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Berks County Data Online

Recent Updates
November 2014:
News: Adolph Hatzfield Convicted of Murder, George Wilson Convicted of Mail Robbery
Obits: Frederick Smith, William Rosenthal
Marriage Notice: Atherton-Spears
September 2014: Disasters: Rhoads Opera House Fire - transcribed by Sheila Pitts Massie
May 2014: Bio: Samuel Fix - transcribed by Kim Mohler
March 2014: Biographies: WILLIAM J. MOYER, MUHLENBERG, Frederick Augustus, MUHLENBERG, Henry Augustus, NAGLE, James - Transcribed by Richard Ramos
September 2013: 1883 Pensioners - transcribed by Jennifer Baldwin
August 2013: News: 1868 Sales of Real Estate, The Officers for Berks County 1868 - Transcribed by Vicki Hartman; Death Notice - Jacob Jennings
June 2013: Obit: ADDAMS, JUDGE WM. - Transcribed by Kim Mohler; News: Luis Kills Father then Commits Suicide

April 2013: 1400 names of Berks County volunteers from "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 Volume I" By Samuel P Bates (1827-1902), submitted by Tammy Clark; 1767 tax list: 385 names from Longswamp, Oley and Maxatawny townships:


Short History Reading developed during the 1740s and the northern inhabitants of Lancaster County sent several petitions requesting that a separate county be established. With the help of Conrad Weiser, the county was formed on March 11, 1752 from parts of Chester County, Lancaster County, and Philadelphia County and named after William Penn's family home of Berkshire, England. Berks County began much larger than it is today. The northwestern parts of the county went to the founding of Northumberland County in 1772 and Schuylkill County in 1811, when it reached its current size. - Wikipedia.com

Births & Baptisms

Church Histories

Census' & Tax Lists

Cemetery Listings

County History


Family Histories

Events and Disasters

Historical Societies

Marriage Announcements

Marriage Licenses

    Korean War Casualties
    Vietnam War
    Civil War: PA Volunteers, Vol. 1
1883 Pensioners - transcribed by Jennifer Baldwin


Miscellaneous News Paper Articles From the Past
  Execution of Susannah Cox

Obituaries and Death Notices

Revolutionary War Soldiers in Berks County Hospitals

Towns and Townships with Their Histories

Wills & Estate Notices


Surrounding Counties

Schuykill County (north)

Montgomery County (southeast)

Lancaster County (southwest)

Lehigh County (northeast)

Chester County (south)

Lebanon County (west)

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