Place:McKean, Pennsylvania, United States

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McKean County is a rural county located on the New York border in the northwest of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is part of a sparsely populated region known as the "Pennsylvania Wilds", including the Allegheny National Forest. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,450. Its county seat is Smethport. The county was named in honor of former Pennsylvania Governor and Declaration of Independence signer Thomas McKean. McKean County is home of "The Zippo Lighter" and boasts of being "The Black Cherry Capital of the World."

McKean County was founded because of its natural resources of oil and timber, both of which continue to provide a significant input to the economy. Today, a university, rural medical center, and a number of manufacturing companies balance the economy of this area.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1804 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1810 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1827 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1827 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1810 142
1820 728
1830 1,439
1840 2,975
1850 5,254
1860 8,859
1870 8,825
1880 42,565
1890 46,863
1900 51,343
1910 47,868
1920 48,934
1930 55,167
1940 56,673
1950 56,607
1960 54,517
1970 51,915
1980 50,635
1990 47,131

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to McKean County family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, censuses, wills, deeds, county histories, cemeteries, churches, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.
  • www.rootsweb.com/~pamckean/


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