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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Bucks County'''  
  
'''Bucks County, Pennsylvania''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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'''Bucks County, Pennsylvania''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.  
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== Historical Facts  ==
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== Bucks County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
  
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Original county formed from colonial lands 10 March 1682.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Original county formed from colonial lands 10 March 1682.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Doylestown<br>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Doylestown<br>  
 
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).</ref>[[Northampton County, Pennsylvania|Northampton]] (north){{•}}[[Hunterdon County, New Jersey|Hunterdon County, New Jersey]] (east){{•}}[[Montgomery County, Pennsylvania|Montgomery]] (west){{•}} [[Mercer County, New Jersey|Mercer County, New Jersey]] (southeast) {{•}} [[Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania|Philadelphia]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Burlington County, New Jersey|Burlington County, New Jersey]] (south) {{•}} [[Warren County, New Jersey|Warren County, New Jersey]] (northeast){{•}}[[Lehigh County, Pennsylvania|Lehigh]] (northwest)
 
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).</ref>[[Northampton County, Pennsylvania|Northampton]] (north){{•}}[[Hunterdon County, New Jersey|Hunterdon County, New Jersey]] (east){{•}}[[Montgomery County, Pennsylvania|Montgomery]] (west){{•}} [[Mercer County, New Jersey|Mercer County, New Jersey]] (southeast) {{•}} [[Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania|Philadelphia]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Burlington County, New Jersey|Burlington County, New Jersey]] (south) {{•}} [[Warren County, New Jersey|Warren County, New Jersey]] (northeast){{•}}[[Lehigh County, Pennsylvania|Lehigh]] (northwest)
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Scotch-Irish immigrants made a settlement in upper Bucks County in 1728. The settlement grew rapidly and became known as "Craig Settlement" or "Irish Settlement." The settlement fell within the bounds of [[Northampton County, Pennsylvania|Northampton County]] once it split off.<ref name="way">Wayland F. Dunaway, ''The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania'' (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 54-55. Free digital version at [http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/u?/digitalbks2,18370 PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State].</ref>  
 
Scotch-Irish immigrants made a settlement in upper Bucks County in 1728. The settlement grew rapidly and became known as "Craig Settlement" or "Irish Settlement." The settlement fell within the bounds of [[Northampton County, Pennsylvania|Northampton County]] once it split off.<ref name="way">Wayland F. Dunaway, ''The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania'' (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 54-55. Free digital version at [http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/u?/digitalbks2,18370 PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State].</ref>  
  
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== Bucks County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources  ==
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
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====== Prothonotary  ======
 
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{{PA court3}}<br><br> The Office of the Prothonotary <br> Bucks County Courthouse<br> Patricia L. Bachtle<br> 55 East Court Street<br> Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901<br> Phone: 215-348-6191<br> Fax: 215-348-6184
  
 
===== Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)  =====
 
===== Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)  =====
  
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[http://www.buckscounty.org/government/rowOfficers/RegisterofWills/index.aspx Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court]<br>Donald Petrille, Jr., Esquire
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55 East Court Street, 3rd Floor<br>Doylestown, PA 18901
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215-348-6265 (Register of Wills)<br>215-348-6271 (Orphans’ Court)<br><br>The Archive Research Center is open to the public! No appointment is required to visit. You are welcome to visit our office on the third floor of the Courthouse and discover for yourself the wealth of information available. The Center has birth records prior to 1907.<br>
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*'''1685-1900''' Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court Records {{FHL|966394|item|disp=FHL book 974.821 P28mt}}<br>
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'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''  
 
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:*'''1795-1930''' – [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=117&title=naturalizations_pa_eastern%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1795-1930] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1522, incomplete for all counties<br>
 
:*'''1795-1930''' – [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=117&title=naturalizations_pa_eastern%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1795-1930] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1522, incomplete for all counties<br>
  
:*'''1795-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1522<br>
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:*'''1795-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1522<br><br>
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'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''
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:*'''1743''' Extract aus der Registratur der Supreem Court zu Philadelphia {{FHL|310442|item|disp=FHL Film 20361 Item 9}}<br><br>
  
 
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== Bucks County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.pagenweb.org/~bucks/ The BucksCounty PAGenWeb Project], an member of [[PAGenWeb|The PAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].<br>  
 
*[http://www.pagenweb.org/~bucks/ The BucksCounty PAGenWeb Project], an member of [[PAGenWeb|The PAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].<br>  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Bucks/ Linkpendium - Bucks County]
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Bucks/ Linkpendium - Bucks County]
  
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*'''Unincorporated communities''': Brittany Farms-Highlands . Churchville . Cornwells Heights-Eddington . Croydon . Erwinna . Fairless Hills . Fallsington . Feasterville-Trevose . Holland . Lahaska . Levittown . Lumberville . Newtown Grant . Point Pleasant . Plumsteadville . Richboro . Southampton . The Devil's Half-Acre . Uhlerstown . Upper Black Eddy . Village Shires . Warminster Heights . Washington Crossing . Woodbourne . Woodside
 
*'''Unincorporated communities''': Brittany Farms-Highlands . Churchville . Cornwells Heights-Eddington . Croydon . Erwinna . Fairless Hills . Fallsington . Feasterville-Trevose . Holland . Lahaska . Levittown . Lumberville . Newtown Grant . Point Pleasant . Plumsteadville . Richboro . Southampton . The Devil's Half-Acre . Uhlerstown . Upper Black Eddy . Village Shires . Warminster Heights . Washington Crossing . Woodbourne . Woodside
  
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Bucks County, Pennsylvania genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Founded November 10, 1682
County Seat Doylestown
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Address Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
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Bucks County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1684
1683

Scotch-Irish immigrants made a settlement in upper Bucks County in 1728. The settlement grew rapidly and became known as "Craig Settlement" or "Irish Settlement." The settlement fell within the bounds of Northampton County once it split off.[3]

Bucks County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb-transcripts
USGenWeb-photos

Billion Graves

Pennsylvania Genealogy

Epodunk

Pennsylvania Gravestones

Billion Graves

Names in Stone

Access Genealogy

Ancestry($)


See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


The Mennonite Heritage Center
565 Yoder Road
Harleysville PA 19438-1020
215-256-3020
library@mhep.org
Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm

The Cemetery Database at the Mennonite Heritage Center includes 86,000 burial records from 125 local cemeteries.  Records cover cemeteries in the counties of Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Westmoreland. The database provides transcriptions from Mennonite, Brethren, Lutheran, Reformed, Union, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, community, and private cemeteries. Search the list of cemeteries and the alphabetical surname lists in Adobe PDF format.

Visit the Mennonite Heritage Center to search the cemetery database by various criteria. The transcriptions are available for further research at the MHC library.

Census

For tips on accessing Bucks County, Pennsylvania Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bucks County, Pennsylvania Church Records  in online catalogs like:

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
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Contains church records of:
  • The Reverend Simon K. Gross Pastoral Records
  • Bensalem: Bensalem Methodist Churchyard; Vandgrift Cemetery
  • Blooming Glen: Blooming Glen Mennonite Cemetery
  • Bristol: John Black Funeral Homes, Record Books
  • Buckingham: Forest Grove Presbyterian Cemetery; Forestville Presbyterian Church; Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Churchville: North and Southampton Reformed Church
  • Doylestown: Doylestown Mennonite Church Records; St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Durham: Durham Reformed Church; Lutheran Church
  • Fallsington: All Saints Episcopal Church
  • Ferndale: St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Haycock Run: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
  • Hilltown: Hilltown Baptist Church; Kratz Diaries; St. Peter's Lutheran Church
  • Hulmeville: Beechwood Cemetery; Grace Episcopal Church; Lewis Preston Townsend Funeral Ledger
  • Langhorne: Langhorne Presbyterian Church; St. James Episcopal Church
  • Milford: East Swamp Mennonite Cemetery; West Swamp Mennonite Cemetery
  • Milford Square: Jacob Clymer Justice of the Peace Dockets; William Z. Gottshalk Family Records
  • Morrisville: First Presbyterian Church
  • Newportville: Ascension Church
  • Newtown: St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church; St. Luke's Church
  • Northampton: Richboro Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Perkasie: Deep Run Mennonite Church Records; St. Andrew's United Church of Christ
  • Philadelphia: Southampton Baptist Church; Jonathan Worrall, J.P./Misc. Marriage Licenses, 1890-1915; Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Pleasant Valley: Trinity United Church of Christ
  • Quakertown: Emmanuel Church; First United Church of Christ; St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church; Swamp Mennonite Charge Church Bulletin; Swamp Mennonite Church Class Records; Swamp Mennonite Meetinghouse Construction; Union Cemetery
  • Richboro: Dutch Reformed Church; Union Cemetery
  • Richland: Flatland Mennonite Cemetery
  • Ridge Valley: The Reverend Simon K. Gross Pastoral Record
  • Riegelsville: St. John's United Church of Christ; St. Peter's Lutheran Church
  • Sellersville: Bucks County Historical Society
  • Southampton: St. Columba Church; William Grant Funeral Home
  • Springfield: Springfield Mennonite Cemetery; St. Paul Salem United Methodist; Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Springtown: Christ Lutheran Church
  • Torresdale: All Saints Episcopal Church
  • Trevose: Scottsville United Methodist Church
  • Trumbauersville: Christ Lutheran Church
  • Upper Black Eddy: Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church
  • West Rockhill: Ridge Valley Reformed Church
  • Wrightstown: Holy Nativity Episcopal Church; Penns Park Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Yardley: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
  • 1682-1800 - Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Bucks County, 1682-1800. Washington, D.C.: Humphrey Publications, 1993. FHL Book 974.821 K2h.
Contains church records of Falls Friends Monthly Meeting; Middletown Friends Monthly Meeting; Wrightstown Friends Monthly Meeting; Richland Friends Monthly Meeting; Buckingham Friends Monthly Meeting; Southampton Baptist Church; Tinicum Presbyterian, also known as Red Hill; Neshaminy Presbyterian Church, Hartsville in Warwick Township; Newtown Presbyterian Church in Newtown Township; Reformed Low Dutch Church of Southampton and Northampton Townships; Dutch Reformed Church, Bensalem; Tohickon Reformed Congregation in Bedminister Township; Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, also known as Tinicum Lutheran Church in Tinicum Township; Tohickon Lutheran Congregation in Bedminister Township; Christ Reformed Church, Trumbauersville in Milford Township; Springfield Lutheran Church in Springfield Township; St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bedminister Township, also known as Keller's Lutheran Church; Springfield Reformed Church in Springfield Township; Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nockamixon Township; St. Luke's Reformed Church, Ferndale in Nockamixon Township; Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trumbauersville in Milford Township. Also includes the journal of John Dyer, Plumsteadville, Plumstead Township, beginning in 1769.

Nancy Janyszeski has compiled a detailed list of Bucks County churches at PAGenWeb.

Catholic
Episcopalian

St. James's Church, Bristol

Early registers "were stolen to prevent their evidence in a lawsuit."[4]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Blue Ridge District of the Eastern States Mission comprised church members living in southeastern Pennsylvania. District headquarters were in Lancaster, with branches located in Bucks, Fulton, Lancaster, and York counties.

Dutch Reformed
  • 1710-1800 - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1710-1800: Southampton Dutch Reformed Church at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages.
Lutheran
  • 1751-1798 - Keller's Lutheran Church (Bucks County, Pennsylvania: Keller's Church, Bedminster Township) at Ancestry ($).
  • 1760-1800 - Hinke, William J. Trinity Union Church, Record of the Reformed Congregation, Springfield Township, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, 1760-1800 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1770-1820 - Bucks County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1770-1820: Nockamixon Township at Ancestry ($). Includes baptisms, marriages, and deaths from Nockamixon Evangelical Lutheran Congregation, Nockamixon Lutheran Congregation, and Nockamixon Reformed Congregation.
  • 1883-1928 - Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church Burials 1883-1928 at PAGenWeb - free.
Presbyterian

Several Presbyterian churches were built in Bucks County to accommodate Scotch-Irish settlers. Neshaminy Presbyterian Church in Warwick Township was organized in 1726. A Presbyterian Church was organized at "Craig's Settlement" by 1737. Mount Bethel Prebyterian Church was organized in 1738 in "Hunter's Settlement" in Lower and Upper Mount Bethel Townships. The latter two churches fell within the bounds of Northampton County after it split off in 1751.[3]

  • 1788-1885 - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1788-1885: Neshaminy Presbyterian Church at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1812-1867 - Solebury Presbyterian Church, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1812-67 at Ancestry ($).
Reformed
  • 1744-1801 - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1744-1801: Tohickon Union Reformed Church at Ancestry ($).
  • 1750-1800 - Hinke, William J. A History of the Tohickon Union Church, Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania: With Copy of Church Records, Reformed Congregation, Lutheran Congregation. Meadville, Pa.: Tribune Pub. Co., 1925. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1751-1795 - Hinke, William J. Trinity Union Church, Record of the Lutheran Congregation, Springfield Township, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, 1751-95 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1760-1829 - Hinke, William J. Trinity Union Church, Springfield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Records of the Reformed Church, 1760-1829 at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, deaths.
  • 1770-1820 - Bucks County, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1770-1820: Nockamixon Township at Ancestry ($). Includes baptisms, marriages, and deaths from Nockamixon Evangelical Lutheran Congregation, Nockamixon Lutheran Congregation, and Nockamixon Reformed Congregation.
  • 1801-1829 - Trinity Union Reformed Church, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1801-29 at Ancestry ($). Baptisms, marriages, burials.
  • 1919 - Snyder, Elam J. Historical Sketch of First Reformed Church and Auxiliary Organizations, Quakertown, Pa.: Including a List of Present Members of Congregation and Societies. 1919. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Court Records

Bucks County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be ordered at a local Family History Center.

Court of Common Pleas

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Bucks County, Pennsylvania County has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[5]

Clerk of the Courts

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[6] For the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.

Prothonotary

The office of the Prothontary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax leins, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the Courthouse section on this page for the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Prothonotary office information.

The Office of the Prothonotary
Bucks County Courthouse
Patricia L. Bachtle
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901
Phone: 215-348-6191
Fax: 215-348-6184

Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)

See Vital Records
The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters. The name of the Court is derived from the more general definition of "orphan," that being a person or thing that is without protective affiliation or sponsorship. This would include those not capable of handling their own affairs, minors, incapacitated persons, decedents estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts. It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.

It is believed the name of this court was borrowed from the Court of Orphans of the city of London, England which had the care and guardianship of children of deceased citizens, in their minority.[7]

For Bucks County, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.

Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court
Donald Petrille, Jr., Esquire

55 East Court Street, 3rd Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901

215-348-6265 (Register of Wills)
215-348-6271 (Orphans’ Court)

The Archive Research Center is open to the public! No appointment is required to visit. You are welcome to visit our office on the third floor of the Courthouse and discover for yourself the wealth of information available. The Center has birth records prior to 1907.


Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bucks County, Pennsylvania Court Records in online catalogs like:

Emigration and Immigration

For information about emigration into Pennsylvania, see the Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration page.


  • 1677-1687 - "A Partial List of the Families Who Resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Prior to 1687, With the Date of Their Arrival," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 9 (1885):223-233. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

  • United States Geographic Survey Place Names - GNIS for Bucks County  (more than 2000 entries)
    (may not always be present in alphabetic order on first try.)

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Bucks County began in 1684. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, and maps. Property records include liens as well as livestock brands and estray records.

The following are examples of available resources:

Online Land Records

  • 1980–present Bucks County offers online access to land records. Fees apply.

Land Records on Microfilm

Additional Resources

Note that the "Maps" section below includes maps related to land ownership.

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bucks County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Migration

Military

Revolutionary War

Local men served in the Bucks County Associators and the Bucks County Militia. 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.

Bucks County men also served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment[8] and the 5th Pennsylvania Regiment[8].

During the Revolutionary period, committees of safety governed local communities. Minutes of the Bucks County Committee have been published:

  • "Minutes of the Committee of Safety of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1774-1776," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 15 (1891):257-290. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. See Pennsylvania Naturalization for more information about the types of records and availability.

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm

Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

Additional naturalization indexes can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bucks County, Pennsylvania naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Bucks County, Pennsylvania newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, historical/genealogical societies, college or university libraries, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.

For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers

Newspapers of Bucks County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see news.google.com/newspapers and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Index

  • McNealy Terry A. (compiler), Index to Bucks County references in the Pennsylvania Gazette 1728-1789 (Doylestown, Pennsylvania:Bucks County Genealogical Society) FHL book 974.821 B3m Alphabetically arranged by surnames and subjects. "Bucks County had no newspaper of its own in the 18th century.--Intro."
Obituaries

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Newspaper heading


Online Obituary Abstracts

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

  • A Record of deaths in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and territory immediately contiguous, 1934-1956 : compiled mainly from the newspapers of the county; also burials in Richlandtown, Doylestown, Deep Run Mennonite, Kellers Church, and New Britain Beulah cemeteries (SLC, Utah, 1958) FHL film 172930 (first of 4)

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Bucks County, Pennsylvania are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bucks County, Pennsylvania probate wills in online catalogs like:

Online Probate Indexes

  • 1684-1850 - Williams, Richard T. Index of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Wills and Administration Records, 1684 to 1850. Danboro, Pa.: R.T. & M.C. Williams, 1981. Digital version at [1] ($).

Online Probate Records

Many original Bucks County probate records are available free online as digital images at:

  • 1684-1958Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 at FamilySearch.org - free. Includes Bucks County, Pennsylvania Will Index (1684-1831), Will Abstracts (1685-1825), Will Books 1-32 (1684-1906), Wills and Letters of Administration (1684-1693); Estate Index (1684-1939); Inventories (1684-1688); Orphans' Court Record Index (1683-1958), Orphans' Court Records Vols. 1-16 (1752-1866); Register's Dockets Vols. 4-9 (1839-1913).
  • 1684-1693 - "Bucks County Wills, 1684-1693," Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Vol. 1 (Jul. 1897):198-224. For free online access, see WeRelate

Online Probate Abstracts

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Repositories

Archives
  • The Pennsylvania Archives collection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.
  • See Courthouse section below.
Courthouse

Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Offices of the Bucks County Court include:

  • Clerk of Courts
  • Coroner
  • Prothonotary Naturalization Papers for the years 1802 to 1906 and Term Papers from 1733 to 1920 have been microfilmed and are available for public review in the Prothonotary's office.
  • The Office of the Prothonotary
    Bucks County Courthouse
    55 East Court Street
    Doylestown PA 18901
    Phone: 215-348-6191
    Fax: 215-348-6184
  • Recorder of Deeds All papers recorded in the office of Recorder of Deeds are public information, with the exception of Military Discharge Papers. Anyone can come in and look at any Deeds or Mortgages. Earliest records are for 1684. There are indexes
  • Register of Wills Research Center is open to the public. No appointment is required to visit. Records date back to 1684.
  • Genealogical and Archival Search Requests is available for the public. The site lists what records can be searched by staff and the cost.
Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Bucks County, Pennsylvania is the Doylestown Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Also see below:

Libraries

Bucks County Library Network
Bucks County Free Library is a seven-branch county library system. It has an online catalog, and it shows a sizable genealogy and biography collection.

The Mennonite Heritage Center
565 Yoder Road
Harleysville PA 19438-1020
215-256-3020
library@mhep.org
Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm

The Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania support the John L. Ruth Historical Library and Museum at the Mennonite Heritage Center. Located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania the records and resources of this treasure also cover the counties of Bucks, Chester, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphia. The website provides a comprehensive overview of library resources, online cemetery database, manuscript collections, photo collections, archival collections, and more.

Museums
  • Historic Fallsington
    Information Center and Office
    4 Yardley Ave.
    Fallsington, PA 19054-1117
    Phone: 215-295-6567
    email: info@historicfallsington.org
    The village of Fallsington was significant as a religious, social and market center for the surrounding area and a stop for stagecoaches. There are several historic homes and buildings as well as a manuscript collection with genealogical and historical records.
Societies

Rich in history, Bucks County, Pennsylvania contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.

  • Bucks County Historical Society
    84 South Pine Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901
    Telephone: (215) 345-0210
    Online catalog: RolloPAC

    Research Library Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 1-5 pm, Friday & Saturday 10 am-5 pm
    The Bucks County Historical Society operates the Mercer Museum and the Fonthill Castle. The research library of the museum is the major research center for local and family history related to Bucks County and the surrounding region. The Library houses over 20,000 books, periodicals and pamphlets, 2500 feet of county archives, over 800 manuscript collections, over 12,000 images, and maps and other records that document local history, and more. The online catalog searches collections of the Archives, the Museum, and the Library as well as an obituary collection from 2000 to the present.

    The Library is the depository for many Bucks County government records dating from 1683. These records come from the offices of the Court of Quarter Sessions, Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans Court, Prothonotary and the County Commissioners. Special indexes to county collections include the following: naturalization records (1802-1906), criminal papers (1697-1786), quarter sessions (1684-1700), coroners papers (1700-1900), divorces (1806-1948), marriage licenses (1852-1854, 1885-1946), vendues (1784-1884), tavern licenses (1742-1923), deed books and grantor/grantee index (1684-1919), wills and administrations (1684-1900), and mechanics liens (1836-1949). At this time, none of these indexes are available online.


   The BCGS was formed in February 2012 and has over 100 members. Monthly meetings feature informative speakers on topic of interest to genealogists.  One of their projects is a Cemetery Assessment Project, which is Phase I toward the goal of  creating a database of all burials in Bucks County, which will be available free online.

Taxation

  • 1779, 1781-1786 - Proprietary and Other Tax Lists of the County of Bucks: For the Years 1779, 1781, 1782, 1783, 1784, 1785, 1786. (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 13). Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.
  • 1798 - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at Ancestry ($).

Vital Records

The Archive Research Center, located on the third floor of the Bucks County Courthouse, is open to the public for genealogical research. The Bucks County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphan's Court has microfilm records dating back to 1684. Some original records are stored off-site and are available by advance request. Copy services (by fee) include the following:

  • 1684-1950 Genealogical Search Request, index search by name
  • 1684-1987 Index printout with name, death year, index number
  • 1987-present Index printout also includes date of death
  • 1885-present Marriage Application Record, Certified Application, Marriage Certificate
  • 1893-1906 Certified Birth/Death Record

Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court
55 East Court Street
3rd Floor, Administration Building
Doylestown PA 18901
Register of Wills: 215-348-6265, registerofwills@co.bucks.pa.us
Orphans' Court: 215-348-6271, orphanscourt@co.bucks.pa.us

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.

Birth

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

  • 1726-1930 - Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Births Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.
Marriage

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Bucks County, Pennsylvania clerk's office for these records.

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • 1711-1797Bucks Co residents listed in Early NJ Marriage Bond Abstracts 1711-1797 at USGenWeb - Not all years represented.
  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
  • 1773-1824 - "Marriages Copies from the Docket of Isaac Hicks: Justice of the Peace of Bucks County from 1773 to 1824," Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Jun. 1908):201-225. For free online access, see WeRelate; the Family History Library also has this series in its collection: FHL Book 974.8 B2p.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
  • 1836-1904 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years; some images available.
  • 1852-1854 - Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.
  • 1885-1950 - Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950 Extracted marriage records – free. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
Divorce

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.

Death

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Deaths Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.

Death Substitutes

  • Bucks County (Pennsylvania). Coroner. Coroner's Views and Inquisitions, 1710-1906; Index, 1722-1946. Coroner's reports supply information on accidental or suspicious deaths.

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bucks County, Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Bucks County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

Bucks County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

  • Boroughs: Bristol . Chalfont . Doylestown . Dublin . Hulmeville . Ivyland . Langhorne . Langhorne Manor . Morrisville . New Britain . New Hope . Newtown . Penndel . Perkasie . Quakertown . Richlandtown . Riegelsville . Sellersville . Silverdale . Telford . Trumbauersville . Tullytown . Yardley
  • Townships: 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
  • Unincorporated communities: Brittany Farms-Highlands . Churchville . Cornwells Heights-Eddington . Croydon . Erwinna . Fairless Hills . Fallsington . Feasterville-Trevose . Holland . Lahaska . Levittown . Lumberville . Newtown Grant . Point Pleasant . Plumsteadville . Richboro . Southampton . The Devil's Half-Acre . Uhlerstown . Upper Black Eddy . Village Shires . Warminster Heights . Washington Crossing . Woodbourne . Woodside

Bucks County Pennsylvania Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wayland F. Dunaway, The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 54-55. Free digital version at PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State.
  4. Philip Syng Physick Conner,"Registers of the Anglican Church in Pennsylvania prior to 1800," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 12 (1888):341-349. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  5. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  6. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  7. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 John B.B. Trussell and Charles C. Dallas, The Pennsylvania Line; Regimental Organization and Operations, 1776-1783 (Harrisburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1977). Digital version at Family History Archive.