Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy

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Montgomery County, 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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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Philadelphia County 10 September 1784. [1]
  • County Seat: Norristown
  • Neighboring Counties: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Lehigh (north) • Berks (west) • Philadelphia (southeast)  • Delaware (south)  • Chester(southwest)  • Bucks (east)

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.

Boundary Changes

No counties were formed from Montgomery County.


Bible Records


Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories Family History Library WorldCat Names in Stone
USGenWeb-tombstone photos
Billion Graves
Pennsylvania Genealogy Epodunk
Pennsylvania Gravestones
Billion Graves
Names in Stone
Access Genealogy

See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.

The Mennonite Heritage Center
565 Yoder Road
Harleysville PA 19438-1020
Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm

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.


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

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
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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).

St. James's Church, Perkiomen

Early registers, which began in 1730, are lost. Surviving registers date from 1800.[3]

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."[3]

  • 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 ($); Google Books - free.
  • 1787-1856 - Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1787-1856: St. Peter's Yellow Church, North Wales Township at Ancestry ($). Births, marriages, deaths.
  • 1920 - Directory, First Cheltenham Methodist Episcopal Church, Cheltenham, Pa. ... February, 1920 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1748-1800 - Marriage Record of the Reformed Church, Falkner Swamp, Montgomery County, PA., 1748-1800 (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 6) at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.
  • 1748-1854 - Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1748-1854: Falckner Swamp Reformed Congregation at Ancestry ($). Births, marriages, deaths.
  • 1753-1851 - Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1753-1851: Indian Creek Reformed Church at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages.
  • 1770-1865 - Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1770-1865: Trinity Reformed Church of Pottstown at Ancestry ($). Births, marriages, deaths.
  • Directory, Boehm's Reformed Church ... Blue Bell Montgomery County, Pa., founded 1740 ... at Ancestry ($).
  • Directory, St. Paul's Memorial Church ... Oaks, Pa. ... Lent, 1926 at Ancestry ($).

Court Records

Court of Common Pleas
Clerk of the Court
Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Groups



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



Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Montgomery County began in 1850. These records are filed with the Register and Recorder 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 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.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

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Ancestor Tracks has posted free downloadable images from the 1868 Barnes' Driving Map of Philadelphia and Surroundings.  This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowner and geographic sites at the date of publishing.  While the physcial maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not to be used commercially.  We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.



Revolutionary War

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


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 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


Indentured Servants


Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; 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:

  • 1784-1973Pennsylvania, 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).



Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Library and Archive
105 Seminary Street
Pennsburg, PA 18073
Phone: 215–679–3103
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.

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: (215) 887-8700
Fax: (215) 887-1070
The Archives has the records of this Jewish synagogue from 1847 when it started to the present.


Montgomery County Courthouse
493 Swede Streeet
Norristown, PA 19401
PO Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
Telephone: (610) 278-3000
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:30am - 4:15pm
Some of their offices include:

  • Register of Wills/Orphans’ Court
    One Montgomery Plaza 4th flr.
    Swede and Airy Streets
    Norristown, PA
    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.
  • Prothonotary Office
    PO Box 311
    Norristown, PA 19404-0311
    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

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.


The Mennonite Heritage Center
565 Yoder Road
Harleysville PA 19438-1020
Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm

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.


Valley Forge National Historical Park
At this time the library and archives are only available by appointment:
Dona M. McDermott, Archivist
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 North Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Office: 610-783-1034
Fax: 610-783-1060
Library: 610-296-2593 (only during scheduled appointments)

Temple Judea Museum
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road, (SE corner Township Line Road)
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 215-887-2027
The museum has collections of art works, political items, military information, music, history, and more.


The Lower Merion Historical Society
Located in the Lower Merion Academy
506 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004

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.

Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Telephone: (601) 272-0297

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.


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


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

Vital Records

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.

County-wide Database
  • 1700-1821 – Pennsylvania Marriage Records – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. It includes 35,000 marriage records from volume VIII of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.

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

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

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


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

  • 1852-1855 Marriage Records
  • 1885 - present Marriage Records, with bride and groom index

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy clerk's office for these records.
Van Booskirk was a Justice of the Peace. He kept a marriage register in the early 1800s:

  • 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.
Republished as:
  • 1812-1839 - "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.
  • 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 records are handled by the office of the Prothonotary. Records may be obtained by visiting or writing.

  • 1784 - present Divorce Records

Office of the Prothonotary
Montgomery County Courthouse
2 East Airy Street
P.O. Box 311
Norristown PA 19404-0311


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

  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Deaths – ($) Index with images.

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:

Web Sites


Populated Places

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


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  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.