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Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
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Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Facts

Dauphin County

When was Dauphin County, PA Created?
Dauphin County was established on March 4, 1785 from Lancaster County. The county was named in honor of Louis-Joseph, Dauphin of France.

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

What counties are adjacent to Dauphin County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Northumberland County (north), Schuylkill County (northeast), Lebanon County (east), Lancaster County (south), York County (southwest), Cumberland County (west), Perry County (west).

Dauphin County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Dauphin County, PA?
Municipalities located in Dauphin County include Townships: Conewago, Derry, East Hanover, Halifax, Jackson, Jefferson, Londonderry, Lower Paxton, Lower Swatara, Lykens, Middle Paxton, Mifflin, Reed, Rush, South Hanover, Susquehanna, Swatara, Upper Paxton, Washington, Wayne, West Hanover, Wiconisco, Williams. Boroughs: Berrysburg, Dauphin, Elizabethville, Gratz, Halifax, Highspire, Hummelstown, Lykens, Middletown, Millersburg, Paxtang, Penbrook, Pillow, Royalton, Steelton, Williamstown. Cities & Towns: Harrisburg. See also Dauphin County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Dauphin County, PA Vital Records

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

Dauphin County, PA Census Records

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

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

Dauphin County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Dauphin County Courthouse

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

  • Dauphin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: Front & Market Streets, Harrisburg, PA 17101
    • Phone: (717) 780-6507
  • Dauphin 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: (717) 780-6560
    • Land Records: 1785
  • Dauphin 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: (717) 780-6520
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1785
  • Dauphin 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: (717) 780-6500
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1785 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Dauphin 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

Dauphin County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Dauphin Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Dauphin Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Dauphin Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Dauphin Co. PA General and History Websites

Dauphin Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Dauphin Co. PA Military Records

Dauphin Co. PA Schools & Directories

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