We are receiving increased requests for obituaries and historical information prior to 1878. If your information states a date prior to 1878 and Bradford, PA, in all probability it is referring to Bradford County. The City of Bradford is in McKean County. Bradford County history is accessed here.

Local Records


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When you have a need for historical information related to the City of Bradford, the following archives will assist in your search:

  • Files detailing clubs, organizations and society activities.
  • Files on subjects such as aviation, railroads, business and industries, churches, and schools.
  • City of Bradford Directories - 1879 up to 1973.
  • Birth and Death Record Index 1881-1905 for the City of Bradford.
  • Telephone Directories - 1940s through present.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - 1886, 1890, 1905, 1911, 1925, 1931 (updated to 1946), 1931 (updated to 1950) and 1940.
  • Code of Ordinances for the City of Bradford.
  • City Limits magazines.
  • Historical Photos.
  • The Bradford Era newspapers 1888 through April 1946.
  • Special Editions of The Bradford Era newspaper.
  • Postcards.
  • Courant newspapers (published by Bradford Area High School Students)
  • Yearbooks for Bradford Area High School and Bradford Central Christian High School.
  • Books by local authors.