Somerset County, Pennsylvania

This Site is part of

The PAGenWeb Project & The USGenWeb Project

My name is Martha and I am the new Somerset County Coordinator:
I do not live in PA, but both my husband and I have roots deep in her soil.

I will do my very best to answer questions and perhaps help locate that
missing piece of your "Ancestral Pie"

"With Thanks to Carol, Nancy, April & Connie along with their Volunteers for the great resources"

Somerset County Neighbors

Cambria, PA

Bedford, PA Allegany, MD

Garrett, MD

Fayette, PA Westmoreland, PA

Search Somerset County

Somerset County has been completely revamped.
If you find invalid links, please let me know
Contact: Martha

~ Queries ~
If you wish to post Genealogical
or Historical Queries online,
Somerset County now has it's own mail list:
Use this Link to Subscribe

Historical Register of Places
History of the Railroad in Pennsylvania

Online Books Site
This is the selection for Somerset County

Historical Pennsylvania Maps
Another Historic Map Site
Historic Maps of PA

"Old Maps Online"
Perry Casteneda Map Collection
Historic County Lines
Pennsylvania Topo Maps
USGW Archives: Maps Civil War Maps

Caldwell's Historical Atlas: 1878
Warrantee Township Maps
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Library of Congress

Mining & Land Records
Mining in Pennsylvania
Virtual Museum of Coal Mining ~Mining Artifacts
Underground Miners
Mining Disasters
in Pennsylvania [Wiki List]
Land Records Guide

Canada: Family Search / Ancestry
Inlcudes the following:
Obituaries, WWI Military Files, F-A-G,
Ontario, Can Marriages,
Council Registrations US Residents serving in
Canandian Expedition Forces
Marriage & Death Registers

Canadian Digital Newspapers ~ Canadian Digital Archives
Canadian Genealogy
There is a website dedicated to Canadian Obits
from local papers.
Please use this link.

"What's New" Items will be Here
From the FS Catalog:
Tidbits from the Big Piney Examiner of Sublette Co., WY
1912 > 2006 - Some Years Missing
Compiler: Anna Lee Woffinden
The Indexes for Each Booklet are Here
The Booklets are full of Obituaries, Death & Funeral Notices
Accidents, and the odd news article about local Pioneers
Send for scans
Download individual booklets from the FS Catalog

NEW>>>Family Search:
Civil Marriages: Pennsylvania
1677 - 1950
These Record Images have a lot of valuable information

Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Archive
Chronicling America: Library of Congress
National Digital Newspaper Program
Google News Archives
How to Search the Google News Archives
Historical Newspapers: Illinois Library

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

Family Search: Historical Images
Records that are not available with the traditional FS Search
The Explanation:
The Resources are wonderful, but the search parameters
and functions can be intimidating to the novice FS Catalog Researcher.

The Types of Information:
Births [Delayed], Biographies, Cemetery, Census,
Deaths & DC's, Deeds, Docket, Orphan Ct Rec's,
History, Photos, Grantee Indexes, Marriage & Marriage Licenses,
Military Discharge Rec's, Naturalization's,
'Soldier Rec's' [Army] Warrants, Wills
However: There are hundreds of files for Somerset County,
so this Chart will only contain Biographies, Cemeteries, Vital Records and Obituaries

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 above 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
I have created to access the information.


Backtrack to Search, Catalog, and plug in the
DGS Film number of interest from the
Chart in the 'Fiche-Film' slot.

Finally, be sure to check Somerset's Neighbors for Marriages, remembering that many times folks "went off to get married elsewhere". FS has a couple of films that contain 'Consent' Records.

"PA Only" records will be found here
Many Indexes will be found using the above link
Records from the following States:
NC, NH, NV, NY [City], OH, OR, Philadelphia, PA, SC,
TN, TX, UT, VT, WI, Willamette Valley, OR, WVA

Finally: Paper Trails for Folks who came to California
Family Search / Ancestry

This Section will contain reformatted resources from the Old Somerset Files.
There were hundreds of items to go through and assess for updating.
Some of the files may still contain email addies that are probably no longer valid.
There is no way to track them down, so please do not ask.

Somerset Townships
The files linked below are all searchable pdf's
Exceptions: Upper & Lower Turkeyfoot ~ Conemaugh ~ Meyersdale
Ogle ~ Paint ~ Quemahoning ~ Salisbury and Summit

Township/Borough Township/Borough
Addison Middlecreek
Allegheny Milford
Black Northampton
Brothersvalley Ogle
Conemaugh Paint
Elk Lick Quemahoning
Fair Hope Salisbury Boro.
Greenville Shade
Jefferson Somerset
Jenner Southampton
Larimer Stonycreek
Lincoln Summit
Meyersdale Boro. Upper & Lower Turkeyfoot

Other Town and Villiage Records

Dividing Ridge
New Centerville
Whitehorse Mountain

The Cemeteries of Somerset County
Please Use this Link
There was a huge set of files, they have been reorganized and reformatted.

The Bio files were on a lot of different
pages: See Chart Below

First: Bios found in the Township Files:
Allegheny ~ Stonycreek-1 ~ Stonycreek-2 ~ Summit

Gleans from County Histories & Contributors
Baer, George Frederick (b.1842) Kendall, Jacob Louis (b.1861)
Baldwin, Leroy Kephart [Kaphart], Philip (b.1807)
Black, Jeremiah Sullivan (b.1810) Kieffer, John Jacob (b.1759)
Blauch, David D Koontz, William Henry (b.1830)
Burket, Isreal Kooser, Francis (b.1846)
Campbell, Jacob Miller (b.1821) Lambert, Lewis C. (b.1847)
Cochrane, Miss Elizabeth (b.1867) Meese, John Daniel (b.1864)
Cook Family Origins Meyers, Benjamin Franklin (b.1833)
Davis, Samuel Wesley (b.1839) Miller, Jacob Jay (b.1857)
Garlet Family in KS - by Charles B. Garlet O'Connor, Francis (b.1860)
Garlitz, Christian- by Charles B. Garlet [2002] Rhees, Morgan John (b.1760)
Garlitz, Christian- Hoye (b.1935) Rupp, William (b.1839)
Hay, Albert (b.1866) Ruppel, William (b.1849)

Tedrow, James Bricker M.D. (b.1856)

Walker & Lane Families

Note: The USGenWeb Archives has a lot more Biographies than those listed above.
Please use this Link

Odds & Ends
Military History & Civil War Biographies ~ Lower Turkeyfoot: Baptist Church
The Cemeteries of Somerset County
Tombstone Photo Album
Early Pioneers: Milford Township
Early Settlers, Families & Settlement of Somerset County
Vintage Photos: Old Somerset Files

Church Records
Kennell's Mills Congregation, Southampton Township Births and Baptisms (1832-1847)
Laurel Emanuel Lutheran Church, Baptismal Records, Black Township
St. John's Lutheran (Sanner) Church, Baptismal Records, Black Township
St. John's Reformed Church Parish Register, Elklick Twp.(May 13, 1789 to Nov. 4, 1801 )

Emigration, Immigration, Naturalization & Citizenship
Land & Property Resources
Upper Turkeyfoot, Warrant Map Index
The Amish People of Somerset County & The Church of the Brethren

Brothersvalley Tax Records: 1773, 1774, 1775, 1776 & 1779
Conemaugh Township: Tire Hill Schools, 1901 - 1902 & 1904 - 1905
Hagero 2 Room School: 1921

Obituaries ~ Wills ~ Probate Records:
Joseph Fike ~ John L Kessler ~ James Mitchell ~ Adam Spaukie ~ Jacob Zimmerman
Benjamin and Elizabeth Boyer
Old Obits, Death Notices, Archived Newspapers and New Resources

There was a short page on PA "Poor Houses", but here is a better explanation and Link
[Use This]

During the early years of the USGenWeb, there were Web Pages and forms put in place for the
Transcription of Census Records.

Many States and Counties participated: The files were uploaded in several places and put on County Web Pages as well.
In the interest of simplification, the files for Somerset can be found using the links below.
US-Census.Org Site ~ USGenWeb Free Census Project

All of the Queries in the old Somerset files were more than 15 years old, they have been deleted.
Please use the link above to post Queries & Questions to the Somerset Mail List.

Finally, a Resource Guide published by the Genealoogy Society of Pennsylvania
This is the link for Somerset County - Download, searchable, linked pdf.


Pennsylvania State Records & Databases
Pennsylvania State Digital Archives
Pennsylvania State Library

Pennsylvania State Historical Archives
'How to get access to 'Free PA Records on Ancestry'

Colonial Dames Registers & Records

Family Search:
Births & Christenings: 1709>1950

Delayed Birth Records
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976
The films for Somerset County can only be viewed at
a local FHL with their Computers.

Family Search: Actual Certificates & Petitions

Pennsylvania Marriages: 1709>1940
Pennsylvania Vital Records [Online Only] FS Catalog

Marriage Records:
There are some in the FS Catalog
Please Use this Link

NEW>>>Family Search:
Civil Marriages: Pennsylvania
1677 - 1950
These Record Images have a lot of valuable information
Log in, Collections, Pennsylvania

Check Somerset Co's Neighbors for Marriage Records:
Especially Bedford County

Death Records: Family Search / Ancestry
Pittsburgh City Deaths: 1870>1905

Vital Record: Gleans: Pennsylvania

Obituaries from NewsBank
For the 4 PA Counties I host:
Allegheny ~ Beaver ~ Jefferson ~ Westmoreland

1983 > 2020 / Contact Martha for Obit

Somerset will be next to do

Obit Gleans: Family Search / Ancestry
From the States of:
Arizona, California, Grants Pass, OR, Hawaii, Illinois, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
San Diego, CA
Obituary Central / Pennsylvania

US Obituaries, American His. Soc. of Germans from Russia,
12 - This Index will be updated to include

Census Records
Records: Indexes & Images
Pennsylvania Mortality Schedules
1890 Veteran's & Widow's Census
Population Schedules: Download Rolls of Film
USGW Archives: All Somerset County Files
Stephen Morse & More

Vital Record Lookups / Newspapers and...
Archival Newspapers: Historical and Current
[Obits, Vital Records]

Subscription Database Access: / My Heritage / Heritage Quest / Fold3 /
Historic Map Works

Civil War: Reports of Union Army Generals

Please include Name of interest and time frame with your query.

Miscellaneous: Family Search / Ancestry
Act of February 20 1866: Name Changes: California
AK- Pioneer Home, Appleton Biographies, 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, Eastern Cherokee Registrations,
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,
Washington Indian Enrollments
Family Search & Ancestry Indexes
Marriages & Deaths

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

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,
but I have separated out the index alpha pages:
Both Marriages and Deaths are on the index.
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.
1800>1810, 1811>1825, 1826>1830
Here are Indexes

Miscellaneous Vital Records
From the LDS Catalog
~ Sign in for access

Pennsylvania Probate Records: 1683>1994
Will Abstracts: Gen Soc of PA Vol VII [1920]

"The Espy Files" PA begins on Pg 275

Library of Congress
~ National Archives
University of Pittsburgh, Digital Library
Pennsylvania Quakers: Archives

More Miscellaneous ~ Gleans
Cemeteries, Funeral Home's, Coroner:
Family Search / Ancestry

Vital Records: Odds & Ends
Gleans: Ancestry
Records from the following States:
Colorado, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire,
Oregon, Central / East New York
Western New York

Passenger Lists, Passports, Employment Records
Family Search / Ancestry
California, Passenger and Crew Lists,
California, San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index, 1936-1949 Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger & Crew Lists,
U.S., Departing Passenger and Crew Lists,

Crime & Punishment
Family Search / Ancestry
"Album of Criminals, 1906" FBI Records [NCBI Index]
Alcatraz, California, U.S. Penitentiary Prisoner Index, 1934-1963
Alabama, Convict Records, 1886-1952
California, Prison and Correctional Records, 1851-1950
Iowa, Consecutive Register of Convicts, 1867-1970

Montana, Prison Records, 1861-1968 [Anc]
New Mexico, Department of Corrections Records, 1905-1958
PA, Prison, Reformatory, and Workhouse Records, 1829-1971
Texas, Convict and Conduct Registers, 1875-1945
Tulare County, California, Sheriff's Office and Jail Records,

"The ESPY Files" Executions in the US: 1608-2002

Miscellaneous Prison & Correctional Institution Records

Family Search 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

Here is a link to all of the B~M~D's for Pennsylvania
on Family Search

The parameter for the Search included th databases
which contained document images.
There are more records, but they will not contain digital documents.

War in Pennsylvania

PA Volunteers in the Civil War - Somerset County
Civil War ~ Civil War Maps ~ War of 1812
Spanish-American War

War of the Revolution
PA Digital Archives ~ War Records
Fort Pitt ~ Military Forts in PA
Internet Archives ~ Misc War Records
US Mexican War Index & Service Records,

Military Records Family Search

Compiled Service Military Records
The Internet Archives [] has a huge amount of filmed records.
This link is for Pennsylvania

Soldiers of the Great War, Vol 3, Pennsylvania
Time Lines for Wars

Military Gleans: Family Search / Ancestry
Records from the States of:
Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska,
New York,, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota,
Utah, Washington

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

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
James B Rodgers, Printers, 1865
There is an
Index and an Explanation about the Cemeteries
Use this Link for the files
Download Book from Family Search or Contact for Lookups

Search: DAR ~ GAR ~ SAR [Ancestor Databases]

Want a fun way to do Family Research
Contribute to the PAGenWeb?
Become a County Coordinator
Please Use This Link for Particulars

Biographies ~ Books ~ Magazines

History Of Bedford, Somerset And Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania.
With Illustrations And Biographical Sketches
Of Some Of Its Pioneers And Prominent Men
Chicago: Waterman, Watkins & Co., 1884.
The index is here: Read Online or Download

History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania,
with genealogical and personal history
Blackburn, E. Howard; Welfley, William Henry, 1840- 1n;
Koontz, William Henry, 1830-;
Lewis Publishing Company. 1906
The Index is Here: Read Online or Download

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
Two Volumes ~ PDF Index : Published in 1975

Soldiers And Patriots Biographical Album Containing Biographies and Portraits of
Soldiers and Loyal Citizens
In the American Conflict, Together with the
Great Commanders of the Union Army

A History of the Organizations growing out of the War:
The Grand Army of the Republic, The Loyal Legion,
The Sons of Veterans, and The Woman's Relief Corps
Chicago, ILL

Union Veteran Publishing Company, 1892.

There are a great number of Biographies in the above book.
I have gleaned some for Pennsylvania, but there are probably more.
The Complete Index can be found here.
The Book may be read online or downloaded here.

Survey of World War Veterans of Somerset County, Pennsylvania

[1935 & 1936: A WPA Production]
This great book contains a lot of good information.
Split out Sections: Please use this Link
The book also contains a list of Deceased Veterans

Military as well as Miscellaneous Articles
Pennsylvania Archives: Magazine
These publications are full of great information and
can be downloaded here.

Genealogy Trails has a nice set of Biographies
Please use this Link

Genealogy Trails also has lots of other
Pennsylvania Military Data.
Please use this link
for access.

"Thanks to Gen Trails"
We appreciate You!

Military "Historical Bulletins"
The Historical Bulletin :
devoted to patriotism, genealogy and historical research;
our ancestors and relatives and their military achievements

The above magazines are available on FS Books:
Log in, Search: Books: Enter Pennsylvania Military
Then to the left: 'Full Access'

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

If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please review our "Volunteer" page and contact us!
There are many ways to participate.

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for personal genealogical and historical purposes.
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