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  • McKean County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 23, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Lycoming County.
    Established:  26-Mar-1826
    County Seat:  Smethport, Pennsylvania

    County history - McKean County is named in honor of former Pennsylvania Governor and Declaration of Independence signer, Thomas McKean.

    McKean Courthouse
    1. McKean County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. McKean County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. McKean County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          McKean County Historical Society
          McKean County Old Jail Building
          Smethport, PA 16749-1144
          (814) 887-5142

    4. McKean County - US/PAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. McKean County - US/PAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. McKean County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. McKean County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. McKean County Vital Records - McKean County Register Of Wills, McKean County Courthouse, P.O. Box 202, Smethport, PA 16749.


  • Mercer County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 21, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Allegheny County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1800
    County Seat:  Mercer, Pennsylvania

    County history - Mercer County is named in honor of Hugh Mercer (1726-1777), a British soldier and physician. He initially served with British forces during the Seven Years War but later became a brigadier general in the Continental Army and a close friend to George Washington. Mercer died as a result of his wounds received at the Battle of Princeton and became a fallen hero and rallying symbol of the American Revolution.

    Mercer Courthouse
    GHLL Mercer County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Mercer 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 - Mercer County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Hermitage Historical Society / Hermitage, PA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Mercer Historical Society / Mercer, PA)
    7. US/PAGenWeb site - Mercer County Archives
    8. US/PAGenWeb - Mercer County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - County of Mercer Recorders Office, 109 Courthouse, South Diamond Street, Mercer, PA 16137.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Crawford County (north), Venango County (east), Butler County (southeast),
             Lawrence County (south), Mahoning County, Ohio (southwest), Trumbull County,
                Ohio
    (west).
               Note:   County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

        City of Sharon - Genealogy and History

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Mercer County, Pennsylvania (8 Townships listed: ED-156)


  • Mifflin County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Cumberland County.
    Established:  19-Sep-1789
    County Seat:  Lewistown, Pennsylvania

    County history - Mifflin County is named in honor of Thomas Mifflin, the first Governor of Pennsylvania.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Mifflin County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Mifflin County Vital Records - Mifflin County Courthouse, 20 North Wayne Street, Lewistown, PA 17044-1770.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Mifflin County Mennonite Historical Society (Belleville, PA)

      Census Information:
    10. 1790 Census (I) and (T) - Northumberland District.
    11. 1850 Census (I) and (T) - Armagh, Brown, Granville, Decatur, Wayne Townships,
               Newton Hamilton Division, McVeytown Borough.


  • Monroe County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Pike and Northampton Counties.
    Established:  01-Apr-1836
    County Seat:  Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

    County history - Monroe County is named in honor of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Monroe County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Monroe County Vital Records - Monroe County Courthouse, Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.


  • Montgomery County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Philadelphia County.
    Established:  10-Sep-1784
    County Seat:  Norristown, Pennsylvania

    County history - Montgomery County, the origin of the county's name is uncertain, but is believed to have been either named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada, or for the Welsh county of Montgomeryshire (which was named after one of William the Conqueror's main counselors, Roger de Montgomerie), as it was part of the Welsh Tract, (an area of Pennsylvania settled by Quakers from Wales).

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Montgomery County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Montgomery County Vital Records - Montgomery County Records Department, 2000 Old Arch Road, Norristown, PA, 19401.

    9. My Pennsylvania Genealogy - Montgomery County History and Information


  • Montour County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Columbia County.
    Established:  03-May-1850
    County Seat:  Danville, Pennsylvania

    County history - Montour County is named in honor of Madame Montour, a prominent Indian leader during the colonial era. (scroll down to "Montour Family")

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Montour County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Montour County Vital Records - Montour County Courthouse, 29 Mill Street, Danville, PA 17821.

    9. Will Index - 1850 to Present

      Census Information:
    10. 1920 Census (T) - ED 47- 49


  • Northampton County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Bucks County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1752
    County Seat:  Easton, Pennsylvania

    County history - Northampton County is named for the English city of Northampton, a large market town and local government district in the East Midlands region of England.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Northampton County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Northampton County Vital Records - County Courthouse, 669 Washington Streets, Easton, PA 18042.

    9. Easton High School - 1917 Yearbook for Easton High School, Easton, PA

      Census Information:
    10. 1800 Census (T) - Federal Census Northampton County, Pennsylvania (Partial)


  • Northumberland County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Lancaster, Berks, Cumberland, Northampton, Bedford Counties.
    Established:  21-Mar-1772
    County Seat:  Sunbury, Pennsylvania

    County history - Northumberland County is named in honor of the county of Northumberland in northern England.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Northumberland County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Northumberland County Vital Records - Northumberland County Courthouse, 2nd & Market Sts., Sunbury, PA 17801.

    9. County Look-up - Volunteers

      Census Information:
    10. 1790 Census (T) - Entire County (4 files)


  • Perry County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cumberland County.
    Established:  22-Mar-1820
    County Seat:  New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania

    County history - Perry County is named in honor of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819) was born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, the son of Captain Christopher Raymond Perry and Sarah Wallace Alexander.He served in the War of 1812 against Britain, and earned the title "Hero of Lake Erie" for leading American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Perry County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Perry County Vital Records - Perry County Courthouse, P.O. Box 223, New Bloomfield, PA 17068.


  • Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 20, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Delaware Indian lands [original County].
    Established:  xx-Nov-1682
    County Seat:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    County history - Philadelphia County named from two Greek words meaning "loved or friendly" and "brother", applied as "brotherly love." The Indian name of the locality was "Coaquannok", meaning "grove of tall pine trees."

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Philadelphia County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Philadelphia County Vital Records - The Philadelphia City Archives, 3101 Market Street 1st. Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
    9. Philadelphia County - 1921 Yearbook for, The Record, June Class, West Philadelphia High
               School for Boys
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

      Census Information:
    11. 1790 Census (T) - Includes both City and County records
    12. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Philadelphia County (District 9: 16 Pgs.)


  • Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Berks and Northampton Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1811
    County Seat:  Pottsville, Pennsylvania

    County history - Schuylkill County is named for the Schuylkill River, most often pronounced /'sku kYl/ ("SKOO-kull"), is a river in the U.S. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Delaware Indians were the original settlers of the area around this river, which they called Ganshohawanee, meaning "rushing and roaring waters," or "Manaiunk".[1] The river was later given the Dutch name Schuylkill (pronounced [s "Sylkjl]) by its European discoverer, Arendt Corssen of the Dutch West India Company. One explanation given for this name is that it translates to "hidden river" and refers to the river's confluence with the Delaware River at League Island, which was nearly hidden by dense vegetation.



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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Schuylkill County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Schuylkill County Vital Records - Schuylkill County Courthouse, 401 North Second Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.

    9. Schuylkill County - 1929 Yearbook "HI-S-POTTS" Pottsville High School, Pottsville, Pennsylvania
    10. Schuylkill County - Regimental Roster, Pennsylvania - Civil War
    11. Schuylkill County - Schuylkill County Genealogy Ties

      Census Information:
    12. 1850 Census (T) - Federal Census Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (Borough of Schuylkill Haven: 4 pages)


  • Snyder County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Union County.
    Established:  02-Mar-1855
    County Seat:  Middleburg, Pennsylvania

    County history - Snyder County is named in honor of Simon Snyder 1759-1819), the governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1808 to 1817. A Jeffersonian Democrat, he served three terms as speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives before becoming governor. He led the state through the War of 1812 and, following the conclusion of his term, was elected to the United States Senate, but he died in 1819 before he began to serve. He was the first governor of Pennsylvania to be of German descent.


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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Snyder County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Snyder County Vital Records - Snyder County Courthouse, Prothonotary's Office, 11 West Market Street, Middleburg, PA 17842.


  • Somerset County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 11, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Bedford County..
    Established:  17-Apr-1795
    County Seat:  Somerset, Pennsylvania

    County history - Somerset County is named in honor of the English county of Somerset, a county in South West England.

    Somerset Courthouse
    GHLL Somerset 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 - Somerset County, PA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical and Genealogical Society / Somerset, PA)
    6. US/PAGenWeb site - Somerset County Archives
    7. US/PAGenWeb - Somerset County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Somerset County Court House, 111 E. Union St, Somerset, PA 15501.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Cambria County (north), Bedford County (east), Allegany County, Maryland
             (southeast), Garrett County, Maryland (southwest), Fayette County (west),
             Westmoreland County (northwest).

        Flight 93 Memorial - Flight 93 National Memorial has a place on the nation's honor roll
             of iconic places which includes Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor (Stonycreek Twp).

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        Stonycreek Township - Stonycreek Township gained worldwide attention on September 11, 2001, when United
             Airlines Flight 93 crashed there, killing all aboard. Flight 93 was one of four airliners hijacked that day as part of
             the al-Qaeda terrorist attack on the United States.
        The Heroes Of Flight 93 - (Click your mouse on the Hero's name below for their mini-biography)


  • Sullivan County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Lycoming County.
    Established:  15-Mar-1847
    County Seat:  Laporte, Pennsylvania

    County history - Sullivan County is named in honor of John Sullivan (1740-1795) was the third son of Irish immigrants, who served as a major general in the Continental Army and as 3rd & 5th Governor of New Hampshire (or "President") of New Hampshire.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sullivan County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sullivan County Vital Records - Sullivan County Courthouse, Main & Muncy, Laporte, PA 18626.


  • Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Luzerne County.
    Established:  21-Feb-1810
    County Seat:  Montrose, Pennsylvania

    County history - Susquehanna County is named after the Susquehanna River (originally "Sasquesahanough" according to the 1612 John Smith map). Local legend claims that the name of the river comes from an Indian phrase meaning "mile wide, foot deep," referring to the Susquehanna's unusual dimensions, but while the word is Algonquian, it simply means "muddy current" or "winding current".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Susquehanna County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Susquehanna County Vital Records - Susquehanna County Courthouse, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, PA 18801.


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