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Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Map It) was created 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. Learn More About State of Pennsylvania History
Montgomery County is bordered by Lehigh County (north), Bucks County (northeast), Philadelphia County (southeast), Delaware County (southwest), Chester County (west), Berks County (northwest). A Map of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Montgomery County Townships include 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.
Montgomery County Boroughs include Ambler, Bridgeport, Brthyn, 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, Pennsylvania Courthouse Records
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Montgomery county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1784 (Some early deed books are in the county archives (see below) and the county historical society). The 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.
- Montgomery County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has Court & Divorce Records from 1784. The 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.
- Montgomery County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Marriage & Probate Records from 1784 (Most records through the mid-1980s are in the Montgomery Counry Achives Center, 1880 Markley St., Norristown 19401) and Birth & Death Records from before Jan 1906. The 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.
- Montgomery County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Census Records
- Learn More: State of Pennsylvania Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Pennsylvania Vital Records
- Birth & Death Records: 1906 to present.
- Marriage Records: does not have marriage records. The marriage records should be available in the County Court House.
- Divorce Records: does not have marriage records. The marriage records should be available in the County Court House.
- Locations: Pennsylvania Office of Vital Statistics, Pennsylvania State Archives
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Division of Vital Records, 101 South Mercer Street, Central Building, Room 401, New Castle, PA 16103; PH (724) 656-3100
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Resources
- State of Pennsylvania Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Archives - Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission series contains records of pennsylvania, from 1664 to 1780, and includes military, marriage, tax and land records. This is a Free Database.
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania External Links
- Historical Maps of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - PA D.O.T.
- Historical Newspapers from Pennsylvania (1719 - 1997)
- North Hills News Record (North Hills, Pennsylvania)
- Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania)
- Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Books - Amazon
- Index of wills & estate settlements, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1784-1850
- Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania - FindaGrave
- Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1748-1854: Falckner Swamp Reformed Congregation
- Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1753-1851: Indian Creek Reformed Church
- Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1770-1865: Trinity Reformed Church of Pottstown
- Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1787-1856: St. Peter's Yellow Church
- Biographical and portrait cyclopedia of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
- Biographical annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
- Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a history
- Lives of the eminent dead and biographical notices of prominent living citizens of Montgomery County, Pa.
- A history of the Lutheran Church in New Hanover, Montgomery County, Penna.
- History of Lower Salford Township, in sketches, commencing with a history of Harleysville
- Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Links - Cyndi's List
- Montgomery Co. PAGenweb
- Montgomery Co. Data Collections
- Norristown, Pennsylvania Directories, 1888-1893
- Biographical catalog of the matriculates of Haverford College
- Directory of Montgomery County, Penna. 1900-1902
- Farm and business directory of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with a complete roadmap of the county
- Bala-Cynwyd directory, 1912-1913
- Directory, First Cheltenham Methodist Episcopal Church, Cheltenham, Pa. ... February, 1920
- Directory, Boehm's Reformed Church ... Blue Bell Montgomery County, Pa., founded 1740 ...
- Directory, St. Paul's Memorial Church ... Oaks, Pa. ... Lent, 1926
- Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Military Records