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This article is about the county in northeastern Pennsylvania. For other uses, see Wyoming (disambiguation).


Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
Map
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Wyoming County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Location of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 4, 1842
County Seat Tunkhannock
Courthouse
Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.png
Address Wyoming County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Wyoming County Website
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1842
1843
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Luzerne County 4 April 1842. [1]
  • County Seat: Tunkhannock
  • Neighboring Counties: Wyoming County, Pennsylvania residents may also have records in [2]Susquehanna (north)  • Luzerne (south)  • Sullivan (west)  • Lackawanna (east)  • Bradford (northwest)


Boundary Changes

  • 1752-1772:  Northampton County - The future Wyoming County was included in Northampton County until Northumberland County was created in 1772.
  • 1772-1786:  Northumberland County - The future Wyoming County was included in Northumberland County until Luzerne County was created in 1786
  • 1786-1842:  Luzerne County


Resources

Bible Records

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

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 Wyoming 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.

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Additional church records can be located at Linkpendium and by searching the Family History Library Catalog. The FHLC has a plethora ofchurch recordsfor Wyoming County, many are limited in the time framethey cover. When searching the FHL catalog, be sure to also search at the town and township level.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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


County-wide Database - Multi-denominational

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 Wyoming County began in 1842. These records are filed with the Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds office in Tunkhannock, 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

  • 1842–present The Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds office offers online access to land records through Record Fusion. The online indexes are free but fees apply for copies.

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

Note that the "Maps" section below 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 Wyoming County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

Wyoming County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Prothonotary Phone: 570-996-2232
Register and Recorder Phone: 570-996-2235

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30–4:00
  • 1842–Present Deeds Index and records. This online search is available to access the records that are available in their office. You will need to register and their is a charge.
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 Wyoming County, Pennsylvania is the Scranton Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries
Museums
Societies

Rich in history, Wyoming County contain a few societies dealing with the story of the area.

The Wyoming County Historical Society is located at:
Harrison St. and Bridge St.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 309
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Phone: (570) 836-5303
Email: society@epix.net

The library holdings include, vital records, cemetery records with surrounding counties, genealogies, surname index cards. The museum and genealogical library are open to visitors on Wednesdays, 1st and 3rd Saturdays, and from April 15 to October 15 Tuesdays.
They publish a newsletter semi-annually called Lest We Forget. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL films 2406013 (first of 2 films), book 974.835 H25L.
They have newspaper abstracts from numerous papers papers available for scanning from there site.

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

The county records for births are available from the Clerk of Orphans Court. The dates they cover are from 1893 to 1906.

Marriage

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

The marriage records at the county are from 1885 to the present. You may request a copy from:

Wyoming County Clerk
1 Court House Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Phone: 570-996-2232
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

Divorce

Divorce records are handled by the office of the Prothonotary. While no on-line indexes or records are available, records may be obtained by visiting or writing to the Prothonotary at:

Wyoming County Prothonotary
1 Court House Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Phone: 570-996-2232
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

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

The county records for deaths are available from the Clerk of Orphans Court. The dates they cover are from 1893 to 1906.

Web Sites

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).

 

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