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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Sullivan County'''
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'''Sullivan 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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Guide to '''Sullivan County, Pennsylvania ancestry, family history and genealogy''' in 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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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| seat wl = Laporte
 
| seat wl = Laporte
 
| building image = Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
 
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| building address = Sullivan County Courthouse<br>245 Muncy Street<br>P.O. Box 157<br>Laporte, PA 18626<br>[http://www.sullivancounty-pa.org/ Sullivan County Website]
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| building address = Sullivan County Courthouse<br>245 Muncy Street<br>P.O. Box 157<br>Laporte, PA 18626<br>[http://www.sullivancounty-pa.us/ Sullivan County Website]
 
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== Sullivan County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
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=== Sullivan County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ===
  
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| width="20%" valign="middle" align="center" | <center>'''[[Sullivan County, Pennsylvania#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>  
 
| width="20%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Sullivan County, Pennsylvania#Death|Death]]'''</center>  
 
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| width="20%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Sullivan County, Pennsylvania#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
 
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| width="20%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1848</center>  
 
| width="20%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1847</center>
 
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'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Lycoming]] County 15 March 1847. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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'''County Seat:''' Laporte
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'''Neighboring Counties''': Sullivan  County '''residents''' may also have records in:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Sullivan County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_County,_Pennsylvania.</ref>
  
*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] County 15 March 1847. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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*[[Bradford County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Bradford]]
*'''County Seat:''' Laporte<br>
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*[[Columbia County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Columbia]]  
*'''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>[[Bradford County, Pennsylvania|Bradford]] (north) {{•}} [[Columbia County, Pennsylvania|Columbia]] (south) {{•}} [[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania|Luzerne]] (southeast) {{•}}[[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|Lycoming]] (west) {{•}} [[Wyoming County, Pennsylvania|Wyoming]] (east)
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*[[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Luzerne]]  
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*[[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Lycoming]]
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*[[Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Wyoming]]
  
 
Named for Senator Charles Sullivan, leader of the Pennsylvania Senate.  
 
Named for Senator Charles Sullivan, leader of the Pennsylvania Senate.  
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==== Description ====
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It's county seat is Laporte and was founded March 15, 1847.  It is located in the Northeastern central area of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_County,_Pennsylvania 2/12/2017</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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== Sullivan County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources ==
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For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps"] (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Records Loss ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biographies  ====
 
==== Biographies  ====
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/sullivp.html Biographies from Ingham's ''History of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, 1899'' courtesy USGenWeb Archives
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/sullivp.html Biographies from Ingham's ''History of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, 1899'' courtesy 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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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+Sullivan+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+Sullivan+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Pennsylvania&county=Sullivan&cemetery_name=a#/ BillionGraves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/sullivan/tsimages.htm PAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/sullivan-pa-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Sullivan/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/resources/cemetery.html USGW Cemetery Project]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Sullivan-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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[[Image:{{Harmony Church}}]]  
 
[[Image:{{Harmony Church}}]]  
  
<br>The [http://www.scpahistory.com/resources Sullivan County Historical Society] and Museum has listed in their resources, Compilings, Churches - individually. They may have the church records for your ancestors. You may visit them or use their volunteers for a fee. There email address is [mailto:museum@scpahistory.com museum@scpahistory.com]. <br>  
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*[http://www.scpahistory.com/resources Sullivan County Historical Society] and Museum has listed in their resources, Compilings, Churches - individually. They may have the church records for your ancestors. You may visit them or use their volunteers for a fee. Email: [mailto:museum@scpahistory.com museum@scpahistory.com]. <br>  
  
Additional church records can be located at[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Sullivan/ch-rec/ Linkpendium] and by searching the Family History Library Catalog. The FHLC has a plethora of{{FHL|501621|subject_id|disp=church records}}for Sullivan County, many are limited in the time frame they cover. When searching the FHL catalog, be sure to also search at the town and township level. [[Image:Sullivan county new york churches.png|thumb|right|400px]] {{PAChurch1|Sullivan|501621}}  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/sullivan-pa-genealogy/ Linkpendium]<br>
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*{{FHL|501621|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch church records}} for Sullivan County. When searching the FamilySearch Catalog, be sure to also search at the town and township level.
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{{PAChurch1|Sullivan|501621}}  
  
 
===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
 
===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
  
:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
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*'''1708-1985''' [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''<br>
 
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:Contains records of:  
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:*Dushore: Peace Lutheran Church; Zion Lutheran Church  
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:*Mildred: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
::*Mildred: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
 
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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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. <br>  
 
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. <br>  
  
The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. {{PAGENAME}} shares its judicial district with [[Wyoming County, Pennsylvania|Wyoming 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.<ref>The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.</ref>  
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The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Sullivan County shares its judicial district with [[Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Wyoming 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.<ref>The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.</ref>  
  
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{{PA court2}}  
 
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In Sullivan County, the Prothonotary is the clerk of the Orphan's Court. In fact five different offices are combined into one office.  
 
In Sullivan County, the Prothonotary is the clerk of the Orphan's Court. In fact five different offices are combined into one office.  
  
*'''1848–1879''' - Orphans Court Dockets (index 1848–1931) {{FHL|98781|item|disp=FHL film 954158}}
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*'''1848-1879''' Orphans Court Dockets (index 1848–1931) {{FHL|98781|item|disp=FHL film 954158}}
  
====== Prothonotary  ======
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{{PA court3}}  
 
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===== District Court  =====
 
===== District Court  =====
  
[http://www.sullivancounty-pa.org/county-offices-1/district-court/ District Court]<br>Magisterial District Judge<br>245 Muncy Street, Suite 150<br>P.O. Box 259<br>Laporte, PA 18626<br>Phone: 570-946-4413<br>Fax: 570-946-4436  
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*[http://www.sullivancounty-pa.org/county-offices-1/district-court/ District Court]<br>Magisterial District Judge<br>245 Muncy Street, Suite 150<br>P.O. Box 259<br>Laporte, PA 18626<br>Phone: 570-946-4413<br>Fax: 570-946-4436<br>
 
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:The District Court is presided over by a Magisterial District Judge. The judge has responsibility for non-jury trials and civil cases involving amounts under $12,000, and also performs marriages.  
The District Court is presided over by a Magisterial District Judge. The judge has responsible for non-jury trials and civil cases involving amounts under $12,000. Also, they perform marriages.  
 
  
 
{{PA court6|Sullivan|545393}}  
 
{{PA court6|Sullivan|545393}}  
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==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
  
:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/sullivp.html Ingham's ''History of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, 1899'' courtesy USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/sullivp.html Ingham's ''History of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, 1899'' courtesy USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
===== Published Histories  =====
 
===== Published Histories  =====
  
History of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania: compendium of biography. by Thomas J. Ingham. Salem, MS: Higgison, [1998] {{FHL|1017549|item|disp=FHL book 974.859 H2i}}  
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History of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania: compendium of biography. by Thomas J. Ingham. Salem, MS: Higgison, [1998] {{FHL|1017549|item|disp=FHL book 974.859 H2i}}
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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'''Online Land Records'''  
 
'''Online Land Records'''  
  
*'''1847 - present''' Images are available on-line from 1847 to the present using the [http://www.landex.com/remote/ Landex] system. There is a fee to view the images.
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*'''1847-present''' Images are available on-line from 1847 to the present using the [http://www.landex.com/remote/ Landex] system. There is a fee to view the images.
  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
  
 
*'''1847-1876''' Deeds, 1847-1866; Index, 1847-1876. {{FHL|226309|item|disp=FHL films 954159-954164}}<br>  
 
*'''1847-1876''' Deeds, 1847-1866; Index, 1847-1876. {{FHL|226309|item|disp=FHL films 954159-954164}}<br>  
*'''1848–1931''' Orphans Court Dockets, 1848-1879; Index, 1848-1931. {{FHL|98781|item|disp=FHL film 954158}}
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*'''1848-1931''' Orphans Court Dockets, 1848-1879; Index, 1848-1931. {{FHL|98781|item|disp=FHL film 954158}}
  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
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Note that the "Maps" section below also includes maps related to land ownership.  
 
Note that the "Maps" section below also includes maps related to land ownership.  
  
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<center>'''Click the image to view an enlarged version'''</center>
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
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*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Sullivan+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Sullivan+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Sullivan+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Sullivan+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
*{{FHL|375801|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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*{{FHL|375801|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} (For instructions see [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search]].)
  
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{{PASullivanmap}}
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[[Image:Pasullivan.jpg|thumb|200px|<center>Sullivan County</center>]]
<center>'''Click the image to view an enlarged version'''</center>  
 
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[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free downloadable images from the [http://ancestortracks.com/Sullivan_Resources.html Topographical Map of Sullivan Co. Pennsylvania from Recent and Actual Surveys and Records under the Superintendence of F.W. Beers (A. Pomeroy &amp; Co., New York, 1872)]. &nbsp;This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing. &nbsp;While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not be used commercially. &nbsp;We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ Maps of Pennsylvania (1673-1878)]
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*[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free downloadable images from the [http://ancestortracks.com/Sullivan_Resources.html Topographical Map of Sullivan Co. Pennsylvania from Recent and Actual Surveys and Records under the Superintendence of F.W. Beers (A. Pomeroy &amp; Co., New York, 1872)]. This wall map 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 be used commercially. We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
 
'''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] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records.
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*'''1901-1930''' [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=118&title=naturalizations_pa_middle%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. Circuit and District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1906-1930; and 1901-1906] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records.
  
:*'''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] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records. <br>
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*'''1901-1930''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1193 Middle District, US Circuit and District Courts: Naturalization petitions, 1906-1930] located in ''U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)'' database on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records. <br>
  
 
<br>'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
 
<br>'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
  
*'''1848-1906''' - Naturalization records, 1848-1906, {{FHL|98407|item|disp=FHL films 954173-954175 (3 films)}}
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*'''1848-1906''' Naturalization records, 1848-1906, {{FHL|98407|item|disp=FHL films 954173-954175 (3 films)}}
  
 
{{PAnaturalization2|Sullivan|545320}}  
 
{{PAnaturalization2|Sullivan|545320}}  
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'''Newspapers of Sullivan County'''  
 
'''Newspapers of Sullivan County'''  
  
:*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
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*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Sullivan&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Sullivan&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
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'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?741 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?741 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
  
 
===== Obituaries  =====
 
===== Obituaries  =====
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'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?742 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?742 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/deaths/SulObitsAllTime.htm Obituaries from ''The Sullivan Review''] in Dunshore, PA 1899-2010. (USGenWeb)  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/deaths/SulObitsAllTime.htm Obituaries from ''The Sullivan Review''] in Dunshore, PA 1899-2010. (USGenWeb)  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/Deaths.htm Registry of Obituaries from ''The Sullivan Review''] of Dushore, PA 1889 - 1934. (USGenWeb)  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/Deaths.htm Registry of Obituaries from ''The Sullivan Review''] of Dushore, PA 1889 - 1934. (USGenWeb)  
:*[http://wilstonfuneralhome.com/index.php?page=Obituaries Wilston Funeral Home Obituaries] (USGenWeb)  
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*[http://wilstonfuneralhome.com/index.php?page=Obituaries Wilston Funeral Home Obituaries] (USGenWeb)  
:*[http://www.homerfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/home.cfm?&fh_id=13186 P. Dean Homer Funeral Home] (USGenWeb)
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*[http://www.homerfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/home.cfm?&fh_id=13186 P. Dean Homer Funeral Home] (USGenWeb)
  
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
==== Occupations  ====
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<br>'''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>  
 
<br>'''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>
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*'''1683-1993'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8802 Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records 1683-1993] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1683-1994''' {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
  
 
Sullivan County Only: <br>  
 
Sullivan County Only: <br>  
  
:*'''1847–1913''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7VW%3A1183139194%3Fcc%3D1999196 Sullivan County Probate Records]<br>
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*'''1847-1913''' [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9PMK-MNP%3A268493201%3Fcc%3D1999196 Sullivan County Probate Records]<br>
  
 
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
 
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
  
:*'''1847–1913''' Wills {{FHL|89975|item|disp=FHL film 954165–954167}} index included 1847–1931.<br>
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*'''1847-1913''' Wills {{FHL|89975|item|disp=FHL film 954165–954167}} index included 1847–1931.<br>
  
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Sullivan|542583}}<br>  
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{{PA probate FamilySearch Catalog and WorldCat|Sullivan|542583}}<br>
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-society-archive/ List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
===== Archives  =====
 
===== Archives  =====
  
:*{{PA Archives}}
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*{{PA Archives}}
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*[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ National Archives at Philadelphia]<br>14700 Townsend Road<br>Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096<br>Phone: (215) 305-2044<br>Fax: (215) 305-2052<br>
  
 
===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://sullivancounty-pa.org/county-offices-1/prothonotary-recorder/ Sullivan County Courthouse] <br>245 Muncy Street<br>PO Box 157 <br>Laporte, PA 18626 <br>Phone: 570-946-7351<br>Fax: 570-946-7105<br>Hours: 8:30 a. m. to 4:00 p. m.  
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*[http://www.sullivancounty-pa.us/offices/prothonotary/ Sullivan County Courthouse] <br>245 Muncy Street<br>PO Box 157 <br>Laporte, PA 18626 <br>Phone: 570-946-7351<br>Fax: 570-946-7105<br>Hours: 8:30 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. <br>
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:In Sullivan County, the prothonotary is responsible for five different offices: Prothonotary, Recorder, Register of Wills, Clerk of Courts, and Clerk of Orphan's Court.  
  
In Sullivan County, the prothonotary is responsible for five different offices. They are Prothonotary, Recorder, Register of Wills, Clerk of Courts, and Clerk of Orphan's Court.
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===== Family History Centers  =====
  
===== Family History Centers =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
{{PAfhc|Towanda}}<br>
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{{PAfhc|Towanda}}  
  
 
===== Museums  =====
 
===== Museums  =====
  
[http://scpahistory.com/home Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum]<br>458 Meylert St&lt;Laporte, PA 18626<br>Phone: 570-946-5020 <br>E-mail: museum@scpahistory.com  
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*[http://scpahistory.com/home Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum]<br>458 Meylert St<br>Laporte, PA 18626<br>Phone: 570-946-5020 <br>Email: [mailto:museum@scpahistory.com museum@scpahistory.com]<br>
 
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:Visit website for hours open
:Hours: May 31–September 1 — Thursday–Saturdays 1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.  
 
::Rest of Year: By Appointment (please call)
 
 
:The Museum has an extensive collection of genealogies as well as historical records and documents. There is a large listing of maps online that are available at the museum.  
 
:The Museum has an extensive collection of genealogies as well as historical records and documents. There is a large listing of maps online that are available at the museum.  
:The [http://scpahistory.com/resources/obituaries obituary listing] is from 1800 to 1999 and online. Then you can order the obituaries for $5.00 each.
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:The [http://scpahistory.com/resources/obituaries obituary listing] is from 1800 to 1999 and online. Visit website to find fees for ordering obituary.
 
 
[http://pawarmemorial.webs.com/ Endless Mountains War Memorial Museum]<br>Main Street<br>Box 7166<br>Sonestown, PA 17758<br>Phone: 570-482-2610<br>E-mail: craftj@epix.net
 
  
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*[http://pawarmemorial.webs.com/ Endless Mountains War Memorial Museum]<br>Main Street<br>Box 7166<br>Sonestown, PA 17758<br>Phone: 570-482-2610<br>Email: [mailto:craftj@epix.net craftj@epix.net]<br>
 
:The website has a few lists of casualties and genealogical information. The museum has memorabilia and is non-profit.
 
:The website has a few lists of casualties and genealogical information. The museum has memorabilia and is non-profit.
  
 
===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
  
Rich in history, Sullivan County&nbsp;contains a few societies dealing with the history of the area.
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*[http://scpahistory.com/home Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum]<br>458 Meylert St<br>Laporte, PA 18626<br>Phone: 570-946-5020 <br>Email: [mailto:museum@scpahistory.com museum@scpahistory.com]<br>
 
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:Visit website for visiting hours
[http://scpahistory.com/home Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum]<br>458 Meylert St<br>Laporte, PA 18626<br>Phone: 570-946-5020 <br>museum@scpahistory.com  
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:The Sullivan County Historical Society holdings are housed at the museum.
 
 
:Hours: May 31–September 1 — Thursday–Saturdays 1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.  
 
::Rest of Year: By Appointment (please call)
 
:The Society holdings are housed at the museum.
 
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
:*'''1808''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/resources/census/Sully1808Tax.htm 1808 Sullivan County Taxables] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
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*'''1808''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/resources/census/Sully1808Tax.htm 1808 Sullivan County Taxables] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
  
:*'''1824''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/resources/census/Sully1824Tax.htm 1824 Sullivan County Taxables] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
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*'''1824''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/resources/census/Sully1824Tax.htm 1824 Sullivan County Taxables] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
 
{{PA vitals}}  
 
{{PA vitals}}  
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-vital-records/ How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records]
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
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{{PA marriage}}  
 
{{PA marriage}}  
 
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*'''1677-1950'''  {{RecordSearch|2466357|Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
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*'''1700-1821'''   Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
:*'''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.  
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*'''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] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
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*'''Pre-1810'''   Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) 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] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
:*'''1885-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1589502|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.
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*'''1885-1950''' {{RecordSearch|1589502|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.  
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*'''1947-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/SullivanCountyHistoricalSociety/EldredDocket.htm Marriage Docket of Edward Eldred, J.P. 1809-1835]
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
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===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
{{PA death}}
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{{PA death}}  
  
:*'''1867-1905''' - Sullivan County Death Index 1867-1905 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batches {{IGI|B543721}} and {{IGI|B543722}}.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/49/Igipennsylvaniapppppp.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1867-1905''' Sullivan County Death Index 1867-1905 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batches {{IGI|B543721}} and {{IGI|B543722}}.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igipennsylvaniapppppp.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/49/Igipennsylvaniapppppp.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1947-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
== Sullivan County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites  ==
 
== Sullivan County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/sullivan-county/ Sullivan County, PA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*USGenWeb project. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/ Sullivan County&nbsp;]&nbsp;May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pasulliv/ Sullivan County&nbsp;]&nbsp;May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Sullivan|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Sullivan-County.htm Sullivan County PA Genealogy]
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*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Sullivan|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
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United States
Pennsylvania
Sullivan County

Guide to Sullivan County, Pennsylvania ancestry, family history and genealogy in 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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Sullivan County, Pennsylvania
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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Sullivan County
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Facts
Founded March 15, 1847
County Seat Laporte
Courthouse
Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
Address Sullivan County Courthouse
245 Muncy Street
P.O. Box 157
Laporte, PA 18626
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Sullivan County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1848
1847

Parent Counties: Formed from Lycoming County 15 March 1847. [1]

County Seat: Laporte

Neighboring Counties: Sullivan County residents may also have records in:[2]

Named for Senator Charles Sullivan, leader of the Pennsylvania Senate.

Description

It's county seat is Laporte and was founded March 15, 1847. It is located in the Northeastern central area of the state.[3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps" (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
HomeTownLocator WorldCat BillionGraves
PAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Ancestry($) PA-Roots
USGW Cemetery Project Epodunk
Pennsylvania Genealogy Access Genealogy
BillionGraves (name) Names in Stone
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.

Census

For tips on accessing Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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.


Harmony Methodist Church, Joanna, Pennsylvania
  • FamilySearch church records for Sullivan County. When searching the FamilySearch 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 Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:


County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Contains records of:
  • Dushore: Peace Lutheran Church; Zion Lutheran Church
  • Mildred: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Court Records

Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy court records are housed at the Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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. Sullivan County shares its judicial district with Wyoming 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.[4]

Clerk of Courts

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.[5] For the Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.


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.[6]

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


In Sullivan County, the Prothonotary is the clerk of the Orphan's Court. In fact five different offices are combined into one office.

Prothonotary

The office of the Prothonotary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax liens, 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 Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Prothonotary office information.


District Court
  • District Court
    Magisterial District Judge
    245 Muncy Street, Suite 150
    P.O. Box 259
    Laporte, PA 18626
    Phone: 570-946-4413
    Fax: 570-946-4436
The District Court is presided over by a Magisterial District Judge. The judge has responsibility for non-jury trials and civil cases involving amounts under $12,000, and also performs marriages.

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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

History of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania: compendium of biography. by Thomas J. Ingham. Salem, MS: Higgison, [1998] FHL book 974.859 H2i

Land and Property

Land records in Sullivan County began in 1847. These records are filed with the Register of Deeds office in Laporte, 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

  • 1847-present Images are available on-line from 1847 to the present using the Landex system. There is a fee to view the images.

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

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

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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 Sullivan County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Sullivan County

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 Sullivan 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 Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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 Sullivan 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 Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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:

Sullivan 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 Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy 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
  • Sullivan County Courthouse
    245 Muncy Street
    PO Box 157
    Laporte, PA 18626
    Phone: 570-946-7351
    Fax: 570-946-7105
    Hours: 8:30 a. m. to 4:00 p. m.
In Sullivan County, the prothonotary is responsible for five different offices: Prothonotary, Recorder, Register of Wills, Clerk of Courts, and Clerk of Orphan's Court.
Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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 Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy is the Towanda Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.


Museums
Visit website for hours open
The Museum has an extensive collection of genealogies as well as historical records and documents. There is a large listing of maps online that are available at the museum.
The obituary listing is from 1800 to 1999 and online. Visit website to find fees for ordering obituary.
The website has a few lists of casualties and genealogical information. The museum has memorabilia and is non-profit.
Societies
Visit website for visiting hours
The Sullivan County Historical Society holdings are housed at the museum.

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.


See also How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records

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 Sullivan County, Pennsylvania Genealogy clerk's office for these records.

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


Sullivan County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

Sullivan County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

Sullivan County Pennsylvania Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Sullivan County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_County,_Pennsylvania.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_County,_Pennsylvania 2/12/2017
  4. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  5. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  6. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/49/Igipennsylvaniapppppp.pdf.