genealogy-familyJames V. Brown Library is a major source for Lycoming County genealogical information.

For more information see our Subject Guide Genealogy and family history

Local Newspapers & Index

All major local newspapers from 1807 to the present are available on microfilm. An index by surname, covering 1807-1904, provides access to articles on marriages, obituaries, funerals, political activities, court cases, land sale notices, and news items. Each reference in the index includes the name of the newspaper, date, and the page on which the article can be found.

To access the index online:

1. Click on the Catalog.
2. Enter your search terms in the “Quick Library Search” box and click Enter.
3. Use the “Author” menu on the left to limit your search by source (Gazette & Bulletin, Grit, Williamsport Sun, etc.).

Click on an entry in the results list and look for the “Notes” field for newspaper name, date, and page number. Do NOT use the Availability section.

Requesting Research Assistance

There is a research fee of $10 per 30 minutes for any requests made by mail or email. A maximum of 2 hours per request will be provided for a total of $40.  Payment is required regardless of the outcome.

Please submit the following:

Research Request Form

and be sure to include as much information as possible. If the name does not appear in our newspaper index, we can only search up to ONE month’s worth of newspapers for an item.

Please limit your request to five (5) projects at a time. This helps us to keep our turn around time at a minimum. Local history research usually takes 2-3 weeks.
The research fee must be pre-paid.


You may use PayPal for payment.

If you prefer you can mail the payment to:

James V. Brown Library
Attn: Alex Hartmann
19 East Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Checks should be payable to the James V. Brown Library.

We can usually make microfilm copies at the library while you wait, depending on staffing levels. In some cases, we may ask if we can mail or otherwise deliver the copies to you.

Census Information

Federal Census Indexes for all of Pennsylvania from 1790-1860 with indexes are available. Lycoming and other local counties an assorted others are available after 1860.

Local history

The Pennsylvania Collection in our reference area contains volumes on local, county, and state history. The materials are available during regular library hours.

The collection includes the Williamsport City Directories from 1867 to the present, as well as yearbooks for area high schools.

Other resources

The Lycoming County Court House has birth records from 1893-1905 and death
records from 1883-1898 in the Register/Recorder’s office. Marriage licenses from 1885 to the present, wills from the mid-19th Century to the present, and deeds from 1795 to the present are also available from the Register/Recorder’s office. Naturalization papers from 1804 to 1956 and divorce papers are located in the Prothonotary’s Office.

Lycoming County Court House
48 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Birth and death certificates after 1905 can be obtained from the Division of Vital Statistics. More information about obtaining those records, including who is eligible and the forms for requesting certificates, can be found at this site.

The Lycoming County Genealogical Society prints a monthly newsletter that
contains local genealogical data (Bible records, etc.) and queries, which is free to members. Meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month (except during the summer) at the Lycoming County Historical Society Museum.

Lycoming County Genealogical Society Hours and Fees

Lycoming County Genealogical Society

PO Box 3625

Williamsport, PA 17701

The Regional History Room and Genealogical Library is located within theLycoming County Historical Society Museum. It is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday 12-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm from May through October. The fee at the front desk for non-members is $7.50, members are free. You can join online at their website.

The collection contains family files, tax records, city directories, county histories, genealogies, maps, etc.

Lycoming County Historical Society Museum
858 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Lycoming County Genealogy Project
Part of the USGenWeb project, this nonprofit research site includes cemetery records, John F. Meginness’s 1892 History of Lycoming County, and other helpful links.