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Guide to Lycoming County, Pennsylvania ancestry, family history and genealogy in courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
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Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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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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Lycoming County Pennsylvania Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
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.

Parent Counties: Formed from Northumberland County 13 April 1795. [2]

County Seat: Williamsport

Neighboring Counties: Lycoming County residents may also have records in: [3]

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.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after the Lycoming Creek. It is located in the North Central area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

The county was divided several times into a large number of counties. [5]

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

Records Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
HomeTownLocator WorldCat BillionGraves
PAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Tombstone Photos PAGravestones
PAGenWeb Epodunk
Pennsylvania Genealogy Access Genealogy
BillionGraves (name) Interment
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]
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 [6]

Baptist[edit | edit source]

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.[6] Baptists organized in Muncy (1841), Jersey Shore (1842), Montgomery (1832), and other locations in the county.

Episcopalian[edit | edit source]

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.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

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

Methodist[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Presbyterian[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

United Brethren met in Williamsport as early as 1886.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

{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 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.[8]

Clerk of the Court[edit | edit source]

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.[9] For the Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.

Prothonotary[edit | edit source]

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.

Orphans' Court[edit | edit source]

See Vital Records
The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters. The name of the Court is derived from the more general definition of "orphan," that being a person or thing that is without protective affiliation or sponsorship. This would include those not capable of handling their own affairs, minors, incapacitated persons, decedents estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts. It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.

It is believed the name of this court was borrowed from the Court of Orphans of the city of London, England which had the care and guardianship of children of deceased citizens, in their minority.[10]

For Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

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

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

Ethnic Groups[edit | edit source]

Germans[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Published Histories[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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.

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

Maps[edit | edit source]

Lycoming County

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

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. 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 for Lycoming County, Pennsylvania include the following:

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Indentured Servants[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Poorhouse, Almshouse[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.

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:

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]
  • 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.

Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]
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]
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]
The genealogical collection is housed in the Taber Museum. 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

Taxation[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. 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.

See also How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]
  • 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

Marriage[edit | edit source]

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

Divorce[edit | edit source]

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

Death[edit | edit source]

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

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:

Lycoming County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Lycoming County Pennsylvania Places[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Lycoming County Pennsylvania Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Page 588-593 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 579-581.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lycoming County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Pennsylvania.
  4.,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/12/2017
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  6. 6.0 6.1 John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania (Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk and Co., 1892). FamilySearch Digital LibraryFree online digital copy WorldCat 35267167 FHL book 974.851 H2h.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  8. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania accessed 10 July 2012.
  9. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  10. The Philadelphia Courts at accessed 10 July 2012