S32 F74 The website MapofUS shows the formation of counties as they split off from parental units.
Berks County, Pennsylvania Genealogy
For additional information, Wikipedia presents a helpful table of facts about Pennsylvania counties with embedded maps showing county locations. Ancestry has recently published death certificates for Pennsylvania from Online vital records for Pennsylvania include a mix of church and civil data and are available at both the Family History Library births from , marriages from , county marriages from and Ancestry births, marriages, deaths—check the card catalog for statewide and individual county holdings.
The preceding links are only examples of the holdings of both FamilySearch. Online records for the city of Philadelphia are particularly robust. P48 volume This collection spans the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century and covers all counties in the state. P41 2d ser. F47 R4 volumes 1 and 2.
Later records include Congregational and Roman Catholic. A sampling of the NEHGS offerings for selected denominations may be found by following the links above. Thanks to William Penn, land records in Pennsylvania are generally excellent. However, they are complex and sometimes challenging to navigate.
As described on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website , the process of conveying land involves five types of records:. Probate records -- wills, letters of administration, and inventories—are among the most valuable sources for the family historian. Unique resources at the NEHGS library include will abstracts for many counties as well as will indices for additional counties across the state.
Prior to the first federal census, many counties kept lists of property owners for purposes of taxation. Property included real estate as well as livestock. Another useful source of information is the Pennsylvania septennial census conducted every seven years beginning in for tax and representation purposes. These censuses help the family historian fill in the gaps between the decennial federal censuses and are available at Ancestry. The City of Philadelphia, on the Delaware River, has been a major port of entry into the country since the s. Several excellent online and published lists for the port exist:.
Collection of 30, Pennsylvania Immigrants from by I. R ; also available at FamilySearch. G3 S8 ; also available at Archive. T48 ; also available at Ancestry. E5 P47 ; also available at Ancestry. In addition to the Swedish, Dutch, and English settlers mentioned in the introduction, other important groups emigrated to and settled in Pennsylvania: Germans many from the Palatinate , Scots-Irish, and of course, Quaker.
While some individuals stayed in the Philadelphia region, others used old Indian trails and new roads, such as the Great Valley or Wagon Road from Philadelphia , through Lancaster, Gettysburg, to Western Maryland and into Virginia. For a more in-depth view of migration routes within Pennsylvania, consult the wonderfully detailed and heavily illustrated with maps, Indian Paths of Pennsylvania by Paul Wallace. Swedish: New Sweden on the Delaware : by C. Weslager general history ; The Census of the Swedes on the Delaware by Peter Stebbins Craig family names and genealogical abstracts.
Periodicals represent the scholarly work of hundreds of local, state, national, and international societies and organizations.
In a periodical, the family historian might find newly transcribed manuscript materials, indexes and abstracts of source materials, local genealogies, as well as newly uncovered information about residents of the area. M45 M Breinigsville, Pa.
Both volumes include considerable genealogical information as well as indexes of ships, European place names, and surnames. Eighteenth and nineteenth century emigrants from Lachen-Speyerdorf in the Palatinate. Alphabetical list of emigrants with considerable genealogical information.
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Eighteenth century emigrants from Langenselbold in Hesse to America. Myerstown, Pa. Extensive genealogical information on 18th century emigrants from Langenselbold, many of whom settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Eighteenth-century emigrants from Pfungstadt, Hessen-Darmstadt to Pennsylvania. List of 18th century emigrants from Pfungstadt who settled in Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
Camden, Maine: Picton Press, Alphabetical list of emigrants from the Northern Alsace, now part of France; contains indexes of ships and surnames. Emigrants from Eppingen to America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. List of emigrants from Eppingen; contains considerable genealogical information. Grossgartach, Wuerttemberg, to Pennsylvania : some early colonial German immigrants. Extensive genealogical information on the 18th century emigrants from Grossgartach who settled in Pennsylvania. A list of emigrants from Hochstadt who settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Master index to the emigrants documented in the published works of Annette K. Burgert , F.
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Palatine origins of some Pennsylvania pioneers. Extensive genealogical information for more than Palatine immigrants to Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania pioneers from Wolfersweiler Parish, Saarland, Germany. Camden, Me. List of 18th century emigrants; contains considerable genealogical information. A list of 18th century Palatine emigrants who settled in York County, Pennsylvania. Davis, W.
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Ely, and John W. Baltimore: Clearfield Pub. Co, Every newspaper in the database is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content. Dumont, William H. Tax Lists Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, Washington, D. Egle, William Henry. Michael's and Zion Volume 3: Baptisms Translated by Robert L. Hess and edited by F. Edward Wright. Lewes, Delaware: Colonial Roots, Eshleman, H. Frank Eshleman.
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Baltimore [MD]: Genealogical Pub. Eshleman's study explores the background of the great sectarian movements in Germany, Switzerland, and Holland and focuses attention on the Mennonite families who later immigrated to Pennsylvania. The major emphasis of the book is on Lancaster County genealogy and the emigration from the Palatinate in the eighteenth century, while substantial sections are devoted to lists of early settlers and biographical sketches of those who subsequently became known as Pennsylvania Germans.
Digital copies of Philadelphia PA death certificates from I ndex to the Census of Pennsylvania. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. Index to the federal census of Pennsylvania, listing , households. Fisher, Charles A. Synder County [Pennsylvania] Pioneers. This is a collection of biographical notices of nearly 1, persons whose names appeared on tax or military rolls prior to in what is now Snyder County, Pennsylvania, which then consisted of parts of Cumberland, Northumberland, and Berks counties.
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Research in Pennsylvania. Arlington, Va: National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Publishing Co. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Persons Naturalized in the Province of Pennsylvania, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. An index to land sellers grantors and buyers grantees exists for every Pennsylvania county. All of Pennsylvania's county deed indexes were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in the s. To find a particular county deed index, bo the the www. Grubb, Farley Ward. German immigrant servant contracts registered at the port of Philadelphia, Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub.
Indentured servants are listed by date of registration. Historic Pittsburgh is a comprehensive collection of local resources that supports personal and scholarly research of the area. Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Hoenstine, Floyd G. Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research in Pennsylvania. Hollidaysburg, Pa. Box , Hollidaysburg : F. Hoenstine, Hull, William I. Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Berks County Humphrey Publications, Pennsylvania Births, Chester County Pennsylvania Births, Dauphin County Pennsylvania Births, Philadelphia County Pennsylvania Gravestone, Northampton County.
Jordan, John W. Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania.