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Register & Recorder

Contact Information

Bradford County Courthouse
301 Main Street
Towanda, PA 18848

Phone: (570) 265-1702
Fax: (570) 265-1721
Email: bcregrec@bradfordco.org

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Department Description

The office of the 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 one percent 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 two 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.

Services Provided

This office is responsible for the administration of:

  • Marriage licenses
  • Adoptions
  • Relinquishments
  • Settlements
  • Guardianships
  • Birth and death records (1893 through 1905)
  • Genealogy letters (several hundred a year)
  • Deed and mortgage indexes (available on the computer back to 1970*)

*We are in the process of scanning the rest of the books

Computer searches can be done by:

  • Name
  • Date
  • Location
  • Parcel number
  • Instrument type

Turnaround time for recording is about three 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 Rockefeller

    Shirley has worked in the Recorder/Register/Clerk of the Orphan’s Court Office since 1965. 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.

Documents & Forms

Genealogy Search Request

Register of Wills and Orphans Court Fee Schedule

Recorder of Deeds