This page lists the various offices in the county courthouse,
what records are available for public research, and other
information for those visiting the courthouse.
Address: 103 South 2nd Street, Lewisburg, PA
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed on state and federal holidays.
Main Phone: (570) 524-8600
Parking: As the parking lot on the south side
of the building is usually filled, on street parking is usually
your best bet. Be aware of the posted days and hours for street
cleaning however, as you will be ticketed for violations.
Entrance procedure: You may enter the
courthouse only by the south entrance, left doorway, off the
parking lot. You will walk through a metal detector; any metal
objects deemed by the security officer to be dangerous will be
confiscated by security and returned upon your exit. At the
security officer's discretion, you may also be required to sign
in and time your entrance, and then later sign out at your exit,
and/or provide identification. Briefcases and tote bags may be
Offices: Of interest to the genealogist are
the offices of the prothonotary (clerk of courts), register of
wills and recorder of deeds (the two offices are combined in
Union County) and veteran's affairs. To reach these offices, from
the lobby where you entered, go straight up the stairs to the
next floor above, or take the elevator for accessibility. Turn
left and then right down the hallway. The prothonotary and then
the register and recorder's offices are on the left. Turning left
instead of right down the hallway will take you to the restrooms
and the Union County Historical Society. There are soda and water
vending machines in the hallway niche across from the two
Copies and Fees: Nearly all of the older
records have been microfiched. Both the prothonotary and the
register and recorder's offices have their own state-of-the-art
combination microfiche readers/copiers. Cost of each copy is
25¢; payment on the "honor system" is made to one of the
office staff at the counter on your way out of the office. The
machines are quite easy to use and make excellent copies from the
Office of the Prothonotary
The Prothonotary, also known as the Clerk of Courts, is
responsible for all civil and criminal court-related documents.
Passports for foreign travel and marriage licenses are among the
services offered to the public. Records of interest to the
- Marriage License Dockets: 1885-present. Each
volume is indexed by male or female surname.
- Orphans Court Records: 1813-present. Often
overlooked goldmine of genealogical information for intestates
(those who died without a will), each volume indexed by
- Court of Quarter Sessions: 1813-present.
Minutes of courts of Quarter Sessions and Oyer and Terminer,
1813-present. Quarter Sessions Record, 1813-present. These courts
handled all types of criminal cases including robbery, murder,
and destruction of property, as well as damages paid by fathers
of illegitimate children to avoid trial for "fornication and
bastardy." Record generally lists court term and case number,
name of defendant and plaintiff, names of witnesses, jurors,
attorneys, disposition of case and amount of money received.
Original papers are available on microfiche; each volume has its
- Road Dockets: 1813-present. Contains
petitions for laying out roads, including course in metes and
bounds and property owners of adjoining lands, including churches
and taverns. Original documents are on microfiche.
- Tavern License Docket: 1813-?. Lists
petitions for tavern licenses.
- Birth Records: 1852-1855, 1894-1905.
Alphabetical listing by surname, place and date of birth, names
- Death Records: 1852-1855, 1894-1905.
Alphabetical listing by surname, place and date of death, cause
of death, and date and place of burial in most cases.
- Militia and Military Records: 1840-Civil
War. Lists men enlisted in county militia and draftees, name of
soldier and unit served.
- Insane Dockets: 1813-?. Court proceedings
for persons deemed to be of diminished mental capacity and/or of
meager material means.
Register of Wills & Recorder of Deeds
The register and recorder records all estate and probate
transactions as well as property and land agreements. Records of
interest to the genealogist are:
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Friday, 01-May-2009 20:57:12 MDT
- Deeds: 1813-present. These show the grantor,
grantee, consideration, dimensions of the tract in metes and
bounds. Check the separate grantor indexes and the grantee
indexes. The original documents are on microfiche and filed by
book and then page number.
- Letters of Administration: 1813-present.
These are letters naming executrices for intestates, those
without a will. Check the index for Letters of Administration,
1813-1972. The original documents are on microfiche, filed by
year and number.
- Wills: 1813-present. These vary greatly in
the amount of family information available, but included name and
residence of testate, date of will, witnesses, date of probate
(and in some cases date of death of testator), and date of
records. Originals, including estate inventories, are on
microfiche, filed by year and number. Check the Index to Wills
- Miscellaneous: 1813-present. Documents
contain all kinds of information, from powers of attorney to
dowry agreements. Originals are filed by book letter and then
page number. Check the Miscellaneous Docket index.