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  • Adams County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 27, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of York County.
    Established:  22-Jan-1800
    County Seat:  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

    County history - Adams County is named in honor of John Adams (October 30, 1735 - July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat and political theorist. A leading champion of independence in 1776, he was the second President of the United States (1797 1801). Hailing from New England, Adams, a prominent lawyer and public figure in Boston, was highly educated and represented Enlightenment values promoting republicanism. A conservative Federalist, he was one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States.


    Adams Courthouse
    GHLL Adams County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Adams County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Adams County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Adams County Historical Society / Gettysburg, PA)
    6. US/PAGenWeb site - Adams County Archives
    7. US/PAGenWeb - Adams County Genealogy & History
    8. Adams County Vital Records - Adams County Courthouse, 111 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Cumberland County (north), York County (east), Carroll County, Maryland
             (southeast), Frederick County, Maryland (southwest), Franklin County (west).

        Gettsyburg - The Battle of Gettysburg
        Gettsyburg - National Military Park
        Gettsyburg Welcome Center - The Turning Point of the Civil War.
        Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - "Four score and seven years ago..."

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    Census Information:
        1800 Census - Septennial census, Adams County (Slave Census).
        1890 Census (T) - 1ED 9, Special Veterans Schedule, Townships of:  Germany and Littlestown.


  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 8, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington and Westmoreland Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1788
    County Seat:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    County history - Allegheny County is named for the Allegheny River, from a Lenape [Indian] word, of uncertain meaning. It is usually said to mean "fine river", but sometimes said to refer to an ancient mythical tribe called "Allegewi" who live along the river long ago before being destroyed by the Lenape.

    Allegheny Courthouse
    GHLL Allegheny County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Allegheny County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Allegheny County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Allegheny County Genealogical Society / Pittsburgh, PA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society / Tarentum, PA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ingram Historical Society / Ingram, PA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Multiple County Genealogical / Historical Societies / multiple listings, PA)
    9. US/PAGenWeb site - Allegheny County Archives
    10. US/PAGenWeb - Allegheny County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
              Butler County (north), Armstrong County (tangent to the northeast), Westmoreland
                County
    (east), Washington County (southwest), Beaver County (northwest).
               Note:   County names in black print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).


    1928 Yearbook "Thistle" - Carnegie Institute of Technology

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    Census Information:
        1790 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Allegheny County (Index: 3 pages / Text: 3 pages).
        1920 Census (T) - Federal Census, Allegheny County (Text: 2 pages).


  • Armstrong County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 1, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Allegheny, Lycoming, and Westmoreland Counties.
    Established:  12-Mar-1800
    County Seat:  Kittanning, Pennsylvania

    County history - Armstrong County is named in honor of John Armstrong, who represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress.

    Armstrong Courthouse
    1. Armstrong County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Armstrong County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Armstrong County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Armstrong County Genealogical Society (Kittanning, PA)
    4. Armstrong County - US/PAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Armstrong County - US/PAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Armstrong County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Armstrong County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Armstrong County Vital Records - Armstrong County Courthouse, 500 Market Street, Kittanning, PA 16201.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (T) - Townships of:  Kittanning and Manor.


  • Bedford County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 28, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Cumberland County.
    Established:  09-Mar-1771
    County Seat:  Bedford, Pennsylvania

    County history - Bedford County is named for Fort Bedford, which is named for the Duke of Bedford.

    Bedford Courthouse
    GHLL Bedford County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Bedford County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bedford County Historical Society / Bedford, PA)
    6. US/PAGenWeb site - Bedford County Archives
    7. US/PAGenWeb - Bedford County Genealogy & History
    8. Bedford County Vital Records - Bedford County Recorder, 200 South Juliana Street, Bedford PA 15522.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Blair County (north), Huntingdon County (northeast), Fulton County (east), Allegany
                County, Maryland
    (southwest), Somerset County (west), Cambria County
             (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1790 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Bedford County (Index: 1 page / Text: 2 pages).
        1800 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Bedford County (Index: 2 pages / Text: 6 pages).


  • Berks County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 17, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Chester, Lancaster and Philadelphia Counties.
    Established:  11-Mar-1752
    County Seat:  Reading, Pennsylvania

    County history - Berks County is named in honor of the English County of Berkshire.

    Berks Courthouse
    GHLL Berks County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Berks County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Berks County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Fleetwood Area Historical Society / Fleetwood, PA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of Berks County / Reading, PA)
    7. US/PAGenWeb site - Berks County Archives
    8. US/PAGenWeb - Berks County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Berks County (Local Records)  |  Reading, PA (County Seat Records).
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Schuylkill County (north), Lehigh County (northeast), Montgomery County (east),
             Chester County (southeast), Lancaster County (southwest), Lebanon County (west)

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    Census Information:
  • 1790 Federal Census - (I) & (T)

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Blair County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Huntingdon and Bedford Counties.
    Established:  26-Feb-1846
    County Seat:  Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

    County history - Blair County is named in honor of John Blair's Gap, which in turn, was named for John Blair. Mr. Blair was described as an energetic character and was active in development of Pennsylvania and interested in the building of the Pennsylvania Canal and the Indiana Turnpike.

    Blair Courthouse
    GHLL Blair County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Blair County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Blair County Genealogical Society / Hollidaysburg, PA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Blair County Historical Society / Altoona, PA)
    7. US/PAGenWeb site - Blair County Archives
    8. US/PAGenWeb - Blair County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Blair County Register of Wills & Recorder of Deeds Office, 423 Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-2022.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Centre County (north), Huntingdon County (east), Bedford County (south), Cambria
                County
    (west), Clearfield County (northwest).

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        Railroaders Memorial Museum - is dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating
             the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry.

    Census Information:
        1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Blair County (Index: 1 folder; 17 pages / Text: 43 pages:  Atoona,
             Allegaheny, Blair, Catherine, Freedom, Gaysport, Holidaysburg, Juniata, Logan, Martinsburg, Woodbury
             Townships).


  • Bradford County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 20, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Parts of Luzerne and Lycoming Counties; originally called Ontario County,
    renamed as Bradford County in 1812..
    Established:  21-Feb-1810
    County Seat:  Towanda, Pennsylvania

    County history - Bradford County is named in honor of William Bradford (September 14, 1755  August 23, 1795), the son of the printer William Bradford and was born in Philadelphia. He was a lawyer and judge from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the second United States Attorney General in 1794-1795.

    Bradford Courthouse
    1. Bradford County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Bradford County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Bradford County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Bradford County Historical Society (Towanda, PA)
    4. Bradford County - US/PAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Bradford County - US/PAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Bradford County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Bradford County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Bradford County Vital Records - Bradford County Register & Recorder, Bradford County Courthouse, 301 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848.


  • Bucks County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 11, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American lands [an original county at the formation of Pennsylvania].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1682
    County Seat:  Doylestown, Pennsylvania

    County history - Bucks County is named for the English county of Buckinghamshire.

    Bucks Courthouse
    1. Bucks County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Bucks County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Bucks County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Bucks County Historical Society & Museums (Doylestown, PA)
    4. Bucks County - US/PAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Bucks County - US/PAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Bucks County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Bucks County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Bucks County Vital Records - Bucks County Register of Wills, 55 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

      Census Information:
    9. 1790 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Index: 3 files / Text: 6 files)


  • Butler County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 8, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of The Iroquois Confederacy (prior to 1753) and later, Allegheny County..
    Established:  12-Mar-1800
    County Seat:  Butler, Pennsylvania

    County history - Butler County is named in honor of General Richard Butler (April 1, 1743 - November 4, 1791) who was an officer in the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and who later died fighting American Indians in Ohio.

    Butler Courthouse
    GHLL Butler County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Butler County AHGP and ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Butler County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Butler County Historical Society / Butler, PA)
    6. US/PAGenWeb site - Butler County Archives
    7. US/PAGenWeb - Butler County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court, P.O. Box 1208, Butler, PA 16003.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Venango County (north), Clarion County (northeast), Armstrong County (east),
             Westmoreland County (southeast), Allegheny County (south), Beaver County
             (west), Lawrence County (west), Mercer County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1810 Census (I) and (T) - Townships of:  Butler, Clearfield, Donegal, Cranberry,
             Middlesex, Mercer, Muddy Creek, Parker, Slippery Rock, Venango.


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