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My name is Tammy Clark, and I am your Northumberland County host. Submissions are encouraged.  Please email me and include source information if possible to help other researchers.  My goal is to make as much free information available as possible.  Updates will be made regularly to this site, so keep checking back!  I regret that I am unable to do personal research.



Northumberland County Data Online
Recent Updates:
November 24, 2014: List of obituary for 2004 Daily Item, Sunbury, PA, over 1300 Names
July 21, 2014:  added 1890 Veterans Census for Cameron Twp. and Coal Township.
July 7, 2014: add birth notice for Derslam, marriage notice for Montgomer/Kerr , death notices for Jermiah Snyder and George Goss and two misc. news articles for 1830
June 19, 2014: added Northumberland County Business' and Shamokin Public Places from City Directory 1889-1891
May 8, 2014: Added bios for Wilbur Ball and William Reese
April 10, 2014: Obituaries notices from January-February 1894, The Evening Item, Sunbury for the following surnames: Bosley, Christ, Culton, Delp, Fox, Geist, Jones, Kerlin, Kessler, Lake, Miller, Reeder, Rockefeller, Roush, Shick,  Smith(2), Starner, Strusser, Wesner
March 17, 2014: State taxes for 1785 Residents, Non-Residents and Singel Freeman for Augusta, Turbutt and Buffalo Township
February 17, 2014: Added City Directory for Sunbury 1884-85 (over 1,700 names), also adding Business Listings for Milton, Mt. Carmel, Northumberland and Watsontown for 1884-1885 from the City Directory
January 28, 2014: Added list of Northumberland County Cemetery, a link to Shamokin Cemetery has been added-where there is a complete list of burials, Thank you Tracy Eveland (Donnelly)
Past Updates 





















Created on March 21, 1772, from parts of Berks, Bedford, Cumberland, Lancaster and Northampton Counties. It probably was named for the English county of the same name. Sunbury, the county seat was laid out in 1772, incorporated as a borough on March 24, 1797, and became a city in 1921. It was named for an English village near London. The present county area is land acquired by purchases from Indians in 1749 and 1768, but until the formation of Lycoming County in 1795 it included a vast amount of north central Pennsylvania as far as the Allegheny River. Iroquois, Delaware, and Shawnee Indians once had sites along the Susquehanna River. Fort Augusta (at Sunbury) was a key point in frontier defense from 1756 to 1765, but permanent white settlement began in 1768. Tories and Indians chastised the population in 1778–1779. The confluence of the East and West Branches of the Susquehanna made this a center for gathering lumber and other products to move south. Canals improved the arrangement. After 1835 rail cars carried anthracite coal to the river and the county became a mining leader in the 1850s. The older lumber and farming economy contrasted with the anthracite economy of Mt. Carmel and Shamokin; railroads rushed in to carry the coal directly to the east. The lumber industry was enlarged by Ario Pardee. The fourth largest anthracite producing county until 1952, Northumberland then rose to its present third place. Thomas Edison’s electric lights in Sunbury in 1883 were a technical breakthrough paralleling Joseph Priestley’s scientific discoveries, many of which were made in his Northumberland home. Shamokin was the center for agriculture in the central section of the county. Milton became the site of an American Car & Foundry (ACF) factory in the 1920s. County population has declined in each census since 1930, when it stood at 128,504. Silk, textiles, and cigars were once major products. Farms cover 43 percent of the land, and Northumberland is a leading county for producing chickens, swine, soybeans, and barley.



Cities, Boroughs and Townships

Coal Township Delaware Township East Cameron Township East Chillisquaque Township Edgewood
Elysburg Fairview-Ferndale Herndon Jackson Township Jordan Township
Kulpmont Lewis Township Little Mahanoy Township Lower Augusta Township Lower Mahanoy Township
Marion Heights Marshallton McEwensville Milton Mount Carmel Township
Mount Carmel Northumberland Point Township Ralpho Township Riverside
Rockefeller Township Rush Township Shamokin Township Shamokin Snydertown
Sunbury Trevorton Turbot Township Turbotville Upper Augusta Township
Upper Mahanoy Township Washington Township Watsontown West Cameron Township West Chillisquaque Township
Zerbe Township        

Surronding Counties

Lycoming County (north), Montour County (northeast), Columbia County (east), Schuylkill County (southeast), Dauphin County (south), Perry County (southwest), Juniata County (west), Snyder County (west), Union County (west)



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