Probate Records

Probates have been recorded on a county basis since the origin of the Commonwealth in 1682. Probates for Somerset County were recorded starting 1795.
Prior to this you need to see Bedford County court records.

Wills have been filed with the "Register of Wills" in each county. They are indexed and in books.
Write to the Register of Wills for specific information regarding procedure and fees for copying wills.

Somerset County Court House
Register of Wills
111 E. Union Street
Somerset, PA 15501-1416
Telephone: 814-445-1548

The records of the orphan's court include minute books, proceedings, dockets, appeals, bonds, inventories, distribution of estates, marriages (since 1885), births and deaths (1893-1905), and adoptions (since 1925). Published abstracts of wills and administrations with comprehensive indexes are available for most of the oldest and largest counties.

The docket index, estate index, or general index is the first place to search for evidence of probate proceedings. These indexes list all the records created for a particular probate. The LDS FHL has obtained microfilm copies of many indexes, up to the 1960's.

The various documents (bonds, letters, inventories, etc.,) are usually transcribed into Orphan's Court Records Books or Administrator's Account Books. The LDS FHL has microfilmed the wills and orphan court records for most counties up to the 1900's.

Online Records

Probates submitted by descendants

Description (Year filed) Submitted by
BOYER, Benjamin (1865) Susan McNeil-Cheyney
BOYER, Elizabeth (1885) Susan McNeil-Cheyney
ZIMMERMAN, Jacob (1835)
note: the above link is a .PDF file, if you are not able to open the file, you can download Adobe Reader software (free) here
Linda C. Driscoll
If you have Probate records for Somerset County PA that you would like posted here,
please contact Connie Burkett (email address at bottom of page)


Wills submitted by descendants

Description (Will year) Submitted by
FIKE, Joseph (1879) Sally Statler
KESSLER, John L. (1883) Mary Scheller
MITCHELL, James (1788) Glen Swartz
SPAUKIE, Adam (1853) Harold Spaugy
If you have a will for Somerset County PA that you would like posted here,
please contact Connie Burkett (email address at bottom of page)


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Last Revised: January 27, 2016

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