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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. 
Click here to view short biography.   

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: the Petition for Grant of Letters, the original Will/Codicil, a Death Certificate, An Estate Information Sheet, applicable Fees and when appropriate, Renunciations, Oaths of Subscribing or Non-Subscribing Witnesses.  Genealogy research often includes contacting this office.

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 the 1787 to present day.  Click here for recording fees. UPI (Uniform Parcel Identifier) is required effective October 1, 2014. For additional UPI information click here.

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 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 an order of the Court. 

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 however, an application form for an original raised seal certificate can be obtained from this office.

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 St.
Huntingdon, PA 16652
(814) 643-2740
(814) 643-6849 - fax