Registerof Wills, Recorder of Deeds,
& Clerk of Orphans Court
Pete W. Weidenboerner Elk County Courthouse 240 Main Street P.O. Box 314 Ridgway, PA 15853 (814) 776-5349 (814) 776-5382 --Fax Website: http://www.co.elk.pa.us/regrecorder NEEW: Register & Recorder Online Deed Search
The Elk County Recorder of Deeds Office's primary mission is to Record , Protect and Reproduce legal documents (such as deeds, mortgages, marriage licenses, wills, etc.) that relate to real estate in Elk County and act as a collecting agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, local School Districts and Municipalities for Real Estate Transfer Taxes. All document records since 1843, except for Military Discharges, are available for public inspection. The Recorder's staff is ready to help anyone who comes to the office seeking information.
The Register of Wills processes all resident descendants estate and Inheritance Tax receipting/documentation for individuals that are domiciled in Elk County at the time of their death. The primary function of the Register is to determine whether a document offered for Probate should be admitted to the official record. The Register of Wills has the authority to appoint personal representatives for estate administration. With quasi-judicial powers, the Register can conduct evidentiary hearings, take testimony and render decisions on disputable estate matters prior to opening the official record. Those decisions once rendered , may only be appealed for specific reasons to the Orphans' Court division of the Common Pleas Court. The Register also is an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the collection of state Inheritance Tax.
The Clerk of the Orphans' Court is responsible for performing the administrative record keeping for the miscellaneous division of the Common Pleas Court. As such, the Clerk is responsible for the accuracy and complete maintenance of case files for accounts (estate trust, guardians) adoptions, appeals, and claims against estates, guardianships, minors' estates, small estate proceedings, trusts, wrongful death actions, as well as sundry other miscellaneous filings. The Clerk of Orphans' Court is also responsible for taking marriage applications and issuing license for couples that wish to be married in Pennsylvania. Marriage records from October 1885 to present are available for viewing along the Birth and Death Records from 1893 to 1906 are available from the Orphans' Court division.