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Crawford County, Pennsylvania
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Crawford County, Pennsylvania Facts

Crawford County

When was Crawford County, PA Created?
Crawford County was established on March 12, 1800 from Allegheny County. The county was named in honor of William Crawford, surveyor who helped to open trans-Appalachian lands to settlement.

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

What counties are adjacent to Crawford County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Erie County (north), Warren County (east), Venango County (southeast), Mercer County (south), Trumbull County, Ohio (southwest), Ashtabula County, Ohio (west).

Crawford County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Crawford County, PA?
Municipalities located in Crawford County include Townships: Athens, Beaver, Bloomfield, Cambridge, Conneaut, Cussewago, East Fairfield, East Fallowfield, East Mead, Fairfield, Greenwood, Hayfield, North Shenango, Oil Creek, Pine, Randolph, Richmond, Rockdale, Rome, Sadsbury, South Shenango, Sparta, Spring, Steuben, Summerhill, Summit, Troy, Union, Venango, Vernon, Wayne, West Fallowfield, West Mead, West Shenango, Woodcock. Boroughs: Blooming Valley, Cambridge Springs, Centerville, Conneaut Lake, Conneautville, Cochranton, Hydetown, Linesville, Saegertown, Spartansburg, Springboro, Townville, Venango, Woodcock. See also Crawford County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Crawford County, PA Vital Records

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

Crawford County, PA Census Records

What Crawford County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Crawford 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.

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

Crawford County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Crawford County Courthouse

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

  • Crawford County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 903 Diamond Park, Meadville, PA 16335
    • Phone: (814) 333-7300
  • Crawford 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) 373-2537
    • Land Records: 1800
  • Crawford 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) 333-7442
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1800
  • Crawford 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) 373-2537
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1800 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Crawford 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

Crawford County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Crawford Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Crawford Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Crawford Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Crawford Co. PA General and History Websites

Crawford Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Crawford Co. PA Military Records

Crawford Co. PA Schools & Directories

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