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Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
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Founded February 16, 1813
County Seat Lebanon
Courthouse
Address Lebanon County Building
400 South 8th Street
Lebanon, PA 17042-6794
Lebanon County Website
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1813
1813
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Dauphin and Lancaster Counties 16 February 1813. [1]
  • County Seat: Lebanon
  • Neighboring Counties: Lebanon County, Pennsylvania residents may also have records in [2]Schuylkill (north) • Berks (east) • Lancaster (south)  • Dauphin (west)


Lebanon County was predominantly settled by Germans.[3]


Boundary Changes

Resources

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com {{FHL|450991|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} Findagrave.com
Interment.net WorldCat Names in Stone
USGenWeb-transcripts
USGenWeb-tombstone photos
Billion Graves
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Pennsylvania Gravestones  
Billion Graves  
Names in Stone    
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See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


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Census

For tips on accessing Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.
Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Church Records  in online catalogs like:

County-wide Database – Multi-denominational
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Lutheran
Moravian
  • 1775-1781 - "Extracts from the Records of the Moravian Congregation at Hebron, Pennsylvania, 1775-1781," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 18 (1894):449-462. For free online access, see WeRelate.
Presbyterian

The Hanover Presbyterian Church was built in 1736 in a Scotch-Irish settlement. This settlement was previously in Dauphin County, before Lebanon County was formed, and in Lancaster County, before Dauphin County was formed.[3]

Reformed
  • 1763-1769 - Kelker, Luther R. "Record of Marriages Performed by Rev. John Conrad Bucher, 1763-1769," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 26 (1902):375-381. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Court Records

Court of Common Pleas
Clerk of the Court
Prothonotary
Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Lebanon County began in 1813. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, and maps. Property records include liens as well as livestock brands and estray records.

The following are examples of available resources:

Online Land Records

  • 1956–present Images are available online using the Landex system. There is a fee to view the images.

Land Records on Microfilm

Maps

  • 1805–1824 Patent Book of Land Surveys. FHL film 1032469 Item 4 The earlier land records for what would become Lebanon County are for the applicable parent counties.

Note that the "Maps" section below also includes maps related to land ownership.

Additional Resources

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lebanon County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Ancestor Tracks has posted free and downloadable images from the County Atlas of Lebanon County Pennsylvania from Recent and Actual Surveys under the Superintendence of F.W. Beers published by F.A. Davis in 1875.  This atlas located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing.  While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not to be used commerically.  We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attirbute to Ancestor Tracks.

Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

Lebanon County Courthouse
800 S. Eighth St.
Lebanon, PA 17042

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Lebanon County Historical Society
924 Cumberland Street
Lebanon, PA 17042
Phone: (717) 272-1473

Taxation

Vital Records

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.

Birth

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Marriage

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Lebanon County, Pennsylvania clerk's office for these records.

Divorce
Death  

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Deaths Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wayland F. Dunaway, The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 57-58. Free digital version at PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State.

 

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