Clinton County, Pennsylvania Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Clinton County Register and Recorders Office
230 East Water Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
(570) 893-4010

Historical Facts

Named for DeWitt Clinton, seventh Governor of New York.

Parent Counties

21 June 1839: Clinton County was created from Lycoming and Centre Counties. [1]

Boundary Changes [2]

  • 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.

Neighboring Counties

Cameron | Centre | Clearfield | Lycoming | Potter | Union

Record Loss


Bible Records


Find a Grave


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

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

Clinton County Register & Recorder
230 East Water Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
Phone: (570) 893-4010

Due to the lack of vital records for Pennsylvania, land records are an important tool in early Pennsylvania research. Land records will list the sellor and purchaser of the property and may hide clues to family connections. Land records for Clinton are available from the Recorder of Deeds for 1839 to the present.


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




Indentured Servants


Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records


Family History Centers

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

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. 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].