Records for the Amish are not readily available.
However, if one does have an Amish background, a good place to start is the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Records are not available on-line and can only be viewed at the historical society. Baptists Baptists settled in Berks County about along the Tulpehocken creek by individuals from the counties of Chester and Philadelphia. Two congregations were formed but by both had disappeared from the Tulpehocken region.
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However, the first Brethren congregation was settled in in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Registers are lost, but some parishioners appear in the registers of St. James's Church, Lancaster. An old trunk was discovered at Bangor Church with "sundry account-books and ancient title-deeds. Registers begin in Lutheran The Lutheran denomination existed in the Berks County area as early as when Lutherans from Schoharie, New York settled in the Tulpehocken area of the county.
The German religions were the most abundant denominations in the Berks County area. The Lutheran and Reformed were united in the building of their church edifices. These structures were called "Union" churches as the Lutheran and Reformed congregations took responsibilty for the maintenance of the building. The two denominations alternated their church services every two Sundays. Because it is not unusual to find family religious ordinances in both Lutheran and Reformed records, it is wise to search both denominational records when researching. Later meetinghouses were erected in the townships of Maiden Creek and Robeson and eventually in the town of Reading.
The Quakers had considerably political control of the county as long as the Penn proprietors controlled the colony of Pennsylvania. The Reformed congregations were heavily associated with the Lutheran congregations. For a list of ministers see the attached reference. Roman Catholic The Catholic Church, while currently prominent, had very humble beginnings in the county.
Part the of Diocese of Allentown, the Catholic population in Berks County began to appear about and by had two congregations which amounted to approximately people. Hence, the protestants of Berks County were leary of the arrival of the Catholic Church arriving in the area. Currently, the Family History Library has few Catholic records. It is best to contact the church or the diocese where the ancestor lived. For online resources, passenger lists, and specific groups coming to Pennsylvania, see Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration.
Berks County is a potpourri of humanity. Early immigrants to the county were from the Netherlands, Germany and the British Isles.
Later immigrants were of eastern European and Hispanic extraction. The major ports of arrival for these groups were Philadelphia and New York. Prior to many individuals naturalized at the county level and these records are kept by the prothonotary at the county courthouse. Many of the records will not list town or city of origin or birth but it is still wise to check. For groups that came, see People section of the Pennsylvania Emigration page.
The Orphan's Court ensures the best interests of those not capable of handling their own affairs: minors, incapacitated persons, decedents' estates, and more. Land and property records can place an ancestor in a specific location and reveal family relationships. Records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, maps and more.
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For more information, see Pennsylvania Land and Property. Land records in Berks County began in These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Historical and biographical annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania , embracing a concise history of the county and a genealogical and biographical record of representative families, comp. A guide at the Pennsylvania State Archives website identifies townships where specific companies recruited soldiers, see Revolutionary War Militia Battalions and Companies, Arranged by County. Rosters are included.
Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to , it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. For more information, see Pennsylvania Naturalization. Newspapers may contain obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.
Newspapers are often found in local or university libraries, historical or genealogical societies, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.
See Pennsylvania Newspapers for more information. To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see news. Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died or where family members lived. Local libraries or societies may have indexes or other sources.
Probate matters in Berks County are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates; appointments of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills; inheritance tax appeals, and various petitions and motions.
Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. County marriage records were kept in earnest in Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in and kept through For the most complete set of records, contact the County Orphans' Court.
Early births — are located at the County Orphans' Court. For more information, see Pennsylvania Vital Records. Early deaths — are located at the County Orphans' Court. For indexes and records, and later, see Pennsylvania Vital Records. Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.
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Berks County Real Estate Property Tax Update
To request editing rights on the Wiki, click here. Any change to the assessment is enacted the following fiscal tax year. I understand there are economic expenditure reasons that these timelines exist but maybe some consideration should be given to broadening the appeal period. Along with expanding the assessment period I also suggest allowing the newly appealed tax assessment to be enacted within 60 days of the ruling. Many of our seniors are on fixed incomes and take property taxes on the chin.
It is hard for even seasoned professionals to stay up-to-date or easily understand complicated issues relating to the latest information on property taxes like the common level ratio, property value fluctuations, and policy issues. I would recommend allowing our seniors to appeal their property taxes anytime much like those purchasing new homes. I would also suggest swiftly enacting the newly appealed tax assessment to for Berks Countians over the age of 55, so they get immediate relief. If we here in Berks continue to wait for the Pennsylvania State Legislature to get the property tax situation worked out the issue may reach a critical stage if it has not already.
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