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Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Genealogy and History

Columbia County was formed by an act of the Pennsylvania Assembly on March 22, 1813, from a portion of Old Northumberland County, and named for Columbia, a poetic name that alludes to Christopher Columbus. Its original "seat of justice" was Danville, but after years of complaints from those who had to travel a great distance to get there, Bloomsburg was made the county seat on November 30, 1847 after a vote of the citizenry. The complaints continued, now by those in Danville, and on May 3, 1850, Montour County was formed from a portion of Columbia County. After the formation of Montour County, the population of Columbia County was 17,700; as of the last census in 2010, the population was 67,295. Bloomsburg was later incorporated as a town on March 4, 1870 and remains the only incorporated town in the state.

My name is Steven Slusser and I am your Genealogy Trails host for Columbia County.
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Table of Contents

COUNTY HISTORY BIRTHS
LOCAL HISTORY TAX LISTS
CHURCHES MARRIAGES
SCHOOLS CENSUS RECORDS
EVENTS MILITARY RECORDS
BIOGRAPHIES CEMETERIES
FAMILY REUNIONS DEATHS

Recent Updates

April 2018 – Obituaries: Nelson Yaple, Mrs. Susan Eveland, Mrs. Betsy Evans, Mrs. Mary Ann Eyer, Elara Elizabeth Schaeffer, William Bradford K. Shuman, John Wesley Shuman

May 2017 – Marriage Notices: Hunt-Evans, Watter-Titsworth

Past Updates

Surrounding Counties

Lycoming County (northwest)

Sullivan County (north)

Luzerne County (east)

Schuylkill County (southeast)

Northumberland County (southwest)

Montour County (west)

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