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Beaver County, Pennsylvania
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Beaver County, Pennsylvania Facts

Beaver County

When was Beaver County, PA Created?
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.

What is the County Seat of Beaver County, PA?
The County Seat is located in Beaver and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Beaver County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Lawrence County (north), Butler County (east), Allegheny County (southeast), Washington County (southeast), Hancock County, West Virginia (west), Columbiana County, Ohio (west).

Beaver County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Beaver County, PA?
Municipalities located in Beaver County include 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, PA Vital Records

Where can find Beaver County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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 CertificateDeath 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, PA Census Records

What Beaver County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Beaver County guide you in researching 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 you with your research. See Also Pennsylvania Census Records Research Guide

Beaver County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Beaver County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Beaver County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Beaver County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Pennsylvania Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Beaver County was attached to Allegheny County until 1803.
  • Beaver County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 810 Third Street, Beaver, PA 15009
    • Phone: (724) 728-5700
  • Beaver County Recorder of Deeds is responsible for recording documents related to property. Documents recorded consist of, but are not limited to, deeds, mortgages, restrictions, notaries, public and elected county officers. Other documents, such as Military Service Discharges, foreign birth certificates, as well as obscure documents like cattle brands, are also recorded here.
    • Phone: 724-770-4560
    • Land Records: 1803
  • Beaver County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has been the clerk of court of common pleas since 1707. Court records here include divorces, naturalizations, peddlers' licenses, registration of attorneys, oaths of county officers, equity, sheriff's sales, juror lists, some tax records, and some civil court records.Other court records are with the clerk of courts.
    • Phone: 724-770-4590
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1800
  • Beaver County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk are often the same person, sometimes sharing the responsibility of the recorder of deeds and clerk of courts as well. The Register of Wills' principal duties include probating wills and accepting for filing all documents necessary to complete the administration of a decedent's estate. The Clerk of Orphans' Court, our office serves as the filing office and custodian of records for matters involving adoptions, guardianships and estate litigation. The office also issues all marriage licenses. Since 1885 the clerk of the orphans' court in each county has had the responsibility of recording marriages
    • Phone: 724-770-4550
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1800 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Beaver County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
  • Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993
  • Early Pennsylvania Land Records  
  • BLM Land Records

Beaver County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Beaver County, PA?
A list of Beaver County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Pennsylvania Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Beaver County, PA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Beaver County, PA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Beaver Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Beaver Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Beaver Co. PA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Beaver Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Beaver Co. PA General and History Websites

Beaver Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Beaver Co. PA Military Records

Beaver Co. PA Schools & Directories

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