Register and Recorder
Register of Wills/Recorder of Deeds/Clerk of Orphans’ Court
In representing a 6th class county, the Huntingdon County Register & Recorders Office serves the public in three distinct areas: The Register of Wills; The Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court. This is an elected position with a four year term. The current Register and Recorder is Virginia Cooper.
Virginia resides in Henderson Township and has been a resident of Huntingdon County since 1969. She attended Juniata Valley High School and Penn State University. Prior to being elected to public office, Virginia worked for 35 years in the private sector where she held varied management positions. In addition to her County duties, Virginia is involved in a broad contingent of community organizations and activities including: Leadership Huntingdon County, Huntingdon County Business & Industry, the Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor, the Society for the Marketing of Professional Services, the Huntingdon County Humane Society, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Graysville Cemetery Association. Virginia currently serves on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court Association.
The Register of Wills
The Register of Wills decides the probate of the will of any resident decedent of the county, or of any non-resident decedent whose real estate lies within the county. She is the Agent for the Commonwealth for the collection of state inheritance taxes. The Register of Wills has jurisdiction over the probate of wills and fiduciary accounts, and maintains records on wills, inventories of estates, fiduciary accounts, inheritance taxes, and other miscellaneous records of estates.
The initial documents required for probating an estate are: Petition for Grant of Letters; the original Will/Codicil; a Death Certificate; An Estate Information Sheet along with applicable fees. When appropriate, the opening of an estate may require: Renunciations; Oaths of Subscribing or Non-Subscribing Witnesses, etc. It is recommended that the services of an attorney be used in processing an estate.
Forms can be found at the following sites:
- Petition for Grant of Letters – http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-878/file-822.pdf
- Estate Information Sheet – http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-878/file-821.pdf
- Renunciation – http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-878/file-828.pdf
- Oath of Subscribing Witness – http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-878/file-825.pdf
- Oath of Non-Subscribing Witness – http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-878/file-824.pdf
Genealogy research often includes contacting this office. Huntingdon County does not employ genealogical researchers. Our records are open for the public to research during normal operating hours. There is no fee for researching and copies can be made for $.25 per page up to 11” x 17” in size. In addition, contact this office at 814-643-2740 for further information on genealogical research opportunities.
The Recorder of Deeds
The Recorder of Deeds maintains records and handles transactions related to real property in the county. Documents found in this office include, but not limited to, Deeds, Mortgages, Satisfaction of Mortgage, Releases, Subdivision Plans, Agreements/Easements, Highway Maps and Secured Transactions. Recorded documents relating to this office can be found dating from 1787 to present day. UPI (Uniform Parcel Identifier) is required by Huntingdon county. For additional information, click here: www.huntingdoncounty.net/Dept/Mapping/Pages/Huntingdon-County-UPI.aspx
Military Discharge Records are also recorded in the Recorder of Deeds office and are secure records not open to the public. Service Discharge Records (DD-214) are only given to the Veteran who can show proper identification. Others requesting this information must contact the Veterans’ Affairs Officer at (814) 643-1360.
The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court
The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court is responsible for performing the administrative recordkeeping duties of that Court. This office process and maintain all guardianship papers for minors and incapacitated persons. Records pertaining to adoptions are filed in this office. Adoption records are sealed by the Court and are not open to the public without proper verification under Act 101.
The Clerk of Orphans’ Court also issues marriage licenses and maintains records of those licenses issued. Click here for marriage license requirements.
This office maintains records of births and deaths from the year 1894 to the year 1905. Birth and Death Certificates from 1906 to present are a record of the State of PA and must be requested from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records. Click here to apply for a birth certificate www.portal.state.pa.us.
- Orphans Court Forms
- Recorder of Deeds – Fee Schedule
- Register & Clerk of Orphans Court – Fee Schedule
The Huntingdon County Register and Recorder is located in the Courthouse. The mailing address and phone number are:
Virginia Cooper, Register and Recorder
Courthouse – 223 Penn Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652