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Elk County, Pennsylvania
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Elk County, Pennsylvania Facts

Elk County

When was Elk County, PA Created?
Elk County was established on April 18, 1843 from Jefferson County, Mckean County and Clearfield County. The county was named for Elk, which inhabit the forested county .

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

What counties are adjacent to Elk County, PA?
Bordering Counties are McKean County (north), Cameron County (east), Clearfield County (south), Jefferson County (southwest), Forest County (west), Warren County (northwest).

Elk County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Elk County, PA?
Municipalities located in Elk County include Townships: Benezette, Fox, Highland, Horton, Jay, Jones, Millstone, Ridgway, Spring Creek. Boroughs: Johnsonburg, Ridgway. Cities & Towns: St. Marys. See also Elk County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Elk County, PA Vital Records

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

Elk County, PA Census Records

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

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

Elk County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Elk County Courthouse

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

  • Elk County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 240 Main & Court Streets, Ridgeway, PA 15853
    • Phone: (814) 776-1161
  • Elk 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) 776-5349
    • Land Records: 1844
  • Elk 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) 776-5344
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1844
  • Elk 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) 776-5349
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1844 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Elk 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

Elk County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Elk Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Elk Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Elk Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Elk Co. PA General and History Websites

Elk Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Elk Co. PA Military Records

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