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