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Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Map It) was created on November 1682 as one of the three original Pennsylvania counties. The county was named for the The English county of Buckinghamshire. Learn More About State of Pennsylvania History
Bucks County is bordered by Lehigh County (northwest), Northampton County (north), Warren County, New Jersey (northeast), Hunterdon County, New Jersey (east), Mercer County, New Jersey (east), Burlington County, New Jersey (south), Philadelphia County (southwest), Montgomery County (west). A Map of Bucks County, Pennsylvania contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Bucks County Townships include Bedminster, Bensalem, Bridgeton, Bristol, Buckingham, Doylestown, Durham, East Rockhill, Falls, Haycock, Hilltown, Lower Makefield, Lower Southampton, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, Newtown, Nockamixon, Northampton, Plumstead, Richland, Solebury, Springfield, Tinicum, Upper Makefield, Upper Southampton, Warminster, Warrington, Warwick, West Rockhill, Wrightstown.
Bucks County Boroughs include Bristol, Chalfont, Doylestown, Dublin, Hulmeville, Ivyland, Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, Morrisville, New Britain, New Hope, Newtown, Penndel, Perkasie, Quakertown, Richlandtown, Riegelsville, Sellersville, Silverdale, Telford (lies partly in Montgomery County), Trumbauersville, Tullytown, Yardley. See also Bucks County Municipalities Incorporation Dates.
Bucks 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 Bucks 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.
- Bucks County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1684. 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.
- Bucks County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has Court & Divorce Records from 1683. 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.
- Bucks County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Marriage & Probate Records from 1683 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.
- Bucks County Tax Assessor Office has tax records but may also be in the county commissioners' office or with the prothonotary.
Bucks 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
Bucks 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 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
Bucks County, Pennsylvania Resources
- 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.
- Bucks County Genealogical Society
- Bucks County Historical Society
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania Message Boards
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Bucks County
Bucks County, Pennsylvania External Links
- Historical Maps of Bucks County, Pennsylvania - PA D.O.T.
- Historical Newspapers from Pennsylvania (1719 - 1997)
- Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pennsylvania)
- The Daily Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pennsylvania)
- The Bucks County Gazette (Bristol, Pennsylvania)
- Doylestown Daily Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pennsylvania)
- Bucks County Courier (Bristol, Pennsylvania)
- Courier Times (Levittown, Pennsylvania)
- Bucks County Times (Levittown, Pennsylvania)
- Bristol County Courier (Bristol, Pennsylvania)
- Bristol Daily Courtier (Bristol, Pennsylvania)
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania Books - Amazon
- Bucks County directory, 1902
- Records of the Courts of Quarter Sessions and Common Pleas of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1684-1700
- Index of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, wills and administration records, 1684 to 1850
- Bucks Co., Pennsylvania - FindaGrave
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1770-1820: Nockamixon Township
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1744-1801: Tohickon Union Reformed Church
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1788-1885: Neshaminy Presbyterian Church
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1710-1800: Southampton Dutch Reformed Church
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1751-1800: Trinity Union Lutheran and Reformed Church
- Tohickon Union Lutheran Church, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1750-1800
- Trinity Union Church, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1760-1829
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1751-98: Keller's Lutheran Church Records
- Trinity Union Reformed Church, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1801-29
- Solebury Presbyterian Church, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1812-67
- History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
- History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
- A history of the Tohickon Union Church, Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania Links - Cyndi's List
- Bucks Co. PAGenweb
- Bucks Co. Data Collections
- Business directory and gazetteer of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
- Bucks County directory, 1894
- Bucks County, Pennsylvania Military Records