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Berks County, Pennsylvania
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Berks County, Pennsylvania Facts

Berks County

When was Berks County, PA Created?
Berks County was established on March 11, 1752 from Chester County, Lancaster County and Philidelphia County. The county was named for the English county of Berkshire.

What is the County Seat of Berks County, PA?
The County Seat is located in Reading and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Berks County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Schuykill County (north), Lehigh County (northeast), Montgomery County (southeast), Chester County (south), Lancaster County (southwest), Lebanon County (west).

Berks County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Berks County, PA?
Municipalities located in Berks County include Townships: Albany, Alsace, Amity, Bern, Bethel, Brecknock, Caernarvon, Centre, Colebrookdale, Cumru, District, Douglass, Earl, Exeter, Greenwich, Heidelberg, Hereford, Jefferson, Longswamp, Lower Alsace, Lower Heidelberg, Maidencreek, Marion, Maxatawny, Muhlenberg, North Heidelberg, Oley, Ontelaunee, Penn, Perry, Pike, Richmond, Robeson, Rockland, Ruscombmanor, South Heidelberg, Spring, Tilden, Tulpehocken, Union, Upper Bern, Upper Tulpehocken, Washington, Windsor. Boroughs: Adamstown, Bally, Bechtelsville, Bernville, Birdsboro, Boyertown, Centerport, Fleetwood, Hamburg, Kenhorst, Kutztown, Laureldale, Leesport, Lenhartsville, Lyons, Mohnton, Mount Penn, New Morgan, Robesonia, St. Lawrence, Shillington, Shoemakersville, Sinking Spring, Strausstown, Topton, Wernersville, West Reading, Womelsdorf, Wyomissing. Cities & Towns: Reading. See also Berks County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Berks County, PA Vital Records

Where can find Berks County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Berks County vital records can be found at the Pennsylvania Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records since 1906 and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Pennsylvania for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

You can search online for Berks County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Pennsylvania  Birth CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail. Walk-in service is available at any of these six public offices: Erie, Harrisburg, New Castle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton.

Berks County, PA Census Records

What Berks County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Berks County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Berks Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Berks Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Berks Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Pennsylvania Census Records Research Guide

Berks County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Berks County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Berks County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Berks County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Pennsylvania Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Berks County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Berks County, PA?
A list of Berks County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Pennsylvania Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Berks County, PA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Berks County, PA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Berks County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is basically a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Berks Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Berks Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Berks Co. PA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Berks Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Berks Co. PA General and History Websites

Berks Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Berks Co. PA Military Records

Berks Co. PA Schools & Directories

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