Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Genealogy and Facts
Northumberland County was established on March 21, 1772, from parts of Berks County, Bedford County, Cumberland County, Lancaster County and Northampton County. The county was named for the English county of Northumberland.
Currently the Northumberland County Seat is located in Sunbury and in addition the county government website is www.northumberlandco.org
Counties adjacent to Northumberland County are Lycoming County (north), Montour County (northeast), Columbia County (east), Schuylkill County (southeast), Dauphin County (south), Perry County (southwest), Juniata County (west), Snyder County (west), Union County (west).
Municipalities situated in Northumberland County consist of Townships: Coal, Delaware, East Cameron, East Chillisquaque, Jackson, Jordan, Lewis, Little Mahanoy, Lower Augusta, Lower Mahanoy, Mount Carmel, Point, Ralpho, Rockefeller, Rush, Shamokin, Turbot, Upper Augusta, Upper Mahanoy, Washington, West Cameron, West Chillisquaque, Zerbe. Boroughs: Herndon, Kulpmont, Marion Heights, McEwensville, Milton, Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Riverside, Snydertown, Turbotville, Watsontown. Cities & Towns: Shamokin, Sunbury. See also Northumberland County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.
Northumberland County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Northumberland Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Northumberland Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Northumberland 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.
Northumberland County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Northumberland County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Pennsylvania State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Pennsylvania Archives - Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (fold3.com) series contains records of pennsylvania, from 1664 to 1780, and includes military, marriage, tax and land records. This is a Free Database.
- Northumberland County Historical Society , 1150 North Front St., Sunbury, PA 17801-1126; (717) 286-4083
- Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Pioneers, 1150 N. Front Street, Sunbury, PA 17801
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Northumberland County
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Northumberland County
Northumberland County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers often forget the great importance of Northumberland 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 Northumberland 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 Northumberland County. The dates indicated listed below tend to be the first known records data with this county.
- Northumberland County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 201 Market Street, Sunbury, PA 17801
- Phone: (570) 988-4100
- Northumberland 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: 570-988-4143
- Land Records: 1770
- Northumberland 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: 570-988-4148
- Court & Divorce Records: 1771
- Northumberland 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: 570-988-4143
- Marriage & Probate Records: 1771
- Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
- Northumberland County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
- 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.
Northumberland County Links
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Northumberland 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 Northumberland County genealogy or family history related sites.
Northumberland Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Northumberland Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications
Northumberland Co. PA Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Northumberland Co. PA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Northumberland Co. PA Census Records
Northumberland Co. PA Cemeteries & Graveyards
Northumberland Co. PA Church & Bible Records
- See Also Statewide Church & Bible Records for Pennsylvania
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1774-1846: Schwaben Creek (search.ancestry.com)
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1777-1854: Stone Valley Lutheran and Reformed Congregations (search.ancestry.com)
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1851-92: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (search.ancestry.com)
- Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 (search.ancestry.com)
- Topographic Church List and Map for Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (topozone.com)
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania Church Books (amazon.com)
Northumberland Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Northumberland Co. PA General and History Websites
- See Also State History for Pennsylvania
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
- History and topography of Northumberland, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Centre, Union, Columbia, Juniata and Clinton Counties, Pa. : emb (search.ancestry.com)
- Liberty High School : a brief account, historical and descriptive, of the structure, the school system of which it forms a part (search.ancestry.com)
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania Wiki (familysearch.org)
- Northumberland Co. PA Genealogy (kindredtrails.com)
- Family History Library (familysearch.org)
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (linkpendium.com)
- Cyndi's List - United States - Pennsylvania - Counties - Northumberland (cyndislist.com)
- Northumberland County Pennsylvania (genealogytrails.com)
- Northumberland Co. PAGenweb (rootsweb.ancestry.com)
- Northumberland County Genealogy Queries (cousinconnect.com)
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives (usgwarchives.net)
- Northumberland Co. Data Collections (search.ancestry.com)
Northumberland Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization
Northumberland Co. PA Military Records