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Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lycoming County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Location of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
Founded April 13, 1795
County Seat Williamsport
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Address Lycoming County Courthouse
48 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

Lycoming County was originally named Jefferson County (not the current Jefferson County) in honor of Thomas Jefferson. This name proved to be unsatisfactory. The name change went through several steps. First a change to Lycoming County was rejected, next the name Susquehanna County (not the current Susquehanna County) was struck down as was Muncy County, before the legislature revisited and settled on Lycoming County for Lycoming Creek the stream that was the center of the pre-Revolutionary border dispute.

Boundary Changes

The county was divided several times into a large number of counties. [1]


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

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 Lycoming 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.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

County-wide Database – Multi-denominational
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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 [3]


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.[4] 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.


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.

United Brethren

United Brethren met in Williamsport as early as 1886.

Court Records

Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy court records are housed at the Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be available at a local Family History Center. Call ahead for availability.

Court of Common Pleas

{The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[5]

Clerk of the Court

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[6] For the Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.


The office of the Prothonotary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax liens, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the Courthouse section on this page for the Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Prothonotary office information.

The Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts office is located under Elected Officials at the Lycoming County Government page.

Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)

Emigration and Immigration

For information about emigration into Pennsylvania, see the Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration page.

Ethnic Groups





Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Lycoming County began in 1804. These records are filed with the Register and Recorders office in Williamsport, 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 also 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 Lycoming County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:


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Ancestor Tracks has posted free downloadable images from the 1873 Atlas of Lycoming County Pennsylvania from Actual Surveys by and under the Direction of Beach Nichols, published by A. Poweroy & Co.  This atlas 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 be used commercially.  We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.



Naturalization and Citizenship

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

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.

Naturalization records available for Lycoming County, Pennsylvania include the following:

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records


Lycoming 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 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 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


Indentured Servants


Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Lycoming 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.

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:


  • The Pennsylvania Archives collection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.


Lycoming County Courthouse
48 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts
Regular hours, Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 570–327-2251

Register and Recorder's Office
Courthouse, 1st floor
Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 570–327-2263

Family History Centers

Lycoming County Genealogical Society
858 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701-5824
Phone: 570–326-3326 ask for the library extension
The genealogical collection is housed in the Taber Museum. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., or by appointment The collection includes over 2,000 rare documents and books, including deeds, maps, manuscript collections, local and county histories, township tax records and city directories. The society has photographed nearly all headstones in the county. Copies are available from the society. Holdings also include indexed county naturalization records. 

If you would like someone to conduct family research for you, you may contact the Genealogical Society, either at the museum’s phone number (570-326-3326) or at the Genealogical Society’s email


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

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.

  • 1726-1930 Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Births – ($) Index with images.

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


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

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
  • 1852-1854 - Pennsylvania Marriages – ($) Index with images.
  • 1885-1950 - Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950 Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.


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 – ($) Index with images.

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


Populated Places


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  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
  3. John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois : Brown, Runk &amp; Co., 1892). FamilySearch Books OnlineFree online digital copy WorldCat 35267167 FHL book 974.851 H2h
  4. John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois : Brown, Runk &amp; Co., 1892). FamilySearch Books OnlineFree online digital copy WorldCat 35267167 FHL book 974.851 H2h
  5. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania accessed 10 July 2012.
  6. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in (accessed 25 Aug 2012)