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Beaver County was established on March 12, 1800 from parts of Allegheny County and Washington County. The county was named for the Beaver River, itself named for the eponymous animal that was sighted along its banks.
Counties adjacent to Beaver County are Lawrence County (north), Butler County (east), Allegheny County (southeast), Washington County (southeast), Hancock County, West Virginia (west), Columbiana County, Ohio (west).
Municipalities situated in Beaver County consist of Townships: Brighton, Center, Chippewa, Darlington, Daugherty, Franklin, Greene, Hanover, Harmony, Hopewell, Independence, Marion, New Sewickley, North Sewickley, Patterson, Potter, Pulaski, Raccoon, Rochester, South Beaver, Vanport, White. Boroughs: Ambridge, Baden, Beaver, Big Beaver, Bridgewater, Conway, Darlington, East Rochester, Eastvale, Economy, Ellwood City, Fallston, Frankfort Springs, Freedom, Georgetown, Glasgow, Homewood, Hookstown, Industry, Koppel, Midland, Monaca, New Brighton, New Galilee, Ohioville, Patterson Heights, Rochester, Shippingport, South Heights, West Mayfield. Cities & Towns: Aliquippa, Beaver Falls. See also Beaver County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.
Beaver County vital records can be found at the Pennsylvania Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records since 1906 and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Pennsylvania for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.
You can search online for Beaver County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Pennsylvania Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail. Walk-in service is available at any of these six public offices: Erie, Harrisburg, New Castle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton.
Beaver County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Beaver Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Beaver Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Beaver Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help with your research.
A list of Beaver County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often forget the great importance of Beaver County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogical information. Hidden away in Pennsylvania courthouses and archives everywhere are the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Pennsylvania inhabitants. The possibilities are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least several factors of their lives in the Beaver County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not mentioned in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures which may have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
The below information and facts shows whatever death, marriage, birth,, land, wills, and legal records are typically in Beaver County. The dates indicated listed below tend to be the first known records data with this county.Beaver County was attached to Allegheny County until 1803.
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Beaver County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is basically a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own favorite Beaver County genealogy or family history related sites.