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Perry County, Pennsylvania
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Perry County, Pennsylvania Facts

Perry County

When was Perry County, PA Created?
Perry County was established on March 22, 1820 from Cumberland County. The county was named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry, War of 1812 commodore .

What is the County Seat of Perry County, PA?
The County Seat is located in New Bloomfield and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Perry County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Juniata County (north), Northumberland County (northeast), Dauphin County (east), Cumberland County (south), Franklin County (southwest).

Perry County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Perry County, PA?
Municipalities located in Perry County include Townships: Buffalo, Carroll, Centre, Greenwood, Howe, Jackson, Juniata, Liverpool, Miller, Northeast Madison, Oliver, Penn, Rye, Saville, Southwest Madison, Spring, Toboyne, Tuscarora, Tyrone, Watts, Wheatfield. Boroughs: Blain, Duncannon, Landisburg, Liverpool, Marysville, Millerstown, New Bloomfield, New Buffalo, Newport. See also Perry County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Perry County, PA Vital Records

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

Perry County, PA Census Records

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

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

Perry County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Perry County Courthouse

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

  • Perry County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 2 East Main Street , PO Box 223, New Bloomfield, PA 17068
    • Phone: (717) 582-2131
  • Perry 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: 717-582-2131
    • Land Records: 1820
  • Perry 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: 717-582-2131
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1820
  • Perry 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: 717-582-2131
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1820 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Perry 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

Perry County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Perry Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Perry Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Perry Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Perry Co. PA General and History Websites

Perry Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Perry Co. PA Military Records

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