Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy
- This article is about the county in northeastern Pennsylvania. For other uses, see Wyoming (disambiguation).
|Wyoming County, Pennsylvania|
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
|Founded||April 4, 1842|
|Address|| Wyoming County Courthouse|
1 Courthouse Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Wyoming County Website
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Cemeteries
- 2.3 Census
- 2.4 Church Records
- 2.5 Court Records
- 2.6 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.7 Ethnic Groups
- 2.8 Gazetteers
- 2.9 Genealogy
- 2.10 History
- 2.11 Land and Property
- 2.12 Maps
- 2.13 Migration
- 2.14 Military
- 2.15 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.16 Newspapers
- 2.17 Occupations
- 2.18 Periodicals
- 2.19 Poorhouse, Almshouse
- 2.20 Probate Records
- 2.21 Repositories
- 2.22 Taxation
- 2.23 Vital Records
- 3 Web Sites
- 4 Places
|Beginning dates for major county records|
- Parent Counties: Formed from Luzerne County 4 April 1842. 
- County Seat: Tunkhannock
- Neighboring Counties: Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy residents may also have records in Susquehanna (north) • Luzerne (south) • Sullivan (west) • Lackawanna (east) • Bradford (northwest)
- 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
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
|Online Grave Transcripts||Published Grave Transcripts||County Cemetery Directories|
|Names in Stone|
|See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.|
For tips on accessing Wyoming 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 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.
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 Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:
County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy court records are housed at the Wyoming 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. Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy shares its judicial district with Sullivan 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.
Clerk of the 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. For the Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.
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 Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Prothonotary office information.
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.
For Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.
- ’’’1843–1866’’’ Orphans Court Docket FHL film 947854
Emigration and Immigration
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
- 1842–1916 Deeds, 1842-1866; Indexes, 1842-1916. FHL films 947406-947412
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:
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog.)
- Family History Library Catalog (For instructions see FHL Catalog Place-name Search.)
- Ancestor Tracks has posted free, downloadable images of the 1869 Topographical Map of Wyoming Co. Pennsylvania from Recent and Actual Surveys and Records, under the Superintendence of F.W. Beers (New York). 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 given permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Wyoming 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.
For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers
Newspapers of Wyoming County
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
- PA-Roots Newspaper Articles for Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
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
|Sometimes the fastest way of finding obituaries is to call or email the local 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.|
Online Obituary Abstracts
- PA-Roots Obituaries for Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.
Probate matters in Wyoming 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.
Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts
Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:
- 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.
- 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.
Wyoming County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
- Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts, Clerk of Orphans Court
- Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds
- Hours for both: Monday through Friday 8:30–4:00
Family History Centers
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
- 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.
Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. (GRSNP)
110 Main Street
Peckville, PA 18452
- Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00–2:00 and Wednesday night 6:00 pm–900 pm and Saturday by appointment
- A simple search of a dated name or event $20 - Detailed searches are at the rate of $40 an hour. Postage and photocopies up to $1 are included.
The GRSNP serves northeastern counties:
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.
- 1819–1930 – Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709–1950 – free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
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 $3.00 to:
Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103
The county records for births are available from the Clerk of Orphans Court. The dates they cover are from 1893 to 1906.
Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy clerk's office for these records.
- 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) 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.
- 1854–1976 – Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709–1940 – free index. Not complete for all years.
- 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.
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
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.
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
- 1893-1906 The county records for deaths are available from the Clerk of Orphans Court.
- USGenWeb project.Wyoming County. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
- Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
- The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
- Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
- The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012