Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
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Lackawanna County

Lackawanna County was established on August 13, 1878 from Luzerne County. The county was named for the Lackawanna River, itself named for the Lenape word meaning "stream that forks".

Currently the Lackawanna County Seat is located in Scranton and in addition the county government website is www.lackawannacounty.org

Counties adjacent to Lackawanna County are Susquehanna County (north), Wayne County (east), Monroe County (southeast), Luzerne County (southwest), Wyoming County (west).

Municipalities situated in Lackawanna County consist of Townships: Abington, Benton, Carbondale, Clifton, Covington, Elmhurst, Fell, Glenburn, Greenfield, Jefferson, La Plume, Madison, Newton, North Abington, Ransom, Roaring Brook, Scott, South Abington, Spring Brook, Thornhurst, West Abington. Boroughs: Archbald, Blakely, Clarks Green, Clarks Summit, Dalton, Dickson City, Dunmore, Jermyn, Jessup, Mayfield, Moosic, Moscow, Old Forge, Olyphant, Taylor, Throop, Vandling. See also Lackawanna County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Lackawanna 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 Lackawanna 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.

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

Lackawanna Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Lackawanna Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1880. Lackawanna 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.

Lackawanna County Society and Family History Resources

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

Lackawanna County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often forget the great importance of Lackawanna 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 Lackawanna 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 Lackawanna County. The dates indicated listed below tend to be the first known records data with this county.

  • Lackawanna County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 North Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503
    • Phone: (570) 963-6708
  • Lackawanna 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.
    • Address: 135 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503
    • Phone: 570-963-6775
    • Land Records: 1878
  • Lackawanna 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: 570-963-6773
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1878
  • Lackawanna 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
    • Address:  507 Linden Street Ave. Scranton, PA 18503
    • Phone: (570)963-6702 or fax at (570) 963-6377
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1878 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Lackawanna County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.

Lackawanna County Links

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

Lackawanna Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lackawanna Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lackawanna Co. PA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lackawanna Co. PA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lackawanna Co. PA Census Records

Lackawanna Co. PA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lackawanna Co. PA Church & Bible Records

Lackawanna Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lackawanna Co. PA General and History Websites

Lackawanna Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Lackawanna Co. PA Military Records

Lackawanna Co. PA Schools & Directories

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