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This article is about central western Pennsylvania county. For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation).

Indiana County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Indiana County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
Founded March 30, 1803
County Seat Indiana
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Address Indiana County Courthouse
825 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
Indiana County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

  • Named for Indian inhabitants of the county.
  • Birthplace of Jimmy Stewart (in Borough of Indiana).


Boundary Changes


Bible Records


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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
Interment.net WorldCat Names in Stone
USGenWeb-tombstone photos
Billion Graves
Pennsylvania Genealogy Epodunk
Pennsylvania Gravestones
Billion Graves
Names in Stone

Access Genealogy


See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Indiana 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

Indiana County Churches and Church Records, Indiana County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Project

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Indiana county pennsylvania churches.png
Contains church records of:
  • Canoe: United Church of Christ - Hungarian Reformed
  • Homer City: Brush Valley United Methodist Church
  • Saltsburg: Saltsburg United Presbyterian Church
  • "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.

Court Records

Indiana County, Pennsylvania Genealogy court records are housed at the Indiana County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be available at a local Family History Center. Call ahead for availability.

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. Indiana County, Pennsylvania Genealogy has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[3]

Clerk of the Court

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[4] For the Indiana County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.


The Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts of Indiana County keeps the records of all civil and criminal procedures. One person serves in both functions. The office is located at:

825 Philadelphia St
Indiana, PA 15701

Ph. (724) 465-3855
Fax: (724) 465-3968,
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
E-mail: pcc@countyofindiana.org

Orphan's Court

Indiana County, Pennsylvania has one individual who serves as the Register and Recorder. This person serves as the Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, and Clerk of Orphans' Court. This office is located in the courthouse at:

825 Philadelphia St.
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: (724) 465-3860
Fax: (724) 465-3863

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Indiana County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Court Records in online catalogs like:

Emigration and Immigration

For information about emigration into Pennsylvania, see the Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration page.

Ethnic Groups





Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Indiana County began in 1803. These records are filed with the Register and Recorder office in Indiana, 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:

Online Land Records

  • 1948–present The Register and Recorder offers access to indexes. Check their web page for current information about their online search options.

Online Land Abstracts

Land Records on Microfilm


  • Beers, F.W. Atlas of Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Indiana, Pennsylvania : Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, 1998. Original published New York : F.W. Beers, 1871. FHL Q book 974.889 E7b

Additional Resources

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 Indiana County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:




Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship

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

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.

Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm


Indiana 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 Indiana 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 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 Abtracts

  • Given, James, A Register of the Names of those Married, baptized, and Received to the Communion of the Church (SLC, Utah, 1966) FHL film 500944 item 2 Marriages in a newspaper clipping.
  • Haver, Fern Rebecca and Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania), Obituaries from the Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania):1987-1993 (SLC, Utah, 1995) FHL film 1698097
  • Obituaries of South Bend and surrounding Areas : 1960 - 1970 - 1980 : Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; Indiana County, Pennsylvania : probably copied from Simpson's Daily Leader Times newspaper (200-?) FHL book 974.88 V4o


Indentured Servants


Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Indiana County, Pennsylvania Genealogy are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.

Online Probate Indexes

Online Probate Records

Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch.org. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:

Indiana County Only:

  • Fisher, Charles A. Wills and Administrations of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Including Wills and Administrations of Union, Mifflin and Indiana Counties. 1950. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Abstracts and index.

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Indiana County, Pennsylvania Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:


  • The Pennsylvania Archives collection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.


Indiana County Courthouse
825 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701

Clerk of Court
Randy Degenkolb
First Floor

The office of the Prothonotary is located in the main courthouse building.

Family History Centers

Rich in history, Indiana County, Pennsylvania Genealogy contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.


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.

  • 1726-1930 - Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Some birth records exist for the 1852–1856 time period for Indiana County. Only a small percentage of births were reported in this time period. These records are available at:

Birth records for Indiana County began in 1893. The Indiana County Clerk of the Orphans' Court maintains the birth records from 1893–1906. To obtain a copy of birth record in the 1893–1906 time period you may contact the Register and Recorder at the Indiana County Courthouse.

Beginning in 1906 Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health. Birth records become public after 105 years. A statewide index is available. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:

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

The cost for an non-certified birth certificate is $3.00.

Some Indiana County births can be found online in Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950.


Indiana County marriages are maintained at the county courthouse. Indiana County began recording marriages in 1885 although some registrations took place from 1852–1854. Marriage licenses from 1885 are available from the Register and Recorder in the county courthouse.

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives. 
  • 1852-1854 - Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images. 
  • 1852-1856 – Registration of Marriages FHL film 1319632
  • 1885-1950 - Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950 Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
  • 1885-1916; 1885-1979 - Marriage License Dockets, 1885-1916; Index to Marriage License Dockets, 1885-1979 (Indiana County, Pennsylvania) – FHL films 1288575–1288589

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.


Indiana County began recording deaths in 1893, although some were recorded from 1852–1856. These records are available in the County Courthouse in Indiana. You may request a death record from the Register and Recorder.

Pennsylvania death certificates become public records after 50 years. An annual index is released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Records less than 50 years old are kept by the Division of Vital Records and are not public certificates. Only certain people can request a non-public death certificate. To order a non-public representative you must be:

  • Legal representative of decedent's estate
  • Immediate family member
  • Extended family member who indicates a direct relationship to the decedent
  • Power of Attorney (Please note that a Power of Attorney document is no longer valid upon the death of the individual)

See the Pennsylvania Department of Health website to obtain a copy of a non-public death certificate. The cost is $9.

The cost for a non-certified public death certificate is $3.00. Indexes for Pennsylvania public death records are available online through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1961. Once an individual is located in the index a certificate can be obtained by writing to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
  3. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  4. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)