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Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Facts

Lackawanna County

When was Lackawanna County, PA Created?
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".

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

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

Lackawanna County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Lackawanna County, PA?
Municipalities located in Lackawanna County include 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, PA Vital Records

Where can find Lackawanna County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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, PA Census Records

What Lackawanna County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lackawanna County guide you in researching 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 you with your research. See Also Pennsylvania Census Records Research Guide

Lackawanna County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Lackawanna County Courthouse

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

  • 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.
  • Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993
  • Early Pennsylvania Land Records  
  • BLM Land Records

Lackawanna County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lackawanna Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lackawanna Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

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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