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=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
{{PA Courthouse Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Courthouse Intro|Beaver}}
'''Beaver County Courthouse'''<br>810 Third Street<br>Beaver, PA 15009<br>Clerk of Court, (724) 770-4586<br>Email: [mailto:@beavercountypa.gov @beavercountypa.gov]<br>[http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Pages/Default.aspx Beaver County Website]<br>[http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Depts/Courts/Pages/default.aspx Register of Wills and Orphans' Court], 724-770-4550<br>[http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Depts/Courts/Pages/default.aspx Prothonotary Office],(724) 770-4570, Fax: 724-728-3360<br><br>
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'''Beaver County Courthouse'''<br>810 Third Street<br>Beaver, PA 15009<br>Clerk of Court, (724) 770-4586<br>Email: [mailto:@beavercountypa.gov @beavercountypa.gov]<br>[http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Depts/Courts/Pages/default.aspx Register of Wills and Orphans' Court], 724-770-4550<br>[http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Depts/Courts/Pages/default.aspx Prothonotary Office],(724) 770-4570, Fax: 724-728-3360<br>[http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Pages/Default.aspx Beaver County Website]<br><br>
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Register of Wills has birth records 1893-1906, death records 1852-1854 and 1893-1906, marriage records 1852-1854 and from 1886, and probate records from 1800<br>
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Recorder Deeds has land records from 1800<br>
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Prothonotary has divorce, court, and naturalization records<br>
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Veterans Office has military records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Beaver County, Pennsylvania, p.588</ref><br>
  
 
=== Beaver County, Pennsylvania Record Dates  ===
 
=== Beaver County, Pennsylvania Record Dates  ===
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1906. General compliance by 1915. </center>
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| colspan="7"| <center>*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1906. General compliance by 1915. </center>
 
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=== Record Loss ===
 
=== Record Loss ===
 
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Pennsylvania/Beaver-County?id=county_2244 Findagrave.com]
 
* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Pennsylvania/Beaver-County?id=county_2244 Findagrave.com]
 
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
 
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
* [http://www.linkpendium.com/beaver-pa-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/beaver-pa-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
 
* [http://www.pennsylvaniagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=4 PAGravestones]
 
* [http://www.pennsylvaniagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=4 PAGravestones]
* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22572&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=51&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
 
 
* [http://www.interment.net/us/pa/beaver.htm Interment]
 
* [http://www.interment.net/us/pa/beaver.htm Interment]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395697&reqParentsLabel=Beaver%2C%20Pennsylvania%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Pennsylvania Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Pennsylvania Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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*'''ca.1700-ca.1950''' - {{RecordSearch|3743478|Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania Cemetery Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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*{{RecordSearch|3015284|Cemetery Abstracts}} at FamilySearch - [[Cemetery Abstracts - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images (incomplete)
 
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Beaver-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy]  LDS Genealogy
 
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Beaver-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy]  LDS Genealogy
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'''''Federal Census'''''
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*'''1850-1880'''  {{RecordSearch|3512181|Pennsylvania Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania Mortality Schedules- FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
  
 
=== Census Records ===
 
=== Census Records ===
{{PA Census Intro|Beaver}}
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaver_County,_Pennsylvania#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]                   
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|1800 |5776  
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|1810 |12168 
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|1820 |15340 
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|1830 |24183 
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|1840 |29368 
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|1850 |26689 
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|1860 |29140     
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|1870 |36148                         
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|1880 |39605                           
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|1890 |50077                             
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|1900 |56432                            
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|1910 |78253                             
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|1920 |111621                         
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|1930 |149062                     
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|1940 |156754                         
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|1950 |175192                           
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|1960 |206948                             
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|1970 |208418                             
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|1980 |204441                             
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|1990 |186093                             
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|2000 |181412                             
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|2010 |170539                           
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}}
  
 
=== Church Records ===
 
=== Church Records ===
 
{{PA Church Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Church Intro|Beaver}}
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*'''1620-1991'''  {{RecordSearch|4138685|Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Congregational Records, 1620-1991}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Congregational Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
  
 
[[Image:Beaver county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|280px|Beaver County Pennsylvania churches.png]]
 
[[Image:Beaver county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|280px|Beaver County Pennsylvania churches.png]]
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(Multi-denominational)
 
(Multi-denominational)
  
*'''1708 -1985'''  [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry] $
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*'''1708-1985'''  [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry] $
  
 
:Contains church records of:
 
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*"100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843 -1943". ''Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly'', 17:1. FamilySearch Library book [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F151821 974.8 B2wg]. Contains chronolgy, map, county-by-county information.
 
*"100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843 -1943". ''Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly'', 17:1. FamilySearch Library book [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F151821 974.8 B2wg]. Contains chronolgy, map, county-by-county information.
 
*The Archives of the [http://www.diopitt.org/office-archives-and-record-center/information-genealogists Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh] contains all sacramental records older than 70 years beginning in 1808 for parishes in the following counties of Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington. Sacramental records include baptismal, first communion, confirmation, marriage and death registers. The only records older than 70 years that are open for research are death records. They are released without restriction. The research can only be done by Archive staff. Research fees are charged at an hourly rate. For more information about obtaining records of the Diocese and its records [http://www.diopitt.org/office-archives-and-record-center/information-genealogists click here]. For records before 1808 researchers should contact:<br>'''Diocese of Greensburg'''<br>723 E. Pittsburgh Street<br>Greensburg, PA 15601<br>Telephone: (412) 837-0901 <br>Fax: (412) 837-0857<br>[http://www.dioceseofgreensburg.org/Pages/default.aspx Website]
 
*The Archives of the [http://www.diopitt.org/office-archives-and-record-center/information-genealogists Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh] contains all sacramental records older than 70 years beginning in 1808 for parishes in the following counties of Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington. Sacramental records include baptismal, first communion, confirmation, marriage and death registers. The only records older than 70 years that are open for research are death records. They are released without restriction. The research can only be done by Archive staff. Research fees are charged at an hourly rate. For more information about obtaining records of the Diocese and its records [http://www.diopitt.org/office-archives-and-record-center/information-genealogists click here]. For records before 1808 researchers should contact:<br>'''Diocese of Greensburg'''<br>723 E. Pittsburgh Street<br>Greensburg, PA 15601<br>Telephone: (412) 837-0901 <br>Fax: (412) 837-0857<br>[http://www.dioceseofgreensburg.org/Pages/default.aspx Website]
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395697&reqParentsLabel=Beaver%2C%20Pennsylvania%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
 
=== Court Records ===
 
=== Court Records ===
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
 
=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
 
{{PA Emigration Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Emigration Intro|Beaver}}
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*'''1798-1828'''  {{RecordSearch|1908383|Pennsylvania Landing Reports of Aliens, 1798-1828}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania - Landing Reports of Aliens - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; Alphabet index then by numbered entry
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*'''1900-1923'''  {{RecordSearch|1888682|Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Case Files of Chinese Immigrants - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; images only (by county)
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*'''1952-1957'''  {{RecordSearch|2427900|Pennsylvania, Crew Lists arriving at Erie, 1952-1957}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Crew Lists Arriving at Erie - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
  
 
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
 
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{PA Land Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Land Intro|Beaver}}
  
Land records in Beaver County began in 1800. These records are filed with the [http://www.beavercountypa.gov/recorder-deeds Recorder of Deeds] office in Beaver, Pennsylvania.
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Land records in Beaver County began in 1800. These records are filed with the [http://www.beavercountypa.gov/Depts/RecDeeds/Pages/default.aspx Recorder of Deeds] office in Beaver, Pennsylvania.
  
 
'''Online Land Indexes and Records'''
 
'''Online Land Indexes and Records'''
*'''1800 -1918''' Deeds, 1800-1887; Deed Indexes, 1800-1918. {{FHL|223738|item|disp=FHL film 863638 (first of 87 films)}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*'''1800 -1918''' Deeds, 1800-1887; Deed Indexes, 1800-1918. {{FHL|223738|item|disp=FHL film 863638 (first of 87 films)}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
*'''1800 -1918''' Mortgage Index. {{FHL|223663|item|disp=FHL films 863683-863690}} - Some images online only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*'''1800-1918''' Mortgage Index. {{FHL|223663|item|disp=FHL films 863683-863690}} - Some images online only; click on the camera icon to view images
*'''1957 – present''' Beaver County offers [http://www.infoconcountyaccess.com/ online access] to indexes and images. Fees apply.
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*'''1957–present''' Beaver County offers [http://www.infoconcountyaccess.com/ online access] to indexes and images. Fees apply.
 
 
 
 
  
 
=== Local Histories ===
 
=== Local Histories ===
 
{{PA Histories Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Histories Intro|Beaver}}
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*''The History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.'' 1980. Evansville, Indiana : Unigraphic. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/464368-the-history-of-beaver-county-pennsylvania-including-its-early-settlement-its-erection-into-a-separate-county-its-subsequent-growth-and-development-sketches-of-its-boroughs-villages-and-townships-portraits-of-some-of-its-prominent-men-b?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library], [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009562686 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/historyofbeaverc00ric Internet Archive]; {{WorldCat|865797431|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.  Reproduction of book originally published in 1888 by A. Warner in Philadelphia and Chicago.
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*''History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and Its Centennial Celebration.'' 2 volumes. 1904. By Joseph Henderson Bausman. New York, New York : Knickerbocker Press. Online at: Vol. 1 - [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/567879-history-of-beaver-county-pennsylvania-and-its-centennial-celebration-vol-1?offset=2 FamilySearch Digital Library], Vol. 2 - [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/568070-history-of-beaver-county-pennsylvania-and-its-centennial-celebration-v-2?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library], [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001263032 Hathitrust], Vol. 1 - [https://archive.org/details/historybeaverco00dussgoog Internet Archive], Vol. 2 - [https://archive.org/details/historybeaverco00goog Internet Archive], Vol. 1 - [https://books.google.com/books?id=3Y0CAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=county+history&lr=#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books], Vol. 2 - [https://books.google.com/books?id=3o0CAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=editions:0uwUyCwWwBYM6-JrC2#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books]; {{WorldCat|866218481|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
{{PA Maps Intro|Beaver}}{{CO Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{PA Adams County}}}}
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{{PA Maps Intro|Beaver}}{{CO Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{PA Beaver County}}}}
 
'''''Maps'''''<br>
 
'''''Maps'''''<br>
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ Maps of Pennsylvania (1673-1878)]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ Maps of Pennsylvania (1673-1878)]
 
*[http://ancestortracks.com Ancestor Tracks] has posted downloadable images of the township maps showing landowners from [http://ancestortracks.com/Beaver_County_Map1860.html ''Map of Lawrence and Beaver Counties from Actual Surveys''] by N.S. Ames which was published in 1860. While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not to be used to commercially. We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.
 
*[http://ancestortracks.com Ancestor Tracks] has posted downloadable images of the township maps showing landowners from [http://ancestortracks.com/Beaver_County_Map1860.html ''Map of Lawrence and Beaver Counties from Actual Surveys''] by N.S. Ames which was published in 1860. While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not to be used to commercially. We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395697&reqParentsLabel=Beaver%2C%20Pennsylvania%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
  
 
=== Migration ===
 
=== Migration ===
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'''''Civil War'''''
 
'''''Civil War'''''
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|3048335|Pennsylvania, Register of Military Volunteers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] index
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*'''1861-1865''' {{RecordSearch|3048335|Pennsylvania, Register of Military Volunteers, 1861-1865}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania Cemetery Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index
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'''''World War II'''''
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*'''1933-1947'''  {{RecordSearch|4138682|Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, World War II Casualty Cards, 1933-1947}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, World War II Casualty Cards - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
{{PA Naturalization Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Naturalization Intro|Beaver}}
  
*'''1804 -1906, 1906 - 1920, 1929 - 1931''' Naturalization Records {{FHL|194862|item|disp=FHL film 1319514 (first of 22 films)}} - Index included: 1804-1982 - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*'''1795-1931'''  {{RecordSearch|1913395|Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
*'''1820 -1906'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Index to Declarations and Petitions in the Western District of Pennsylvania, US Circuit and District Courts] located in ''US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995'' database on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] $ National Archives publication M1208
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*'''1795-1952'''  {{RecordSearch|1937344|Pennsylvania, Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania Eastern District Naturalization Indexes - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
*'''1820 -1930'''  [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=119&title=naturalizations_pa_western%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537, incomplete for all counties
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*'''1804-1906, 1906-1920, 1929-1931''' Naturalization Records {{FHL|194862|item|disp=FHL film 1319514 (first of 22 films)}} - Index included: 1804-1982 - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
*'''1820 -1930'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] $ National Archives publication M1537
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*'''1820-1906'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Index to Declarations and Petitions in the Western District of Pennsylvania, US Circuit and District Courts] located in ''US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995'' database on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] $ National Archives publication M1208
*'''1906 -1934''' Declarations of Intention {{FHL|608562|item|disp=FHL film 1463464 items 3-4 (first of 4 films)}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
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*'''1820-1930'''  [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=119&title=naturalizations_pa_western%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537, incomplete for all counties
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*'''1820-1930'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] $ National Archives publication M1537
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*'''1906-1934''' Declarations of Intention {{FHL|608562|item|disp=FHL film 1463464 items 3-4 (first of 4 films)}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images
  
 
=== Newspapers ===
 
=== Newspapers ===
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'''Newspapers of Beaver County'''
 
'''Newspapers of Beaver County'''
  
*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Beaver&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
 
  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''
 
'''Online Newspapers'''
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Q3_nmhWTCy0C Beaver Times] - full-text of close to 800 digital issues spanning 1900-1906 available on Google Newspaper Archive
 
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Q3_nmhWTCy0C Beaver Times] - full-text of close to 800 digital issues spanning 1900-1906 available on Google Newspaper Archive
 
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=PRLG7g5oK-wC Beaver Valley Times] - full-text of more than 2,500 issues spanning 1946-1960 available on Google Newspaper Archive
 
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=PRLG7g5oK-wC Beaver Valley Times] - full-text of more than 2,500 issues spanning 1946-1960 available on Google Newspaper Archive
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Beaver&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
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*[https://panewsarchive.psu.edu/ Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive]
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*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]
  
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?112 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles]
 
*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?112 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/beaver/newspapers/westarg01.txt Selected items from ''The Western Argus'', 1830-1834] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/beaver.html Beaver County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/beaver/newspapers/westarg01.txt Selected items from ''The Western Argus'', 1830-1834] at [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/beaver.html Beaver County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives]
*'''1947 -2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1947-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
  
 
'''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts'''
 
'''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts'''
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'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''
 
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*'''1977-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2287449|Pennsylvania Obituaries, 1977-2010}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Pennsylvania, Obituaries - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
 
*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?113 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Beaver County.
 
*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?113 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Beaver County.
  
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'''Online Probate Indexes and Records'''
 
'''Online Probate Indexes and Records'''
*'''1683 -1994'''  {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]  
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*'''1683-1994'''  {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; images only (by county)
*'''1683 -1993''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8802 Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records 1683-1993] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] $
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*'''1683-1993''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8802 Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records 1683-1993] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] $
*'''1683 -1994''' {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania Probate Records 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
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*'''1803-1917'''  [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/98895 Beaver County Probate Records], includes index to register's office, 1803-1965 at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
*'''1803 -1917'''  [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/98895 Beaver County Probate Records], includes index to register's office, 1803-1965 at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
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*'''1803-1917''' Probate Records {{FHL|98895|item|disp=FHL film 1288901 (first of 16 films)}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images; Index included: 1803-1965
*'''1803 -1917''' Probate Records {{FHL|98895|item|disp=FHL film 1288901 (first of 16 films)}} - images only; click on the camera icon to view images; Index included: 1803-1965
 
  
 
=== School Records ===
 
=== School Records ===
 
{{PA Schools Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Schools Intro|Beaver}}
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===Social Security Records===
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*'''1935-2014'''  {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at FamilySearch - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
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*'''1936-2007'''  [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
  
 
=== Tax Records ===
 
=== Tax Records ===
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{{PA Birth Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Birth Intro|Beaver}}
  
*'''1852 -1854'''  Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry] $
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*'''1520-1999'''  {{RecordSearch|4138679|Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
*'''1893 -1904, 1942 - 1971'''  Beaver County Birth Index 1893-1904 and 1942-1971 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igipennsylvaniaaa.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/6d/Igipennsylvaniaaa.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1709-1950''' {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index
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*'''1852-1854'''  Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry] $
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*'''1893-1904, 1942-1971'''  Beaver County Birth Index 1893-1904 and 1942-1971 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igipennsylvaniaaa.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/6d/Igipennsylvaniaaa.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1941-1976''' {{RecordSearch|3743274|Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976}} at FamilySerch - [[Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
  
 
==== Marriage ====
 
==== Marriage ====
 
{{PA Marriage Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Marriage Intro|Beaver}}
  
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*'''1512-1989'''  {{RecordSearch|4138689|Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriage Records, 1512-1989}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriage Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
 
*'''1626-2016''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=pennsylvania%2cpa Pennsylvania, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast]$
 
*'''1626-2016''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=pennsylvania%2cpa Pennsylvania, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast]$
*'''1677 -1950''' {{RecordSearch|2466357|Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
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*'''1677–1950''' {{RecordSearch|2466357|Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Civil Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
*'''1700 -1821'''  Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry] $
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*'''1682-1976''' {{RecordSearch|2466360|Pennsylvania, Church Marriages, 1682-1976}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Church Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
*'''Pre-1810''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry] $
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*'''1700-1821'''  Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry] $
*'''1725 -1976''' {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} index. Not complete for all years. This index is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
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*'''1709-1940'''  {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index.
*'''1852 -1854'''  Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry] $
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*'''Pre-1810'''   Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry] $
*'''1852 -1854'''  Beaver County Marriage Index 1852-1854 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]
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*'''1852-1854'''  Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry] $
*'''1885 -1950'''  {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
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*'''1852-1854'''  Beaver County Marriage Index 1852-1854 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
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*'''1885-1950'''  {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Civil Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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*'''1947-2021'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
  
 
==== Death ====
 
==== Death ====
 
{{PA Death Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Death Intro|Beaver}}
*'''1720-1999'''  {{RecordSearch|3535178|Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] index, some images
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*'''1720-1999'''  {{RecordSearch|3535178|Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index, some images
*'''1852-1854''', '''1893 - 1906'''  Helen G Clear. ''Registration of Deaths, Beaver County, Pennsylvania'' (New Brighton, Pennsylvania: H. G. Clear, c 1984) {{FHL|136477|item|disp=FHL book 974.892 V2c}}.
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*'''1852-1854''', '''1893-1906'''  Helen G Clear. ''Registration of Deaths, Beaver County, Pennsylvania'' (New Brighton, Pennsylvania: H. G. Clear, c 1984) {{FHL|136477|item|disp=FHL book 974.892 V2c}}.
*'''1852-1854, 1893 - 1907'''  Beaver County Death Index 1852-1854 and 1893-1907 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at  [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]
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*'''1852-1854, 1893-1907'''  Beaver County Death Index 1852-1854 and 1893-1907 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at  [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
*'''1893-1907''' Registration of Death, 2 volumes {{FHL|103611|item|disp=FHL film 1289063 Items 1-2 (first of 3 films)}}
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*'''1856-1971'''  {{RecordSearch|4138690|Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Deaths and Burials, 1856-1971}} at FamilySearch - [[Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Deaths and Burials - Familysearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
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*'''1893-1907'''   Registration of Death, 2 volumes {{FHL|103611|item|disp=FHL film 1289063 Items 1-2 (first of 3 films)}}
  
 
==== Divorce ====
 
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Beaver Valley Pennsylvania Family History Center]] (Monaca)
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*[[Beaver Valley Pennsylvania Family History Center]]
  
 
=== Libraries ===
 
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*'''List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical Genealogical Societies'''<br>[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-society-archive/ Website]<br>
 
*'''List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical Genealogical Societies'''<br>[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-society-archive/ Website]<br>
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*'''Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society'''<br>4400 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080<br>Phone: (412) 687-6811<br>Email: [mailto:info@wpgs.org info@wpgs.org]<br>[http://www.wpgs.org Website]<br>
 
*'''Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society'''<br>4400 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080<br>Phone: (412) 687-6811<br>Email: [mailto:info@wpgs.org info@wpgs.org]<br>[http://www.wpgs.org Website]<br>
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*'''Beaver County Genealogy History Center'''<br>1301 Seventh Avenue<br>Beaver Falls, PA 15010<br>Phone: (724) 847-9253<br>E-mail: [mailto:beavercountyresearch@yahoo.com beavercountyresearch@yahoo.com] <br>[http://beavercountyhistory.org/ Website]<br>
 
*'''Beaver County Genealogy History Center'''<br>1301 Seventh Avenue<br>Beaver Falls, PA 15010<br>Phone: (724) 847-9253<br>E-mail: [mailto:beavercountyresearch@yahoo.com beavercountyresearch@yahoo.com] <br>[http://beavercountyhistory.org/ Website]<br>
*'''Beaver Falls Historical Society and Museum'''<br>1301 7th Ave.<br>Beaver Falls, PA 15010<br>Phone: (724) 846-4340<br>'''Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame'''<br>1 Campus Drive<br>Monaca, PA 15061<br>Phone: (724) 869-9684 <br>[http://www.bcshof.org/ Website]
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*'''Beaver Falls Historical Society and Museum'''<br>1301 7th Ave.<br>Beaver Falls, PA 15010<br>Phone: (724) 846-4340<br>[https://www.facebook.com/Beaver-Falls-Historical-Museum-745367992315864/ Facebook]<br>
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'''Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame'''<br>1 Campus Drive<br>Monaca, PA 15061<br>Phone: (724) 869-9684 <br>[http://www.bcshof.org/ Website]
  
 
== Websites ==
 
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Beaver/ Linkpendium - Beaver County]
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Beaver/ Linkpendium - Beaver County]
 
*[http://www.pagenweb.org/~beaver/ Beaver County PAGenWeb site]
 
*[http://www.pagenweb.org/~beaver/ Beaver County PAGenWeb site]
*[http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/category/counties/beaver-co-pa Beaver County PA Old Photos]
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*[http://www.familyoldphotos.com/category/counties/beaver-co-pa Beaver County PA Old Photos]
 
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Beaver-County.htm Beaver County PA Genealogy<br>]
 
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Beaver-County.htm Beaver County PA Genealogy<br>]
 
*{{FHL Place IDNum|186617|Pennsylvania|Beaver}} – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
 
*{{FHL Place IDNum|186617|Pennsylvania|Beaver}} – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
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== Research Guides ==
 
== Research Guides ==
 
{{PA Research Guides Intro|Beaver}}
 
{{PA Research Guides Intro|Beaver}}

Revision as of 20:32, 8 May 2021

Guide to Beaver County, Pennsylvania ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Beaver
Organized: March 12, 1800
Parent County(s): Allegheny, Lycoming, Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Lawrence  • Butler  • Columbiana (OH)  • Hancock (WV)  • Washington  • Allegheny
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

It is named from the Beaver River. It is located in the West-Central section of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Beaver County Courthouse
810 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
Clerk of Court, (724) 770-4586
Email: @beavercountypa.gov
Register of Wills and Orphans' Court, 724-770-4550
Prothonotary Office,(724) 770-4570, Fax: 724-728-3360
Beaver County Website

Register of Wills has birth records 1893-1906, death records 1852-1854 and 1893-1906, marriage records 1852-1854 and from 1886, and probate records from 1800
Recorder Deeds has land records from 1800
Prothonotary has divorce, court, and naturalization records
Veterans Office has military records[3]

Beaver County, Pennsylvania Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1893 1852 1852 1800 1800 1800 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1906. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Formed from Allegheny, Lycoming and Washington Counties 12 March 1800.[5]
  • County seat: Beaver[6]
  • 1780: Future southern 1/3 of Beaver County was disputed between Virginia and Pennsylvania until Mason-Dixon Line was finalized.
  • 1785: Future northern 2/3 was not included in any county until 1785.
  • 27 January 1750: Future southern 1/3 was incorporated into Cumberland County when it was formed.
  • 9 March 1771: Future southern 1/3 became part of Bedford County when it was erected.
  • 26 February 1773: Future southern 1/3 became part of Westmoreland County when it was formed.
  • 28 March 1781: Future southern 1/3 became part of Washington County when it was formed.
  • 1783: Future northern 2/3 was designated as Depreciation Lands for Revolutionary War soldiers.
  • 1785: Future northern 2/3 was annexed to Northumberland County.
  • 24 September 1788: Nearly all of Beaver fell into Allegheny County when it was created. a small southern portion remained in Washington County.
  • 20 March 1849: Lawrence County was created, giving Beaver County its current boundaries. [7]

For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps" (1673-1878) may be viewed at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Cities
Boroughs
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Historic communities


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Beaver County, Pennsylvania online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information

 

Additional Cemetery Resources

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Federal Census

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 5,776
1810 12,168 110.7%
1820 15,340 26.1%
1830 24,183 57.6%
1840 29,368 21.4%
1850 26,689 −9.1%
1860 29,140 9.2%
1870 36,148 24.0%
1880 39,605 9.6%
1890 50,077 26.4%
1900 56,432 12.7%
1910 78,253 38.7%
1920 111,621 42.6%
1930 149,062 33.5%
1940 156,754 5.2%
1950 175,192 11.8%
1960 206,948 18.1%
1970 208,418 0.7%
1980 204,441 −1.9%
1990 186,093 −9.0%
2000 181,412 −2.5%
2010 170,539 −6.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. For members, they may contain: age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage date and maiden name; death/burial date. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, see Pennsylvania Church Records.

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Moravians who came in the 1770s were perhaps the earliest religious group to arrive in the county, and they came to preach to the Indians. The early settlers were almost exclusively Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who arrived by 1785. Methodists arrived in the early 1800s. They kept very poor records. Episcopalians arrived around 1799. The minister of that church performed many of the early marriages in the county.[9]

County-wide Database
(Multi-denominational)

Contains church records of:
  • Aliquippa: House of Prayer Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Beaver: First Presbyterian Church
  • Beaver Falls: Christ Lutheran Church; First United Methodist Church
  • Conway: Conway United Presbyterian Church
  • Freedom: First Presbyterian Church
  • Monaca: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
  • New Brighton: Christ Episcopal Church
  • Rochester: Grace Lutheran Church

Catholic

  • "100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843 -1943". Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, 17:1. FamilySearch Library book 974.8 B2wg. Contains chronolgy, map, county-by-county information.
  • The Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh contains all sacramental records older than 70 years beginning in 1808 for parishes in the following counties of Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington. Sacramental records include baptismal, first communion, confirmation, marriage and death registers. The only records older than 70 years that are open for research are death records. They are released without restriction. The research can only be done by Archive staff. Research fees are charged at an hourly rate. For more information about obtaining records of the Diocese and its records click here. For records before 1808 researchers should contact:
    Diocese of Greensburg
    723 E. Pittsburgh Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    Telephone: (412) 837-0901
    Fax: (412) 837-0857
    Website


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

For information about records kept in the Orphan's court, Prothonotary Court, Court of Common Pleas, and other courts in counties of Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Court Records Wiki page.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

For online resources, passenger lists, and specific groups coming to Pennsylvania, see Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration.

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

For groups that came, see People section of the Pennsylvania Emigration page.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

The Orphan's Court ensures the best interests of those not capable of handling their own affairs: minors, incapacitated persons, decedents' estates, and more.[10]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a specific location and reveal family relationships. Records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, maps and more. For more information, see Pennsylvania Land and Property.

Land records in Beaver County began in 1800. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Maps

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War
Men living in what is now Beaver County (then Washington and Westmoreland counties) served in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment.[11]

Civil War

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. For more information, see Pennsylvania Naturalization

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Newspapers may contain obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings. Newspapers are often found in local or university libraries, historical or genealogical societies, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published. See Pennsylvania Newspapers for more information.

Newspapers of Beaver County


Online Newspapers

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts

  • Foster, Nancy (compiler), Every-name Index to History of the Newspapres of Beaver County, Pennsylvania (Cincinnati, Ohio:N.B. Foster, c1993) FHL book 974.8 A1 no. 543
  • Two books by Mark H Welchley, used together, provide abstracts from the Beaver County Argus newspaper from 1830 -1858. Argus Genealogical Gleanings covers 1830-1838 FHL book 974.892 V28w and Beaver County, Pennsylvania Marriages from Beaver County Newspapers FHL book 974.892 V2w covers 1830-1878. Note that the content of these books do not overlap, despite the overlapping of the dates.
  • Clear, Helen G. Beaver County Deaths (abstracted from Warner's History) (S.I. s.n., 19--) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.892 V4c A list of deaths taken from newspapers. Death dates are 1817-1886.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died or where family members lived. Local libraries or societies may have indexes or other sources.

Online Obituary Abstracts

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Beaver County are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates; appointments of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills; inheritance tax appeals, and various petitions and motions.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. For the most complete set of records, contact the County Orphans' Court.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. For more information, see Pennsylvania Vital Records.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania marriages were created by county officials. Contact Beaver County Courthouse

Death[edit | edit source]

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. For indexes and records, 1906 and later, see Pennsylvania Vital Records.

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary.

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Beaver County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.


National Archives at Philadelphia
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096
Phone: (215) 305-2044
Fax (215) 305-2052
Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - link to search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Beaver County. For state-wide library facilities, see Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.

  • Beaver County Library System
    109 Pleasant Drive, Suite 101
    Aliquippa, PA 15001
    Phone: (724) 378-6227
    The Beaver County library system consists of nine libraries.
    Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • Beaver Area Heritage Museum
    1 River Road
    Beaver, PA 15009
    Phone: (724) 775-7174
    Website
  • Air Heritage Museum & Aircraft Restoration Facility
    Beaver County Airport
    35 Piper Street
    Beaver Falls, PA 15010
    Phone: (724) 843-2820
    Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Beaver County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Pennsylvania Societies.

  • List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical Genealogical Societies
    Website
  • Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
    4400 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
    Phone: (412) 687-6811
    Email: info@wpgs.org
    Website
  • Beaver Falls Historical Society and Museum
    1301 7th Ave.
    Beaver Falls, PA 15010
    Phone: (724) 846-4340
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Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame
1 Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
Phone: (724) 869-9684
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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaver_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/1/2017
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Beaver County, Pennsylvania, p.588
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Beaver County, Pennsylvania," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaver_County,_Pennsylvania, accessed 12 January 2020.
  9. The History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement, its erection into a separate county, its subsequent growth and development, sketches of its boroughs, villages and townships. . (Evansville, Indiana : Unigraphic, 1980) FHL book 974.892 H2h 1980.
  10. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012
  11. Harold Frederic, William C. Frederick III with William J. McMaster Sr., Path of Blood: The Untold Story of the Kittanning PA. Regiment in the American Revolution (Kittanning, Pa.: W.C. Frederick, 1998). FHL Book 974.8 M2ff
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/6d/Igipennsylvaniaaa.pdf.