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[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Montour County'''  
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'''Montour County, Pennsylvania''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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== Historical Facts  ==
 
== Historical Facts  ==
  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Columbia County, Pennsylvania|Columbia]] County 3 May 1850. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Columbia County, Pennsylvania|Columbia]] County 3 May 1850. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
*'''County Seat:''' Danville<br>
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*'''County Seat:''' Danville<br>  
 
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).</ref>[[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] (north){{•}}[[Northumberland County, Pennsylvania|Northumberland]] (south){{•}}[[Columbia County, Pennsylvania|Columbia]] (east)
 
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).</ref>[[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] (north){{•}}[[Northumberland County, Pennsylvania|Northumberland]] (south){{•}}[[Columbia County, Pennsylvania|Columbia]] (east)
  
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*Named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Catherine_Montour Elizabeth Catherine Montour], better known as Madame Montour, a prominent Indian leader during the colonial era.
 
*Named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Catherine_Montour Elizabeth Catherine Montour], better known as Madame Montour, a prominent Indian leader during the colonial era.
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Smallest county in the state of Pennsylvania.  
 
Smallest county in the state of Pennsylvania.  
  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
  
==== Biographies ====
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:*[http://www.jowest.net/Research/HistoryOfMontour.htm ''History of Montour County'' from "The History of Colubmia and Montour Counties" Battle, 1887] Includes "Some of the Early Families" and "Montour County Bios" Courtesy [http://usgwarchives.org/pa/pafiles.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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:*[http://www.jowest.net/Research/HistoryOfMontour.htm ''History of Montour County'' from "The History of Colubmia and Montour Counties" Battle, 1887] Includes "Some of the Early Families" and "Montour County Bios" Courtesy [http://usgwarchives.org/pa/pafiles.htm USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
  
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
  
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The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamcgs/church.htm Montour County Genealogical Society] has various records for churches throughout the Mountour County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. The society will do limited lookups in the records. See their website for details.  
 
The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamcgs/church.htm Montour County Genealogical Society] has various records for churches throughout the Mountour County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. The society will do limited lookups in the records. See their website for details.  
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===== Baptist  =====
 
===== Baptist  =====
  
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In 1842, the First Baptist Church of Danville was organized. &nbsp;The Immanuel Baptist Church was created from members of the First Baptist Church in 1892, but the church was dissolved by the members in 1908.<ref name="colon">''Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers and Co., 1915), 352, 355), {{FSbook|57706}}; [http://www.archive.org/stream/cu31924006232577#page/n5/mode/2up Digital copy at Internet Archive]; [http://www.worldcat.org/ At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|216035|item|disp=FHL book 974.83 H2b vol. 1}}.</ref>  
 
In 1842, the First Baptist Church of Danville was organized. &nbsp;The Immanuel Baptist Church was created from members of the First Baptist Church in 1892, but the church was dissolved by the members in 1908.<ref name="colon">''Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania'' (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers and Co., 1915), 352, 355), {{FSbook|57706}}; [http://www.archive.org/stream/cu31924006232577#page/n5/mode/2up Digital copy at Internet Archive]; [http://www.worldcat.org/ At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|216035|item|disp=FHL book 974.83 H2b vol. 1}}.</ref>  
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The St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church was the second religious organization established in Danville in about 1791, although a permanent church building was not erected until 1839.<ref name="colon" />  
 
The St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church was the second religious organization established in Danville in about 1791, although a permanent church building was not erected until 1839.<ref name="colon" />  
  
The Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1868 from members of the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church who lived in the north side of town. <ref name="colon" />
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The Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1868 from members of the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church who lived in the north side of town. <ref name="colon" />  
  
 
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===== Reformed  =====
 
===== Reformed  =====
  
The Shiloh Reformed Church in Danville was formally created in 1893, when it split from a larger congregation of the Reformed Church that began in 1856 and covered Danville, Catawissa, St. James (Mahoning) and&nbsp;Mausdale. <ref name="colon" />
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The Shiloh Reformed Church in Danville was formally created in 1893, when it split from a larger congregation of the Reformed Church that began in 1856 and covered Danville, Catawissa, St. James (Mahoning) and&nbsp;Mausdale. <ref name="colon" />  
  
 
===== Roman Catholic  =====
 
===== Roman Catholic  =====
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====== Clerk of the Court  ======
 
====== Clerk of the Court  ======
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====== Prothonotary  ======
 
====== Prothonotary  ======
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{{PA court3}}  
 
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===== Orphan's Court (see Vital Records) =====
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:*'''1850–1907'''&nbsp;Common Pleas Docket, vol. 1–2 {{FHL|item|98955|disp=FHL film 953899 (first of 5 films)}}
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:*'''1851–1865''' Orphans Court Docket, vol. 1–2 {{FHL|item|98436|disp=FHL film 954020}}
  
 
{{PA court6|Montour|545333}}  
 
{{PA court6|Montour|545333}}  
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Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''Montour County Pennsylvania Land''''' in online catalogs such as:  
 
Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as '''''Montour County Pennsylvania Land''''' in online catalogs such as:  
  
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Montour+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>
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*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Montour+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Montour+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Montour+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
 
*{{FHL|376154|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (For instructions see [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|FHL Catalog Place-name Search]].)
 
*{{FHL|376154|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (For instructions see [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|FHL Catalog Place-name Search]].)
  
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
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''Naturalization records available for Montour County, Pennsylvania include the following:''<br>
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''Naturalization records available for Montour County, Pennsylvania include the following:''<br>  
  
'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>
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'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
  
:*'''1901-1930''' – [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=118&title=naturalizations_pa_middle%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. Circuit and District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1906-1930; and 1901-1906] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>
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:*'''1901-1930''' – [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=118&title=naturalizations_pa_middle%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. Circuit and District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1906-1930; and 1901-1906] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>  
 
:*'''1901-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1193 Middle District, US Circuit and District Courts: Naturalization petitions, 1906-1930] located in ''U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>
 
:*'''1901-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1193 Middle District, US Circuit and District Courts: Naturalization petitions, 1906-1930] located in ''U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>
  
'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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:*'''1850-1907''' Common Pleas Docket {{FHL|item|98955|disp=FHL film 953899 (first of 5 films)}}<br>
 
:*'''1850-1907''' Common Pleas Docket {{FHL|item|98955|disp=FHL film 953899 (first of 5 films)}}<br>
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Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the [[Montour County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]  
 
Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the [[Montour County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]  
  
{{Tip|Sometimes the fastest way of finding obituaries is to call or email the local [http://www.publiclibraries.com/ public library] in the area where the person died. If the library does not have newspapers, a librarian often will know where they are kept. If a death date is known, and the newspapers are at the library, someone on staff will usually make a search for a small fee, or will indicate someone who will do the search.}}<br>
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{{Tip|Sometimes the fastest way of finding obituaries is to call or email the local [http://www.publiclibraries.com/ public library] in the area where the person died. If the library does not have newspapers, a librarian often will know where they are kept. If a death date is known, and the newspapers are at the library, someone on staff will usually make a search for a small fee, or will indicate someone who will do the search.}}<br>  
  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
  
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'''Online Probate Records'''<br>Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:<br>Complete Collection:<br>
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'''Online Probate Records'''<br>Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:<br>Complete Collection:<br>  
  
 
:*'''1683-1994''' – {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
 
:*'''1683-1994''' – {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
  
Montour County Only: <br>
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Montour County Only: <br>  
  
:*'''1850–1912''' – [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7JB%3A1681726642%3Fcc%3D1999196 Montour County Probate Records]<br>
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:*'''1850–1912''' – [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7JB%3A1681726642%3Fcc%3D1999196 Montour County Probate Records]  
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:*'''1850-Present''' - [http://www.montourco.org/RegisterRecorder/Lists/Index%20Of%20Wills/AllItems.aspx Montour County Index of Wills 1850 to the Present]. Free index found on the Mountor County, Pennsylvania website. Index includes name, book, and page number.
  
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Montour|542576}}<br>
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'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>
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{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Montour|542576}}<br>  
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
:[http://www.montourco.org/Pages/Prothonotary.aspx Office of the Prothonotary]<br>Montour County Court House<br>29 Mill Street<br>Danville, PA 17821<br>Phone: 570-271-3010
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[http://www.montourco.org/Pages/GeneaologyInformation.aspx Montour County Courthouse] <br>  
  
:[http://www.montourco.org/Pages/GeneaologyInformation.aspx Montour County Courthouse] <br>
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:29 Mill Street <br>  
:29 Mill Street <br>
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:Danville, PA 17821 <br>  
:Danville, PA 17821 <br>
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:Phone: 570-271-3010<br>
 
:Phone: 570-271-3010<br>
  
:County courthouse has:  
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::*1893-1905: Birth and Death records  
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::*1885 to present: Marriage license  
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[http://www.montourco.org/Pages/Prothonotary.aspx Office of the Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts/Clerk of Orphans'Court]<br>
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:29 Mill Street<br>Danville, PA 17821<br>
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:Phone: 570-271-3010
  
 
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===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
The [http://www.tbflibrary.org/ Thomas Beaver Free Library] is located at 205 Ferry Street, Danville, Pennsylvania, 17821. Their phone number is (570) 275-4180. The Montour County Genealogical Society keep their genealogical records at the library. <br>
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The [http://www.tbflibrary.org/ Thomas Beaver Free Library] is located at 205 Ferry Street, Danville, Pennsylvania, 17821. Their phone number is (570) 275-4180. The Montour County Genealogical Society keep their genealogical records at the library. <br>  
  
The [http://www.tbflibrary.org/genealogical_society.htm Montour County Genealogical Society collection] includes but is not limited to the following records:<br>
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The [http://www.tbflibrary.org/genealogical_society.htm Montour County Genealogical Society collection] includes but is not limited to the following records:<br>  
  
 
:*Obituary files  
 
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===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
  
'''Montour County Genealogical Society''', [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamcgs/index.htm MCGS]<br>205 Ferry Street<br>Danville PA 17821<br>570-275-6177<br><br>Genealogy Room: [http://www.tbflibrary.org/ Thomas Beaver Free Library], 2nd Floor<br>Hours: Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Mondays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.<br>Fee: $2.00 an hour for non-members, no charge for members<br><br>The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamcgs/research.htm#MCGS%20Genealogy%20Room collection] includes records for Columbia, '''Montour''' and Northumberland Counties. Research requests may be submitted in writing using a printable [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamcgs/researchform.htm form] which includes the fee schedule.<br><br>
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'''Montour County Genealogical Society''', [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamcgs/index.htm MCGS]<br>205 Ferry Street<br>Danville PA 17821<br>570-275-6177<br><br>Genealogy Room: [http://www.tbflibrary.org/ Thomas Beaver Free Library], 2nd Floor<br>Hours: Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Mondays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.<br>Fee: $2.00 an hour for non-members, no charge for members<br><br>The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamcgs/research.htm#MCGS%20Genealogy%20Room collection] includes records for Columbia, '''Montour''' and Northumberland Counties. Research requests may be submitted in writing using a printable [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pamcgs/researchform.htm form] which includes the fee schedule.<br><br>  
  
 
'''Montour County Historical Society''', [http://montourcountyhistoricalsociety.org/ MCHS]<br>PO Box 8<br>1 Mill Street<br>Danville PA 17821<br><br>Located in the Montgomery House Museum, corner of Bloom and Mill Streets<br>Hours: Sundays 2:00–4:00 Sundays, Memorial day thru September<br>Or by appointment 275-7875 or 275-0383<br><br>A small library contains local and county histories, industrial record books, business and law ledgers, military references, photographs, tax records, and maps.  
 
'''Montour County Historical Society''', [http://montourcountyhistoricalsociety.org/ MCHS]<br>PO Box 8<br>1 Mill Street<br>Danville PA 17821<br><br>Located in the Montgomery House Museum, corner of Bloom and Mill Streets<br>Hours: Sundays 2:00–4:00 Sundays, Memorial day thru September<br>Or by appointment 275-7875 or 275-0383<br><br>A small library contains local and county histories, industrial record books, business and law ledgers, military references, photographs, tax records, and maps.  
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:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
 
:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as: Family Records, Church Records, Civil Registration. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.
 
 
:*'''Pre-1810''' – Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
 
:*'''Pre-1810''' – Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
 
:*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
 
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Montour County, Pennsylvania genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Montour County, Pennsylvania
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Facts
Founded May 3, 1850
County Seat Danville
Courthouse
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Address Montour County Courthouse
29 Mill Street
Danville, PA 17821
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1850
1850
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Columbia County 3 May 1850. [1]
  • County Seat: Danville
  • Neighboring Counties: Montour County, Pennsylvania residents may also have records in [2]Lycoming (north) • Northumberland (south) • Columbia (east)


Note of Interest

Smallest county in the state of Pennsylvania.


Boundary Changes

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
Interment.net WorldCat Names in Stone
USGenWeb-transcripts
USGenWeb-tombstone photos
Billion Graves
Pennsylvania Genealogy Epodunk
Pennsylvania Gravestones
Billion Graves
Names in Stone
Access Genealogy
Ancestry($)

See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


Census

For tips on accessing Montour 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.

The Montour County Genealogical Society has various records for churches throughout the Mountour County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. The society will do limited lookups in the records. See their website for details.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Contains the church records of:
  • Bloomsburg: Trinity Reformed Church (United Church of Christ)
  • Danville: Beaver Library; Lutheran Church; Presbyterian Church; Reformed Church; Shiloh United Church of Christ
  • Hemlock: Hemlock Township Union Church
  • Mooresburg: Presbyterian Church
Baptist
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In 1842, the First Baptist Church of Danville was organized.  The Immanuel Baptist Church was created from members of the First Baptist Church in 1892, but the church was dissolved by the members in 1908.[3]

Evangelical

The first pastor was appointed for the Evangelical Church in 1867, although previous pastors did perform services before that time. This congregation was eventually called the Emanuel Evangelical Church and their first church building was dedicated in 1871.[3]

Lutheran

The first sign of the Lutheran denomination in Montour County was in 1820 with the creation of what is now known as the Pine Street Lutheran Church. Before then, they would go to the Lutheran Church in Mahoning Township, Northumberland County. In 1845, a church was built and the congregation was known as Evangelical Lutheran Church of Danville (now called St. John's Lutheran Church). But the congregation eventually outgrew the building and the Pine Street Lutheran Church was built in 1859.[3]

The Trinity Lutheran Church was created in 1859 from members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (eventually called the Pine Street Lutheran Church) that did not agree with the location of the new church building agreed upon by the majority of the congregation.[3]

Methodist Episcopal

The St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church was the second religious organization established in Danville in about 1791, although a permanent church building was not erected until 1839.[3]

The Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1868 from members of the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church who lived in the north side of town. [3]

Presbyterian

The Mahoning Presbyterian Church, later changed to the Grove Presbyterian Church, was the first religious organization in Danville in about 1778.[4]

Protestant Episcopal

The Protestant Episcopal congregation (now known as Christ's Church) was officially established in 1829, sharing a church building with the Lutheran congregation. Difficulties with the Lutheran Congregation eventually lead to them leaving the church building in 1836 and was left exclusively to the Protestant Episcopal Church.[3]

Reformed

The Shiloh Reformed Church in Danville was formally created in 1893, when it split from a larger congregation of the Reformed Church that began in 1856 and covered Danville, Catawissa, St. James (Mahoning) and Mausdale. [3]

Roman Catholic

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church began as a mission in 1847. It's first building was on the corner of Center and Ferry streets and later moved to its current lot in 1869.[3]

Because of the large influx of German Catholics by 1859, a congregation was created and called the St. Hubert's German Catholic Church. Previously, German Catholics attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church.[3]

Synagogue

The B'nai Zion Synagogue was built in 1871. Previously, the congregation met in their schoolhouse built in 1853.[3]

Court Records

Montour County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Montour County, Pennsylvania Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be ordered at a local Family History Center.

Court of Common Pleas

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Montour County, Pennsylvania County shares its judicial district with Columbia County. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[5]

Clerk of the Court

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[6] For the Montour County, Pennsylvania Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.

Prothonotary

The office of the Prothontary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax leins, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the Courthouse section on this page for the Montour County, Pennsylvania Prothonotary office information.

Orphan's Court

See Vital Records
The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters. The name of the Court is derived from the more general definition of "orphan," that being a person or thing that is without protective affiliation or sponsorship. This would include those not capable of handling their own affairs, minors, incapacitated persons, decedents estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts. It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.

It is believed the name of this court was borrowed from the Court of Orphans of the city of London, England which had the care and guardianship of children of deceased citizens, in their minority.[7]

For Montour County, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montour County, Pennsylvania Court Records in online catalogs like:

Emigration and Immigration

For information about emigration into Pennsylvania, see the Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration page.


Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Montour County began in 1850. These records are filed with the >Register and Recorder office in Danville, 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:

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

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

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 Montour County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Ancestor Tracks has posted free downloadable images fromthe atlas of Columbia and Montour Counties of Pennsylvania from Recent & Actual Surveys & Records Under the Superintendence of G.H. Walker & C.F. Jewett published by F.W. Beers & Co in 1876.  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 commercially.  We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.  

Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. See Pennsylvania Naturalization for more information about the types of records and availability.

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.

Naturalization records available for Montour County, Pennsylvania include the following:

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm

Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

Additional naturalization indexes can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montour County, Pennsylvania naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Montour County, Pennsylvania newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, historical/genealogical societies, college or university libraries, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.

For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers

Newspapers of Montour County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see news.google.com/newspapers and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Obituaries

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Newspaper heading


Online Obituary Abstracts

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Montour County, Pennsylvania are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.

Online Probate Records
Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch.org. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:
Complete Collection:

Montour County Only:

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montour County, Pennsylvania probate wills in online catalogs like:

Repositories

Archives
  • The Pennsylvania Archives collection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.
Courthouse

Montour County Courthouse

29 Mill Street
Danville, PA 17821
Phone: 570-271-3010

County courthouse has:

  • 1893-1905: Birth and Death records
  • 1885 to present: Marriage license
  • 1883-1905: Delayed birth registration
  • 1850-1904: Naturalization Records

Office of the Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts/Clerk of Orphans'Court

Montour County Court House
29 Mill Street
Danville, PA 17821
Phone: 570-271-3010
Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Montour County, Pennsylvania is the Sunbury Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries

The Thomas Beaver Free Library is located at 205 Ferry Street, Danville, Pennsylvania, 17821. Their phone number is (570) 275-4180. The Montour County Genealogical Society keep their genealogical records at the library.

The Montour County Genealogical Society collection includes but is not limited to the following records:

  • Obituary files
  • Family histories
  • Church records
  • County histories
  • Newsletters form various Pennsylvania genealogical societies
  • Surname files
Museums
Societies

Montour County Genealogical Society, MCGS
205 Ferry Street
Danville PA 17821
570-275-6177

Genealogy Room: Thomas Beaver Free Library, 2nd Floor
Hours: Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Mondays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $2.00 an hour for non-members, no charge for members

The collection includes records for Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties. Research requests may be submitted in writing using a printable form which includes the fee schedule.

Montour County Historical Society, MCHS
PO Box 8
1 Mill Street
Danville PA 17821

Located in the Montgomery House Museum, corner of Bloom and Mill Streets
Hours: Sundays 2:00–4:00 Sundays, Memorial day thru September
Or by appointment 275-7875 or 275-0383

A small library contains local and county histories, industrial record books, business and law ledgers, military references, photographs, tax records, and maps.

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

  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Births Ancestry.com – $ Index with images.
Marriage

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

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
  • 1852-1854 - Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.
  • 1885-1950 - Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950 Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
  • Marriage records of Columbia and Montour Counties at Ancestry.com - ($); book transcription.
Divorce

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.

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 Montour 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. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers and Co., 1915), 352, 355), FamilySearch Books Online; Digital copy at Internet Archive; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.83 H2b vol. 1.
  4. "History of Danville, Grove Presbyterian Church" in PA-Roots at http://www.pa-roots.com/index.php/montour-county/134-history-of-danville/391-history-of-danville-grove-presbyterian-church (accessed August 7, 2012).
  5. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  6. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  7. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012