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Cameron County, Pennsylvania
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Cameron County, Pennsylvania Facts

Cameron County

When was Cameron County, PA Created?
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 .

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

Cameron County Townships Map

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

What cities and towns are in Cameron County, PA?
Municipalities located in Cameron County include Townships: Gibson, Grove, Lumber, Portage, Shippen. Boroughs: Driftwood, Emporium. See also Cameron County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Cameron County, PA Vital Records

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

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

Cameron County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Cameron County Courthouse

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

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.
  • Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993
  • Early Pennsylvania Land Records  
  • BLM Land Records

Cameron County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Cameron Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cameron Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

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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