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Guide to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania ancestry, family history and genealogy in courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
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Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Founded September 10, 1784
County Seat Norristown
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Address Montgomery County Courthouse
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
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Montgomery County Pennsylvania Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1893 1885 1893 1784 1784 1784 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1906. General compliance by 1915.

Parent Counties: Formed from Philadelphia County 10 September 1784. [2]

County Seat: Norristown

Neighboring Counties: Montgomery County residents may also have records in:[3]

Montgomery County was named for either Richard Montgomery, the American Revolutionary War general who was killed at Battle of Quebec in 1775 or for Montgomeryshire, Wales, from where much of early Welsh Quakers came from. The Quakers settled in the Welsh Tract. Early histories yielded nothing as to how the name came to be.

Description[edit | edit source]

It's county is located in the South Central area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

No counties were formed from Montgomery County.

For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps" (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the website.

Records Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
HomeTownLocator WorldCat BillionGraves
PAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Tombstone Photos PAGravestones
Cemetery Project Epodunk
Pennsylvania Genealogy Access Genealogy
BillionGraves (name) Interment
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

  • PA-Roots
  • Names in Stone
  • Ancestry($)
  • The Mennonite Heritage Center
    565 Yoder Road
    Harleysville PA 19438-1020
    Phone: 215-256-3020
    The Cemetery Database at the Mennonite Heritage Center includes 86,000 burial records from 125 local cemeteries. Records cover cemeteries in the counties of Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Westmoreland. The database provides transcriptions from Mennonite, Brethren, Lutheran, Reformed, Union, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, community, and private cemeteries. Search the list of cemeteries and the alphabetical surname lists in Adobe PDF format.

    Visit the Mennonite Heritage Center to search the cemetery database by various criteria. The transcriptions are available for further research at the MHC library.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational[edit | edit source]
Montgomery County Pennsylvania Churches
Contains the church records of:
  • Ambler: Calvary United Methodist Church; Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Anconia Township: Anconia Mennonite Cemetery Gravestone Inscriptions; Salford Mennonite Church
  • Ardmore: Methodist Episcopal Church; United Methodist Church
  • Barren Hill: St. Peter's Lutheran Church
  • Blue Bell: Boehm's Reformed Church (United Church of Christ)
  • Bridgeport: Christ Church
  • Collegeville: Skippack Brethren Cemetery; Trinity Christian Church; Trinity Reformed Cemetery
  • Conshohocken: Calvary Church; Calvary Episcopal Church
  • Eagleville: Lower Providence Presbyterian Church
  • East Greenville: New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ
  • Elkins Park: Church of the Annunciation
  • Fairview: Riton Brethren Cemetery
  • Flourtown: David H. Kollock III Funeral Homes, Record Books; First Presbyterian Church
  • Franconia: Indian Creek Reformed Church
  • Harleysville: Vincent Mennonite Cemetery
  • Lansdale: Plains Mennonite Cemetery
  • Limerick: James Union Lutheran and Reformed
  • Lower Salford Township: Salford Mennonite Church
  • Marion: Westminster Cemetery Company
  • Montgomeryville: Montgomery Square United Methodist
  • New Hanover: New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Norristown: Christ United Church of Christ; St. John's Episcopal Church; St. John's Episcopal Church (2)
  • Oaks: Germantown Ministry Church of the Brethren
  • Obelisk: St. Luke's Lutheran Church
  • Plymouth: Reverend L O Knipp Diary and Pastoral Record
  • Potts Grove: Presbyterian Church
  • Pottstown: Christ Episcopal Church; Trinity United Church of Christ
  • Prospectville: Prospectville Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Rockhill: Rockhill Mennonite Church
  • Roxborough: St. Timothy's Episcopal Church; St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church [sic]
  • Schwenksville: Mennonite Cemetery
  • Skippack: Charles M. Pool Undertaker Records; Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery; Neutralist Newspaper; Upper Skippack Mennonite Cemetery; Warren G. Bean Ministerial Records
  • Towamencin Township: Towamencin Mennonite Cemetery Gravestone Inscriptions
  • Trappe: Frank W. Shalkop Undertaker Records
  • Upper Frederick Township: Riton Brethren Cemetery
  • Upper Hanover: Gehman Family Papers
  • Upper Providence: Providence Mennonite Cemetery
  • Worcester: Worcester Mennonite Cemetery
  • 1682-1800 Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Montgomery County, 1682-1800. Washington, D.C.: Humphrey Pub., 1993. FHL Book 974.812 K2h.
Contains baptisms of Abington Friends Monthly Meeting, Lower Merion Friends, Abington Presbyterian Church, Gwynedd Friends Monthly Meeting, Lower Dublin or Pennypack Baptist, Augustus Evangelical Lutheran Church at Trappe, New Goshenhoppen Reformed, St. Paul's Lutheran at Red Hill, New Hanover Lutheran, Falkner Swamp Reformed, Horsham Friends Monthly Meeting, Old Goshenhoppen Lutheran, Indian Creek Reformed, Indianfield Lutheran, St. Luke's Reformed at Trappe, Wentz's Reformed, Boehm's Reformed, Old Goshenhoppen Reformed Church, St. Paul's Lutheran at Barren Hill, Trinity Reformed at Pottstown, St. Paul's Lutheran at Ardmore, St. John's Lutheran at Centre Square, Emanuel Lutheran at Pottstown, St. Peter's Lutheran in North Wales Township, St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal, Plymouth Friends Monthly Meeting, records of Rev. John Casper Stoever (Lutheran), and records of Rev. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (Lutheran).
Episcopalian[edit | edit source]

St. James's Church, Perkiomen

Early registers, which began in 1730, are lost. Surviving registers date from 1800.[5]

For a history, read:

  • Barrow, A.J. "St. James's, Perkiomen," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 19 (1895):87-95. For free online access, see WeRelate.

St. Thomas's Church, Whitemarsh

Early registers "were destroyed in the Revolution."[5]

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Augustus Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trappe

Indianfield Lutheran Church, Franconia Township

Lutheran Church, New Hanover

  • 1745-1809 Marriage Record of the Lutheran Church, New Hanover, Montgomery County, PA., 1748-1800 (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 7) at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.

Lutheran Church, Old Goshenhoppen

St. Peter's Yellow Church, North Wales Township

  • 1787-1856 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1787-1856: St. Peter's Yellow Church, North Wales Township at Ancestry ($). Births, marriages, deaths.
Methodist[edit | edit source]
  • 1920 Directory, First Cheltenham Methodist Episcopal Church, Cheltenham, Pa. ... February, 1920 at Ancestry ($).
Presbyterian[edit | edit source]

Ashbourne Presbyterian Church, Elkins Park

Presbyterian Church, Abington

Reformed[edit | edit source]

Boehm's Reformed Church

  • Directory, Boehm's Reformed Church ... Blue Bell Montgomery County, Pa., founded 1740 ... at Ancestry ($).

Indian Creek Reformed Church

  • 1753-1851 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1753-1851: Indian Creek Reformed Church at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages.

Reformed Church, Falkner Swamp

  • 1748-1800 Marriage Record of the Reformed Church, Falkner Swamp, Montgomery County, PA., 1748-1800 (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 6) at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.
  • 1748-1854 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1748-1854: Falckner Swamp Reformed Congregation at Ancestry ($). Births, marriages, deaths.

St. Paul's Memorial Church

  • Directory, St. Paul's Memorial Church ... Oaks, Pa. ... Lent, 1926 at Ancestry ($).

Trinity Reformed Church, Pottstown

  • 1770-1865 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1770-1865: Trinity Reformed Church of Pottstown at Ancestry ($). Births, marriages, deaths.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy court records are housed at the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be available at a local Family History Center. Call ahead for availability.

Court of Common Pleas[edit | edit source]

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Montgomery County has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[7]

Clerk of the Courts[edit | edit source]

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[8] For the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.

Prothonotary[edit | edit source]

The office of the Prothonotary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax liens, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the Courthouse section on this page for the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Prothonotary office information.

Mark Levy, Prothonotary
Office of the Prothonotary
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
Phone: 610-278-3360

Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)[edit | edit source]

See Vital Records
The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters. The name of the Court is derived from the more general definition of "orphan," that being a person or thing that is without protective affiliation or sponsorship. This would include those not capable of handling their own affairs, minors, incapacitated persons, decedents estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts. It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.

It is believed the name of this court was borrowed from the Court of Orphans of the city of London, England which had the care and guardianship of children of deceased citizens, in their minority.[9]

For Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.

D. Bruce Hanes, Esq.,
Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court
One Montgomery Plaza, 4th floor
Norristown, PA 19404
Orphans' Court: 610-278-3400
Marriage License: 610-278-3414

Mailing Address:
Montgomery County Register of Wills/Orphans' Court
Marriage License Department
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Court Records in online catalogs like:

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

For information about emigration into Pennsylvania, see the Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration page.

Ethnic Groups[edit | edit source]

Germans[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

  • United States Geographic Survey Place Names - GNIS for Montgomery County  (over 2000)
    (may not always be present in alphabetic order on first try.)

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Published Histories[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land records in Montgomery County began in 1850. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, and maps. Property records include liens as well as livestock brands and estray records.

The following are examples of available resources:

Online Land Records

The Register and Recorder offers online access to land records (available years are unknown). The online indexes are free but fees apply for copies.

Land Record Abstracts

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

Note that the "Maps" section below also includes maps related to land ownership.

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office. county pennsylvania townships.png
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Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps[edit | edit source]

Montgomery County

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to Montgomery County for European settlers included:

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Local newspapers published obituaries on many Montgomery County Revolutionary War veterans. Summers abstracted these records and his article is available for free online:

  • Summers, William. "Obituary Notices of Pennsylvania Soldiers of the Revolution," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 38 (1914):443-460. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. See Pennsylvania Naturalization for more information about the types of records and availability.

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm

Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

Additional naturalization indexes can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, historical/genealogical societies, college or university libraries, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.

For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers

Newspapers of Montgomery County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Newspaper heading

Online Obituary Abstracts

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Indentured Servants[edit | edit source]
  • List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe. Online at: Immigrant Servants Database. Includes list of imported servants and transported convicts who served labor terms in Colonial York County, Pennsylvania.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Poorhouse, Almshouse[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate matters in Montgomery County are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates; appointments of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills; inheritance tax appeals, and various petitions and motions.

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:

Online Probate Indexes

  • 1784-1850 Williams, Richard T. Index of Wills & Estate Settlements, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1784-1850. Danboro, Pa.: R.T. and M.C. Williams, 1972. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Online Probate Records

Many original Montgomery County probate records are available free online as digital images at:

  • 1784-1973 Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 at - free. Includes Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Will Index (1784-1942), Will Books 1-34 (1784-1907); Administration Record Index (1784-1941); Estate Index A-Z (1784-1973); Orphan's Court Dockets Volumes 1-15 (1784-1866); Proceedings Index Volumes 1-45 (1784-1973).

Online Probate Record Abstracts

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]
  • The Pennsylvania Archives collection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.

This organization has over "200 unpublished records from churches in Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh and Bucks County, from the Schwenkfelder, Reformed, Lutheran, Mennonite, Brethren, and Roman Catholic congregations." It also has many years of five local newspapers, family genealogies and files, local and county histories, diaries, printed fraktur, cemetery records, photographs, and other types of records.
The Archives has the records of this Jewish synagogue from its founding in 1847 to the present.
Courthouse[edit | edit source]
This office probates wills, processes intestate estates, and is an agent for the Commonwealth in collecting inheritance taxes.The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court issues marriage licenses and has charge of the Orphans’ Court dockets. Petitions for adoptions are filed here. The Register of Wills also keeps the records of all persons born in Montgomery County between 1893 and 1915. Records after that time are filed with the Department of Health.
  • Recorder of Deeds
    One Montgomery Plaza
    Swede and Airy Streets, Suite 303
    P.O. Box 311
    Norristown, PA 19404
Records and collects deeds. mortgages, and other land records for the county.
This office is responsible for recording and filing a wide variety of legal papers such as: personal injury, medical malpractice, divorce, custody, protection from abuse, judgments, change of name, District Justice appeals, Federal income tax liens, and administers oaths and affirmations. They also processes passport applications.
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy is the Pottstown Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries[edit | edit source]
The Montgomery Area Public Library is part of the Lycoming County Library System. The system has genealogical, historical, and biographical items in their collection.
At this time the library and archives are only available by appointment:
Dona M. McDermott, Archivist
The Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania support the John L. Ruth Historical Library and Museum at the Mennonite Heritage Center. Located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania the records and resources of this treasure also cover the counties of Bucks, Chester, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphia. The website provides a comprehensive overview of library resources, online cemetery database, manuscript collections, photo collections, archival collections, and more.
Museums[edit | edit source]
The museum has collections of art works, political items, military information, music, history, and more.
Societies[edit | edit source]
The Society preserves historic resources of the Township of Lower Merion and the Borough of Narberth. They have a collection of online biographical sketches, burial records, early maps, and other historical items. In their library are countless records that can be identified by online searches.
The Society was established in 1881. They have a Library containing over thirty thousand titles including books, pamphlets, newspapers and archival materials, family files, censuses, city directories, maps, photographs, county and church records, and scrapbooks. A guide to the library will prepare you to visit their facility.

Schools[edit | edit source]

Pottstown, PA High School: 1941 Football Team Photo with names of individuals.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

  • 1798 Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at Ancestry ($).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

The following records are available at the Montgomery County Records Department:

  • 1852-1855 Birth, Marriage and Death Records
  • 1893-1915 Birth and Death Records
  • 1841-1966 Delayed Birth Certificates
  • 1885 to present Marriage Records, with bride and groom index

Montgomery County Records Department
2000 Old Arch Rd
Norristown PA 19404
Phone: 610-278-3441
Fax: 610-292-4966

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.

See also How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]

The following records are available at the Montgomery County Records Department:

  • 1841-1966 Delayed Birth Certificates
  • 1852-1855 Birth Records
  • 1893-1915 Birth Records

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

  • 1726-1930 Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
  • 1852-1854 Pennsylvania Births – ($) Index with images.
  • 1893-1895 Montgomery County Birth Index 1893-1895 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[6]
Marriage[edit | edit source]

The following records are available at the Montgomery County Records Department:

Marriage records older than 25 years are not available at the courthouse. These records need to be brought in from an off site storage facility. When the record has been brought to the courthouse, the patron will be notified and may pick up the record at that time.

Order records by completing the following form.

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy clerk's office for these records.

  • 1626-2016 - Pennsylvania, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
  • 1677-1950 Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950 at FamilySearch — index and images
  • 1700-1821 Pennsylvania Marriage Records – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • 1725-1976 Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as: Family Records, Church Records, Civil Registration. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.
  • Pre-1810 Pennsylvania Marriages – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
  • 1812-1839 Van Booskirk, Mahlon. "Marriages from Squire Van Booskirk's Docket," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 30 (1906):437-444. For free online access, see WeRelate. Van Booskirk was a Justice of the Peace. Republished as: "Marriage Record of Mahlon Van Booskirk," Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Mar. 1911):305-311. For online access, see WeRelate; the Family History Library also has this series in its collection: FHL Book 974.8 B2p.
  • 1852-1854 Pennsylvania Marriages – ($) Index with images.
  • 1885-1950 Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950 Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
  • 1947-2010 Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010 at FamilySearch — index and images
  • Index to Marriage Records at USGenWeb - Includes two indexes: the first is an alphabetical listing of brides and grooms in local newspapers, the second is a county marriage license search from the early 1990s to the presennt.
Divorce[edit | edit source]

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.

Death[edit | edit source]

The following records are available at the Montgomery County Records Department:

  • 1852-1855 Death Records
  • 1893-1915 Death Records

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Montgomery County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Montgomery County Pennsylvania Places[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Home Rule Muncipalities

  • Bryn Athyn
  • Cheltenham Township
  • Horsham Township
  • Norristown
  • Plymouth Township
  • Whitemarsh Township


  • Ambler
  • Bridgeport
  • Collegeville
  • Conshohocken
  • East Greenville
  • Green Lane
  • Hatboro
  • Hatfield
  • Jenkintown
  • Lansdale
  • Narberth
  • North Wales
  • Pennsburg
  • Pottstown
  • Red Hill
  • Rockledge
  • Royersford
  • Schwenksville
  • Souderton
  • Telford
  • Trappe
  • West Conshohocken


  • Abington
  • Douglass
  • East Norriton
  • Franconia
  • Hatfield
  • Limerick
  • Lower Frederick
  • Lower Gwynedd
  • Lower Merion
  • Lower Moreland
  • Lower Pottsgrove
  • Lower Providence
  • Lower Salford
  • Marlborough
  • Montgomery
  • New Hanover
  • Perkiomen
  • Salford
  • Skippack
  • Springfield
  • Towamencin
  • Upper Dublin
  • Upper Frederick
  • Upper Gwynedd
  • Upper Hanover
  • Upper Merion
  • Upper Moreland
  • Upper Pottsgrove
  • Upper Providence
  • Upper Salford
  • West Norriton
  • West Pottsgrove
  • Whitpain
  • Worcester


  • Ardmore
  • Ardsley
  • Audubon
  • Bala Cynwyd
  • Barren Hill
  • Bethayres
  • Blue Bell
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Crestmont
  • Dresher
  • Eagleville
  • Elkins Park
  • Erdenheim
  • Evansburg
  • Flourtown
  • Fort Washington
  • Gilbertsville
  • Gladwyne
  • Glenside
  • Graterford
  • Gulph Mills
  • Halfway House
  • Harleysville
  • Haverford
  • Hollywood
  • Horsham
  • Huntingdon Valley
  • Jarrettown
  • King of Prussia
  • Kulpsville
  • Lafayette Hill
  • La Mott
  • Laverock
  • Linfield
  • Maple Glen
  • Montgomeryville
  • Meadowbrook
  • Melrose Park
  • Merion
  • Miquon
  • Mont Clare
  • Noble
  • North Hills
  • Oaks
  • Oreland
  • Penn Wynne
  • Perkiomenville
  • Plymouth Meeting
  • Port Indian
  • Port Providence
  • Pottsgrove
  • Prospectville
  • Rosemont
  • Roslyn
  • Roychester
  • Rydal
  • Sanatoga
  • Skippack
  • Spring House
  • Spring Mount
  • Stowe
  • Three Tons
  • Trooper
  • Villanova
  • Wayne
  • Willow Grove
  • Wyncote
  • Wyndmoor
  • Wynnewood
  • Zieglersville

Montgomery County Pennsylvania Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Page 588-593 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 579-581.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Pennsylvania.
  4.,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/12/2017
  5. 5.0 5.1 Philip Syng Physick Conner,"Registers of the Anglican Church in Pennsylvania prior to 1800," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 12 (1888):341-349. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  7. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania accessed 10 July 2012.
  8. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  9. The Philadelphia Courts at accessed 10 July 2012