RECORDS INFORMATION

Washington County Pennsylvania

and State of Pennsylvania

WHERE ARE RECORDS FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY PA

What do you need to know ?

 

 

CLERK OF COURTS OFFICE  - Court records for Criminal activities

This office has Court Cases and misc. records.  Records go back to beginning of the County.

For more current cases, ONLINE: You may want to check the Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System Statewide Look-ups at http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/default.aspx  - Go to "Secure E-Services" then go to Public Web Docket Sheets.   The docket sheets give you basic information on RECENT or CURRENT cases, which you can then use to make your request for the full record.  "The Public Web Docket Sheets option provides access to search, view and print the docket sheets for Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts, Criminal Courts of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Courts and the Philadelphia Municipal Court. In addition, a Court Summary Information report is available for Criminal Courts of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court cases."

 

Notes:

Magisterial District Courts:  "MDJS docket sheets are available for specific docket types (see Participant Name) with a docket year going back to 2000."

Common Pleas Docket Sheets for Washington County (went online June 20, 2005) Lists 57,548 records which go back to 1966

 

At the same site (http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/default.aspx)   you can click The Secure Web Docket Sheet.  There is a yearly fee associated with this website service.

Searching these dockets can take time because the Court employees access them.  Try searching during OFF hours and on weekends when the Court House is closed.

 

ROAD PETITIONS

Also has the oldest Road Petitions;  Misc. Records, Roads to Bridges: 1781-present; and the Docket Book of the Road overseer

 

 

You may visit the Office.  Make list of who you are looking for, with as much information as possible, or plan extra time to browse.  ASK the staff for instructions how to read their indices (indexes).

You may make your REQUEST for a look-up and record IN WRITING.  You must include in your request:  The FULL NAME of the person you want; DATE OF BIRTH, TYPE OF CASE (if known), YEAR of court case (or approximate years if known), (Person's Social Security number for recent cases).  If you have Docket # and Year, or citation number, these will help the Staff do the search.

Fee: $10.00 PER NAME, plus copies.  The office searches for the record, sends you a form letter stating how much for copies, and after you pay the copying fee they will send you the record.

The office takes Personal Check, money order, made out to "Clerk of Courts."

 


FOR GREENE CO., PA Clerk of Courts

From The Observer-Reporter, Washington, Washington Co., Pa., digital version, Sept. 14, 2007 :

Clerk of courts records can aid family history research 

WAYNESBURG - At the Cornerstone Genealogical Society meeting earlier this month, the Greene County clerk of courts explained how records in her office can help people research their family histories.
Shirley Stockdale explained that her office encompasses both the criminal court and orphans court. 

The criminal court deals with the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program and juvenile records. The Orphans court handles records chronicling births, marriages, deaths, adoptions, guardianship for incapacitated people and estate settlement. 

The marriage licenses all are digitially (sic) archived and can be accessed through the computer. Marriage licenses from 1885 are available at the courthouse, along with births from 1843 to1915. Birth records after 1915 are maintained in New Castle. 

Adoptions are all sealed in Greene County; they cannot be opened without court approval. And as with a juvenile record, they are impounded.

When court is in session, Stockdale explained, it is her job to take all the pertinent files for each defendant to the courtroom. She also will swear-in witnesses. 

There are old criminal dockets still housed at the courthouse, but in 1996 the county started using the computer for criminal dockets. The courthouse has an extensive index list of criminal records dating from 1800. 

Under the Orphans Court, there are several ways to settle an estate including first and final account that can take as little as 30 days to settle as long as there are no exceptions. Secondly, receipt and release occurs when all the heirs sign a release, and third, a family settlement decree is issued when everyone is in agreement. If an estate is not settled in the allotted time a warrant can be issued for arrest. 

During the business meeting, Don King, vice president, reported that the Waychoff Book has been reprinted and delivered. It is for sale at the Genealogy Library. 

Librarian Ruth Craft reported that the volunteers are working diligently on indexing the obituary card files. This is a daunting task, for there are probably thousands of obituary cards, but the volunteers are tireless. This will be another great asset to the genealogy library once this index is completed. 

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.

 

Download this PDF (Acrobat Reader) brochure to get an
idea of what TYPES OF RECORDS that the 
Washington County PA Court House might have.
 
NOTE - WASHINGTON COUNTY REMOVED THIS PDF FROM NEW WEBSITE.
THEY REPLACED THE PDF WITH THIS PAGE.
NOTE: Call or write the office listed for up-to-date information about 
where records are stored and how to make requests.

 

New Information Added Here  Or Download the PDF (Acrobat Reader) Genealogy Research Guide for Washington County, Pennsylvania prepared by Pamela J. Nixon, Genealogy Researcher 

 

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Washington County Courthouse (Main Address)
100 W. Beau St. 
Washington, PA 15301-4402
Phone: (724)-228-6700 
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

 The links on this page should help researchers know which offices have what records, 
and will give assistance about how to write for records.  

 

COURT HOUSE OFFICES

Please visit each "Office" on this Web Site to see what records the Office maintains.

 

 

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