UCHS Office/Courthouse Research Records
The Union County Historical Society office is located on the first floor of the Union County Courthouse, one floor up from the ground floor entrance. Our staff is eager to advise and assist in your search.
Please send inquiries before visiting or sending payment. Researchers will be able to serve you more effectively and efficiently.
Below is a listing of research sources available at the Courthouse.
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY RESOURCES IN THE UCHS OFFICE
CENSUS RECORDS - microfilmed; organized by year and county
- Union County, 1820-1903
- Snyder County, 1860-1920
- Northumberland County, 1790-1920
- Schuylkill County, 1880-1920
- Philadelphia County, 1950
- Heads of Household only
- Age & Sex of household members
- Slave or "Other"
- Trade (in later censuses)
- Full name of everyone enumerated
- Place of residence
- Place of Birth
- Head of household, wife, children
- Owned or Rented Property
- Personal description (sex, color, age, marital status)
- Place of Birth
Direct Tax of 1798 for Northumberland County
(includes present-day Union and Snyder counties)
- Property owners - Description of property - Tenants - Building descriptions - Value
Tax Assessments for Union County and Snyder County (1792-1881) - Occupation - Ownership of property - Horses, cows, etc. - Single men/tenant or owner - Widows (property owners)
Agricultural Censuses (1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880) - Shows what individual farmers were raising
SANBORN FIRE INSURANCE MAPS for Lewisburg (1885-1925) & Mifflinburg (1887-1943)
- Log/Brick/Frame Structures
- Months Operating
- Materials Used
- Goods Made
UNION COUNTY ANNUAL ENUMERATION & ASSESSMENT (1883-1946)
UNION COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MINUTES (1813-1894)
- Treasurer's Books (1822-1836)
- License Books (1836-1856)
MORTALITY REPORTS (1850-1880) - by county - Name - Age - Date of birth - Place of birth - Date of death - Cause of death
BURIALS OF DECEASED SOLDIERS (1885-1915)
PENNSYLVANIA VETERANS CENSUS (1890) - Applications for Civil War pensions
NEWSPAPERS on microfilm - 1808 (May 4) - 1812 (July 15) "Republican Argus"
- 1816 “The Union” (New Berlin) - 1834-1835 “Union Annalist” (New Berlin) - 1834-1855 “Union Times” (New Berlin) - 1835-1837 “Anti-Masonic Star” (New Berlin) - 1838-1841 “The Milton Ledger” - 1838 (May 12) - 1944 (Feb 13) "Sunbury Gazette & Miner's Register"
- 1839 “Lewisburg Standard” - 1841 “The Union Star” (New Berlin) - 1843-1848 “Clinton County Democrat”
- 1845 (May 3) - 1849 (Mar 18) "Sunbury American & Shamokin Journal"
- 1847-1912 “Lewisburg Chronicle” - 1847 “Good Samaritan” (New Berlin) - 1850-1852 “Der Christliche Botschafter”
- 1850 (Jan. 26) - 1855 (Apr 21) "Sunbury American" - 1862-2002 “Mifflinburg Telegraph” (no issues available from 1868-1872)
- 1882 (Jan. 3) - 1924 (Dec. 24) "Saturday News"
- 1910 (September)-1952 (December) “Lewisburg Journal” - 1999 (January)-2020 (December) “Union County Times”
LOCAL PHONE DIRECTORIES 1899, 1901, 1910, 1944-2012
CEMETERY LISTINGS - Tombstones in Union County cemeteries - Tombstones in Lewisburg cemeteries
Indexes for the following on office computer - Births from Prothonotary records, late 1800s - Deaths noted in newspapers, late 1800s - Marriages,circa 1845-1895 (male and female indexes) - Strunk Funeral Home records, 1908-85 - Contemporary obituaries
GENERAL REFERENCE BOOKS - Annals of Buffalo Valley, 1755-1855, Linn, plus Index - Civil War Soldiers of Union County, Lontz - Commemorative Biographical Record, Beers, 1898 - General and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County - Guide to Burials in Northumberland County (Milton) - Guide to Union County Cemeteries, Finsterbush, et al. - History of the Susquehanna & Juniata Valleys, 1886 - Revolutionary War Soldiers of Union County, Lontz - Snyder County Marriages, Fisher, plus Index - Snyder County Pioneers - Snyder County Tombstones - Soldiers of the War of 1812, Philippines, Mexico, Spain, WWI and WWII, Lontz - The Story of Snyder County, Dunkleberger - Tombstone Inscriptions, Lontz - Town on the Susquehanna, Kalp - Union County History, C. M. Snyder - Union County Marriages, Fisher, plus Index - Veterans Graves Registrations - Wills and Administration of Northumberland County (index) - World War II Commemoratives
Union County Heritage 1968-2014, Indexed
New Berlin Heritage Bulletins 1972-2003
Snyder County Historical Society Bulletins 1913-1997
Northumberland County Historical Society Proceedings
Military History*Miscellaneous*Native Americans*New Berlin, Vicksburg, West End,
Centre County*Northumberland County*Pennsylvania Germans*
Preservation*Prisons*Schools*Snyder County*Susquehanna and Juniata Valleys*
Union County*Women*White Deer Township, Gregg Township, Allenwood
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY RESOURCES IN THE
REGISTER & RECORDER'S OFFICE
The Offices of the Prothonotary and the Recorder of Deeds are also located on the
first floor of the Courthouse, one floor up from the ground floor entrance.
WILLS & LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION - may include the following:
- Date of Death
- Place of Residence
- Spouse, children & relatives
- Inventory of possessions
- Value of Estate
- Possessions given to others
- Dower/Dowry responsibilities
GRANTOR/GRANTEE RECORDS- deeds may include the following:
- Title to Property
- Spouse's name
- Location of seller/property being sold
- Previous residence of buyer
- Existence of house/building (not construction dates)
ESTATE INVENTORIES & ESTATE AUCTIONS-
- List of possessions and value
- Purchaser at sale (vendue)
Additional estate information may be in Orphan's Court Records.
See Index in Prothonotary's Office.
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY RESOURCES IN THE
ORPHANS COURT RECORDS
- Indexed to 1998 and Microfilmed
- On computer from 1988
- Agreements; partitions of real estate; appointments of guardians
MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS
- 1885 to present, indexed
- Names; parents' names; addresses; birth dates & birthplaces; occupations
- Indexed by name
- On microfilm/computer
- Maiden name; Children's names & ages; relatives' names; Date & place of marriage;
CIVIL AND CRIMINAL COURT PROCEEDINGS
- Contracts; goods levied on; charge; sentence; jury & trial lists; occupation
DEATH INDEX (1852-1855)
- Name; parents; occupation; birthplace; spouse; children
BIRTH & DEATH RECORDS (1893-1905)
- Country of Origin
- Time & Place of Immigration
DELAYED BIRTH RECORDS
- Name, birthdate, court # date, docket page
SOLDIER & MILITIA ENROLLMENT INDEX (1845-1944)
- Name, age, year enrolled, township
- Existence of buildings
TAVERN LICENSES (1814-1916)
- Owner, Location, Date
CENSUS INDEXES (1850, 1860, 1870, 1880)
- Actual census date is on microfilm in the UCHS office
CHRONOLOGY OF BIRTH, MARRIAGE & DEATH RECORDS IN PA
- Official births and deaths were not registered
- Some marriage license records have survived
- See Vol. 2 of Second Series and Vol. 6 of Sixth Series of the Pennsylvania Archives
- Note: there are non for Union/Snyder Counties
- No official state or county records were required to be kept.
- The Register of Wills in each county was required to record births, deaths and
marriages, but only some counties complied; what records do exist are incomplete.
1856-1884 - No official records were required from 1856-1884, although some large cities kept
1885-present - Marriage licenses required for individual counties by the Clerk of the Orphans Court
1893-1905 - Clerk of the Orphans Court (Prothonotary) was required by the counties to keep birth
and death records.
From 1906 - Birth and death records are kept by the state. Contact: Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1528, 101 South Mercer Street,
New Castle, PA 16101
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Research and Outreach Specialist
Write or Drive to:
Union County Courthouse
103 South 2nd Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, M-F
Closed noon - 1pm
(570) 524-8666 (P)
please email or call prior to visit
If you wish to visit our office and use our library resources: (per day)
- $5, non members
-Free with membership
If you are unable to work in our
office, additional research fees
may be negotiated by project:
- $50 for general genealogical research* (one surname/family), includes copying up to 20 pages of documents; additional $1 per page for documents exceeding 20 pages.
- We can arrange fees if extensive searches require more time.
- $50-$200 for property/deed search
(one property), includes copying up to 20 pages of deeds; additional $1 per copied page for more than
20 pages total.
- $5 to research each will, letter of administration, or orphans court record, plus $1per copied page.
- $5 for researching and copying each obituary - (please provide death date - month and year)
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