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Carbon County, Pennsylvania

Carbon County

Carbon County was established on March 13, 1843 from parts of Monroe County and Northampton County. The county was named for Carbon, the element found in coal.

Currently the Carbon County Seat is located in Jim Thorpe and in addition the county government website is

Counties adjacent to Carbon County are Luzerne County (north), Monroe County (east), Northampton County (southeast), Lehigh County (south), Schuylkill County (southwest).

Municipalities situated in Carbon County consist of Townships: Banks, East Penn, Franklin, Kidder, Lausanne, Lehigh, Lower Towamensing, Mahoning, Packer, Penn Forest, Towamensing. Boroughs: Beaver Meadows, Bowmanstown, East Side, Jim Thorpe, Lansford, Lehighton, Nesquehoning, Palmerton, Parryville, Summit Hill, Weatherly, Weissport. See also Carbon County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Carbon 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 Carbon 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.

Carbon County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Carbon Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Carbon Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Carbon 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.

Carbon County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Carbon County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Carbon County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often forget the great importance of Carbon 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 Carbon 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.

You should speak to the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts in advance of visiting or looking for information because of sometimes changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of employees will guide individuals in locating the materials, but it's up to the man or women to complete the researching.

The below information and facts shows whatever death, marriage, birth,, land, wills, and legal records are typically in Carbon County. The dates indicated listed below tend to be the first known records data with this county.

  • Carbon County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 South Center Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931
    • Phone: (570) 325-2261
  • Carbon County Recorder of Deeds 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.
    • Phone: 570-325-2651
    • Land Records: 1843
  • Carbon 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: 570-325-3637
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1843
  • Carbon County 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) 325-2261
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1843 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Carbon County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.

Carbon County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Carbon 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 Carbon County genealogy or family history related sites.

Carbon Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Carbon Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Carbon Co. PA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Carbon Co. PA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Carbon Co. PA Census Records

Carbon Co. PA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Carbon Co. PA Church & Bible Records

Carbon Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Carbon Co. PA General and History Websites

Carbon Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Carbon Co. PA Military Records

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