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Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
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Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Facts

Dauphin County

When was Dauphin County, PA Created?
Dauphin County was established on March 4, 1785 from Lancaster County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Dauphin County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Northumberland County, Schuylkill County, Lebanon County, Lancaster County, York County, Cumberland County, Perry County.

Dauphin County, PA Vital Records

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

Dauphin County, PA Census Records

What Dauphin County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Dauphin 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.

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

Dauphin County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Dauphin County Courthouse

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

Dauphin County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Dauphin Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Dauphin Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Dauphin Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Dauphin Co. PA General and History Websites

Dauphin Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Dauphin Co. PA Military Records

Dauphin Co. PA Schools & Directories

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