Research Requests

Let our volunteers research for you! For an advance fee of $50 for non-members or $40 for members, our volunteers will research the materials in our holdings. This does not include deeds or related documents unless you can provide exact book and page numbers.

We have a high level of success with most requests, however we cannot guarantee results. Our researchers are volunteers and cannot promise an instant reply, but we try to have an answer within six months. All requests are handled in the order that they are received.

The initial fee of $50 (non-members) or $40 (members) must be received with the request. The fee includes 10 copies with additional fees charged for each page over 10. All research requires about the same amount of time regardless of the results, therefore the Center will not refund requests if no results are found. All fees are non-refundable. A full schedule of fees may be found by downloading the Research Request Form.

To submit a research request, download and print the Research Request Form below, fill it in and mail it with your payment to the Bradford County Historical Society, 109 Pine Street, Towanda, PA 18848. The form is in PDF format and each field may be filled out on your computer before printing. You may also print a blank form and fill it out by hand if you prefer. Either way, the form must be signed.

If you wish to pay for your request by credit card, please call the research clerk at 570-265-2240.

Birth/Marriage/Death Notices and Deeds Only ($10.00 each): If you can give us both the month and the year, we can check our newspaper microfilm archives for notices of births, marriages and deaths. Note that births, in general, were not announced in the newspapers until the 1890's and very rarely was the child's name given, being listed only as a boy or girl. For copies of deeds, we will need the book and page number where it was recorded.

Marriage records were first required by law in 1885. Before that, there were only a few on record. Births and deaths were not required by law in Pennsylvania until 1905. After that date the records are at New Castle, PA. Prior to that, there are only a few scattered records at the Court House. There were no records lost when the Court House burned in 1847.

If you wish to pay for your request by credit card, please call the research clerk at 570-265-2240.

Research Request Form

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