Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Lycoming County

Lycoming County was established on April 13, 1795, from Northumberland County. The county was named for the Lycoming Creek, itself named for the Lenape word iacomicmeaning "great steam".

Currently the Lycoming County Seat is located in Williamsport and in addition the county government website is www.lyco.org

Counties adjacent to Lycoming County are Tioga County (north), Bradford County (northeast), Sullivan County (east), Columbia County (southeast), Montour County (south), Northumberland County (south), Union County (south), Clinton County (west), Potter County (northwest).

Municipalities situated in Lycoming County consist of Townships: Anthony, Armstrong, Bastress, Brady, Brown Township (includes the villages of Cedar Run and Slate Run), Cascade Township (includes the village of Kellyburg), Clinton, Cogan House Township (includes the villages of Beech Grove, Brookside, Cogan House, and White Pine), Cummings Township (includes the village of Waterville), Eldred Township (includes the village of Warrensville), Fairfield, Franklin Township (includes the village of Lairdsville), Gamble Township (includes the village of Calvert), Hepburn Township (includes the villages of Balls Mills, Cogan Station (partially, also in Lycoming Township) and Hepburnville), Jackson Township (includes the village of Buttonwood), Jordan Township (includes the villages of Lungerville and Unityville), Lewis Township (includes the villages of Bodines, Field Station, and Trout Run), Limestone Township (includes the villages of Collomsville, Oriole, and Oval), Loyalsock, Lycoming Township (includes the villages of Cogan Station (partially, also in Hepburn Township) and Quiggleville), McHenry Township (includes the villages of Cammal, Haneyville, Jersey Mills, and Okome), McIntyre Township (includes the villages of Marsh Hill and Ralston), McNett Township (includes the villages of Chemung, Ellenton, Leolyn, Penbryn, and Roaring Branch), Mifflin, Mill Creek Township (includes part of the village of Huntersville (also in Wolf Township)), Moreland Township (includes the village of Opp), Muncy Creek Township (includes the village of Clarkstown), Muncy Township (includes the village of Pennsdale), Nippenose Township (includes the village of Antes Fort), Old Lycoming Township (includes the census-designated place of Garden View), Penn Township (includes part of the village of Glen Mawr (also in Shrewsbury Township)), Piatt Township (includes the village of Larryville), Pine Township (includes the villages of English Center and Oregon Hill), Plunketts Creek Township (includes the villages of Barbours and Proctor), Porter, Shrewsbury Township (includes the villages of Glen Mawr (partially, also in Penn Township) and Tivoli), Susquehanna Township (includes the village of Nisbet), Upper Fairfield Township (includes the villages of Farragut and Loyalsockville), Washington Township (includes the village of Elimsport), Watson Township (includes the village of Tombs Run), Wolf Township (includes part of the village of Huntersville (also in Mill Creek Township)), Woodward Township (includes the village of Linden). Boroughs: Duboistown, Hughesville, Jersey Shore, Montgomery, Montoursville, Muncy, Picture Rocks, Salladasburg, South Williamsport. Cities & Towns: Williamsport. See also Lycoming County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Lycoming 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 Lycoming 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.

Lycoming 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.

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

Lycoming County Society and Family History Resources

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

Lycoming County Courthouse and Government Records

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

  • Lycoming County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 48 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
    • Phone: (570) 327-2200
  • Lycoming 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) 327-2263
    • Land Records: 1795
  • Lycoming 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) 327-2251
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1795
  • Lycoming 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) 327-2263
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1795 
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Lycoming County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.

Lycoming County Links

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

Lycoming Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lycoming Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lycoming Co. PA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lycoming Co. PA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lycoming Co. PA Census Records

Lycoming Co. PA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lycoming Co. PA Church & Bible Records

Lycoming Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lycoming Co. PA General and History Websites

Lycoming Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Lycoming Co. PA Military Records

Lycoming Co. PA Schools & Directories

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