Somerset County, Pennsylvania

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The PAGenWeb Project & The USGenWeb Project

My name is Martha and I am the 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"
History ~ Biography  ~ Maps ~ What's New ~ Lookups and Queries
A Brief History of Somerset County: Wiki

Somerset County Neighbors
Cambria, PA ~ Bedford, PA ~ Fayette, PA  Westmoreland, PA
Garrett, MD ~ Allegany, MD

Search Somerset County

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

Historical Register of Places
History of the Railroad in Pennsylvania

Online Books Site
This is the selection for Somerset County

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
Both Volumes are in the FS Catalog: Please use this Link
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.

The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
There is a huge collection of the above Magazine on the Site
The early volumes: 1877-1922 have vital records in them.
There are later editions as well and all of them can be downloaded in a variety of formats.

There is a nice selection in the 'Old Somerset Files' Section, Scoll Down

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

Lookups and Queries
Lookups: Lookups are available for the following NewsPaper Sites:
HeritageHub ~ Newspaper Archives [Obits, Vital Records]
Subscription Database Access:
My Heritage ~ Heritage Quest ~ Fold3 ~ Historic Map Works
Civil War: Reports of Union Army Generals
Contact: Martha

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

Vital Records ~ Obituaries ~ Gleanings
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 on their Computers.

Family Search: Actual Certificates & Petitions

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

Marriage Records:

Record Group 27:
Records of Pennsylvania's Revolutionary Governments, 1775-1790
Marriage Bonds of the Supreme Executive Council, 1784-1786
Alphabetically Arranged by Male Applicant
Somerset County
FS Catalog: Sign in for Access
Marriage Bonds Img Rge
Film # 1759093  / Item 2
A - B 1090 - 1163
C - D 1164 - 1222
E - G 1223 - 1280
H - J 1281 - 1334
Film # 1759094 / Item 1 Img Rge
K - L 11 - 60
M - O 61 - 111
P 112 - 135
R - S 136 - 207
T - Z 208 - 265

More Marriage Records:

There are some in the FS Catalog
Please Use this Link

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

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:
1800 - 1810, 1811 - 1825, 1826 - 1830

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

Vital Record Gleans: Pennsylvania

Vital Records may also be found in the 'Historical Image' Section of FamilySearch
Family Search: Historical Images
Records that are not available with the traditional FS Search

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

Use the chart linked above for the Film #
To access the Historical Images, log into your FS Account:

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.

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

Obituaries from NewsBank [Now HeritageHub]
For the 3 PA Counties I host:
Allegheny ~ Westmoreland

1983 > 2022 / Contact Martha for Obit

Information for Somerset Obits...

There are thousands of Obituaries and Mortuary Notices for Somerset County
So, Please just send a note and I will see what I can find.
The dates for the newspapers go all the way back to 1804!

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

Newspapers and Canadian Resources
Newspapers are a great source for Vital Records
Below is a list of free Digitally Archived Newspapes
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 / Ancestry
Inlcudes the following:
Obituaries, WWI Military Files, F-A-G,
Ontario, Canada, 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

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

Somerset Township Maps: 'Regular and Topos'

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.

Military ~ Crime and Punishment ~ Odds and Ends
Military Records and Resources

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.

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

Crime and Punishment
Gleans: 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, 1874-1963

"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;
eaths 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

Odds and Ends
Historical Register of Places
History of the Railroad in Pennsylvania

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

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

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

Got Quakers ?
Quaker Resources: Monthly Meeting Notes: 1681 > 1935 [Ancestry]

The above resource is chock full of great information.

Quaker Information Center Cyndi's List of Quaker Records
Friends Historical Library ~ Quaker Records: Family Search
Hinshaw Index to Quaker Records Hinshaw Records are also available in the FS Catalog

Immigration, Ships Passenger Lists & Naturalization
German Settlement in PA ~ Ship's Transcribers Guild Allegheny Pioneers ~ PA 'Points of Entry'
German Passenger Lists
"The Palatine Project" ~ PA Naturalization Records

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

If you just want to look at all of the Gleans I have done over the years,
Use these Links: FamilySearch ~ Ancestry
Then... Pennsylvania 'only' Gleans can be found here

"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

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