Berks County Public Libraries

Reference Books

in your library can give you authoritative dependable information quickly. Your local library keeps on hand medical and pharmaceutical handbooks, consumer buying guides, subject-specific encyclopedias, atlases and many more information-at-your-fingertips materials. Reference books cannot be checked out of the library, so they are always there for you to use. Ask your librarian for help; that is what librarians like to do most.


Albany Township Historical Society

The historical society's mission is to collect historical artifacts and documents, to preserve historical landmarks, to provide opportunities for education and research and to preserve the PA German language and other local dialects and finally, to preserve the culture of the past, present and future.
404 Old Philly Pike, Kempton, PA 19529

Ancestry - Library Edition

Ancestry is the world's largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more.
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Berks County Genealogical Society

The Berks County Genealogical Society contains exhaustive church and cemetery records for Berks County, as well as histories of many local families. Fee-based researchers are available through the society as well. The library is now open 7 days a week at GoggleWorks.
201 Washington St., Room 413, Reading, PA 19601-0404 • 610-921-4970

Berks County PAGenWeb

This site is part of the USGenWeb Project, and provides transcriptions of historical documents.

Berks County Register of Wills

The Register of Wills has a repository of Berks County birth, death, and marriage records (all of which pre-date 1905); their database is searchable online for free.
Services Center, 2nd Floor, 633 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601 • 610-478-6600 fax:610-478-6251|

Fleetwood Historical Society

The Fleetwood Historical Society was established in 1991 as a non-profit organization by a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the rich historic heritage of the Fleetwood area.
110 Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA

Hamburg Area Historical Society

The purpose of the society is to preserve the historic records of the area encompassing the Hamburg Area School District by collecting historical materials and pertinent artifacts.
102 State Street, Hamburg, PA 19526 • 610-562-3664

Historical Society of Berks County

"The Historical Society boasts numerous family histories as well as extensive church and cemetery records."
940 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601 • 610-375-4375 fax:610-375-4376

International resources: "Linking the world together with roots."

Leesport Area Historical Society

The historical society meets every fourth Monday at 7:30 PM at Bethany Church on 308 Main Street in West Leesport.
P.O. Box 204, 128 Main Street, Leesport PA 19533

Kutztown Historical Society

Kutztown Historical Society serves northeastern Berks, comprised by theschool districts Kutztown, Brandywine Heights, and Fleetwood.
P.O. Box 307, Normal Avenue and Whiteoak Street, Kutztown, PA 19530 • 610-683-7697

Pennsylvania German Society

"This society proudly helps preserve the multifaceted aspects of the Pennsylvania German experience, both past and present."
P.O. Box 244, Kutztown, PA 19530 • 717-597-7940

Tri-County Heritage Society

The society has established a local history reference and genealogy library for Morgantown, Caernarvon Township, upper Conestoga Creek Valley and the upper French Creek Valley.
PO Box 352, 590 Willow Glenn Road, Morgantown, PA 19543 • 610-286-7477

USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project - Pennsylvania

The project records cemetary records and has tombstone photos.