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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

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1752
1752


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]


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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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
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]

Reformed

The Third Street Reformed Church located in Easton was organized between 1745 and 1750 and was the first Reformed church in the area.[4]

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.[5]

Court Records

Court of Common Pleas
Clerk of the Court
Prothonotary
Orphan's Court (see Vital Records)

Emigration and Immigration

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 & 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:[6]

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.[7][8] Northampton County men also served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment (probably)[8] and the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment.[8]

Naturalization and Citizenship

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:

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 Moravian Archives
41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
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.

Office of the Prothonotary See Civil Division Court Services
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042-7475
Phone:610–559-3000

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

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
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.

Societies

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

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 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.

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
  • 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 Northampton 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

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. Davis, ed., History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia and Reading: Peter Fritts, 1877.), 179 and 181; Digital Version Online; FHL CD-ROM no. 2640
  5. 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
  6. Handybook, 847-61.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "1st Pennsylvania Regiment," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 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.

 

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