Search For Your Ancestors in Historical Documents




Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Genealogy, History & Facts

Somerset County, Pennsylvania Facts

Somerset County

When was Somerset County, PA Created?
Somerset County was established on April 17, 1795 from Bedford County. The county was named for the historic English county of Somerset.

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

What counties are adjacent to Somerset County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Cambria County (north), Bedford County (east), Allegany County, Maryland (southeast), Garrett County, Maryland (southwest), Fayette County (west), Westmoreland County (northwest).

Somerset County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Somerset County, PA?
Municipalities located in Somerset County include Townships: Addison, Allegheny, Black, Brothersvalley, Conemaugh, Elk Lick, Fairhope, Greenville, Jefferson, Jenner, Larimer, Lincoln, Lower Turkeyfoot, Middlecreek, Milford, Northampton, Ogle, Paint, Quemahoning, Shade, Somerset, Southampton, Stonycreek, Summit, Upper Turkeyfoot. Boroughs: Addison, Benson, Berlin, Boswell, Callimont, Casselman, Central City, Confluence, Garrett, Hooversville, Indian Lake, Jennerstown, Meyersdale, New Baltimore, New Centerville, Paint, Rockwood, Salisbury, Seven Springs (partial), Shanksville, Somerset, Stoystown, Ursina, Wellersburg, Windber. See also Somerset County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Somerset County, PA Vital Records

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

Somerset County, PA Census Records

What Somerset County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Somerset County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Somerset County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Somerset County Courthouse

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

  • Somerset County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 111 East Union Street, Somerset, PA 15501
    • Phone: (814) 445-1400
  • Somerset 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) 445-1547
    • Land Records: 1795
  • Somerset 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) 445-1435
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1795
  • Somerset 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) 445-1548
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1795
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Somerset 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
  • Somerset County Atlas of Surveys and Warrants Collected and Plotted as a WPA Project
  • Early Pennsylvania Land Records  
  • BLM Land Records

Somerset County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Somerset Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Somerset Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Somerset Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Somerset Co. PA General and History Websites

Somerset Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Somerset Co. PA Military Records

Copyright © 2014,