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Western Pennsylvania Genealogy


Western Pennsylvania Genealogy

A group for anyone researching their roots in the Counties of Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence, Beaver, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland, Allegheny, Indiana, Jefferson, Forest, Warren, Venango, Clarion, Somerset, Armstrong, and Butler.

Members: 153
Latest Activity: Aug 22, 2016

PLEASE READ: Where to Post

I'm trying to organize things a bit so I've made threads in the Discussion Forum for each county. If you know where the people you are researching lived, please post your queries, information, etc. in the appropriate thread/county. If you don't know where in Western PA the people you are researching lived or if they lived in multiple counties, go ahead and post to the Comment Wall below. Also, if you feel your post is urgent or you want it to be viewed by the whole group, post to the Comment Wall. As always, everyone is also still welcome to start their own discussion threads.

Since Genealogy Wise doesn't allow the option of displaying ALL Discussion Forum threads, some won't appear below. If you don't see the county or discussion that you are looking for below, click on "View All" in the bottom right of the Discussion Forum and you should be able to find it there. Thanks!

Discussion Forum

Butler County Research 4 Replies

Started by Leah. Last reply by Charity Johnson May 25, 2011.

Armstrong County Research 1 Reply

Started by Leah. Last reply by Fred Close Apr 17, 2011.

Somerset County Research 2 Replies

Started by Leah. Last reply by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico Dec 25, 2011.

Venango County Research 4 Replies

Started by Leah. Last reply by Sandy Gotham Jul 13, 2010.

Warren County Research 1 Reply

Started by Leah. Last reply by Steven L Bonnell Jul 26, 2009.

Forest County Research

Started by Leah Jul 18, 2009.

Jefferson County Research

Started by Leah Jul 18, 2009.

Indiana County Research 1 Reply

Started by Leah. Last reply by sharon howell Jul 20, 2009.

Clarion County Research 3 Replies

Started by Leah. Last reply by catherine lively Aug 15, 2011.

Allegheny County Research 19 Replies

Started by Leah. Last reply by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico Dec 25, 2011.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Carole Ashbridge on October 15, 2012 at 4:39pm

 I am researching a family that has origins/events in Westmoreland, Allegheny, and possibly Armstrong or Washington Counties. I have a request for a Civil War pension payment from 1898. On the application, the soldier had to list a marriage. He wrote that he was married in Tarentum in 1846 and there is no license. He indicates that the marriage was recorded in probate courts in Allegheny County. In what group of probate records would this be recorded? It is not an estate or will. Would it somehow fall into Orphan's Court. Stumped as to where to look.

Comment by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on December 25, 2011 at 11:21pm

Will this site cover Washington, Fayette or Greene Co. PA it is Western PA.?

Comment by Marie Long on November 17, 2011 at 10:05am

Bob the only information I have is that he was born in 1774, I do not know where.

1830 census has him as living in German Township in Fayette County PA.My grandmother lists his wife's name as Margaret nothing else. I don't even know how many children they had or if he was a farmer or worked in the mines. I would like to find something about Robert Murray/Murry.

Thanks for responding,


Comment by Bob Mooney-Pa on November 17, 2011 at 8:59am

Marie...what other info on him do you have? DOB? Where in Fayette County did they live? His DOD?

The more info you can supply the easier it will be to help you.

Comment by Marie Long on November 17, 2011 at 8:23am

I need help finding any information on my third great grandfather Robert Murray/Murry. They were in Fayette County Pennsylvania in 1840. His daughter Mary Murray/Murry married Jacob Smith 03 April 1832 in Fayette County.

It is believed Robert's wife name was Margaret but no proof. There is a Margaret Murray who died in Fayette County in 1850.

Any help would be appreciated.


Comment by Jim Walker on November 13, 2011 at 3:31pm



2 things.


Can anyone please tell me which county Sewickly is in? My Walkers were quite active there.


Also, if anyone lives in Sewickly, I was wondering if you might be willing to go into the family history museum they have there and take some digitals of the displays of the Walker products, posters etc in there please?


Thank you for your time.


Kind Regards,


Jim Walker and family

Comment by Gene Moffitt on November 13, 2011 at 11:08am

I  am wondering if there  are  any RODERICKS here  from FAYETTE   CO?   My Grandmother  PLESSIE  RODERICK  was  from there.

Comment by Don Rose on August 6, 2011 at 10:30am
~~Any info on the ROSE/ROOSA family of Greene County, PA would be appreciated.  Some went on to OH others to WV.  I'm trying to find my link to this family that started out in Ulster Co, NY.
Comment by Bob Mooney-Pa on August 6, 2011 at 10:16am

I am looking for any type of record for a Jonathan Williams. Before 1804 in SW Pa.

He could have lived somewhere around Wheeling Creek. What possible forts would have been in the area? Are there land records for that area? I know there was the Pa Land Office in that time. But didn't find anything online except reference to the office. No actual records.


Comment by Fred Close on April 17, 2011 at 11:51am

I have a transcription of a court petition asking for a guardian to be named for children of a deceased father.  The petition appears to have been filed in mid-1802 and states that it is Westmoreland county.  The records that the county holds may or may not inclued either this date or type of record.  I have written twice to the county asking if they have the document and they have not replied.  Anyone have luck communicating with them??




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