Courthouse Records – Quarter Sessions

WHERE ARE THE ORIGINAL RECORDS?

Clerk of Courts office

10 East High Street, Room 103
Greene County Courthouse
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370

ABOUT THE RECORDS:

Colonial era to 1968: The Court of Quarter Sessions was originally formed in Pennsylvania’s colonial era and met four times a year, hence the quarterly name, until 1968 when it was abolished by a new state constitution and absorbed into the Court of Common Pleas, which still exists.

Court of Quarter Sessions items include, but are not limited to:

  • Bastardy cases (identify parents of children born outside of marriage)
  • Boundary specifications between townships, boroughs, etc.
  • Criminal matters (except for capital offenses which were handled by Oyer & Terminer Court)
  • Oaths of office
  • Road / bridge authorizations
  • Tavern licenses

For more about the history and responsibilities of the Court of Quarter Sessions visit PennsylvaniaResearch.com

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