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Bradford County, Pennsylvania (Map It) was created on February 21, 1810 from Luzerene County and Lycoming County. The county was named in honor of William Bradford, second U.ttorney General. Learn More About State of Pennsylvania History
Bradford County is bordered by Chemung County, New York (north), Tioga County, New York (north), Susquehanna County (east), Wyoming County (southeast), Sullivan County (south), Lycoming County (southwest), Tioga County (west). A Map of Bradford County, Pennsylvania contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Bradford County Townships include Albanrmenisyluthens, Burlington, Canton, Columbia, Franklin, Granville, Herrick, Leroy, Litchfield, Monroe, North Towanda, Orwell, Overton, Pike, Ridgebury, Rome, Sheshequin, Smithfield, South Creek, Springfield, Standing Stone, Stevens, Terry, Towanda, Troy, Tuscarora, Ulster, Warren, Wells, West Burlington, Wilmot, Windham, Wyalusing, Wysox.
Bradford County Boroughs include Albthens, Burlington, Canton, Le Raysville, Monroe, Nlbany, Rome, Sayre, South Waverly, Sylvania, Towanda, Troy, Wyalusing. See also Bradford County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.
Bradford County, Pennsylvania Courthouse 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 Bradford 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.
- Bradford County Recorder of Deeds / Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Land Records from 1812, Marriage & Probate Records from 1812 and Birth & Death Records from before Jan 1906. 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. 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.
- Bradford County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has Court & Divorce Records from 1812. 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.
- Bradford County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
Bradford County, Pennsylvania Census Records
- Learn More: State of Pennsylvania Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Bradford County, Pennsylvania Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Pennsylvania Vital Records
- Birth & Death Records: 1906 to present.
- Marriage Records: does not have marriage records. The marriage records should be available in the County Court House.
- Divorce Records: does not have marriage records. The marriage records should be available in the County Court House.
- Locations: Pennsylvania Office of Vital Statistics, Pennsylvania State Archives
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Division of Vital Records, 101 South Mercer Street, Central Building, Room 401, New Castle, PA 16103; PH (724) 656-3100
Bradford County, Pennsylvania Resources
- Pennsylvania Archives - Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission series contains records of pennsylvania, from 1664 to 1780, and includes military, marriage, tax and land records. This is a Free Database.
- Bradford County Historical Society
- Bradford Landmark Society
- Bradford County, Pennsylvania Message Boards
- Bradford County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Bradford County
Bradford County, Pennsylvania External Links
- Historical Maps of Bradford County, Pennsylvania - PA D.O.T.
- Historical Newspapers from Pennsylvania (1719 - 1997)
- The Bradford Era (Bradford, Pennsylvania)
- The Era (Bradford, Pennsylvania)
- Bradford County, Pennsylvania Books - Amazon
- Bradford Co., Pennsylvania - FindaGrave
- History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania
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