Potter County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Guide2016-06-02T16:28:43+00:00

Potter County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Guide

Potter County, Pennsylvania (Map It) was created on March 26, 1804 from Lycoming County. The county was named in honor of James Potter, Revolutionary War general . Learn More About State of Pennsylvania History

Potter County is bordered by Allegany County, New York (north), Steuben County, New York (northeast), Tioga County (east), Lycoming County (southeast), Clinton County (south), Cameron County (southwest), McKean County (west). A Map of Potter County, Pennsylvania contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Potter County Townships include  Abbotllegany, Bingham, Clara, East Fork, Eulalia, Genesee, Harrison, Hebron, Hector, Homer, Keating, Oswayo, Pike, Pleasant Valley, Portage, Roulette, Sharon, Stewardson, Summit, Sweden, Sylvania, Ulysses, West Branch, Wharton.

Potter County Boroughs include  Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, Oswayo, Shinglehouse, Ulysses. See also Potter County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Potter County, Pennsylvania Courthouse Records

Potter County Townships Map
Potter County Townships Map

Potter County, PA Courthouse

The Potter County Courthouse is located in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Attached to Lycoming County until 1814 and to McKean County for judicial purposes, Potter County was not fully organized until 1835. 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 Potter 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.

  • Potter County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1806. 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.
  • Potter County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has Court & Divorce Records from 1836. 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.
  • Potter County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Marriage & Probate Records from 1836 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.
  • Potter County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.

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Potter County, Pennsylvania Vital Records

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