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Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
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Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Facts

Montgomery County

When was Montgomery County, PA Created?
Montgomery County was established on September 10, 1784 from Philadelphia County. The county was named for the historic Welsh county of Montgomeryshire or Richard Montgomery, a general killed in the 1775 Battle of Quebec.

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

What counties are adjacent to Montgomery County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Lehigh County (north), Bucks County (northeast), Philadelphia County (southeast), Delaware County (southwest), Chester County (west), Berks County (northwest).

Montgomery County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Montgomery County, PA?
Municipalities located in Montgomery County include Townships: Abington, Cheltenham, Douglass, East Norriton, Franconia, Hatfield, Horsham, Limerick, Lower Frederick, Lower Gwynedd, Lower Merion, Lower Moreland, Lower Pottsgrove, Lower Providence, Lower Salford, Marlborough, Montgomery, New Hanover, Perkiomen, Plymouth, 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, Whitemarsh, Whitpain, Worcester. Boroughs: Ambler, Bridgeport, Bryn Athyn, Collegeville, Conshohocken, East Greenville, Green Lane, Hatboro, Hatfield, Jenkintown, Lansdale, Narberth, Norristown, North Wales, Pennsburg, Pottstown, Red Hill, Rockledge, Royersford, Schwenksville, Souderton, Telford (lies partly in Bucks County, Trappe, West Conshohocken. See also Montgomery County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.

Montgomery County, PA Vital Records

Where can find Montgomery County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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.

Montgomery County, PA Census Records

What Montgomery County, PA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Montgomery 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.

Montgomery Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Montgomery Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Montgomery 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

Montgomery County, PA Courthouse and Government Records

Montgomery County Courthouse

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

  • Montgomery County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: Airy & Swede Streets, Norristown, PA 19404
    • Phone: (610) 278-3411
  • Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds is responsible for recording documents related to property. Documents recorded consist of, but are not limited to, deeds, mortgages, restrictions, notaries, public and elected county officers. Other documents, such as Military Service Discharges, foreign birth certificates, as well as obscure documents like cattle brands, are also recorded here.
    • Phone: (610) 278-3289
    • Land Records: 1784 (Some early deed books are in the county archives (see below) and the county historical society)
  • Montgomery County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has been the clerk of court of common pleas since 1707. Court records here include divorces, naturalizations, peddlers' licenses, registration of attorneys, oaths of county officers, equity, sheriff's sales, juror lists, some tax records, and some civil court records.Other court records are with the clerk of courts.
    • Phone: (610) 278-3346
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1784
  • Montgomery County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk are often the same person, sometimes sharing the responsibility of the recorder of deeds and clerk of courts as well. The Register of Wills' principal duties include probating wills and accepting for filing all documents necessary to complete the administration of a decedent's estate. The Clerk of Orphans' Court, our office serves as the filing office and custodian of records for matters involving adoptions, guardianships and estate litigation. The office also issues all marriage licenses. Since 1885 the clerk of the orphans' court in each county has had the responsibility of recording marriages
    • Phone: (610) 278-3411
    • Marriage & Probate Records: 1784 (Most records through the mid-1980s are in the Montgomery County Archives Center, 1880 Markley St., Norristown 19401)
    • Birth & Death Records: before Jan 1906
  • Montgomery County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
  • Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993
  • Index of wills & estate settlements, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1784-1850
  • Early Pennsylvania Land Records  
  • BLM Land Records

Montgomery County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Montgomery County, PA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Montgomery 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.

Montgomery Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Montgomery Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Montgomery Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Montgomery Co. PA General and History Websites

Montgomery Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Montgomery Co. PA Military Records

Montgomery Co. PA Schools & Directories

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