Fayette County, Pennsylvania
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Fayette County, Pennsylvania Facts
When was Fayette County, PA Created?
Fayette County was established on September 26, 1783 from Westmoreland County. The county was named in honor of Marquis de Lafayette, French-born Revolutionary War general.
What is the County Seat of Fayette County, PA?
The County Seat is located in Uniontown and in addition the county government website is www.co.fayette.pa.us
What counties are adjacent to Fayette County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Westmoreland County (north), Somerset County (east), Garrett County, Maryland (southeast), Preston County, West Virginia (south), Monongalia County, West Virginia (southwest), Greene County (west), Washington County (northwest).
What cities and towns are in Fayette County, PA?
Municipalities located in Fayette County include Townships: Brownsville, Bullskin, Connellsville, Dunbar, Franklin, Georges, German, Henry Clay, Jefferson, Lower Tyrone, Luzerne, Menallen, Nicholson, North Union, Perry, Redstone, Saltlick, South Union, Springfield, Springhill, Stewart, Upper Tyrone, Washington, Wharton. Boroughs: Belle Vernon, Brownsville, Dawson, Dunbar, Everson, Fairchance, Fayette City, Markleysburg, Masontown, Newell, Ohiopyle, Perryopolis, Point Marion, Seven Springs, Smithfield, South Connellsville, Vanderbilt. Cities & Towns: Connellsville, Uniontown. See also Fayette County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.
Fayette County, PA Vital Records
Where can find Fayette County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Fayette 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 Fayette County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Pennsylvania Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail. Walk-in service is available at any of these six public offices: Erie, Harrisburg, New Castle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton.
- Fayette County, Pennsylvania Vital Records, 1750-1890
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives Pennsylvania Marriage Project
- Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1924
- Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
- Pennsylvania Vital Records, Vol. I, Vol. II, Vol. III
- Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950
- Pennsylvania, Births, 1852-1854
- Pennsylvania Marriages to 1790
- Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940
- Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1854
- Pennsylvania County Marriages, 1885 – 1950
- Pennsylvania, Records of Marriages, 1885-1889
- Pennsylvania Marriages to 1810
- Pennsylvania, Marriage Records, 1700-1821
- Pennsylvania, Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages
- Pennsylvania, Deaths, 1852-1854
- Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915
- Pennsylvania, Order Sons of Italy in America, Enrollment and Death Benefit Records, 1910-1968
Fayette County, PA Census Records
What Fayette County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Fayette 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.
Fayette Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Fayette Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Fayette 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
Fayette County, PA Courthouse and Government Records
Fayette County Courthouse
What genealogical records can I find in the Fayette County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Fayette County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Pennsylvania Corthouse Records Research Guide.
PLEASE READ FIRST!!! Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it's up to the person to carry out the research.
- Fayette County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 61 East Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401
- Phone: (724) 430-1200
- Fayette 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: (724) 430-1238
- Land Records: 1784
- Fayette 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: 724-430-1253
- Court & Divorce Records: 1784
- Fayette 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: (724) 430-1206
- Marriage & Probate Records: 1784
- Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
- Fayette 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
Fayette County, PA Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Fayette County, PA?
A list of Fayette County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Pennsylvania Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Pennsylvania Archives - Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (fold3.com) series contains records of pennsylvania, from 1664 to 1780, and includes military, marriage, tax and land records. This is a Free Database.
- Fayette County Genealogical Society, 24 Jefferson Street, Uniontown 15401-3699
- Fayette CountyHistorical Society, PO Box 193, Uniontown Pa 15401, 724-439-4422,
- Brownsville Historical Society, PO Box 24, Brownsville PA 15417; 724-785-6882
- Bullskin Township Historical Society, PO Box 724, Mt. Pleasant PA 15666; 724-887-7729
- Chestnut Ridge Historical Society, PO Box 62, Jones Mills PA 15646; 724-593-3102
- Connellsville Area Historical Society, 299 S Pittsburgh Street Connellsville PA 15425; 724-628-5640
- Dunbar Historical Society, PO Box 366, Dunbar PA 15431; 724-277-8448
- Greater Tri Town Area Historical Society, Box 189, Dawson PA 15428; 724-529-2427
- Masontown Historical Society, PO Box 769, Masontown PA 15461;
- Fort Mason Historical Society, PO Box 246, Masontown PA 15461; 724-583-9944
- Smock Historical Society , 203 Main Street , Smock PA 15480; 724-677-2415
- The Pennsylvania Archives Online
- Pennsylvania State Archives, 350 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120; Phone:(717) 783-3281
- Genealogical Society Of Pennsylvania, 2207 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103; (215) 545-0391
- Historical Society Of Pennsylvania. 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107; Phone: 215-732-6200
- State Library of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street, P.O. Box 1601, Harrisburg, PA 17105-1601
Where can I connect with other Fayette County, PA Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Fayette County, PA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Fayette 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.
Fayette Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Fayette Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications
Fayette Co. PA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards
Fayette Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Fayette Co. PA General and History Websites
Fayette Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization
Fayette Co. PA Military Records