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Montgomery County Genealogy Resources

 

Vital Records

Civil Vital Records kept at county level until 1906

  • Birth 1852-1855, 1893-1906, 1893-1915 birth records are also held by the Register of Wills, post 1906 held by the Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Marriage 1852-1855, 1885-present (post 1989 has searchable online index) held through Montgomery County Records Department
  • Death 1852-1855, 1893-1906, post 1906 held by PA Department of Health
  • Pennsylvania State Archives Birth Records 1906-1909 and Death Records 1906-1964 are digitized and searchable free to Pennsylvania residents at: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online/Pages/Vital-Statistics.aspx

Religious vital records come from various churches around the county. In some cases, these are consolidated into a single print/electronic index, in others they are state, region, town, or institutionally specific. This is where a researcher may find Colonial or 19th Century records in periods when civil records were not kept. Two useful books at Montgomery County Norristown Library might be:

  1. Baptisms and Burials from the Records of Christ Church Philadelphia 1709-1760 (L.H.C. 929.3748 B222b)
  2. Marriages and Deaths in Montgomery County Pennsylvania 1685-1800 (L.H.C. 929.3748 M519m)

Electronic Resources:

Cemetery Records

Court Records

Deed Records

Probate Records

Military Records

Naturalizations

Newspapers

  • Listing of PA Newspapers: http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php
  • Some local Newspapers at Norristown Library: The Mercury, Main Line News, The Colonial, North Penn Line, The Reporter, Souderton Independent, Times Chronicle, Times Herald (12/20/1951-7/6/1970; 11/2/1987-1/31/2011) Philadelphia Inquirer (1972-2012), New York Times (1851-present). Note: Current issues of most local newspaper are kept in paper form for four weeks only. Bolded items above are microfilmed for listed dates.

City Directories

  • Norristown Library has copies of city directories for Norristown and Bridgeport 1860-1861 and for Norristown, East Norriton, West Norriton, Bridgeport, and Plymouth Meeting 1902-1978
  • Historical Society of Montgomery County holds city directories for Norristown, Pottstown, and Bridgeport from 1860-1978
  • Ancestry.com also has searchable city directories (Note: this is a subscription web site, available for in house use)

Useful Links

Montgomery County Genealogy Resources

(Note: Many of these agencies allow you to order records online)

Birth and Death Records 1852-1855, Births 1893-1915
Montgomery County Records Department
2010 Old Arch Road
Norristown, Pa 19401
PH: 610-278-3441
Website

Birth and Death Records post 1906
PA Department of Vital Statistics
110 N. 8th St. #108
Philadelphia, PA 19107
PH: 215-560-3054
Website

Open Access PA Birth and Death records
Ancestry.com Pennsylvania (Free to PA residents)
Pennsylvania State Archives
PH: 717-783-3281
Website (read instructions carefully)

Cemetery Records
Find a Grave.com
Website

Marriage Records 1852-1855, 1885-present
Montgomery County Records Department
2010 Old Arch Road
Norristown, Pa 19401
PH: 610-278-3441
Website

Court Records
Office of the Prothonotary
P.O. BOX 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
PH: 610-278-3360
Website

Deed Records 1784-1893
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401
PH: 610-272-0297
Website

Probate Records
Register of Wills
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
PH: 610-278-3400
Website

Military Records
The National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
PH: 1-866-272-6272
Website

Military Records
PA State Archives
Website

County Naturalization Records pre-1906
Office of the Prothonotary
P.O. BOX 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
PH: 610-278-3360
Website

Naturalization Records post-1906
NARA Philadelphia Regional Facility
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096
PH: 215-305-2044
Website

Local Newspapers
Montgomery County Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell St.
Norristown, PA 19401
PH: 610-278-5100 X201
Website

City Directories
Montgomery County Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell St.
Norristown, PA 19401
PH: 610-278-5100 X201
Website

City Directories
Historical Society of Montgomery County
PH: 610-272-0297
Website

Deed Records 1850-present
Recorder of Deeds
One Montgomery Plaza
3rd Floor
Swede and Airy Streets
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
PH: 610-278-3289
Website

Naturalization Records pre-1906
PA State Archives Pennsylvania State Archives
350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
PH: 717-783-3281
Website

Questions? Please contact the Reference Department at (610) 278-5100 x201

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