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Pennsylvania Counties.

In the drop down list just below, or on the interactive map, select the county in which you are interested. Click on your county selection and it will take you to a Web page with more information about that county and, when available, a selection of books specific to that county's history or genealogy.

There is also a County Index chart below that will tell you when the origin of county names, after whom or what the counties were named, and, most importantly, the official date the counties were formed. Knowing the charter date of counties is critically important to knowing in which court house to search for records.

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COUNTY INDEX

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The date each county was formed is noted.

County Name
Established
Origin of Name
County Seat
Adams Jan. 22, 1800 President John Adams Gettysburg
Allegheny Sept. 24, 1788 Allegheny River Pittsburgh
Armstrong Mar. 12, 1800 General John Armstrong Kittanning
Beaver Mar. 12, 1800 Beaver River Beaver
Bedford Mar 9, 1771 Fort Bedford/Duke of Bedford Bedford
Berks Mar. 11, 1752 Berkshire, England Reading
Blair Feb. 26, 1846 John Blair Hollidaysburg
Bradford (Ontario Co. 1810-12) Feb 21, 1810 U.S. Attorney Gen. William Bradford Towanda
Bucks Nov. 1682 Buckinghamshire, England Doylestown
Butler Mar. 12, 1800 General Richard Butler Butler
Cambria Mar. 26, 1804 Cambria, the ancient name for Wales Ebensburg
Cameron Mar. 29, 1860 U.S. Senator Simon Cameron Emporium
Carbon Mar. 13, 1843 Named for its large deposits of coal Jim Thorpe
Centre Feb. 13, 1800 Geographical center of Pennsylvania Bellefonte
Chester Nov. 1682 Chesire, England West Chester
Clarion Mar. 11, 1839 Clarion River Clarion
Clearfield Mar. 26, 1804 Clearfield Creek Clearfield
Clinton June 21, 1839 DeWitt Clinton, 1st governor of NY Lock Haven
Columbia Mar. 22, 1813 The poetic name for America Bloomsburg
Crawford Mar. 12, 1800 Colonel William Crawford Meadville
Cumberland Jan. 27, 1750 Cumberland County, England Carlisle
Dauphin Mar. 4, 1785 Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France Harrisburg
Delaware Sept. 26, 1789 Delaware River/Va. Gov. Lord de la Warr Media
Elk Apr. 18, 1843 Elk Creek/native elk Ridgway
Erie Mar. 12, 1800 Lake Erie/Erie Indiana Erie
Fayette Sept. 26, 1783 Marquis de la Fayette Uniontown
Forest Apr. 11, 1848 Forests of the county Tionesta
Franklin Sept. 9, 1784 Benjamin Franklin Chambersburg
Fulton Apr. 19, 1851 Inventor Robert Fulton McConnellsburg
Greene Feb. 9, 1796 General Nathanael Greene Waynesburg
Huntingdon Sept. 20, 1787 Countess of Huntingdon, England Huntingdon
Indiana Mar. 30, 1803 Territory of Indiana Indiana
Jefferson Mar. 26, 1804 President Thomas Jefferson Brookville
Juniata Mar. 2, 1831 Juniata River/Indian language origin Mifflintown
Lackawanna Aug. 13, 1878 Lackawanna River Scranton
Lancaster May 10, 1729 Lancashire, England Lancaster
Lawrence Mar. 20, 1849 Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship, the Lawrence New Castle
Lebanon Feb. 16, 1813 Old Lebanon Township/Biblical origin Lebanon
Lehigh Mar. 6, 1812 German "Lecha"/Indian "Lechauwekink" Northampton
Luzerne Sept. 25, 1786 French Minister Chevalier de la Luzerne Wilkes-Barre
Lycoming Apr. 13, 1795 Lycoming Creek/Indian origin Williamsport
McKean Mar. 26, 1804 Governor Thomas McKean Smethport
Mercer Mar. 12, 1800 General Hugh Mercer Mercer
Mifflin Sept. 19, 1789 Governor Thomas Mifflin Lewistown
Monroe Apr. 1, 1836 President James Monroe Stroudsburg
Montgomery Sept. 10, 1784 General Richard Montgomery Norristown
Montour May 3, 1850 Madame Montour
Danville
Northampton Mar. 11, 1752 Northamptonshire, England Easton
Northumberland Mar. 21, 1772 Northumberland County, England Sunbury
Perry Mar. 22, 1820 Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry Bloomfield
Philadelphia Nov. 1682 Ancient Asia Minor City of Philadelphus Philadelphia
Pike Mar. 26, 1814 General Zebulon Pike Milford
Potter Mar. 26, 1804 General James Potter Coudersport
Schuylkill Mar. 1, 1811 Schuylkill River/Dutch for "hidden stream Pottsville
Snyder Mar. 2, 1855 Governor Simon Snyder Middleburg
Somerset Apr. 17, 1795 Somersetshire, England Somerset
Sullivan Mar. 15, 1847 State Senator Charles C. Sullivan Laporte
Susquehanna Feb. 21, 1810 Susquehannock Indian Tribe Montrose
Tioga Mar. 26, 1804 Tioga River/Indian origin Wellsboro
Union Mar. 22, 1813 Allusion to the federal union Lewisburg
Venango Mar. 12, 1800, Native American word for "French Creek" Franklin
Warren Mar. 12, 1800 General Joseph Warren Warren
Washington Mar. 28, 1781 George Washington Washington
Wayne Mar. 21, 1798 General Anthony Wayne Honesdale
Westmoreland Feb. 26, 1773 Westmoreland County, England Greensburg
Wyoming Apr. 4, 1842 Indian meaning "extensive meadows." Tunkhannock
York Aug. 19, 1749 English Duke of York or Yorkshire, Engl. York

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