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The Historical Society's mission is to collect historical artifacts and documents, to preserve historical landmarks, to provide opportunities for education and research and to preserve the PA German language and other local dialects and finally, to preserve the culture of the past, present and future.
404 Old Philly Pike, Kempton, PA 19529
Genealogy database offering hundreds of resources on researching one’s family history, including such items as federal census records, passenger ship manifests, and other documents. During the Corona Crisis, access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner, Ancestry. This is a two-step process. For home access, follow the instructions below.
- Right click and open this link in a new tab. This will bring you to the catalog where you will be prompted to log in by entering in your bar code and PIN.
- Then, use this link to access Ancestry Library.
Charts & Forms
- Ancestral Chart — records the ancestors from whom you directly descend--those for whom you intend to compile a complete and correct family unit.
- Family Group Sheet — each piece of information concerning a pedigree ancestor and his/her family is placed on a worksheet.
- Research Calendar — gives an account of every record source you have searched and serves as a reminder of what you have already done and where you have found pertinent information.
- Research Extract — to summarize information which cannot be photocopied, for which there is no document in your possession, or for things such as deeds which may be time-consuming or difficult to reread quickly
The Berks County Genealogical Society contains exhaustive church and cemetery records for Berks County, as well as histories of many local families. Fee-based researchers are available through the society as well. The library is now open 7 days a week at GoggleWorks.
201 Washington St., Room 413, Reading, PA 19601-0404
This site is part of the USGenWeb Project, and provides transcriptions of historical documents.
The Register of Wills has a repository of Berks County birth, death, and marriage records (all of which pre-date 1905); their database is searchable online for free.
Services Center, 2nd Floor, 633 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601
The Boyertown Area Historical Society was established in 1972 to preserve the history of the Boyertown area. The area served by the Historical Society comprises the boroughs of Boyertown, Bally, and Bechtelsville, and the townships of Colebrookdale, Douglass Berks, Douglass Montgomery, Earl, New Hanover, Upper Frederick, and Washington. Phone hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and walk-in hours Thursdays 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Some of the items available are the Berks Census for the period 1790-1850, and The Boyertown Times for the period 1869-1920. A microfilm reader is available.
43 S. Chestnut Street, Boyertown, PA 19512
The Fleetwood Historical Society was established in 1991 as a non-profit organization by a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the rich historic heritage of the Fleetwood area.
110 Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA
The purpose of the society is to preserve the historic records of the area encompassing the Hamburg Area School District by collecting historical materials and pertinent artifacts.
102 State Street, Hamburg, PA 19526
"The Historical Society boasts numerous family histories as well as extensive church and cemetery records."
940 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601
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The Kutztown Area Historical Society (KAHS) was formed in 1974-75 as one of the earliest Berks County historical societies. The society collects and preserves material culture artifacts (tools and implements, textiles, photographs, folk art, advertising, etc.) and non-circulating library and archive of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and other materials reflecting the history, culture, and genealogy of the Kutztown area, history and culture of Kutztown and its environs, including the greater northeastern Berks County region.
P.O. Box 307, Normal Avenue and Whiteoak Street, Kutztown, PA 19530
Founded in 1891, the Pennsylvania German Society is a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the study of the Pennsylvania German people and their 325+ year history in America. "This society proudly helps preserve the multifaceted aspects of the Pennsylvania German experience, both past and present."
P.O. Box 244, Kutztown, PA 19530
The society has established a local history reference and genealogy library for Morgantown, Caernarvon Township, upper Conestoga Creek Valley, and the upper French Creek Valley.
PO Box 352, 590 Willow Glenn Road, Morgantown, PA 19543