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Wills & Estates

Centre County Wills & Estates

Estate records have been recorded at the county level since the origin of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1682. Estates involving property eventually sited in Centre County were recorded prior to 1800. If the will or estate file you're looking for is from this pre-1800 era, you need to see Cumberland, Huntingdon, Lycoming, Mifflin or Northumberland County records.

  • Centre County's wills and estate files 1800-1990 can be found at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte. This includes the County's earliest estate files which may include wills, but often are established for persons intestate (that is, without the deceased having left a will). An index can be found at the Pennsylvania Room of the Library.


  • See also the Register of Wills office in the Centre County Courthouse annex known as the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.


  • Centre County Wills can be posted online and searched:
    • Centre County USGenWeb Archives: Wills
    • PA-Roots Centre County Board: Wills
    • RootsWeb Centre County Message Board: Centre County Message Board
      • Some of the names include Robb, Craig, Gardner, Hull, McGhee, Ream, and Young.
      • To see only Wills from the Centre County Message Board:
        • From the Message Board, click "Centre - Family History & Genealogy Message Board" and "Advanced Search."
        • Click "Centre Board" and select "Will" from the "Message Classification" pull-down menu.




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