Cameron County, Pennsylvania
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Cameron County

Cameron County was established on March 29, 1860 from Clinton County, Elk County, McKean County and Potter County. The county was named in honor of Simon Cameron, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania .

Currently the Cameron County Seat is located in Emporium and in addition the county government website is www.cameroncountypa.com

Counties adjacent to Cameron County are McKean County (north), Potter County (northeast), Clinton County (east), Clearfield County (south), Elk County (west).

Municipalities situated in Cameron County consist of Townships: Gibson, Grove, Lumber, Portage, Shippen. Boroughs: Driftwood, Emporium. See also Cameron County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Cameron 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 Cameron 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.

Cameron County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Cameron County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Cameron County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Cameron County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often forget the great importance of Cameron 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 Cameron 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.

You should speak to the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts in advance of visiting or looking for information because of sometimes changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of employees will guide individuals in locating the materials, but it's up to the man or women to complete the researching.

The below information and facts shows whatever death, marriage, birth,, land, wills, and legal records are typically in Cameron County. The dates indicated listed below tend to be the first known records data with this county. The Cameron County Prothonotary’s Office is actually comprised of 4 county offices. The Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, and Clerk of Courts offices are all combined into one office in the Cameron County Courthouse.

  • Cameron County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 20 East Fifth Street, Emporium, PA 15834
    • Phone: (814) 486-3355
  • Cameron 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: 814-486-3349 ext. 327
    • Land Records: 1860
  • Cameron 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: 814-486-3349 ext. 330
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1860
  • Cameron 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: 814-486-3349 ext. 328
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1863 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Cameron County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.

Cameron County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Cameron 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 Cameron County genealogy or family history related sites.

Cameron Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cameron Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cameron Co. PA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Cameron Co. PA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Cameron Co. PA Census Records

Cameron Co. PA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Cameron Co. PA Church & Bible Records

Cameron Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cameron Co. PA General and History Websites

Cameron Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Cameron Co. PA Military Records

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