Warren County, Pennsylvania Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Warren
Organized: March 12, 1800
Parent County(s): Allegheny, Lycoming[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chautauqua (NY)  • Forest  • Cattaraugus (NY)  • Crawford  • McKean  • Elk  • Venango  • Erie
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Warren is located in the west-central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Warren County Courthouse
407 Market Street
Warren, PA 16365
Phone: 814-728-3440
Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts: 814-728-3440
Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court: 814-728-3430
Warren County Website

Register and Recorder has birth and death records 1893-1906, marriage records from 1885, probate and land records from 1819
Prothonotary Office has divorce and court records[3]

Warren 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 1820 1819 1819 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 and Lycoming Counties 12 March 1800. [5]
  • County seat: Warren[6]
  • 1784: The future Warren County was part of the huge area secured by the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, also known as the "Last Purchase," and much of the land was secured for speculation by the Holland Land Company
  • 1785-1788:The eastern part of the future Warren County was annexed to Northumberland County; the western portion was part of the Donation Lands
  • 1788-1795:The eastern part of the future Warren County remained part of Northumberland County; the western portion became part of the newly created (1788) Allegheny County.
  • 1795-1800:The eastern part of the future Warren County became part of newly created Lycoming County which was carved out of Northumberland County in 1795; the western portion remained part of Allegheny County.

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:[7]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

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 Warren 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.
1800 233
1810 827 254.9%
1820 1,976 138.9%
1830 4,697 137.7%
1840 9,278 97.5%
1850 13,671 47.3%
1860 19,190 40.4%
1870 23,897 24.5%
1880 27,981 17.1%
1890 37,585 34.3%
1900 38,946 3.6%
1910 39,573 1.6%
1920 40,024 1.1%
1930 41,453 3.6%
1940 42,789 3.2%
1950 42,698 −0.2%
1960 45,582 6.8%
1970 47,682 4.6%
1980 47,449 −0.5%
1990 45,050 −5.1%
2000 43,863 −2.6%
2010 41,815 −4.7%
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.

Warren County Pennsylvania churches
Society houses area church records.
Visit website for available hours, services and fees.

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational

Contains the church records of:
  • Deerfield: Presbyterian Church in Deerfield


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.[9]

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 Warren County began in 1800. These records are filed with the Register-Recorder office in Warren, 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]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

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

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 Warren 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

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

Book Obituary Abstracts

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Warren 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]

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 Warren 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 Warren 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 Warren County. For state-wide library facilities, see Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.

Warren Public Library
205 Market Street
Warren, PA 16365
Phone: 814-723-4650
Fax: 814-723-4521
Email: web@warrenlibrary.org
The Library has a large holding plus access to HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition.

Sheffield Township Library
20 Leather Street
Sheffield, PA 16347
Phone: 814-968-3439
Fax: 814-968-5761

Sugar Grove Free Library
22 Harmon Street
P.O. Box 313
Sugar Grove, PA 16350
Phone: 814-489-7872
Fax: 814-489-7826
Email: sgfreelibrary@gmail.com

Tidioute Public Library
197 Main Street, Box T
Tidioute, PA 16351
Phone: 814-484-3581
Fax: 814-484-3607

Youngsville Public Library
100 Broad Street
Youngsville, PA 16371
Phone: 814-563-7670
Fax: 814-563-7670

Museums[edit | edit source]

Wilder Museum of Warren County History
51 Erie Avenue
P.O. Box 144
Irvine, PA 16329
Phone: 814-563-7773 or 814-723-1795
Email: warrenhistory@kinzua.net
Seasonal hours; please check website. The museum is associated with the Warren County Historical Society.

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Warren County Historical Society
210 Fourth Avenue
P.O. Box 427
Warren, PA 16365
Phone: 814-723-1795
Email: warrencountyhistory@aol.com

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS)
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pennsylvania Department
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4007

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/Warren_County,_Pennsylvania 2/12/2017
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 593.
  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, "Warren County, Pennsylvania," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_County,_Pennsylvania, accessed 3 February 2020.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/2/20/Igipennsylvaniat.pdf.
  9. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/2/20/Igipennsylvaniat.pdf.