Northumberland County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Guide

Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (Map It) was created 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. Learn More About State of Pennsylvania History

Northumberland County is bordered by 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). A Map of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Northumberland County Townships include  Coal, Delaware, East Cameron, East Chillisquaque, Jackson, Jordan, Lewis, Little Mahanoy, Lowugusta, Lower Mahanoy, Mount Carmel, Point, Ralpho, Rockefeller, Rush, Shamokin, Turbot, Uppugusta, Upper Mahanoy, Washington, West Cameron, West Chillisquaque, Zerbe.

Northumberland County Boroughs include  Herndon, Kulpmont, Marion Heights, McEwensville, Milton, Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Riverside, Snydertown, Turbotville, Watsontown.

Northumberland County Cities & Towns include Shamokin, Sunbury. See also Northumberland County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

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Northumberland County Townships Map
Northumberland County Townships Map

Northumberland County, PA Courthouse

The Northumberland County Courthouse is located in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Learn More About State of Pennsylvania Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Northumberland county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Northumberland County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1770. The 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.
  • Northumberland County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has Court & Divorce Records from 1771. The 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.
  • Northumberland County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Marriage & Probate Records from 1771 and Birth & Death Records from before Jan 1906. The 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.
  • Northumberland County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.

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