Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Guide

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

Montgomery County Townships Map
Montgomery County Townships Map


Montgomery County, PA Courthouse

The Montgomery County Courthouse is located in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Learn More About State of Pennsylvania Court, Tax, Land and Probate 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

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Vital Records

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