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[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Northampton County''' {{Infobox U.S. County
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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Northampton County'''  
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'''Northampton 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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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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== Historical Facts  ==
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== Northampton County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
  
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[[Image:Panorthampton.jpg|right|500px|Panorthampton.jpg]]
  
*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Bucks County, Pennsylvania|Bucks]] County 14 October 1751. <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;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''': Formed from [[Bucks County, Pennsylvania|Bucks]] County 14 October 1751. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
*'''County Seat:''' Easton<br>
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*'''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>[[Monroe County, Pennsylvania|Monroe]] (north){{•}}[[Bucks County, Pennsylvania|Bucks]] (south){{•}} [[Lehigh County, Pennsylvania|Lehigh]] (west) {{•}}[[Carbon County, Pennsylvania|Carbon]] (northwest) {{•}} [[Warren County, New Jersey|Warren County, New Jersey]] (east)
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<br> Scotch-Irish immigrants made a settlement in what is now Northampton County (then Bucks County) in 1728. The settlement grew rapidly and became known as "Craig Settlement" or "Irish Settlement."<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> <br>  
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*'''County Seat:''' Easton<br>
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*'''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>
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**[[Monroe County, Pennsylvania|Monroe]] (north)
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**[[Bucks County, Pennsylvania|Bucks]] (south)
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**[[Lehigh County, Pennsylvania|Lehigh]] (west)
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**[[Carbon County, Pennsylvania|Carbon]] (northwest)
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**[[Warren County, New Jersey|Warren County, New Jersey]] (east)
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Scotch-Irish immigrants made a settlement in what is now Northampton County (then Bucks County) in 1728. The settlement grew rapidly and became known as "Craig Settlement" or "Irish Settlement."<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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*'''13 February 1843:''' [[Carbon County, Pennsylvania|Carbon]]
 
*'''13 February 1843:''' [[Carbon County, Pennsylvania|Carbon]]
  
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== Northampton County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources  ==
 
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[http://www.interment.net/us/pa/northampton.htm Interment.net]  
 
[http://www.interment.net/us/pa/northampton.htm Interment.net]  
  
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
 
[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
  
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[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/cemet.htm USGenWeb-transcripts] <br>[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/tsphotos.htm USGenWeb-tombstone photos]  
 
[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/cemet.htm USGenWeb-transcripts] <br>[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/tsphotos.htm USGenWeb-tombstone photos]  
  
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
 
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
  
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[http://pennsylvania-genealogy.net/Northampton-County-Cemetery-Records.cfm Pennsylvania Genealogy]  
 
[http://pennsylvania-genealogy.net/Northampton-County-Cemetery-Records.cfm Pennsylvania Genealogy]  
  
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[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=14573&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=48&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]  
 
[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=14573&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=48&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]  
  
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[http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/search.php?cid=48&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Pennsylvania Gravestones]  
 
[http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/search.php?cid=48&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Pennsylvania Gravestones]  
  
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
 
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
  
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[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/northampton_county.htm Access Genealogy]  
 
[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/northampton_county.htm Access Genealogy]  
  
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[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Northampton/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]  
 
[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Northampton/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]  
  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=85534 Mount Zion Cemetery, Bangor] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=85534 Mount Zion Cemetery, Bangor] BillionGraves
  
<br> [http://www.mhep.org/index.php The Mennonite Heritage Center]<br>565 Yoder Road<br>Harleysville PA 19438-1020<br>215-256-3020<br>[mailto:library@mhep.org library@mhep.org]<br>Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm<br><br>The [http://www.mhep.org/index.php?id_pag=46 Cemetery Database] at the Mennonite Heritage Center includes 86,000 burial records from 125 local cemeteries.&nbsp;&nbsp;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.<br><br>Visit the Mennonite Heritage Center to search the cemetery database by various criteria. The transcriptions are available for further research at the MHC library.  
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<br>[http://www.mhep.org/index.php The Mennonite Heritage Center]<br>565 Yoder Road<br>Harleysville PA 19438-1020<br>215-256-3020<br>[mailto:library@mhep.org library@mhep.org]<br>Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm<br><br>The [http://www.mhep.org/index.php?id_pag=46 Cemetery Database] at the Mennonite Heritage Center includes 86,000 burial records from 125 local cemeteries.&nbsp;&nbsp;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.<br><br>Visit the Mennonite Heritage Center to search the cemetery database by various criteria. The transcriptions are available for further research at the MHC library.  
  
 
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{{PAChurch2}} <br>[[Image:Northampton county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px|Northampton county pennsylvania churches.png]]<br>  
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The [http://sigalmuseum.org/library/ Northampton County Genealogical Society] has various records for churches throughout the Northampton County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. The society will do limited lookups in the records. See their website for details.
  
 
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::Contains baptisms from the church records of Williams Township Congregation; Nazareth Moravian Congregation including affiliated Congregations of Gnadenthal, Friedensthal and Niskey; Reformed Congregation in Lower Saucon Township; Emanuel Petersville Church in Moore Township; Reformed and Lutheran Congregations in Lower Nazareth Township, also known as the Dryland Church; First Reformed Church of Easton, Pennsylvania; Moravian Congregation at Schoeneck in Upper Nazareth Township; St. Peter's Union Lutheran and Reformed Church, Plainfield Township; German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Easton, Pennsylvania; Stone Church near Kreidersville, Allen Township [Lutheran and Reformed]; Salem Lutheran and Reformed Congregations of Moore Township; Mt. Bethel Lutheran and Reformed Congregations in Upper Mt. Bethel Township; Bethlehem Moravian Congregation; Daniel Schumacher's baptismal register.
 
::Contains baptisms from the church records of Williams Township Congregation; Nazareth Moravian Congregation including affiliated Congregations of Gnadenthal, Friedensthal and Niskey; Reformed Congregation in Lower Saucon Township; Emanuel Petersville Church in Moore Township; Reformed and Lutheran Congregations in Lower Nazareth Township, also known as the Dryland Church; First Reformed Church of Easton, Pennsylvania; Moravian Congregation at Schoeneck in Upper Nazareth Township; St. Peter's Union Lutheran and Reformed Church, Plainfield Township; German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Easton, Pennsylvania; Stone Church near Kreidersville, Allen Township [Lutheran and Reformed]; Salem Lutheran and Reformed Congregations of Moore Township; Mt. Bethel Lutheran and Reformed Congregations in Upper Mt. Bethel Township; Bethlehem Moravian Congregation; Daniel Schumacher's baptismal register.
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:*'''1758-1806''' - Hecktown Baptism Index 1758-1806 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C724201}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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:*'''1758-1806''' - Hecktown Marriage Index 1758-1806 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M724201}}.<ref name="vr1" />
  
 
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:*'''1763-1832''' – [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5630 Dryland Union Lutheran Church, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1763-1832] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] – ($), includes baptism, marriages, and burials
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'''Salem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Moortownship'''
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:*'''1810''' - Salem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Moortownship, Marriage Index 1810 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M516511}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Trinity Lutheran and Dryland Reformed Church, Hecktown'''
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:*'''1763-1832''' – [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5630 Dryland Union Lutheran Church, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1763-1832] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] – ($), includes baptism, marriages, and burials  
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:*'''1764-1765''' - Trinity Lutheran and Dryland Reformed Church, Hecktown, Marriage Index 1764-1765 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M516441}}.<ref name="vr1" />
  
 
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Moravians established a settlement at Bethlehem in 1741. [http://bdhp.moravian.edu/home/home.html The Bethlehem Digital History Project] (winner of a National Endowments for the Humanities prize) includes community records, Bethlehem diary, bills of sale and manumissions, business activity, meeting minutes, Moravian Indian diaries 1763-1765, registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, and church regulations.  
 
Moravians established a settlement at Bethlehem in 1741. [http://bdhp.moravian.edu/home/home.html The Bethlehem Digital History Project] (winner of a National Endowments for the Humanities prize) includes community records, Bethlehem diary, bills of sale and manumissions, business activity, meeting minutes, Moravian Indian diaries 1763-1765, registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, and church regulations.  
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/church.htm Moravian Church Marriages] Bethlehem, 1742-1800; Nazareth 1742-1800; Emmaus 1758-1800. Courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
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Several Presbyterian churches were built in what is now Northampton County ([[Bucks County, Pennsylvania|Bucks County]] until 1751) to accommodate Scotch-Irish settlers. 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.<ref name="way" />  
 
Several Presbyterian churches were built in what is now Northampton County ([[Bucks County, Pennsylvania|Bucks County]] until 1751) to accommodate Scotch-Irish settlers. 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.<ref name="way" />  
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'''First Presbyterian Church, Easton'''
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/church.htm First Presbyterian Church, Easton] Alphabetical Listing. Courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/ USGenWeb Archives]
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'''Prebyterian Church, Allen Township'''
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:*'''1822-1875''' - Presbyterian Church, Allen Township, Baptism Index 1822-1875 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C524011}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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:*'''1822-1889''' - Presbyterian Church, Allen Township, Marriage Index 1822-1889 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M524011}}.<ref name="vr1" />
  
 
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The Third Street Reformed Church located in Easton was organized between 1745 and 1750 and was the first Reformed church in the area.<ref>Davis, ed., '''History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania''' (Philadelphia and Reading: Peter Fritts, 1877.), 179 and 181; [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/davistoc.htm Digital Version Online]; {{FHL|1189089|item|disp=FHL CD-ROM no. 2640}}</ref>  
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The '''Third Street Reformed Church''' located in Easton was organized between 1745 and 1750 and was the first Reformed church in the area.<ref>Davis, ed., '''History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania''' (Philadelphia and Reading: Peter Fritts, 1877.), 179 and 181; [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/davistoc.htm Digital Version Online]; {{FHL|1189089|item|disp=FHL CD-ROM no. 2640}}</ref>  
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/church.htm Deaths and Burials of Reformed Churches of Easton 1768-1844] Courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/ USGenWeb Archives]
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'''Christ Union Church'''
  
 
:*'''1756-1845''' – [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5239 Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1756-1845: Christ Union Church] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] – ($), Reformed Congregation of the Christ Union Church located in Saucon Township, includes births, marriages, and deaths  
 
:*'''1756-1845''' – [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5239 Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1756-1845: Christ Union Church] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] – ($), Reformed Congregation of the Christ Union Church located in Saucon Township, includes births, marriages, and deaths  
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:*'''1792-1806, 1833''' - Christ Union or Reformed Church, Lower Saucon Township, Marriage Index 1792-1806 and 1833 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M516481}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Emmanuel Reformed Church, Petersville'''
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:*'''1763-1773''' - Emmanuel Reformed Church, Petersville, Baptism Index 1763-1773 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C391928}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''First Reformed Church, Easton'''
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:*'''1760-1823''' - First Reformed Church, Easton, Baptism Index 1760-1823 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C536581}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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:*'''1787-1852''' - First Reformed Church, Easton, Marriage Index 1787-1852 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M536581}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Grace Reformed Church'''
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/church.htm Grace Reformed Church Records]Courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/ USGenWeb Archives]
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'''Lowhill Reformed Congregation'''
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:*'''1769-1881''' – [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5557 Lowhill Reformed Congregation, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1769-1881] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] – ($), Lowhill Reformed Congregation Church, includes baptism, marriages, and burials
 
:*'''1769-1881''' – [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5557 Lowhill Reformed Congregation, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1769-1881] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] – ($), Lowhill Reformed Congregation Church, includes baptism, marriages, and burials
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'''Salem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Moortownship'''
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:*'''1810''' - Salem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Moortownship, Marriage Index 1810 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M516511}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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'''Trinity Lutheran and Dryland Reformed Church, Hecktown'''
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:*'''1764-1765''' - Trinity Lutheran and Dryland Reformed Church, Hecktown, Marriage Index 1764-1765 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M516441}}.<ref name="vr1" />
  
 
===== Roman Catholic  =====
 
===== Roman Catholic  =====
  
Before 1828, those living in what was Northampton County would have attended the Blessed Sacrament Church in Goshenhoppen now Bally) in Berks County. Records thereafter would be found in St. John the Baptist Church at Hayock. St. Bernard's Church in Easton was dedicated in 1836.<ref>''History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and the Grand Valley of the Lehigh'' (New York, New York : American Historical Society, 1920), 1:362; {{FSbook|107345}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=History+of+Northampton+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+and+the+Grand+Valley+of+the+Lehigh&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=results_page At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|210961|item|disp=FHL book 974.82 D3h vol. 2 and 3}}</ref>  
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Before 1828, those living in what was Northampton County would have attended the Blessed Sacrament Church in Goshenhoppen now Bally) in Berks County. Records thereafter would be found in St. John the Baptist Church at Hayock. St. Bernard's Church in Easton was dedicated in 1836.<ref>''History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and the Grand Valley of the Lehigh'' (New York, New York : American Historical Society, 1920), 1:362; {{FSbook|107345}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=History+of+Northampton+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+and+the+Grand+Valley+of+the+Lehighqt=results_page At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|210961|item|disp=FHL book 974.82 D3h vol. 2 and 3}}</ref>  
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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====== Clerk of the Court  ======
 
====== Clerk of the Court  ======
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====== Prothonotary  ======
 
====== Prothonotary  ======
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{{PA court3}}  
  
===== Orphan's Court (see Vital Records) =====
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{{PA court4}}
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*'''1752–1882''' Orphans court records (index 1752–1882){{FHL|item|74417|disp=FHL film 946983 (first of 12 films)}}
  
 
{{PA court6|Northampton|537757}}  
 
{{PA court6|Northampton|537757}}  
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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==== Ethnic Groups  ====
 
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==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
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:*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/area.htm Davis' ''History of Northampton Cuonty, Pennsylvania, 1877'']''courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/ USGenWeb Archives]''
  
 
===== Published Histories  =====
 
===== Published Histories  =====
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<br>  
  
[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free downloadable images from the [http://ancestortracks.com/Northampton_Co_Map,1860.html 1860 Map of Northampton Co., Pennsylvania], published by Smith, Gallup &amp; Co. &nbsp;This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.  
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:*[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has posted free downloadable images from the [http://ancestortracks.com/Northampton_Co_Map,1860.html 1860 Map of Northampton Co., Pennsylvania], published by Smith, Gallup and Co. &nbsp;This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners and geographic sites at the date of publishing. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;We hereby give permission to use them strictly for personal use; please attribute to Ancestor Tracks.
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/maps/pa/county/northamp/1874/ Township Maps] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_River Delaware River] a pre-historic patthway serving as the border between [[New Jersey|New Jersey]] and [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] rises in [[Schoharie County, New York|Schoharie County, New York]] and flows by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehigh_Canal Lehigh Canal] in Pennsylvania, [[Frenchtown, New Jersey|Frenchtown]], [[Trenton, New Jersey|Trenton]]&nbsp;where river meets tidewater, and past [[Bordentown, New Jersey|Bordentown]] in New Jersey, [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|Philadelphia]] in Pennsylvania to empty into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean North Atlantic Ocean].  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_River Delaware River] a pre-historic patthway serving as the border between [[New Jersey|New Jersey]] and [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] rises in [[Schoharie County, New York|Schoharie County, New York]] and flows by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehigh_Canal Lehigh Canal] in Pennsylvania, [[Frenchtown, New Jersey|Frenchtown]], [[Trenton, New Jersey|Trenton]]&nbsp;where river meets tidewater, and past [[Bordentown, New Jersey|Bordentown]] in New Jersey, [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|Philadelphia]] in Pennsylvania to empty into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean North Atlantic Ocean].  
*[[Delaware and Raritan Canal]] 1834 connected [[New Brunswick, New Jersey]] on the Raritan River (and NY City) to [[Bordontown, New Jersey]] on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_River Delaware River] and parts of [[Pennsylvania]] including the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehigh_Canal Lehigh Canal] and Northampton County with the D&amp;R Canal at [[Frenchtown, New Jersey|Frenchtown]].
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*[[Delaware and Raritan Canal]] 1834 connected [[New Brunswick, New Jersey]] on the Raritan River (and NY City) to [[Bordontown, New Jersey]] on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_River Delaware River] and parts of [[Pennsylvania]] including the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehigh_Canal Lehigh Canal] and Northampton County with the D and R Canal at [[Frenchtown, New Jersey|Frenchtown]].
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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{{PANaturalization}}<br>  
 
{{PANaturalization}}<br>  
  
Naturalization records available for Northampton County, Pennsylvania include the following:<br>  
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''Naturalization records available for Northampton County, Pennsylvania include the following:''<br>  
  
 
'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
 
'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<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
 
:*'''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> {{PAnaturalization2|Northampton|547886}}
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<br>{{PAnaturalization2|Northampton|547886}}  
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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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 [[Northampton County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]  
 
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 [[Northampton County, Pennsylvania#Newspapers|Newspaper heading]]  
  
{{Tip|Sometimes the fastest way of finding obituaries is to call or email the local [http://www.publiclibraries.com/ public library] in the area where the person died.   If the library does not have newspapers, a librarian often will know where they are kept. If a death date is known, and the newspapers are at the library, someone on staff will usually make a search for a small fee, or will indicate someone who will do the search.}}<br>  
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{{Tip|Sometimes the fastest way of finding obituaries is to call or email the local [http://www.publiclibraries.com/ public library] in the area where the person died. If the library does not have newspapers, a librarian often will know where they are kept. If a death date is known, and the newspapers are at the library, someone on staff will usually make a search for a small fee, or will indicate someone who will do the search.}}<br>  
  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
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===== Indentured Servants  =====
 
===== Indentured Servants  =====
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==== Periodicals  ====
 
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{{PA Probate Intro}}<br>  
 
{{PA Probate Intro}}<br>  
  
'''Online Probate Records'''<br> Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:<br> Complete Collection:<br>  
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'''Online Probate Records'''  
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Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:<br>Complete Collection:<br>  
  
 
:*'''1683-1994''' – {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
 
:*'''1683-1994''' – {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
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:*'''1743–1909''' – [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7J1%3An1406456266%3Fcc%3D1999196 Northampton County Probate Records]<br>
 
:*'''1743–1909''' – [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7J1%3An1406456266%3Fcc%3D1999196 Northampton County Probate Records]<br>
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:*Papers, warrants, surveys, wills, accounts, bonds and agreements, minutes, etc. of Northampton County, Pennsylvania{{FHL|item|290691|disp=FHL film 21686 (first of 19 films)}}
  
 
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Northampton|537758}}<br>  
 
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Northampton|537758}}<br>  
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===== Archives  =====
 
===== Archives  =====
  
[http://www.moravianchurcharchives.org/index.php The Moravian Archives]<br>41 West Locust Street<br>Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018<br>610-866-3255<br>Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm<br> info@moravianchurcharchives.org<br>  
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:*[http://www.moravianchurcharchives.org/index.php The Moravian Archives]<br>41 West Locust Street<br>Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018<br>Phone: (610) 866-3255<br>Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm<br>info@moravianchurcharchives.org<br>
  
 
The Moravian Archives is the official repository for the records of the Moravian Church in America – Northern Province. This covers the Moravian churches in the United States (except for North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia) and Canada. The Archives in Bethlehem also holds records from the Moravian church in Alaska, Labrador, Nicaragua and the Eastern West Indies.<br>  
 
The Moravian Archives is the official repository for the records of the Moravian Church in America – Northern Province. This covers the Moravian churches in the United States (except for North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia) and Canada. The Archives in Bethlehem also holds records from the Moravian church in Alaska, Labrador, Nicaragua and the Eastern West Indies.<br>  
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://www.northamptoncounty.org/northampton/site/default.asp Northampton County Courthouse] <br> 669 Washington Street <br> Easton, PA 18042-7475 <br> Phone: 610-559-3000 <br> Hours: 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday – Friday <br>  
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[http://www.northamptoncounty.org/northampton/site/default.asp Northampton County Courthouse] <br>669 Washington Street <br>Easton, PA 18042-7475 <br>Phone: (610) 559-3000 <br>Hours: 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday – Friday <br>  
  
 
Copies of documents including birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, land, and probate records can be obtained by using: [http://www.pennsylvaniapublicrecord.com/northampton-county-pennsylvania-public-records.html Pennsylvania Public Record]. Click on the link for the record you wish to request.  
 
Copies of documents including birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, land, and probate records can be obtained by using: [http://www.pennsylvaniapublicrecord.com/northampton-county-pennsylvania-public-records.html Pennsylvania Public Record]. Click on the link for the record you wish to request.  
  
[http://www.northamptoncounty.org/northampton/cwp/view.asp?a=1521&Q=620168&northamptonNav=%7C34402%7C&northamptonNav_GID=1977#civil Office of the Prothonotary] See Civil Division Court Services<br>669 Washington Street<br>Easton, PA 18042-7475<br>Phone:610–559-3000
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[http://www.northamptoncounty.org/northampton/cwp/view.asp?a=1521&q=623619 Orphans'Court]<br>Phone: (610) 559-3095
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[http://www.northamptoncounty.org/northampton/cwp/view.asp?a=1521&Q=620168&northamptonNav=%7C34402%7C&northamptonNav_GID=1977#civil Office of the Prothonotary] See Civil Division Court Services<br>669 Washington Street<br>Easton, PA 18042-7475<br>Phone: (610) 559-3060
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
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===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
[http://www.eastonpl.org/ Easton Area Public Library]<br> 515 Church Street<br> Easton, PA 18042-3587<br> Phone: (610) 258-2917,br&gt;
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[http://www.eastonpl.org/ Easton Area Public Library]<br>515 Church Street<br>Easton, PA 18042-3587<br>Phone: (610) 258-2917  
  
 
The Easton Area Public Library has the [http://www.eastonpl.org/MarxRoom.htm Marx Local History Room]. Hours are different from the rest of the library. The [http://www.eastonpl.org/MarxRoomBrochure.pdf Marx Room] contains:  
 
The Easton Area Public Library has the [http://www.eastonpl.org/MarxRoom.htm Marx Local History Room]. Hours are different from the rest of the library. The [http://www.eastonpl.org/MarxRoomBrochure.pdf Marx Room] contains:  
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The library provides a [http://www.eastonpl.org/MarxRoom.htm service] for a fee to obtain copies of obituaries and transcribed church and cemetery records found in the indexes above. Use  
 
The library provides a [http://www.eastonpl.org/MarxRoom.htm service] for a fee to obtain copies of obituaries and transcribed church and cemetery records found in the indexes above. Use  
  
<br> [http://sigalmuseum.org/library/ Jane S. Moyer Library] and Research Facility<br> 342 Northampton St.<br> Easton PA 18042<br> Phone: (610) 253-1222<br> Hours: Tues thru Fri 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, and by appointment<br>  
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<br>[http://sigalmuseum.org/library/ Jane S. Moyer Library] and Research Facility<br>342 Northampton St.<br>Easton PA 18042<br>Phone: (610) 253-1222<br>Hours: Tues thru Fri 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, and by appointment<br>  
  
 
This Northampton County local and family history collection includes:  
 
This Northampton County local and family history collection includes:  
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:*thousands of maps, drawings, and architectural plans detailing the history and families of Northampton County, PA
 
:*thousands of maps, drawings, and architectural plans detailing the history and families of Northampton County, PA
  
[http://www.mhep.org/index.php The Mennonite Heritage Center]<br> 565 Yoder Road<br> Harleysville PA 19438-1020<br> 215-256-3020<br>[mailto:library@mhep.org library@mhep.org]<br>Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm<br>  
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[http://www.mhep.org/index.php The Mennonite Heritage Center]<br>565 Yoder Road<br>Harleysville PA 19438-1020<br>Phone: (215) 256-3020<br>[mailto:library@mhep.org library@mhep.org]<br>Hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm, Saturday, 10am–2pm<br>  
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
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===== Museums  =====
 
===== Museums  =====
  
[http://sigalmuseum.org/nchgs/ Sigal Museum]<br> 342 Northampton St<br> Easton PA 18042<br> Phone: 610-253-1222<br> Hours: Tues - Sat 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm<br>  
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[http://sigalmuseum.org/nchgs/ Sigal Museum]<br>342 Northampton St<br>Easton PA 18042<br>Phone: (610) 253-1222<br>Hours: Tues - Sat 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm<br>  
  
 
Headquarters of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society NCHGS.  
 
Headquarters of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society NCHGS.  
  
[http://www.historicbethlehem.org/index.cfm?organization_id=127&section_id=1869&page_id=7749 Historic Bethlehem]<br> 505 Main Street<br> Bethlehem, PA 18018<br> Toll-free: (800) 360-TOUR<br> Phone: (610) 691-6055<br>  
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[http://www.historicbethlehem.org/index.cfm?organization_id=127&section_id=1869&page_id=7749 Historic Bethlehem]<br>505 Main Street<br>Bethlehem, PA 18018<br>Toll-free: (800) 360-TOUR<br>Phone: (610) 691-6055<br>  
  
Mailing Address:<br> 74 West Broad Street<br> Suite 260<br> Bethlehem, PA 18018<br> Phone: (610) 882-0450<br>  
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Mailing Address:<br>74 West Broad Street<br>Suite 260<br>Bethlehem, PA 18018<br>Phone: (610) 882-0450<br>  
  
 
The Historic Bethlehem has a [http://www.historicbethlehem.org/index.cfm?organization_id=127&section_id=2259&page_id=9528 library and archives]. Their collection includes:  
 
The Historic Bethlehem has a [http://www.historicbethlehem.org/index.cfm?organization_id=127&section_id=2259&page_id=9528 library and archives]. Their collection includes:  
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===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
  
'''Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society''' [http://sigalmuseum.org/nchgs/ NCHGS]<br> Sigal Museum and Jane S. Moyer Library<br> 3432 Northampton Street<br> Easton PA 18042<br> 610-253-1222  
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[http://sigalmuseum.org/nchgs/ Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society]<br>Sigal Museum and Jane S. Moyer Library<br>3432 Northampton Street<br>Easton PA 18042<br>Phone: (610) 253-1222  
  
[http://www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org/ The Moravian Historical Society] in affiliation with the Moravian Archives<br> 214 E. Center St.<br> Nazareth, PA 18064<br> Phone: (610) 759-5070<br> Email: info@moravianhistoricalsociety.org<br>  
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[http://www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org/ The Moravian Historical Society] in affiliation with the Moravian Archives<br>214 E. Center St.<br>Nazareth, PA 18064<br>Phone: (610) 759-5070<br>Email: info@moravianhistoricalsociety.org<br>  
  
 
The Moravian Historical Society has a [http://www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org/research.php genealogy collection.] There is a fee to utilize their collection in person, currently $5. They also provide research by mail for a [http://www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org/research.php fee]. Their collection includes:<br>  
 
The Moravian Historical Society has a [http://www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org/research.php genealogy collection.] There is a fee to utilize their collection in person, currently $5. They also provide research by mail for a [http://www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org/research.php fee]. Their collection includes:<br>  
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==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
:*'''1772, 1785-1786, 1788''' - ''Proprietary, Supply, and State Tax Lists of the Counties of Northampton and Northumberland: For the Years 1772 to 1787.'' (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 19). Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=skEOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] - free.
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:*'''1772, 1785-1786, 1788''' - ''Proprietary, Supply, and State Tax Lists of the Counties of Northampton and Northumberland: For the Years 1772 to 1787.'' (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 19). Digital versions at [http://www.donslist.net/PGHLookups/cgi-bin/HandOff-1_0.cgi?TaxNorthamptonCoPA1787+TaxNorthamptonCoPA1787+r001SP Don's List] - free; [http://books.google.com/books?id=skEOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] - free.
  
 
:*'''1798''' - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2060 Ancestry] ($).
 
:*'''1798''' - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2060 Ancestry] ($).
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:*'''1726-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681005|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.  
 
:*'''1726-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681005|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 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
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:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.  
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:*'''1888-1907''' - Easton Birth Index 1888-1907 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igipennsylvaniall.pdf.</ref>
  
 
{{PA birth}}  
 
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===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
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:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.  
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:*'''1888-1907''' - Easton Death Index 1888-1907 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />
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:*'''1893-1912''' - Northampton County Death Index 1893-1912 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />
  
 
{{PA death}}  
 
{{PA death}}  
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{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Northampton|539324}}  
 
{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Northampton|539324}}  
  
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Northampton 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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Northampton County, Pennsylvania
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Founded October 14, 1751
County Seat Easton
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Address Northampton County Courthouse
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
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Contents

Northampton County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1752
1752
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  • Parent Counties: Formed from Bucks County 14 October 1751. [1]
  • County Seat: Easton
  • Neighboring Counties: Northampton County, Pennsylvania residents may also have records in:[2]

Scotch-Irish immigrants made a settlement in what is now Northampton County (then Bucks County) in 1728. The settlement grew rapidly and became known as "Craig Settlement" or "Irish Settlement."[3]

Boundary Changes

Several counties set off: [1]

Northampton County Pennsylvania Genealogy 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.
  • Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Grave Stones; Northampton County; for People Born Before 1800. Washington, D.C.: Larjon and Company, Inc., 2000. FHL Book 974.822 V3h.
Cemeteries included: Plainfield Cemetery in Plainfield Twp.; Moravian Cemetery at Nazareth; Moravian Cemetery at Bethlehem; Stone Church or Christ Church Cemetery at Centerville; Zion's Church Cemetery or Stone Church at Kreidersville; Forks Church Cemetery or Stocker's, Van Etten's, or Werkheiser at Stockertown; Moorestown Cemetery or Big Moore in Moore Twp.; Easton Cemetery at Easton; Schoeneck Moravian Cemetery in Bushkill Twp.; Dryland Cemetery at Hecktown; Old Williams Cemetery or St. Luke's in William Twp.; Arndt's and Messinger Cemetery in Forks Twp.; Mountain View Cemetery in Moore Twp.; Lower Saucon or Christ Union Cemetery in Lower Saucon Twp.; Little Moore or Christ Church Cemetery in Moore Twp.; Methodist Church Cemetery in Bushkill Twp.; Bushkill Center Cemetery or Holy Cross Lutheran Church Cemetery in Bushkill Twp.; Hay's Cemetery at South Easton; St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery at Easton; Mennonite Cemetery in Lower Saucon Twp.; Aten's Cemetery in Upper Mt. Bethel Twp.; Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery at Bangor; Reformed Church Cemetery at Flicksville; Johnsonville Cemetery in Upper Mt. Bethel Twp.; Presbyterian or Scotch-Irish Cemetery at Martin's Creek; Church Hill Cemetery at Richmond; Centerville Cemetery at Centerville; Reformed Cemetery at Centerville; St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery at Centerville; Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Upper Mt. Bethel; German Methodist Church Cemetery or Miller's Cemetery near Jacktown; Siegfried's Cemetery in Allen Twp.; Mennonite Cemetery at Weaversville; Presbyterian Church Cemetery or Horner's Cemetery in East Allen Twp.; Miller Family Cemetery or Honey Farm Burial site in Washington Twp.; St. Paul's Church or Indianland Cemetery in Lehigh Twp.; Greenwood Cemetery in Allen Twp.; Schoernersville Cemetery in Lehigh Co.; Bath "Kirche" Cemetery in East Allen Twp.; Beck's Cemetery in Upper Mt. Bethel Twp.; Episcopal Church Cemetery in Bethlehem Twp.

Transcribed Cemetery records for Northampton and adjacent Counties

Individual cemeteries:


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 Northampton 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.
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The Northampton County Genealogical Society has various records for churches throughout the Northampton County area. However, the society has not put the records on-line and to view the records one must go to the society. The society will do limited lookups in the records. See their website for details.

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Contains the church records of:
  • Jonathan Worrall, J.P./Misc. Marriage Licenses, 1890-1915
  • Bangor: First United Methodist Church
  • Bethlehem: Cathedral Church of the Nativity; Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church; First Presbyterian Church; Fritz Memorial United Methodist Church; Grace Community United Church of Christ; Olivet Evangelical Congregational Church; Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church; Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Bushkill Center: Holy Cross Lutheran Church Bushkill Center
  • Chapman: Chapman Quarries United Methodist Church
  • Easton: Christ United Methodist Church; First Colored Lutheran Church; First United Church of Christ; First United Church of Christ Easton; St. John's Lutheran Church; St. John's Lutheran Church New Williams; St. Mark's United Church of Christ; St. Paul's Lutheran Church; The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd; Trinity Episcopal Church; Zion Lutheran Church
  • Emmanuelsville: Emmanuel Lutheran Church
  • Freemansburg: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Hecktown: Dryland Reformed (with private records of Rev. Martin A. Smith)
  • Hellertown: Lower Saucon United Church of Christ
  • Howertown: St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Lower Saucon: Lower Saucon United Church of Christ
  • Moore: Salem United Church of Christ
  • Moorestown: Salem United Church of Christ
  • Nazareth: St. John's United Church of Christ; St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Northampton: Grace United Church of Christ; St. Paul's United Church of Christ
  • Richmond: Richmond United Methodist Church
  • Seemsville: St. Peter's United Church of Christ
  • Upper Mount Bethel: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church; Christ Lutheran Church
  • Williams Township: St. Luke's Lutheran Church
  • 1733-1800 - Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Northampton County, 1733-1800. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1991. FHL Book 974.822 K2h.
Contains baptisms from the church records of Williams Township Congregation; Nazareth Moravian Congregation including affiliated Congregations of Gnadenthal, Friedensthal and Niskey; Reformed Congregation in Lower Saucon Township; Emanuel Petersville Church in Moore Township; Reformed and Lutheran Congregations in Lower Nazareth Township, also known as the Dryland Church; First Reformed Church of Easton, Pennsylvania; Moravian Congregation at Schoeneck in Upper Nazareth Township; St. Peter's Union Lutheran and Reformed Church, Plainfield Township; German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Easton, Pennsylvania; Stone Church near Kreidersville, Allen Township [Lutheran and Reformed]; Salem Lutheran and Reformed Congregations of Moore Township; Mt. Bethel Lutheran and Reformed Congregations in Upper Mt. Bethel Township; Bethlehem Moravian Congregation; Daniel Schumacher's baptismal register.
Lutheran

Salem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Moortownship

Trinity Lutheran and Dryland Reformed Church, Hecktown

Methodist
Moravian

Moravians established a settlement at Bethlehem in 1741. The Bethlehem Digital History Project (winner of a National Endowments for the Humanities prize) includes community records, Bethlehem diary, bills of sale and manumissions, business activity, meeting minutes, Moravian Indian diaries 1763-1765, registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, and church regulations.

Presbyterian

Several Presbyterian churches were built in what is now Northampton County (Bucks County until 1751) to accommodate Scotch-Irish settlers. 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.[3]

First Presbyterian Church, Easton

Prebyterian Church, Allen Township

Reformed

The Third Street Reformed Church located in Easton was organized between 1745 and 1750 and was the first Reformed church in the area.[5]

Christ Union Church

Emmanuel Reformed Church, Petersville

First Reformed Church, Easton

Grace Reformed Church

Lowhill Reformed Congregation

Salem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Moortownship

Trinity Lutheran and Dryland Reformed Church, Hecktown

Roman Catholic

Before 1828, those living in what was Northampton County would have attended the Blessed Sacrament Church in Goshenhoppen now Bally) in Berks County. Records thereafter would be found in St. John the Baptist Church at Hayock. St. Bernard's Church in Easton was dedicated in 1836.[6]

Court Records

Northampton County, Pennsylvania court records are housed at the Northampton 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. Northampton 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

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.[8] For the Northampton 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 Northampton County, Pennsylvania Prothonotary office information.

Orphan's Court

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.[9]

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

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Northampton 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 Northampton County began in 1752. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Easton, Pennsylvania. Most of the 19th century deeds are preserved in the county Archives.

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

  • 1985–present Images are available online using the Landex system. There is a fee to view the images.

Land Records on Microfilm

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 Northampton County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

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  • Ancestor Tracks has posted free downloadable images from the 1860 Map of Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, published by Smith, Gallup and Co.  This wall map located in the Library of Congress shows major landowners 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

Early migration routes to and from Northampton County, Pennsylvania for settlers included:[10]

Military

Revolutionary War

Local men served in the Northampton 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.

Many Germans from Northampton County served in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment.[11][12] Northampton County men also served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment (probably)[12] and the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment.[12]

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 Northampton 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 Northampton County, Pennsylvania naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Northampton 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 Northampton 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

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 Northampton 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.

Online Probate Records

Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch.org. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:
Complete Collection:

Northampton County Only:

Online Probate Abstracts

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

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

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.
  • The Moravian Archives
    41 West Locust Street
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
    Phone: (610) 866-3255
    Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    info@moravianchurcharchives.org

The Moravian Archives is the official repository for the records of the Moravian Church in America – Northern Province. This covers the Moravian churches in the United States (except for North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia) and Canada. The Archives in Bethlehem also holds records from the Moravian church in Alaska, Labrador, Nicaragua and the Eastern West Indies.

The Archives is located in a modern 9,200 square foot building with two climate-controlled vaults. It contains approximately 8,000 linear feet of material.

Check the website to learn more:

  • List of Holdings
  • Currently Available Inventories
  • Archives Library
  • Bibliographies
  • List of Congregation Records
  • Bethlehem Digital History Project

The collection includes finding aids of the Moravian collections, church registers, the Memoir Index, records of the mission to the American Indians from 1740 to 1820 (indexed in the Fliegel Index), historical newspapers on microfilm, and a photo collection.

Services include monthly lectures, tours, a German Script course, research by mail, reproduction orders, translation, and publications including a monthly electronic newletter.

Courthouse

Northampton County Courthouse
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042-7475
Phone: (610) 559-3000
Hours: 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday – Friday

Copies of documents including birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, land, and probate records can be obtained by using: Pennsylvania Public Record. Click on the link for the record you wish to request.

Orphans'Court
Phone: (610) 559-3095

Office of the Prothonotary See Civil Division Court Services
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042-7475
Phone: (610) 559-3060

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

Libraries

Easton Area Public Library
515 Church Street
Easton, PA 18042-3587
Phone: (610) 258-2917

The Easton Area Public Library has the Marx Local History Room. Hours are different from the rest of the library. The Marx Room contains:

The library provides a service for a fee to obtain copies of obituaries and transcribed church and cemetery records found in the indexes above. Use


Jane S. Moyer Library and Research Facility
342 Northampton St.
Easton PA 18042
Phone: (610) 253-1222
Hours: Tues thru Fri 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, and by appointment

This Northampton County local and family history collection includes:

  • 5,000 books
  • 10,000 manuscript items
  • 6,000 surname files
  • 2,000 history vertical files
  • 120,000 photographs
  • thousands of maps, drawings, and architectural plans detailing the history and families of Northampton County, PA

The Mennonite Heritage Center
565 Yoder Road
Harleysville PA 19438-1020
Phone: (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

Sigal Museum
342 Northampton St
Easton PA 18042
Phone: (610) 253-1222
Hours: Tues - Sat 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Headquarters of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society NCHGS.

Historic Bethlehem
505 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Toll-free: (800) 360-TOUR
Phone: (610) 691-6055

Mailing Address:
74 West Broad Street
Suite 260
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Phone: (610) 882-0450

The Historic Bethlehem has a library and archives. Their collection includes:

  • City directories from 1800s/1900s
  • Historic maps and documents
Societies

Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society
Sigal Museum and Jane S. Moyer Library
3432 Northampton Street
Easton PA 18042
Phone: (610) 253-1222

The Moravian Historical Society in affiliation with the Moravian Archives
214 E. Center St.
Nazareth, PA 18064
Phone: (610) 759-5070
Email: info@moravianhistoricalsociety.org

The Moravian Historical Society has a genealogy collection. There is a fee to utilize their collection in person, currently $5. They also provide research by mail for a fee. Their collection includes:

  • Obituaries for Lehigh Valley,br>
  • Local history books
  • Cemetery records
  • Family charts
  • Family history books

Taxation

  • 1772, 1785-1786, 1788 - Proprietary, Supply, and State Tax Lists of the Counties of Northampton and Northumberland: For the Years 1772 to 1787. (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 19). Digital versions at Don's List - free; Google Books - free.
  • 1798 - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at Ancestry ($).

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
  • 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.
  • 1888-1907 - Easton Birth Index 1888-1907 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[4]

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 Northampton 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 – ($) Index with images.
  • 1772–1774, 1824–1836 Northampton County, Pennsylvania, Marriage Licenses issued by Isaac Hicks at Ancestry.com - ($); index only.
  • 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

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 Northampton County, Pennsylvania Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Northampton County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

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

Northampton County Pennsylvania Places

Northampton County Pennsylvania Genealogy 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. 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. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igipennsylvaniall.pdf.
  5. Davis, ed., History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia and Reading: Peter Fritts, 1877.), 179 and 181; Digital Version Online; FHL CD-ROM no. 2640
  6. History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and the Grand Valley of the Lehigh (New York, New York : American Historical Society, 1920), 1:362; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.82 D3h vol. 2 and 3
  7. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  8. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  9. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  10. Handybook, 847-61.
  11. Wikipedia contributors, "1st Pennsylvania Regiment," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 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.