Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

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In 1840, the "First English Baptist Church of Minersville" was organized.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 190; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>  
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In 1840, the "First English Baptist Church of Minersville" was organized.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 190; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>  
  
 
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:*'''1845-1860''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/stjohns002.txt Marriage, Baptism and Death Records from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] – Free, baptisms, marriages, and burials
 
:*'''1845-1860''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/stjohns002.txt Marriage, Baptism and Death Records from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] – Free, baptisms, marriages, and burials
  
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===== Congregational =====
The First Congregational Church was established by the Welsh in the area in 1836.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 190; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>
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The First Congregational Church was established by the Welsh in the area in 1836.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 190; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>
St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal church was organized in 1845 and their building erected in 1849.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 191; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>  
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St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal church was organized in 1845 and their building erected in 1849.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 191; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>  
  
 
===== Lutheran  =====
 
===== Lutheran  =====
The German Lutherans were the first in the county although the exact date of their organization is unknown. The German Evangelical Lutheran Zion's Congregation had their first church built in 1849. Before it was built, they had met in the schoolhouse. The first English Lutheran Church was organized in 1851.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 189-191; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>
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The German Lutherans were the first in the county although the exact date of their organization is unknown. The German Evangelical Lutheran Zion's Congregation had their first church built in 1849. Before it was built, they had met in the schoolhouse. The first English Lutheran Church was organized in 1851.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 189-191; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>  
  
 
:*'''1755-1800''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/bruns001.txt Zion Red Church] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] – Free, baptisms, Brunswick Township, then Berks, now Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania  
 
:*'''1755-1800''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/bruns001.txt Zion Red Church] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] – Free, baptisms, Brunswick Township, then Berks, now Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania  
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:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/rush001.txt Some Confirmations and Baptisms of Christ Lutheran Church] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] – Free, baptisms, located in Rush&nbsp;Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/rush001.txt Some Confirmations and Baptisms of Christ Lutheran Church] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] – Free, baptisms, located in Rush&nbsp;Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania&nbsp;&nbsp;
  
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===== Methodist =====
The Methodist Episcopal church began meeting in Minersville starting in 1834. <ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 190; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>  
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The Methodist Episcopal church began meeting in Minersville starting in 1834. <ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 190; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>  
  
 
===== Reformed  =====
 
===== Reformed  =====
In 1840, Emmanuel's Church was organized and met in the union church with the Lutherans.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 191; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>  
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In 1840, Emmanuel's Church was organized and met in the union church with the Lutherans.<ref>Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, ''History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania'' ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 191; {{FSbook|110818}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%09History+of+Schuylkill+County%2C+Pennsylvania%2C+including+a+genealogical+and+biographical+record&amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search At various libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|154929|item|disp=FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols.}}.</ref>  
  
 
:*'''1755-1800''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/bruns001.txt Zion Red Church] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] – Free, baptisms, Brunswick Township, then Berks, now Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania  
 
:*'''1755-1800''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/church/bruns001.txt Zion Red Church] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] – Free, baptisms, Brunswick Township, then Berks, now Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania  

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Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Schuylkill County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Location of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 1, 1811
County Seat Pottsville
Courthouse
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Address Schuylkill County Courthouse
401 North Second Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Deeds
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1801
1800
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Berks and Northampton Counties 1 March 1811. [1]
  • County Seat: Pottsville
  • Neighboring Counties: Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania residents may also have records in [2]Luzerne (north) • Berks (south) • Carbon (northeast)  • [Dauphin County, Pennsylvania|Dauphin]] and Lebanon (southwest)  • Columbia (northwest)  • Northumberland (west)  • Lehigh (east)


Named for the Schuylkill River. Benjamin Franklin left money in his will (dated 1789) for the restoring of the river long time before the conception of "conservation."

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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.


Saint Nicholas Cemetery, Mahanoy City BillionGraves

Census

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

County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Baptist

In 1840, the "First English Baptist Church of Minersville" was organized.[3]

Catholic
Congregational

The First Congregational Church was established by the Welsh in the area in 1836.[4]

Episcopal

St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal church was organized in 1845 and their building erected in 1849.[5]

Lutheran

The German Lutherans were the first in the county although the exact date of their organization is unknown. The German Evangelical Lutheran Zion's Congregation had their first church built in 1849. Before it was built, they had met in the schoolhouse. The first English Lutheran Church was organized in 1851.[6]

Methodist

The Methodist Episcopal church began meeting in Minersville starting in 1834. [7]

Reformed

In 1840, Emmanuel's Church was organized and met in the union church with the Lutherans.[8]

United Church of Christ

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 Schuylkill County began in 1811. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

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

The following are examples of available resources:

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 Schuylkill County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Ancestor Tracks has posted free downloadable images from the County Atlas of Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, from Recent and Actual Surveys and Records by F.W. Beers and A.B. Cochran (New York, 1875). This atlas 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

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA : 1891-1899) on Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87078000/

Obituaries

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

Schuylkill County Courthouse
401 North Second Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: 570-628-1332

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

The Historical Society of Schuylkill County
305 north Centre Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: (570) 622-7540

Taxation

Vital Records

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

County-wide Database
  • 1700-1821 - Pennsylvania Marriage Records Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. 
  • Pre-1810 – Pennsylvania Marriages Ancestry.com – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.
Birth

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

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

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

Marriage

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

A marriage record index, covering 1885 to the present, is available at the Schuylkill County Courthouse website.

Divorce

Divorce records are handled by the office of the Prothonotary. While no on-line indexes or records are available, records may be obtained by visiting or writing to the Prothonotary at:

Schuylkill County Prothonotary
Schuylkill County Courthouse
401 N 2nd Street 1st Floor
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: 570–628-1270

Death

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

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

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

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

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Web Sites

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

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. 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. Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 190; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols..
  4. Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 190; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols..
  5. Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 191; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols..
  6. Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 189-191; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols..
  7. Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 190; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols..
  8. Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania ([S.l.]: State Historical Association, 1907), 191; FamilySearch Books Online; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.817 H2s 2 vols..