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Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (Map It) was created on September 24, 1788, from Washington County and Westmoreland County. The county was named for Lenape word for the Allegheny River, which possibly translates to "beautiful river" . Learn More About State of Pennsylvania History
Armstrong County Townships include Aleppo, Baldwin, Collier, Crescent, East Deer, Elizabeth, Fawn, Findlay, Forward, Frazer, Hampton, Harmar, Harrison, Indiana, Kennedy, Kilbuck, Leet, Marshall, McCandless, Moon, Mount Lebanon, Neville, North Fayette, North Versailles, O'Hara, Ohio, Penn Hills, Pine, Reserve, Richland, Robinson, Ross, Scott, Shaler, South Fayette, South Park, South Versailles, Springdale, Stowe, Upper St. Clair, West Deer, Wilkins.
Allegheny County Boroughs include Aspinwalvalon, Baldwin, Becres, Bellevue, Bvon, Bvon Heights, Bethel Park, Blawnox, Brackenridge, Braddock, Braddock Hills, Bradfordwoods, Brentwood, Bridgeville, Carnegie, Castle Shannon, Chalfant, Cheswick, Churchill, Coraopolis, Crafton, Dormont, Dravosburg, East McKeesport, East Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Edgeworth, Elizabeth, Emsworth, Etna, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Franklin Park, Glassport, Glenfield, Green Tree, Haysville, Heidelberg, Homestead, Ingram, Jefferson Hills, Leetsdale, Liberty, Lincoln, McDonald, McKees Rocks, Millvale, Monroeville, Mount Oliver, Munhall, North Braddock, Oakdale, Oakmont, Osborne, Pennsbury Village, Pitcairn, Pleasant Hills, Plum, Port Vue, Rankin, Rosslyn Farms, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, Sewickley Hills, Sharpsburg, Springdale, Swissvale, Tarentum, Thornburg, Trafford, Turtle Creek, Verona, Versailles, Wall, West Elizabeth, West Homestead, West Mifflin, West View, Whitaker, White Oak, Whitehall, Wilkinsburg, Wilmerding.
Allegheny County Cities & Towns include Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport, Pittsburgh. See also Allegheny County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Courthouse Records
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Allegheny county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1788. The 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.
- Allegheny County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has Court & Divorce Records from 1788. The 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.
- Allegheny County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Marriage & Probate Records from 1789 and Birth & Death Records from before Jan 1906. The 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.
- Allegheny County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Census Records
- Learn More: State of Pennsylvania Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Pennsylvania Vital Records
- Birth & Death Records: 1906 to present.
- Marriage Records: does not have marriage records. The marriage records should be available in the County Court House.
- Divorce Records: does not have marriage records. The marriage records should be available in the County Court House.
- Locations: Pennsylvania Office of Vital Statistics, Pennsylvania State Archives
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Division of Vital Records, 101 South Mercer Street, Central Building, Room 401, New Castle, PA 16103; PH (724) 656-3100
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Resources
- Pennsylvania Archives - Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission series contains records of pennsylvania, from 1664 to 1780, and includes military, marriage, tax and land records. This is a Free Database.
- Allegheny Foothills Historical Society
- Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society
- Allegheny Regional Family Historical Society
- Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
- Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Message Boards read and post messages about your ancestors to Allegheny County
- Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Allegheny County
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania External Links
- Historical Maps of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania - PA D.O.T.
- Historical Newspapers from Pennsylvania (1719 - 1997)
- News Record (North Hills, Pennsylvania)
- North Hills News Record (North Hills, Pennsylvania)
- Pittsburgh's Post-Gazette
- Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Books - Amazon
- Greenwood Cemetery Early Veterans of Greenwood Cemetery, including Revolutionary War, Civil War and Spanimerican War
- Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions and/or Contributed Records Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
- Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania - FindaGrave
- Allegheny Cemetery
- East Liberty Presbyterian Church
- A history of the Presbyterian Church of Sewickley Pennsylvania
- Historical sketch of the Sabbath-schools connected with the First Presbyterian Congregation of Pittsburgh
- A Brief history of Lebanon Presbyterian Church
- Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Links - Cyndi's List
- Allegheny Co. PAGenweb
- History of Pittsburgh and environs
- A century and a half of Pittsburg and her people
- Pittsburgh of today
- History llegheny County, Pennsylvania
- Memoirs llegheny County, Pennsylvania
- Standard history of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
- The history of Pittsburgh
- Notable men of Pittsburgh and vicinity
- Recollections of seventy years and historical gleanings llegheny, Pennsylvania
- The history of Pittsburgh
- Allegheny County's hundred years
- History llegheny Co., Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh allegheny in the centennial year
- The History of the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, 1837-1909
- Story of Ollegheny city
- Old Pittsburgh days
- The village of Sewickley
- Pittsburgh, past and present
- A short history of Pittsburgh, 1758-1908
- The early history of the fifteenth ward of the city of Pittsburgh
- Winans & Bro.'s guide map of Pittsburgh allegheny
- Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania genealogies (fragmenta genealogica heraldica).
- Pittsburgh in ye olden time
- Tales of pioneer Pittsburgh
- 1758 Bei Sketch of The Founding of Pittsburgh
- Allegheny Co. Data Collections
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Directories, 1888-92
- Social directory for greater Pittsburgh
- Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Military Records