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Clinton County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clinton County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Map of the U.S. highlighting Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
Founded June 21, 1839
County Seat Lock Haven
Clinton County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
Address Clinton County Courthouse
230 East Water Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Clinton County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Lycoming and Centre Counties 21 June 1839.[1]
  • County Seat: Lock Haven
  • Neighboring Counties: Clinton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Elk and Cameron (north) • Clinton (northeast) • Jefferson (west) • Cambria (south) • Blair (southeast)  • Centre (east)  • Indiana (southwest)

Named for DeWitt Clinton, seventh Governor of New York.

Boundary Changes [3]

  • 27 January 1750: When Cumberland County was formed, it included part of the southern portion of today's Clinton County. The rest of today's Clinton County were not included in any county until 1785
  • 14 October 1751: When Berks County was created, a portion of southwestern Clinton County was included in it.
  • 9 March 1771: Bedford County was created taking the portion of today's Clinton County that was in Cumberland County.
  • 21 March 1772: When Northumberland County was created, the southern portion of today's Clinton County which was formerly in Bedford and Berks Counties was included in Northumberland County.
  • 1785: The northern portion of today's Clinton County was annexed to Northumberland County; thus, all of the county was part of Northumberland County.
  • 19 September 1789: When Mifflin County was formed, southern part of today's Clinton County became part of it.; the remainder (approx. 80%) stayed in Northumberland County.
  • 13 April 1795: When Lycoming County was created, the portion that was in Northumberland County was absorbed into Lycoming County; the remainder stayed in Mifflin County.
  • 13 February 1800: Centre County was created, the northern portion remained in Lycoming County while the southern half became part of Centre County.
  • 29 March 1860: When Cameron County was formed, the boundaries of Clinton County became final.


Bible Records


Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories


Family History Library Findagrave.com


WorldCat Names in Stone

USGenWeb-tombstone photos

Billion Graves

Pennsylvania Genealogy


Pennsylvania Gravestones

Billion Graves

Names in Stone



Access Genealogy

See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Clinton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.

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Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clinton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational

Court Records

Court of Common Pleas
Clerk of the Court
Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Groups





Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Clinton County began in 1839. These records are filed with the Register and Recorder office in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, and maps. Property records include liens as well as livestock brands and estray records.

The following are examples of available resources:

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

Note that the "Maps" section below includes maps related to land ownership.

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clinton County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:


Ancestor Tracks has posted free downloadable images from the 1862 Map of Clinton County, Pennsylvania from Actual Surveys under the Direction of H.F. Walling drawn by F.W. Beers.  This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing.  While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not to be used commercially.  We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.



Naturalization and Citizenship


Clinton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, historical/genealogical societies, college or university libraries, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.

For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers

Newspapers of Clinton County

Online Newspapers

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

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Excerpts and Abstracts

  • The Lock Haven Express, Clinton County Centennial Edition of the Lock Haven Express, 1839-1939 (SLC, Utah, 1974) FHL film 963339 item 2

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Newspaper heading

Online Obituary Abstracts

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

  • Hoffer, Mary E. and many others, Church records, Sugar Valley, Clinton Co., Pa. [and] Logan and Green Twps., Pa., 1852-1956 : members, marriages, baptisms, births (S.I.:Pennsylvania State Society D.A.R., 1977) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.854 K29d
  • Wion, John H., Deaths in Central Pennsylvania; an Index to the Obituaries Appearing in the Democratic Watchman, Bellefonte, PA(S.I.:s.n., 1969) FHL book 974.8 V4w Volume 1,2 An alphabetical listing with name and death date.


Indentured Servants


Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Clinton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.

Online Probate Records

Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch.org. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:

Complete Collection:

Clinton County Only:



Clinton County Government
232 East Main Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Phone: 570.893.400
Hours: M-T, Th-F 8 am - 5 pm, W 8 am - 12:30 pm

The Register and Recorder's Office is located on the first floor of the Courthouse. The Register and Recorder's Office holds all records relating to land transfers and estate files from 1839-present as well as Marriage records from October 1885-present. The office also holds birth and death records for 1893-1905. The office also handles genealogy requests.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Clinton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy is the Lock Haven Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.


Clinton County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 393
Lock Haven, PA 17745-0393

Clinton County Historical Society
362 East Water Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Phone: (570) 748-7254


Vital Records

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. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.


Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Births Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Clinton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy clerk's office for these records.

  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years.
  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.

Divorce records are handled by the office of the Prothonotary. While no on-line indexes or records are available, records may be obtained by visiting or writing to the Prothonotary at:

Clinton County Prothonotary Office
230 East Water Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Phone: (570) 893-4007
E-mail: mvilello@clintoncountypa.com


Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Deaths Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clinton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites


Populated Places


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
  3. Pennsylvania line : a research guide to Pennsylvania genealogy and local history, 1990 ed. (Laughlintown, Pa.: Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, 1990), [FHL book 974.8 D27p 1990].