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Columbia County, Pennsylvania
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Columbia County, Pennsylvania Facts

Columbia County

When was Columbia County, PA Created?
Columbia County was established on March 22, 1813 from part of Northumberland County and Luzerne County. The county was named for Columbia, the first popular and poetic name for the United States.

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

What counties are adjacent to Columbia County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Sullivan County (north), Luzerne County (east), Schuylkill County (south), Northumberland County (southwest), Montour County (west), Lycoming County (northwest).

Columbia County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Columbia County, PA?
Municipalities located in Columbia County include Townships: Beaver, Benton, Briar Creek, Catawissa, Cleveland, Conyngham, Fishing Creek, Franklin, Greenwood, Hemlock, Jackson, Locust, Madison, Main, Mifflin, Montour, Mount Pleasant, North Centre, Orange, Pine, Roaring Creek, Scott, South Centre, Sugarloaf. Boroughs: Ashland (partial), Benton, Berwick, Briar Creek, Catawissa, Centralia, Millville, Orangeville, Stillwater. See also Columbia County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Columbia County, PA Vital Records

Where can find Columbia County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Columbia 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 Columbia 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.

Columbia County, PA Census Records

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

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

Columbia County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Columbia County Courthouse

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

  • Columbia County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 35 West Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
    • Phone: (570) 784-1991
  • Columbia 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: 570-389-5632
    • Land Records: 1813
  • Columbia 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: 570-389-5614
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1813
  • Columbia 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: 570-389-5632
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1813
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Columbia 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
  • Marriage records of Columbia & Montour Counties  
  • Early Pennsylvania Land Records  
  • BLM Land Records

Columbia County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Columbia County, PA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Columbia 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.

Columbia Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Columbia Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Columbia Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Columbia Co. PA General and History Websites

Columbia Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Columbia Co. PA Military Records

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