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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.
Counties adjacent to Bradford County 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).
Municipalities situated in Bradford County consist of 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 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 Certificate, Death 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into 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 with your research.
A list of Bradford County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often forget the great importance of Bradford County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogical information. Hidden away in Pennsylvania courthouses and archives everywhere are the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Pennsylvania inhabitants. The possibilities are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least several factors of their lives in the Bradford County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not mentioned in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures which may have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
The below information and facts shows whatever death, marriage, birth,, land, wills, and legal records are typically in Bradford County. The dates indicated listed below tend to be the first known records data with this county.
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to provide your own favorite Bradford County genealogy or family history related sites.