building in Selin's Grove was the Union Church (later known as the First Lutheran Church). The Evangelical Lutheran Church was created from members of the First Lutheran Church in 1843.[8]

Botschaft Lutheran and Reformed Church, Chapman Township

Rows or Salem Lutheran Church, Penn Township

Trinity Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove

Zion Lutheran Church

Zion's or Moor's Lutheran Church, Freeburg

It is unknown when the Methodist Episcopal Church was first organized, but they errected their own church in 1848.[8]

The Reformed congregation met as early as 1780. In 1802 they met in a union church with the Lutherans until 1855 when they built their own church.[8]

Botschaft Lutheran and Reformed Church, Chapman Township

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.

Court of Common Pleas
The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Snyder County shares its judicial district with Union.[10]

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 Snyder County began in 1855. These records are filed with the Register and Recorder office in Middleburg, Pennsylvania.

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

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Union CountyNorthumberland CountyDauphin CountyPerry CountyJuniata CountyMifflin CountyPA SNYDER.PNG
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for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

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 Snyder County

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.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Snyder

Online Obituary Abstracts

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Snyder 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. Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch . The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

  • Susquehanna University Yearbooks - 1898-2010 (almost all inclusive) via the Internet Archive

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 Snyder 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 which is located in the Snyder County Courthouse.

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Snyder County Library
1 N. High Street
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Phone: 570-374-7163

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Snyder County Historical Society
30 East Market St
P.O. Box 276
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: 570-837-6191

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

Woodroofe's guide to Snyder County "hidden sources" at The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is available online:

  • Woodroofe, Helen Hutchison. "A Genealogist's Guide to Pennsylvania Records," The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 34, No. 3 (1986):250-251. For free online access, see WeRelate.

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) Snyder County, Pennsylvania, p.592
  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, "Snyder County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Pennsylvania, accessed 1 February 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Franklin Ellis and Alfred N. Hungerford, 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, PA: Everts, Peck and Richards, 1886), vol.2:1472-1474; digital versions at Internet Archive
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  10. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania PA Court of Common Pleas [1]accessed 10 July 2012.
  11. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at