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Bradford County, Pennsylvania Facts

Bradford County

When was Bradford County, PA Created?
Bradford County was established on February 21, 1810 from Luzerene County and Lycoming County (originally named Ontario County; renamed and formally organized in 1812). The county was named in honor of William Bradford, second U.S. Attorney General.

What is the County Seat of Bradford County, PA?
The County Seat is located in Towanda and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Bradford County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Chemung County, New York (north), Tioga County, New York (north), Susquehanna County (east), Wyoming County (southeast), Sullivan County (south), Lycoming County (southwest), Tioga County (west).

Bradford County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Bradford County, PA?
Municipalities located in Bradford County include Townships: Albany, Armenia, Asylum, Athens, Burlington, Canton, Columbia, Franklin, Granville, Herrick, Leroy, Litchfield, Monroe, North Towanda, Orwell, Overton, Pike, Ridgebury, Rome, Sheshequin, Smithfield, South Creek, Springfield, Standing Stone, Stevens, Terry, Towanda, Troy, Tuscarora, Ulster, Warren, Wells, West Burlington, Wilmot, Windham, Wyalusing, Wysox. Boroughs: Alba, Athens, Burlington, Canton, Le Raysville, Monroe, New Albany, Rome, Sayre, South Waverly, Sylvania, Towanda, Troy, Wyalusing. See also Bradford County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Bradford County, PA Vital Records

Where can find Bradford County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bradford County vital records can be found at the Pennsylvania Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records since 1906 and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Pennsylvania for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

You can search online for Bradford County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Pennsylvania  Birth CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail. Walk-in service is available at any of these six public offices: Erie, Harrisburg, New Castle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton.

Bradford County, PA Census Records

What Bradford County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bradford County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bradford Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bradford Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bradford Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Pennsylvania Census Records Research Guide

Bradford County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Bradford County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bradford County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Bradford County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Pennsylvania Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Bradford County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 301 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848
    • Phone: (570) 265-1702
  • Bradford County Recorder of Deeds / Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk is responsible for recording documents related to property. Documents recorded consist of, but are not limited to, deeds, mortgages, restrictions, notaries, public and elected county officers. Other documents, such as Military Service Discharges, foreign birth certificates, as well as obscure documents like cattle brands, are also recorded here. Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk are often the same person, sometimes sharing the responsibility of the recorder of deeds and clerk of courts as well. The Register of Wills' principal duties include probating wills and accepting for filing all documents necessary to complete the administration of a decedent's estate. The Clerk of Orphans' Court, our office serves as the filing office and custodian of records for matters involving adoptions, guardianships and estate litigation. The office also issues all marriage licenses. Since 1885 the clerk of the orphans' court in each county has had the responsibility of recording marriages
    • Phone: (570) 265-1702
    • Land Records: 1812
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1812 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Bradford County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has been the clerk of court of common pleas since 1707. Court records here include divorces, naturalizations, peddlers' licenses, registration of attorneys, oaths of county officers, equity, sheriff's sales, juror lists, some tax records, and some civil court records.Other court records are with the clerk of courts.
    • Phone: (570) 265-1705
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1812
  • Bradford County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
  • Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993
  • Early Pennsylvania Land Records  
  • BLM Land Records

Bradford County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bradford County, PA?
A list of Bradford County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Pennsylvania Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Bradford County, PA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bradford County, PA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bradford County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is basically a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Bradford Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bradford Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bradford Co. PA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Bradford Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bradford Co. PA General and History Websites

Bradford Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Bradford Co. PA Military Records

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