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Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
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Jefferson County, Pennsylvania Facts

Jefferson County

When was Jefferson County, PA Created?
Jefferson County was established on March 26, 1804 from Lycoming County. The county was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President .

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

Jefferson County Townships Map

What counties are adjacent to Jefferson County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Forest County (north), Elk County (northeast), Clearfield County (east), Indiana County (south), Armstrong County (southwest), Clarion County (west).

What cities and towns are in Jefferson County, PA?
Municipalities located in Jefferson County include Townships: Barnett, Beaver, Bell, Clover, Eldred, Gaskill, Heath, Henderson, Knox, McCalmont, Oliver, Perry, Pine Creek, Polk, Porter, Ringgold, Rose, Snyder, Union, Warsaw, Washington, Winslow, Young. Boroughs: Big Run, Brockway, Brookville, Corsica, Falls Creek, Punxsutawney, Reynoldsville, Summerville, Sykesville, Timblin, Worthville. See also Jefferson County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Jefferson County, PA Vital Records

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

Jefferson County, PA Census Records

What Jefferson County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Jefferson County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Jefferson County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Jefferson County Courthouse

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

  • Jefferson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 Main Street, Brookville, PA 15825
    • Phone: (814) 849-1560
  • Jefferson 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) 849-1610
    • Land Records: 1828
  • Jefferson 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: 814-849-1606
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1832
  • Jefferson 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) 849-1610
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1832 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Jefferson 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

Jefferson County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Jefferson Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jefferson Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Jefferson Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jefferson Co. PA General and History Websites

Jefferson Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Jefferson Co. PA Military Records

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