Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy

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Guide to Lycoming County, Pennsylvania ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Williamsport
Organized: April 13, 1795
Parent County(s): Northumberland[1]
Neighboring Counties
Tioga  • Clinton  • Columbia  • Union  • Montour  • Northumberland  • Sullivan  • Bradford  • Potter
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after the Lycoming Creek. It is located in the north-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lycoming County Courthouse
48 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: 570-327-2200
Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts: 570–327-2251
Register and Recorder Office: 570–327-2263
Lycoming County Register of Wills/Orphan's Court Clerk: Phone: 570-327-2263
Lycoming County Website

County Clerk has birth records 1893-1905, death records 1893-1898, marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1850, and land records from 1795
Prothonotary Court has divorce and court records from 1795
The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA is the major source of Lycoming County genealogical info.[3]

Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1893 1885 1893 1795 1795 1850 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1906. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

The county was divided several times into a large number of counties. [7]

For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps" (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 5,414
1810 11,006 103.3%
1820 13,517 22.8%
1830 17,636 30.5%
1840 22,649 28.4%
1850 26,257 15.9%
1860 37,399 42.4%
1870 47,626 27.3%
1880 57,486 20.7%
1890 70,579 22.8%
1900 75,663 7.2%
1910 80,813 6.8%
1920 83,100 2.8%
1930 93,421 12.4%
1940 93,633 0.2%
1950 101,249 8.1%
1960 109,367 8.0%
1970 113,296 3.6%
1980 118,416 4.5%
1990 118,710 0.2%
2000 120,044 1.1%
2010 116,111 −3.3%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. For members, they may contain: age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage date and maiden name; death/burial date. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, see Pennsylvania Church Records.

County-wide Database – Multi-denominational

Lycoming County Pennsylvania
Contains the church records of:
  • Jersey Shore: Epworth United Methodist Church; First United Methodist Church; Lutheran Church; Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Lock Haven: United Methodist Church
  • Montgomery: First United Methodist Church
  • Montoursville: Bethany Lutheran Church; United Methodist Church
  • Muncy: St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Muncy
  • Newberry: United Methodist Church
  • Oriole: Oriole United Methodist Church
  • Picture Rocks: United Methodist Church, Picture Rocks Charge
  • Quiggleville: Central PA Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Williamsport: Christ Episcopal Church; Christ United Methodist Church; Covenant Central Presbyterian Church; First Baptist Church; First United Methodist Church; Immanuel German Reformed Church; Pine Street United Methodist Church; Presbyterian Church; St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church; St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church; St. Luke's Lutheran Church; St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. Paul Methodist Church; St. Paul's Lutheran Church; United Methodist Church; Wesley United Methodist Church

Union churches were formed in many townships. These churches met with their respective congregations, but shared the church property with those of other faiths. They were called Union churches. [9]

Of the main religious sects, the Baptists were one of the last to come to Lycoming County. Hughesville settlers were largely Baptist. They founded their church in 1849.[9] Baptists organized in Muncy (1841), Jersey Shore (1842), Montgomery (1832), and other locations in the county.

Episcopalian circuit riders were in Lycoming County as early as 1797. Congregations were established in Muncy (1819), Mountoursville, Williamsport, and other locations in the county.

Lutherans were prominent from very early in the history of Lycoming County. Churches were organized in Muncy Creek (pre-1800), Muncy (1852), Jersey Shore (1869), Mountoursville, Williamsport, Montgomery, Huntersville (Trinity Church), and other locations in the county.

Frieden's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jackson Township

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, Washington Township

Methodism was popular early in Lycoming County history. Preaching began as early as 1821. Congregations were formed in Muncy (1821), Jersey Shore (1829), Mountoursville, Hughesville, Mill Creek (Centennial, 1800), and other locations in the county.

Methodist Episcopal
Williamsport was the site of one of the early Methodist Epsicopal churches in Lycoming County.

Presbyterians established congregations throughout Lycoming County. Towns with churches included Muncy (1834), Jersey Shore (1793), Mountoursville, Montgomery, and other locations in the county.

Jersey Shore Presbyterian Church

Mount Zion Presbyterian Church, McIntyre Township

Presbyterian Church, Newberry

Presbyterian Church, Pennsdale

United Brethren
United Brethren met in Williamsport as early as 1886.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

For information about records kept in the Orphan's court, Prothonotary Court, Court of Common Pleas, and other courts in counties of Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Court Records Wiki page.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

For online resources, passenger lists, and specific groups coming to Pennsylvania, see Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration.

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

For groups that came, see People section of the Pennsylvania Emigration page.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

  • Bastian-Maneval Funeral Home is in Williamsport, Lycoming County, but their records include many with ties to Bradford and Tioga Counties.Bastian-Maneval website

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

The Orphan's Court ensures the best interests of those not capable of handling their own affairs: minors, incapacitated persons, decedents' estates, and more.[11]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a specific location and reveal family relationships. Records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, maps and more. For more information, see Pennsylvania Land and Property.

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Land records in Lycoming County began in 1804. These records are filed with the Register and Recorders office in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. For more information, see Pennsylvania Naturalization

Naturalization records for Lycoming County, Pennsylvania include the following: Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Newspapers may contain obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings. Newspapers are often found in local or university libraries, historical or genealogical societies, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published. See Pennsylvania Newspapers for more information.

Newspapers of Lycoming County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died or where family members lived. Local libraries or societies may have indexes or other sources.

Online Obituary Abstracts

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Lycoming County are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates; appointments of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills; inheritance tax appeals, and various petitions and motions.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1798 Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at Ancestry ($).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. For the most complete set of records, contact the County Orphans' Court.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. For more information, see Pennsylvania Vital Records.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania marriages were created by county officials. Contact Lycoming County Courthouse

Death[edit | edit source]

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. For indexes and records, 1906 and later, see Pennsylvania Vital Records.

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary Lycoming County Courthouse.

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Lycoming County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.

National Archives at Philadelphia
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096
Phone: 215-305-2044
Fax: 215-305-2052

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Lycoming County. For state-wide library facilities, see Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.

James V. Brown Library
19 East Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: 570-326-0536
Contact the library
Collection includes local newspapers 1807-present on microfilm (Online Newspaper Index), local history, Williamsport City Directories, and high school yearbooks.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society
858 W. Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701-5824
Phone: 570-326-3326
Collections include deeds, maps, manuscripts, local and county histories, and city directories.

Muncy Historical Society & Museum
P.O. Box 11
Muncy, PA 17756
Phone: 570-546-5917

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Lycoming County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Pennsylvania Societies.

Lycoming County Genealogical Society
858 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701-5824
Phone: 570–326-3326

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2.,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/12/2017
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002) Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, p.591
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennsylvania.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Lycoming County, Pennsylvania," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 27 January 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania (Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk and Co., 1892). WorldCat 35267167 FHL book 974.851 H2h.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  11. The Philadelphia Courts at Common Pleas accessed 10 July 2012