Northumberland County is nicknamed “the mother of all counties” for Pennsylvania. Prior to 1786 it covered most of the central and northern part of PA to the NY state line.
In 1786, Luzerne County was created out of central and western Northumberland.
In 1789, Mifflin County was created out of south western Northumberland.
In 1795, Lycoming County was created out of north western Northumberland.
In 1855, Snyder County was created out of northern Northumberland.
County Government Records:
Northumberland County Courthouse
201 Market Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
Phone: (570) 988-4148
- Birth and Death Records*: contact the Register & Recorder for 1893-1905
- Marriage Records: Contact the Register & Recorder for 1885-present
- Divorce Records: contact the Prothonotary for 1885-present
- Probate Records**: contact the Register & Recorder for 1772-present
- Land Records: contact the Register & Recorder for 1772-present
*The State of Pennsylvania began issuing Birth and Death Certificates in 1906. Indices can be found at: www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online
**Images of original Will and Orphan’s Court Books for each county in Pennsylvania can be found online at Family Search in Pennsylvania Probate Records, www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1999196
Historical and Genealogical Repositories:
Northumberland County Historical Society
Charlotte Darrah Walter Genealogical Library
1150 North Front Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
- Surname look-up, list of available names on website
- Tax records
- Cemetery indexes, church records
- Newspapers on microfilm
- Research by mail is available through form on website www.northumberlandcountyhistoricalsociety.org and choose “Genealogy/Research”
Fort Augusta and the Hunter House Museum has artifacts from the early Moravian Colony and French and Indian War. Located at the Northumberland County Historical Society
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