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Monroe County, Pennsylvania
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Founded April 1, 1836
County Seat Stroudsburg
Courthouse
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Address Monroe County Courthouse
610 Monroe Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1836
1836


Named for James Monroe, the 5th President of United States.


Boundary Changes

13 March 1843: Carbon County created. [1]


Resources

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, 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-tombstone photos
Billion Graves
Pennsylvania Genealogy Epodunk
Pennsylvania Gravestones
Billion Graves
Names in Stone
Access Genealogy
Ancestry($)

See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.


Census

For tips on accessing Monroe 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 Monroe County, Pennsylvania Church Records  in online catalogs like:

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
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Contains the church records of:
  • Brodheadsville: Zion United Church Lutheran Broadheadsville
  • Clifford: East Stroudsburg Presbyterian Church
  • East Stroudsburg: Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church
  • Paradise Valley: Keokee United Methodist Church
  • Stroudsburg: Christ Episcopal Church; St. John's Lutheran Church; Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
  • Tannersville: United Church of Christ
  • 1741-1825 - Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Carbon County, 1795-1825; Monroe County, 1741-1825; Schuylkill County, 1755-1825. Washington, D.C.: PA Genealogy Books, 2006. FHL Book 974.8 K2hj.
Contains church records of the Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield Township; Lutheran and Reformed Congregations in Hamilton Township; Lutheran and Reformed Congregations in Lower Smithfield Township; Stroudsburg Monthly Meeting; and Lutheran and Reformed Congregations at Gilbert in Chestnuthill Township.
Dutch Reformed

The first church in Monroe County was a Dutch Reformed Church, organized in 1737 and called the Old Log Church. It was located in Smithfield.[3]The Smithfield Church was one of the four Dutch Reformed churches built in about 1741 in the area. The other 3 churches were all built on the other side of the Delaware River in Minisink Valley area (Northwestern New Jersey).[4]

  • 1741-1814 - Canfield, Amos. "Records of the Reformed Dutch Church at Smithfield, Pennsylvania," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record,
  • Church Officials 1745-1814, Membership Lists 1745-1788, Marriage Banns 1742-1786, Baptisms 1741-1749: Vol. 57, No. 1 (Jan. 1926):63-74; :*Baptisms 1749-1807: Vol. 57, No. 2 (Apr. 1926):142-152. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 57.
Lutheran
Methodist

The Delaware Water Gap Methodist Church (also called Dutotsburg) began in 1800.[5]

Presbyterian
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The Smithfield Stone Church was erected in 1752 and later became known as the Presbyterian Church in 1853 (Image courtesy of the Monroe County Historical Association). The church welcomed all Protestant denominations. The Church of the Mountain was organized in Delaware Water Gap in 1854.[6]

  • 1832-1853 - "The Smithfield, Pa., Presbyterian Church," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, List of Births, Baptisms 1842-1853, Marriages 1842-1853, Membership Lists 1832-1843: Vol. 57, No. 2 (Apr. 1926):153-160. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 57.

Court Records

Monroe County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Monroe 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. Monroe 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.[7]

Clerk of the Court
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 Monroe County, Pennsylvania Prothonotary office information.

Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

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

Emigration and Immigration

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


Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Monroe County began in 1836. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Stroudsburg, 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

  • 1958–present Images (since 1958) and an index (since 1979) are available on-line using the Landex system. There is a fee to view the images.

Additional Resources

Note that the "Maps" section below also 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 Monroe County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

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Ancestor Tracks has posted free downloadable images from the Map of the Counties of Munroe and Carbon, Pennsylvania from the Surveys under the Direction of H.F. Walling (New York, 1860). This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowner and geographic sites at the date of publishing.  While the physical maps are in the public domain, the images we have taken of the maps belong to us and are not to be used commercially.  We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.

Migration

Military

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.

Naturalization records available for Monroe County, Pennsylvania include the following:

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

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

Newspapers

Monroe 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 Monroe County

Microfilms of the following newspapers can be found in the Kemp Library located on the campus of the  East Stroudsburg University. This library is located at 200 Prospect Ave,  East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18301 Phone nunber 570-422-3465. Microfilm copies can be made for a minimal fee. See also Kemp Library at East Stroudsburg University

Monroe County Newspapers and Dates of Publication
Morning Press 19 May 1913 - 3 April 1929
Morning Sun 1 Jan 1926 - 26 Feb 1928
East Stroudsburg Press 7 Aug 1919 - 20 Dec 1923
Jeffersonian Republican 15 Jan 1840 - 12 Jan 1900
Daily Times Stroudsburg 2 Apr 1894 - 31 Dec 1908
Monroe Democrat 18 Oct 1860 -19 Oct 1865;          5 Sep 1907 - 28 Dec 1910
Stroudsburg Times, Times Democrat, Monroe Records, Daily Record, East Stroudsburg Press 20 Jul 1888 - 27 May 1930
Daily Record 28 May 1930 - 1 Dec 1964
The Pocono Record Jan 1965 - current
Pennsylvania Chronicle 26 Jan 1767 - 8 Feb 1774
Pennsylvania Gazette

24 Dec 1728 - 30 Dec 1762;      3 Jun 1799 - 4 Sep 1811;            6 Jan 1763 - 11 Oct 1815

Pennsylvania Journal 2 Dec 1742 - 29 Dec 1781;         2 Jan 1782 - Aug 1793
Pennsylvania Packet 27 Oct 1771 - 31 Dec 1790
Pennsylvania ledger and Freemans Journal 4 Nov 1775 - 16 May 1792
Indepedent Gazetter 13 Aug 1782 - 29 Apr 1795

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

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

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Monroe 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 Monroe County, Pennsylvania probate wills in online catalogs like:

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse
Monroe County Courthouse
610 Monroe Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Phone: (570) 517-3009
Directions to Courthouse

Office of the Prothonotary
Monroe County Courthouse
610 Monroe Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360-2115
Phone: 570–517-3386

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 Monroe County, Pennsylvania is the Nazareth Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries

Eastern Monroe Public Library, or the Hughes Library is located at 1002 North Ninth Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. This library has a Local History Room on the second floor. Visit Eastern Monroe Public Library for more information.

A partial listing of their holdings include:

  • The History of Monroe County and the surrounding areas
  • Some Family History Books.
  • Pennsylvania Civil War Conscientous Objectors Database
  • Access to Ancestory.com and Heritage Quest

All family history books located in the Monroe County Historical Association library are searchable on the public library computers

Western Pocono Community Library is located at 200 Pilgrim Way, Broadheadsville, PA. Phone 570-992-7934.This library has a limited number of family genealogies.They do have microfilm of the records of the Salem Union Church located in Gilbert, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, for the years 1806-1924. These microfilms are also found in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. To access these films FamilySearch online or through your local family history library.

The Easton Public Library is located at 515 Church Street, Easton, Pa 18042-3597. This library has a dedicated family history research room called The Marx Room.  In the Marx Room you will find over 15,000 items of interest to local researchers looking for ancestors who lived in Northampton County prior to the formation of Monroe County in 1836. Click here to learn more about the Easton Public Library Marx Room

The collection includes but is not limited to the following records:

  • Family History Books
  • Periodicals
  • Local Newspapers from 1799 - current
  • Obituary Indexes
  • 175 Volumes of Northampton County Church and Cemetery Records
  • Northampton Court Records, Extracts
  • DAR publications
  • Vertical Family Files
Museums

Cresco Station Museum
Barrett Township Historical Society
PO Box 358
Mountainhome, PA 18342
Phone: (570) 595-6157
Email: stationmuseum@verizon.net

The purpose is to promote the history of Barrett Township. The museum has an archives that collects information as well as scans records and returns them to the original owner. Contact the archivist for more information: leeanne@uplink.net.

Societies

The Monroe County Historical Association is housed in the Jacob Stroud Manson at 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg, Pa. 18360. Phone 570 421-7703. Curator: Mrs. Amy Lesher. A reading fee of $5.00 a day is charged for non-members to use the Walters Library. Research requests accepted by mail only. Monroe County Historical Association

A partial listing of the holdings in the Elizabeth D Walters Library are as follows:

  • Many Local Family Histories,
  • U S Census Records
  • Some Newspapers from 1840 - 1999
  • Vertical Files by Surname and Subject
  • Obituary Collections
  • Monroe County Church Records
  • Monroe County Death Records from Sep 1893 - Oct 1905
  • Monroe County Cemetery Lists
  • Monroe County Funeral Home Records
  • County and State Histories
  • City Directories and Phonebooks
  • Maps

Barrett Township Historical Society
Cresco Station Museum
P.O. Box 358
Mountainhome, PA 18342
Phone: 570-595-6157
Email: stationmuseum@verizon.net
Website: www.barretthistory.org

Coolbaugh Township Historical Association
Wills Mansion
5550 Memorial Dr., Rt. 611
Tobyhanna, PA 18466
Phone: 570-894-4207

Eldred Township Historical Society
P.O. Box 600
490 Kunkletown Rd
Kunkletown, PA 18058
Phone: 610-381-4252

Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
P.O. Box 2084
Pocono Pines, PA 18350
Phone: 570-972-6812
Website:www.TobyhannaTwpHistory.org

Paradise Township Historical Society
P.O. Box 94
Henryville PA 18332
Phone: 570-629-2727
Website: www.paradisehistorical.org

Pocono Jackson Historical Society
P.O. Box 572
Tannersville, PA 18372

Polk/Chestnuthill Township Historical Society
P.O. Box 243, Route 715 S
Brodheadsville, PA 18322
Phone: 570-992-7247
Email: info@chestnuthilltwp-pa.gov

Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. (GRSNP)
110 Main Street
Peckville, PA 18452
Phone: 570-383-7661
FAX: 570-383-7466
E-mail: info@grsnp.org

Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00–2:00 and Wednesday night 6:00 pm–900 pm and Saturday by appointment
A simple search of a dated name or event $20 - Detailed searches are at the rate of $40 an hour. Postage and photocopies up to $1 are included.[8]

The GRSNP serves northeastern counties:

  • Lackawanna
  • Luzerne
  • Monroe
  • Pike
  • Susquehanna
  • Wayne
  • Wyoming

There resources include the research center and library, newsletters, and database queries.[9]

Taxation

Vital Records

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
  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Births Ancestry.com – $ Index with images.

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

Marriage

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

  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.
  • 1725-1976 - Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as: Family Records, Church Records, Civil Registration. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
  • 1852-1854 - Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.
  • 1885-1950 - Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950 Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. 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
  • 1852-1854 – Pennsylvania Deaths Ancestry.com – $ Index with images.

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

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 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. Monroe County Historical Association, "Our Earliest Townships: Smithfield and Hamilton". http://www.monroehistorical.org/articles/files/022211_smithhamtwp.html (Accessed 6 Sept 2012)
  4. Alfred Mathews, History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck and Co., 1886), 1090-1091; Digital Version Online at Internet Archive; At Various Libraries (WorldCat); FHL films 392698-9.
  5. Alfred Mathews, History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck & Co., 1886), 1096; Digital Version Online at Internet Archive; At Various Libraries (WorldCat); FHL films 392698-9.
  6. Alfred Mathews, History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA: R.T. Peck & Co., 1886), 1094 and 1096; Digital Version Online at Internet Archive; At Various Libraries (WorldCat); FHL films 392698-9.
  7. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  8. http://www.grsnp.org/Research_Services_and_Center.php
  9. http://www.grsnp.org/Home_Page.php

 

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