The Perry Historians

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 Records Available

The Perry Historians' Newsletter, "The Airy View" (Our Bi-monthly newsletter, 1976-present, containing many genealogical articles, newspaper clippings, accessions, queries, and surname exchanges). See Samples below (samples are searchable and printable):

The Airy View, May-June 2006, The Airy View, July-August 2006, The Airy View, September-October 2006, The Airy View,  November-December 2006


Church Records: Copies of all extant Perry County Church records, and translations. Also have copies from other counties, and several originals.

 - Marriage Records of Rev. John Casper Stoever (1730-1779) in Maryland and Pennsylvania (Click Link to view)

Newspapers:All known files from 1820 and upwards are on microfilm. They are being indexed.

Tombstone Inscriptions: All Perry County burial grounds have been copied, including several that have been destroyed; German stones have been translated. Also have records for surrounding counties.

Browse a small sample: Cemetery Database (as of 29 Oct 2014) (Names are listed by the surname or family name associated with the individual) HINT: Use CTRL/F to assist in your search

Census Records: Complete collection for Perry County on microfilm; also various years for various other counties on microfilm.

Mortuary Records: Original records for two funeral homes; microfilm records of another; access to cemetery burial records.

Court Records: Deeds, probate, vital statistics, tax lists, civil & criminal cases for Perry, Cumberland and Juniata Counties.

Land Survey Drafts: Originals from the late 1700's to the early 1900's.

Printed Works: Large collection of genealogical, biographical and historical publications and reference works.

Family & Subject Files: Approximately 8,000 files that are arranged by surname and subject. Also, a card catalog containing c. 800,000 cards.

Photographs: Large collection of photos; people and various places/scenes.

Estate Files:  Over 20,000 Estate Files have been indexed and shelved.

Taufschein Collection: (Birth/Baptismal Certificates), almost 400, plus publications containing about 1,000. These supply a date/place of birth and usually the mother's maiden name.


Digital Records:The Lawrence and Julia Hoverter Charitable Trust grant has enabled us to purchase from the Perry County Court House, the digital records of the Marriage Licenses, the County Estates and Deeds. These are now being prepared for computerized surname searching and are available on a limited access basis.


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