Register & Recorder
About the Department
The office of Register and Recorder in Bradford County is the official recorder of deeds, mortgages, power of attorneys, satisfaction pieces, oil leases, ordinances, assignments and releases of mortgages. It is also the collection agency for the Department of Revenue for the 1% Realty Transfer Tax on each deed and the collection agency for the school districts and municipalities. Under the Register of Wills the office probates approximately 350 to 400 estates a year, and collects over 2 million dollars in inheritance tax. It is a part of the court system and holds hearings on will contests and anything that is appealed due to probate.
This office is responsible for the administration of marriage licenses, adoptions, relinquishments, settlements and guardianships. The office has birth and death records from 1893 through 1905 and it does several hundred genealogy letters each year. Deed and mortgage indexes are available on the computer back to 1970 and we are in the process of scanning the rest of the books. You can search on the computer by name, date, location, parcel number and instrument type. Turnaround time for recording is about 3 days. The instrument is received, scanned, proofed, verified, and then it is returned. Maps that are approved by the Bradford County Planning Commission are also recorded here.
Recorder/Register/Clerk of the Orphan's Court
Shirley has worked in the Recorder/Register/Clerk of the Orphan's Court Office since 1965, and is presently serving her 9th term. Shirley has a son Randy. She is a member of LeRaysville Eastern Star, is a past Matron, a former District Deputy and is presently serving as secretary. She is a past regent of Mach-Wi-Hi-Lusing DAR, and is currently serving as treasurer. Shirley is a member of the Bradford County Council of Republican Women, and is a past president. Her memberships also include the Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association, and the Pennsylvania Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphan' Court Association.
Contact the Department
Bradford County Courthouse
301 Main Street
Towanda, PA 18848
Phone: (570) 265-1702
Fax: (570) 265-1721