Beaver County, Pennsylvania

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Beaver County Neighbors:
Allegheny ~ Butler ~ Lawrence ~  Washington, PA ~ Hancock County, WVA
Columbiana County, OH

A Brief History of Beaver County: Wiki

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Biographies ~ Books ~ Maps ~ What's New

History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Richard Jacob Fraise
A Warner & Co: Philadelphia & Chicago ~ 1888
There are three sets of Biographies:
West Side ~ East Side ~ South Side
There is no Index, but the pdf files are searchable
and in Alpha order.

Beaver County Officers 'From the above History'

Book of Biographies
Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Biographical Publishing Company
George Richmond, Pres: S Harmer Neff, Sec'y: C R Arnold, Treas
Buffalo, NY - Chicago ILL ~ 1899
The index is here, Download the book Here

Genealogical and Personal History of Northern Pennsylvania
Under the Editorial Supervision of
John W Jordan, LLD
New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company ~ 1913
The Index is here. Vols: I, II, III
Read Online or Download

Genealogical & Personal History Of Beaver County, Pennsylvania
John W Jordan, LLD ~ Volume II
New York ~ Lewis Publishing Company ~ 1914
The Index is here.
Download the book here

Famous People of Pennsylvania  ~ Rock Musicians of Pennsylvania
Historical Register of Places
History of the Railroad in Pennsylvania

Appleton's Cycolpedia of American Biography: 1600-1889

Biographies from my PA Families:
Henry M Hinkson ~ John B Hinkson ~ Henry Longfellow Brinton
Elijah D Crosley ~ Richard D Crosley ~ Nancy W Page Gilliland
William Jones ~ Edward J Hadfield ~ Henry C Darlington

 For King or Country
A Bicentennial Project of the Orange County, CA Genealogical Society
Revolutionary War Ancestors with 200 Years of Descendants
Volume I / Volume II
Each Volumne is indexed: Published in 1975

1876 Atlas / Business Directory: Historic Map Works

Four Mile Church: Gleanings from a Book  on it's History

Historical Pennsylvania Maps
Another Historic Map Site
Perry Casteaneda Map Collection | Historic County Lines
Pennsylvania Topo Maps | 'Ancestor Tracks' Plat Maps
Pennsylvania Panoramic Maps | Civil War Maps
USGenWeb Archives Map Project - Pennsylvania

Sanborn Maps: Library of Congress

Beaver County Communities ~ Formation, local Township data, Page Sets: 1, 2, 3
"What's New"
Newspapers - Books on Family Search
Canadian Digital Newspapers ~ Canadian Digital Archives ~ Canadian Genealogy
There is a website dedicated to Canadian Obits from local papers.
Please use this link.

California Digital newspapers
This Site has a great collection of CA Newspapers,
but many of them have articles from
other States including Pennsylvania
Use this Link

Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive:
Free Digital Newspapers

This is the link for all of the Newspaper Titles
Here is a linked chart for the Papers for Beaver County
Title # of Issues Beg Date End Date
The Argus and radical. 4 1873-09-24 1873-10-15
The Beaver Argus. 507 1862-04-30 1873-09-10
The Beaver County Argus. 69 1856-12-24 1858-10-06
The Beaver radical. 35 1873-01-03 1873-09-12
The Beaver weekly argus. 43 1860-05-30 1862-04-23

From the FS Catalog:
Tidbits from the Big Piney Examiner of Sublette Co., WY
1912 > 2006 - Some Years Missing
Compiler: Anna Lee Woffinden
Each Volume is Indexed

The Booklets are full of Obituaries, Death & Funeral Notices
Accidents, and the odd news article about local Pioneers
Download individual booklets from the FS Catalog

Also from the FS Catalog:
Civil Marriages: Pennsylvania
1677 - 1950
These Record Images have a lot of valuable information
Lists, Lookups & Queries
There is a Mail List for Pennsylvania
Use this Link to Subscribe and post queries

If you wish to post new Queries, please use the new
Mail List: PA 'io Groups' [Subscribe Link]

Archival Newspapers: Historical and Current [Obits, Vital Records]
Subscription Database Access: / Access World News / Kansas City Star /
My Heritage / Heritage Quest
Fold3 / Historic Map Works /
Civil War: Reports of Union Army Generals
Contact: Martha

Vital Records ~ Cemeteries ~ Obituaries
There are Vital Records in the "Historical Image" section of Family Search
Family Search: Historical Images
The Types of Information:
Births, Biographies, Cemetery, Church Records, Citizenship Petitions,
Court Records,
Deaths & DC's, Deeds, Docket, Ct Orphan Rec's,
Grantor / Grantee Rec's, Land Records, Marriage & Marriage Licenses,
Military Discharge Rec's, Naturalizations, 'Soldier Rec's',
Tax Records, Probates, Warrants, Wills

Locations & Time Frame:
Baden, Beaver County proper : 1775 - 1969
The following will help you get a handle on information that
could be of value to your search for Family data.
Use the chart linked here for the Film #
To access the Historical Images, log into your FS Account:
Click on Search, then at the top of the page: Historical Images:
You can begin with the search, but if you get lost or cannot figure it
all out, then use the chart linked above.


Backtrack to Search, Catalog, and plug in the
DGS Film number of interest
from the Chart in the 'Fiche-Film' slot.
'Beaver County' Neighbors:
Allegheny, Butler, Lawrence & Washington Counties, PA
Hancock County, WVA & Columbiana, OH
Note: There are over 100 Films for Washington Co., PA Marriages
Use the link for Allegheny County and scroll down

Pennsylvania Civil Marriages: 1677 > 1950:  Family Search
Please use this link

Poulson's American Daily Advertiser
This publication has Marriage and Deaths gleaned from the Newspaper:
The dates range from Jan 1800 > Dec 1810
for both Marriages & Deaths.

The whole book can be downloaded from the FS Catalog:
Log in to FS and use 'Catalog' Search and "Poulson".
1791>1799, 1800>1810, 1811>1825, 1826>1830
Here are Indexes

The pages are hand written by one person, so once you get used to the formation of the letters the names
 are not too hard to read.

Death Records for the Pittsburgh Area
Pittsburgh City Deaths: 1870>1905

Here is a FS Wiki which explains time frames and availibility of Records
The Beaver Co Genealogical Society may be able to answer questions.
The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
Cemeteries of Beaver County
F-A-G Indexes [FS]
Cemetery Books: 1, 2, 3, 4

Beaver Co., Cems included in the Archives can be found here.
St Titus Cemetery - Burial Register
1902 > 1923

Kings Creek Cemetery, Hanover Twp
LDS 893734:
Copied in 1963
Page: 69, 70, 71, 72, 73

St Joseph's Cemetery - Partial Survey

The hand written Pages for the Burial Register are available:
1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-61, Single: 48-61
Thank's Jen!

LDS Film 856808: Cemeteries
Old Transcriptions
Baden, Concord Presbyterian, Mt Olivet,
Mt Oliver [Ind], P1-15 - P16-29
John Anderson Memorial
Old Economy. A-L, M-Z
[German Translations which include arrival in the US]
Harmony Society -Wiki
All of the above files have an index at the end of the Transcriptions and are searchable pdf files.

'Topo Zone'
Use Topo Maps to find Cemeteries
Pennsylvania Obituary Gleans
Obituaries from NewsBank
Allegheny ~ Beaver ~ Jefferson ~ Westmoreland

1983 > 2020 / Contact Martha for Obit [Volunteer Lookup]

California Death Index :
Born in Pennsylvania, died in San Luis Obispo Co., CA
[Possible Obits from the above database]
Contact: Martha [Volunteer Lookup]

Oakland, Alameda Co. CA, Newspaper Record Collection,
[1985 > 2011] and many more
The images are on Family Search, sign in for access.
Obituary Central / Pennsylvania
US Obituaries, American His. Soc. of Germans from Russia,  1899-2012

There are a lot of Obituaries on Family Search.
The DAR has a nice collection of Resources Here

Obits from Free Online Digital Newspapers:
Chronicling America, Google Archival Newspapers
Face Book: PA Digital Newspaper Project

Military ~ Crime & Punishment ~ Odds & Ends
New Military Resources:
The American Civil War Research Database is for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. The database contains indexed, searchable information on more than four million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 17,000 photographs.
I have access to the above Subscription Database:

I will do limited lookups: Contact Martha [Volunteer Lookup]

Record of the Federal Dead
Buried From:
Libby, Nelle Isle, Danville & Camp Lawton Prisons
and at
City Point, and in the Field before Petersburg and Richmond
Published: US Christian Commission Philadelphia: James B Rodgers, Printers, 1865
The Book can be downloaded from FS: Please use this Link

War in Pennsylvania
War of 1812 ~ Spanish-American War ~ War of the Revolution [Wiki]
PA Digital Archives ~ War Records Internet Archives
Misc War Records

Fort Pitt ~ Military Forts in PA
Military Records ~ Family Search
Soldiers of the Great War, Vol 3, PA

Modern Wars
Timeline of World War I | Timeline of World War II
Korean Conflict ~ Viet Nam ~ Bay of Pigs ~ Desert Storm ~ Gulf War
Compiled Service Military Records
The Internet Archives [] has a huge amount of filmed records.

This link is for PA

Life-struggles in rebel prisons : a record of the sufferings, escapes, adventures and starvation of the Union prisoners, containing an appendix with the names, regiments, and date of death of Pennsylvania soldiers who died at Andersonville
Statement of Responsibility:
by Joseph Ferguson ; with an introduction by Joseph T. Cooper
Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1988
Microreproduction of originals published: Philadelphia : J.M. Ferguson, c1865. xxiv, 206 p.

LDS Film # 08812501
A - F: Img 117 - 120 ~ G - L: Img 120 - 123
M - R: Img 123 - 125 ~ S - Z: Img 125 - 128

Genealogy Trails has some nice Civil War Biographies:
Major-General George Brinton Mcclellan  ~ Major-General George Gordon Meade
Major-General Winfield Scott Hancock ~ Major-General John W. Geary
Brigadier-General Alexander Hays ~ Major-General John Fulton Reynolds
Lieutenant John T. Greble ~ Rear-Admiral David D. Porter ~ Rear-Admiral John A. Dahlgren

Genealogy Trails also has lots of other Pennsylvania Military Data.
Please use this link for access.
"Thanks to Gen Trails ~ We appreciate You!"

Soldier's discharge books, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, 1919-1934
These files are really interesting. LDS Film 1463124
The whole roll of film is here [FS Catalog]

More from the FS Catalog:
Donation lands or military tracts granted to the officers and soldiers
of the Pennsylvania Line in the Revolutionary Army, 1780-1800 LDS Film 8248349
Read Image 6 for Explanation and Use.

Pennsylvania, Register of Military Volunteers, 1861-1865 ~ Searchable Database

GAR Roster: Published:1921 Book: Grand Army of the Republic.
Department of Pennsylvania ~
FS Catalog, 30 Pages, Can be downloaded

DAR / Colonial Dames: Records & Books
Colonial Dames Registers & Records
Search the DAR ~ The GAR ~ The SAR

Military holdings at  the Pennsylvania Historical Society
Pennsylvania Military Cemeteries
Military Headstone Applications

Military Prison Records: Family Search
Georgia, Andersonville Prison Records, 1862-1865
United States American Prisoners of War During the Korean War, 1950-1953
United States Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War, 1950-1954
United States Records of Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865
United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945
United States, World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1945

Crime and Punishment
There are a lot of very interesting Prison Records on both Family Search and Ancestry
Below you will find Lists of Databases
Family Search, Catalog, Film: Prison Records
1617966 ~ Mc Neil Island
1906: Crime Booklet
956170 ~ Territorial Prison at Yuma, AZ
978902 ~ CA State Prison, San Quentin, 1851-1867 [Index]
978903 ~ CA State Prison, San Quentin, 1851-1867, Register
978904 ~ CA State Prison, San Quentin, 1876-1889, Register
978905 ~ CA State Prison, San Quentin, 1889-1897, Register
978906 - Vol A ~ CA State Prison, San Quentin, List of Convicts, A - C
978906 - Vol B  
978906 - Vol C
978907 ~ CA State Prison, Folsom
978907 ~ Register, 1884-1886 [Prisoner #s 11092-12354

More FS Jail & Correctional Records: Catalog
FS Prison Records / Film & Name Index Searches
AL, Deaths of state convicts, 1884-1951; deaths of county convicts,
1885-1922, 1884-1951
MO,Court Martial Papers,
Record Group no. 133, MO State Archives,
Jefferson City, 1862-1877
GA, Fulton Co. Records from the Atlanta His. Ctr, 1827-1955
GA, Savannah City Jail Registers, 1855-1873
LA State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963
MA Reformatory for Women (Framingham, MA) 1874-1933
MT, Flathead County Records, 1871-2007
NH, Rockingham Co, prisoners index, 1772-1840
Suffolk Co. (MA) sheriff's records, 1799-1930
WA State Penitentiary inmate registers, 1881-1961

More Jail Registers: Family Search Catalog
Penitentiary Records: Family Search Catalog

To Search Online Ancestry Databases Listed Below: Use either Place of Birth or "Lived In"

Ancestry Prison Record Databases
Alabama, U.S., Convict Records, 1886-1952
Arizona, U.S., State Prison Records, 1875-1929
California, U.S., Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Prisoner Index, 1934-1963
California, U.S., Prison and Correctional Records, 1851-1950
Tulare County, California, U.S., Sheriff's Office and Jail Records, 1874-1963
Georgia, U.S., Andersonville Prison Records, 1862-1865
Georgia, U.S., Central Register of Convicts, 1817-1976
Georgia, U.S., U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta, Prisoner Index, 1880-1922
Idaho, U.S., Old Penitentiary Prison Records, 1882-1961
Kansas, U.S., U.S. Penitentiary Leavenworth, Name Index to Inmate Case Files, 1895-1936
Louisiana, U.S., State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963
Montana, U.S., Prison Records, 1861-1968
New Hampshire, U.S., Prison Records, 1812-1968
New Mexico, U.S., Prison and Correctional Records, 1905-1958
New York, Auburn Prison Records, 1816-1942
New York, Great Meadow Correctional Facility Records, 1911-1933
New York, U.S., Clinton Prison Admission Ledgers, 1851-1866, 1926-1939
New York, U.S., Governor's Registers of Commitments to Prisons, 1842-1908
New York, U.S., Prisoners Received at Newgate State Prison, 1797-1810
New York, U.S., Sing Sing Prison Admission Registers, 1865-1939
Pennsylvania, U.S., Prison, Reformatory, and Workhouse Records, 1829-1971
Texas, U.S., Prison Employee Ledgers, 1861-1938
Washington, U.S. Penitentiary McNeil Island, Photos/Records of Prisoners Received, 1887-1939
Web: Chester County, Pennsylvania, U.S., Criminal and Prison Record Indexes, 1681-1911

And Finally...
"The ESPY Files" Executions in the US: 1608-2002
Odds and Ends
Funeral and Mortuary Records
Pennsylvania Funeral Records: Family Search Catalog / Films

Ancestry Mortuary Records
California, U.S., Mortuary Records of Chinese Decedents, 1870-1933
Web: Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S., Mortuary Indexes, 1879-1971
Pennsylvania, U.S., Order Sons of Italy in America, Enrollment and Death Benefit Records, 1910-1968
Pennsylvania, U.S., Order Sons of Italy in America, Mortuary Fund Claims, 1917-1978
California, U.S., Mortuary and Cemetery Records, 1801-1932
Panama Canal Zone, Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Records, 1906-1991

Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Schuylkill Haven,
Funeral Home Obituary Cards, 1914-2007
The above resource contains obits and other information for many PA Counties.
There appears to be two images for each name entry


Miscellaneous Records: Family Search & Ancestry

Immigration, Ships Passenger Lists & Naturalization
German Settlement in Pennsylvania
Ship's Transcribers Guild ~ Pennsylvania 'Points of Entry'
German Passenger Lists
 ~ "The Palantine Project"
Pennsylvania Naturalization Records

California, Passenger and Crew Lists,  1882-1959
California, San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index, 1936-1949
Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger & Crew Lists, 1900-1959
U.S., Departing Passenger and Crew Lists, 1914-1965

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 [Images]
Pennsylvania, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1800-1962

U.S., Departing Passenger and Crew Lists, 1914-1965

Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957
Washington, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1961

 Employment Records
U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970
All California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950
UT, Select UPRR Pers Rec, 1890-1965

Act of February 20 1866: Name Changes: California
AK- Pioneer Home, CA State Hospital Rec's,
Early Oregonians, Jackson Co., MO Voter Registrations,
Michigan Mortality Schedule, North American Families,
Oregon Biography Cards, Pima, AZ, Voter Registrations,
PassPort Applications, Prohibition Agents,
American Red Cross Nurses, BaseBall Questionaires,
Craft Persons, Homestead Records, Iowa Tax Assistance,
Post Master Assignments,
Quaker Periodicals, Register of Scientific Tech's,
US Consular Applications & Certificates,
US Biographies: Women, St Albans, VT, Border Crossings,

Quaker Information Center
Cyndi's List of Quaker Records
Friends Historical Library ~ Quaker Records: Family Search
Hinshaw Index to Quaker Records

Monthly Meeting Notes: 1681 > 1935 [Ancestry]
The above resource is chock full of great information.
Pennsylvania Archives: Magazine
These publications are chock full of great information and can be downloaded here.

Libraries & Miscellaneous Resources
University of Pittsburgh ~ Historic Pittsburgh Digital Collections ~ Rauh Jewish Archives

Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive: Free Digital Newspapers

"The Fine Print"
Beaver County Coordinator:
PAGenWeb State Coordinator: Nancy Janyszeski
Assistant State Coordinator (Eastern Counties) Mary Ann Lubinsky
PAGenWeb Assistant State Coordinator (Western Counties): Martha A C Graham

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