Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
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Montgomery County

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.

Currently the Montgomery County Seat is located in Norristown and in addition the county government website is boa.montcopa.org

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

Municipalities situated in Montgomery County consist of 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 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into 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 with your research.

Montgomery County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Montgomery County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Montgomery County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often forget the great importance of Montgomery County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogical information. Hidden away in Pennsylvania courthouses and archives everywhere are the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Pennsylvania inhabitants. The possibilities are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least several factors of their lives in the Montgomery County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not mentioned in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures which may have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

You should speak to the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts in advance of visiting or looking for information because of sometimes changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of employees will guide individuals in locating the materials, but it's up to the man or women to complete the researching.

The below information and facts shows whatever death, marriage, birth,, land, wills, and legal records are typically in Montgomery County. The dates indicated listed below tend to be the first known records data with this county.

  • 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.

Montgomery County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to provide your own favorite Montgomery County genealogy or family history related sites.

Montgomery Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Montgomery Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Montgomery Co. PA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Montgomery Co. PA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Montgomery Co. PA Census Records

Montgomery Co. PA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Montgomery Co. PA Church & Bible Records

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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