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Bedford County, Pennsylvania Facts

Bedford County

When was Bedford County, PA Created?
Bedford County was established on March 9, 1771, from part of Cumberland County. The county was named in honor of Fort Bedford, which is named for John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford.

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

What counties are adjacent to Bedford County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Blair County (north), Huntingdon County (northeast), Fulton County (east), Allegany County, Maryland (southwest), Somerset County (west), Cambria County (northwest).

Bedford County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Bedford County, PA?
Municipalities located in Bedford County include Townships: Bedford, Bloomfield, Broad Top, Colerain, Cumberland Valley, East Providence, East St. Clair, Harrison, Hopewell, Juniata, Kimmel, King, Liberty, Lincoln, Londonderry, Mann, Monroe, Napier, Pavia, Snake Spring, South Woodbury, Southampton, West Providence, West St. Clair, Woodbury. Boroughs: Bedford, Coaldale, Everett, Hopewell, Hyndman, Manns Choice, New Paris, Pleasantville, Rainsburg, St. Clairsville, Saxton, Schellsburg, Woodbury. See also Bedford County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Bedford County, PA Vital Records

Where can find Bedford County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bedford 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 Bedford 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.

Bedford County, PA Census Records

What Bedford County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bedford County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bedford Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bedford Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bedford 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

Bedford County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Bedford County Courthouse

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

  • Bedford County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 South Juliana Street, Bedford PA 15522
    • Phone: (814) 623-4833
  • Bedford 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: 814-623-4836
    • Land Records: 1771
  • Bedford 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: 814-623-4833
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1771
  • Bedford 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: 814-623-4836
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1771 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Bedford 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
  • Index to wills, Bedford County, Pennsylvania
  • Early Pennsylvania Land Records  
  • BLM Land Records

Bedford County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Bedford Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bedford Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Bedford Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bedford Co. PA General and History Websites

Bedford Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Bedford Co. PA Military Records

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