Cambria County, Pennsylvania Genealogy

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Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Cambria County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Location of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
Founded March 26, 1804
County Seat Ebensburg
Cambria County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
Address Cambria County Courthouse
200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Cambria County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

Boundary Changes [3]

  • Prior to 1771: Future Cambria County was part of Cumberland County.
  • 9 March 1771: Bedford County (including the area of future Cambria County) was created from Cumberland County.
  • 20 September 1787: When Huntingdon County was carved from Bedford County, half of Cambria County was part of Huntingdon County and half remained in Bedford County.
  • 17 April 1795: When Somerset County was formed from Bedford County, half of Cambria became part of Somerset County while the other half stayed in Huntingdon County.


Bible Records


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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library

WorldCat Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Pennsylvania Genealogy


Pennsylvania Gravestones

Billion Graves

Names in Stone

Access Genealogy


See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Cambria County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.

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The three religious groups that settled early in Cambria County were the Pennsylvania Germans and Scotch Irish Presbyterians in the south, Catholics who came from Maryland and settled in the northeast, and Welch Protestants who settled in the central part of the county. [4]

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cambria County Church Records in online catalogs like:

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.

Court Records

Court of Common Pleas
Clerk of the Court
Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Groups





Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Cambria County began in 1804. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, and maps. Property records include liens as well as livestock brands and estray records.

The following are examples of available resources:

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

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

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cambria County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:


  • Cambria County maps, including the 1890 atlas showing land owners, have been posted at the PAGenWeb site



Naturalization and Citizenship


Cambria County, Pennsylvania Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, historical/genealogical societies, college or university libraries, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.

For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers

Newspapers of Cambria County

  • Johnstown - Tribune Democrat
  • Ebensburg - Mountaineer Herald

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

Newspaper Excerpts and Abstracts

  • Democrat and Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania) (SLC, Utah, 1954) FHL film 1004077

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 Newspaper heading

Online Obituary Abstracts

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

  • Teeter, Grace A., The Nathaniel Teeter Family and Other Related Families (Rialto, California:G.A. Teeter, 1997) FHL film 795924 item 10 and 2055506 item 3 Digitized version available through Family Search catalog entry.


Indentured Servants


Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records



County Courthouse
200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Phone: (814) 472-5440

Family History Centers
  • Nant-Y-Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society
    942 Roberts Street
    Nanty Glo, PA 15943


Vital Records

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. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.

County-wide Database
  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103


Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Cambria County, Pennsylvania Genealogy clerk's office for these records.


Divorce records area available through the office of the Prothonotary. Since there is no on-line index, you can search the index at the Porthonotary's office. The office of the Prothontary is located at:

Office of the Prothonoary
200 South Center St.
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Phone: (814) 472-1638
Fax: (814) 472-5632


Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cambria County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites


Populated Places


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
  3. Pennsylvania line : a research guide to Pennsylvania genealogy and local history, 1990 ed. (Laughlintown, Pa.: Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, 1990), [FHL book 974.8 D27p 1990].
  4. Dave Huber, The people of Cambria County, (Chicora, Pennsylvania : Mechling Bookbindery, c2003), 8. FHL book 974.877 H2h