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  • Dauphin County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 24, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Lancaster County
    Established:  04-Mar-1785
    County Seat:  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    County history - Dauphin County is named in honor of Louis-Joseph, Dauphin of France; the first son of Louis XVI. The title of Dauphin signified that Louis-Joseph was the heir apparent to the throne of France.

    Dauphin Courthouse
    Capitol history - When President Theodore Roosevelt attended the dedication of the building on October 4, 1906, he said, This is the handsomest building I ever saw.  The Capitol was designed in the American Renaissance style by Philadelphia architect Joseph Huston (1866-1940), who envisioned the building as a Palace of Art. 
             From 1681 until 1729, Pennsylvania's colonial legislature would meet wherever it could find the space, ranging from local taverns, private residences, and town halls to other meeting places.
             On May 5, 1904, the cornerstone of the new Capitol was laid by Governor Pennypacker.

    Pennsylvania State Capitol

    GHLL Dauphin 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 - Dauphin County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of Dauphin County / Harrisburg, PA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission / Harrisburg, PA)
    7. US/PAGenWeb site - Dauphin County Archives
    8. US/PAGenWeb - Dauphin County Genealogy & History
    9. Dauphin County Vital Records - Dauphin County Register of Wills, 1st Floor, Room 103, Front & Market Streets,
               Harrisburg, PA 17101
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
              Northumberland County (north), Schuylkill County (northeast), Lebanon County
             (east), Lancaster County (south), York County (southwest), Cumberland County
             (west), Perry County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1790 Census (I) and (T) - Index:  Two pgs. (A - L) & (M - Z); Text:  Three Pgs. (0001, 0023 & 0044)
        1800 Census (I) and (T) - Five Index Pgs. and Seven Transcribed Pgs..

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  • Delaware County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 6, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Chester County.
    Established:  26-Sep-1789
    County Seat:  Media, Pennsylvania (Chester City, prior to 1851)

    County history - Delaware County is named after the Delaware River.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Delaware County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Delaware County Vital Records - Delaware County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court Division, Media, PA 19063.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Delaware County Societies, multiple listings (multiple townships, PA)

      Census Information:
    10. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census Delaware County, Pennsylvania
    11. 1883 Pension Roll - Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War (Pension Roll of 1883)


  • Elk County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 22, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Jefferson, McKean, and Clearfield Counties.
    Established:  18-Apr-1843
    County Seat:  Ridgway, Pennsylvania

    County history - Elk County is named in honor of The elk or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) which inhabit the forested county and are one of the largest species of the Cervidae or deer family in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia. It was long believed to be a subspecies of the European red deer (Cervus elaphus), but evidence from a 2004 study of the mitochondrial DNA indicates that the two are distinct species. This animal should not be confused with the larger moose (Alces alces), to which the name "elk" applies in Eurasia..

    Elk Courthouse
    GHLL Elk County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Elk County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Elk County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Elk County Historical Society / Ridgeway, PA)
    6. US/PAGenWeb site - Elk County Archives
    7. US/PAGenWeb - Elk County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Elk County Register & Recorder, Elk County Courthouse, 240 Main Street, P.O. Box 314, Ridgway, PA 15853.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             McKean County (north), Cameron County (east), Clearfield County (south),
             Jefferson County (southwest), Forest County (west), Warren County (northwest).
               Note:   County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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  • Erie County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 7, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Allegheny County; attached to Crawford County until 1803..
    Established:  12-Mar-1800
    County Seat:  Erie, Pennsylvania

    County history - Erie County is named for Lake Erie.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Erie County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Erie County Vital Records - Clerk of Records, Erie County Courthouse, 140 W 6th St. Room 122, Erie, PA 16501.

    9. Erie County - "EHS" Erie High School Yearbook - Erie, PA. 1904



  • Fayette County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 24, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Westmoreland County.
    Established:  26-Sep-1783
    County Seat:  Uniontown, Pennsylvania

    County history - Fayette County is named in honor of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette (or Lafayette) (1757-1834) was a French aristocrat and military officer born in the province of Auvergne in south central France. Lafayette was a general in the American Revolutionary War and a leader of the Garde Nationale during the French Revolution. In the American Revolution, Lafayette served in the Continental Army under George Washington.


    Fayette Courthouse
    GHLL Fayette County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Fayette County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Fayette County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Fayette County Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (Uniontown, PA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Perryopolis Heritage Society (Perryopolis, PA)
          Fayette County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 193
          Uniontown Pa 15401

    7. US/PAGenWeb site - Fayette County Archives
    8. US/PAGenWeb - Fayette County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court, County Courthouse, 61 East Main Street, Uniontown PA 15401.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Westmoreland County (north), Somerset County (east), Garrett
               County, Maryland
    (southeast), Preston County, West Virginia (south),
             Monongalia County, West Virginia (southwest), Greene County (west),
             Washington County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
  • 1880 Federal Census - (T)

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  • Franklin County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 20, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Cumberland County.
    Established:  09-Sep-1784
    County Seat:  Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

    County history - Franklin County is named in honor of inventor and Statesman, Benjamin Franklin.
             Born into the family of a Boston candle maker, Benjamin Franklin became the most famous American of his time. He helped found a new nation and defined the American character. Writer, inventor, diplomat, businessman, musician, scientist, humorist, civic leader, international celebrity . . . genius.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Franklin County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Franklin County Vital Records - Franklin County Clerk of Courts, 14 North Main Stree, Chambersburg, PA 1720.

    9. Fort Loudon - Pennsylvania State Historic Site


  • Greene County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington County.
    Established:  09-Feb-1796
    County Seat:  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

    County history - Greene County is named in honor of General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786), of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. When the war began, Greene was a militia private, the lowest rank possible; he emerged from the war with a reputation as George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer. Many places in the United States are named for him.


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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Greene County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Greene County Vital Records - Greene County Recorder's Office, Greene County Courthouse, Room 100, 10 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cornerstone Genealogical Society (Waynesburg, PA)


  • Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  May 15, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Bedford County and the earlier Cumberland Region.
    Established:  20-Sep-1787
    County Seat:  Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

    County history - Huntingdon County once included lands later used to form Centre, Cambria, and Blair Counties. The name came from Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, who was one of Reverend William Smith's benefactors in the exploration efforts.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Huntingdon County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Huntingdon County Vital Records - Huntingdon County Clerk of the Orphans Court, 223 Penn Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652.


  • Indiana County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  May 25, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Lycoming and Westmoreland Counties
    Established:  30-Mar-1803
    County Seat:  Indiana, Pennsylvania

    County history - Indiana County is named in honor of the former Indian inhabitants. Indiana County is known as the Christmas Tree Capital and the home of the Jimmy Stewart Museum and the Jimmy Stewart Airport.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Indiana County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Indiana County Vital Records - Indiana County Register of Wills, Indiana County Courthouse, 825 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA 15701

      Census Information:
    9. 1810 Census (I) and (T) - Blacklick, Mahoing, Center, Conemaugh, Wheatfield, Washington and Armstrong Townships


  • Jefferson County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 7, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Lycoming County. Attached to Westmoreland County until 1806 and to Indiana County until 1830..
    Established:  26-Mar-1804
    County Seat:  Brookville, Pennsylvania

    County history - Jefferson County is named in honor the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Jefferson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Jefferson County Vital Records - Jefferson County Courthouse Annex, 155 Jefferson Place, Brookville, PA 15825-1236.

    9. Pennsylvania Volunteers - Jefferson County Pennsylvania Soldiers in the Civil War
    10. PA Roots - Jefferson County Genealogy Project

      Census Information:
    11. 1900 Census (T) - 1900 Federal Census Jefferson County, Pennsylvania (ED 054 - ED 088)


  • Juniata County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 19, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Mifflin County.
    Established:  02-Mar-1831
    County Seat:  Mifflintown, Pennsylvania

    County history - Juniata County is named after the Juniata River, a tributary of the Susquehanna River, approximately 90 miles (145 km) long, in central Pennsylvania in the United States.

    Juniata Courthouse
    GHLL Juniata 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 - Juniata County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Juniata County Historical Society / Mifflintown, PA)
    6. US/PAGenWeb site - Juniata County Archives
    7. US/PAGenWeb - Juniata County Genealogy & History
    8. Juniata County Vital Records - Juniata County Courthouse, Bridge and Main Streets, P.O. Box 68, Miffintown, PA 17059-0068.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Snyder County (north), Northumberland County (east), Dauphin County (southeast),
             Perry County (south), Franklin County (southwest), Huntingdon County (west),
             Mifflin County (northwest).

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