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Berks County – Church, Family, Education, Military and Miscellaneous History Collection - PA-Genealogy

Berks County – Church, Family, Education, Military and Miscellaneous History Collection

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Officers of Berks County for each year 1752 to 1860 (Amos K. Strunck, 1859, 124 pages)
Political Handbook of Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1752 – 1883 (Morton L. Montgomery, 1883, 104 pages)
A History of Bethany Orphans Home (Rev. Thomas M. Yundt, 1888, 142 pages)
Industries and Wealth of the Principle Points in Southeastern Pennsylvania (Excepting Philadelphia) Embracing Dauphin, York, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Berks, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties (American Publishing and Engraving Co., 1890, 148 pages)
History of Berks County, Pennsylvania in the Revolution 1774-1783 (Morton L. Montgomery, 1894, 291 pages)
History of Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading PA, 1751-1894 (Jacob Fry, 1894, 300 pages)
Lutheran Ministers of Berks County (Rev. J. W. Early, 1902, 110 pages)
History of the Reformed Church in Reading, PA (Rev. B. Bausman & Daniel Miller, 1903, 474 pages)
Quarto-Centennial History of Grace Lutheran Church, Reading, Pennsylvania, 1878-1903 (William H. Myers, 1903, 160 pages)
Berks County Industrially (Lew. C. Hulshizer, 1907, 283 pages)
The Reading Militia in the Great War (J. Bennett Nolan, 1921, 202 pages)
Lutherans in Berks County 1723-1923 (H. S. Kidd, 1923, 504 pages)
1926 Directory – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hamburg (Anonymous, 1926, 26 pages)
An Early Eighteenth Century Reformed Church (Irwin Hoch DeLong, 1934, 101 pages)
History of the Grim Family of Pennsylvania (William Gabriel Long, 1934, 170 pages)
Congressional History of Berks (PA.) District 1789 – 1939 (Benjamin Alderfer Fryer, 1939, 364 pages)
150th Anniversary – 1790-1940 – St. John’s Lutheran Church (Anonymous, 1940, 10 pages)
Bicentennial of the Union Church of North Heidelberg, 1744-1944 (1944, 20 pages)
General Marshall’s Victory Report [Womelsdorf, Newmanstown, Stouchsburg] (U.S. War Department, 1946-47, 159 pages)
Industrial Berks County, 1748 – 1948 (Arthur D Graeff & Florence Starr Taylor, 1948, 36 pages)

 

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Officers of Berks County for each year 1752 to 1860
(Amos K. Strunck, 1859, 124 pages)

This publication contains lists of Berks Countys’ early politicians and public officials.

Political Handbook of Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1752 – 1883
(Morton L. Montgomery, 1883, 104 pages)

Reference book of those who held public office in the years from the county's formation in 1752 to 1883, including State Representatives, Judges, District Attorneys, Commissioners, Auditors, Treasures, Sheriffs, Coroners, Prothonotaries, Recorders, Clerks, etc. Also includes listings of the public officials of the city of Reading.

A History of Bethany Orphans Home
(Rev. Thomas M. Yundt, 1888, 142 pages)

This publication is a history of the Bethany Orphans Home of Womelsdorf, Berks County, PA.

Chapters:
1 - Introductory Chapter on Orphans' Homes.
2 - Beginning of Bethany Orphans’ Home.
3 - The Home at No. 702 Morris Street, Southwark, Philadelphia.
4 - Removal to Bridesburg
5 - The Home at Bridesburg
6 - Purchase of New Property and Removal to Womelsdorf.
7 - Dedication of Home at Womelsdorf. - Historical Address by Rev. C. Z. Weiser.
8 - Resignation of Rev. D. Y. Heisler. Rev. D. B. Albright Supt. for 17 Years and 5 Months.
9 - Burning of the Home. - Erection of a New Building.
10 - The Last Two Years of the Home.
11 - The Home as it now.
12 - In Memoriam.
13 - List of Names

Surnames Indexed:
Abbott, Antrim, Armstrong, Arndt, Bampeon, Barkdoll, Barthel, Beaver, Beoker, Bennethum, Bender, Bellowsford, Bleistine, Benson Berger, Bierman, Bilger, Binckly, Bletchler, Boehringer, Bohler, Botts, Bowman, Breidinger, Bricker, Bright, Brown, Burk, Bryant, Bryan, Buckley, Cauler, Clack, Clement, Clemmens, Conner, Cox, Cristwell, Crook, Culp, Cunningham, Davis, Dennison, Dittman, Dotterer, Doyle, Dunkle, Ebert, Eleer, Ehly, Engel, Englehart, English, Ehrhart, Fatzinger, Feather, Fegley, Fehr, Fink, Fogel, Foroe, Fox, Fritchey, Fritz, Fry, Galbraith, Gantenbein, Geary, Gearhard, Gerhart, Gibeon, Gilbert, Ginkinger, Glasey, Gohl, Gombar, Good, Gordon, Gower, Greenawalt, Greninger, Grosch, Gross, Growner, Hague, Hacker, Hahs, Harbaugh, Harp, Helman, Hetler, Heller, Helt, Heltzer, Hanning, Henry, Hensel, Herman, Hertzel, Heltensperger, Hipple, Hoffman, Hougendobler, Horner, Howe, Hoover, Horstick, Hospelhorn, Hunschberger, Inglefelter, Isenberg, Igler, Kane, Keeler, Kelley, Kemery, Kemmerer, Kennel, Kepp, Kiefer, Kimmel, Kinsel, Klock, Koch, Kramer, Kopfender, Laible, Lambert, Land, Lanick, Lesser, Leberman, leise, Leisey, Leiby, Leopold, leopold, Levan, Loeb, Lusch, Lynn, Machmer, Manderbach, Mowry, McCarroll, McCauley, MeCumley, McDougal, McGee, McLain, McManaway, McMicken, McNamarra, Mellinger, Meyer, Miller, Moony, Moyer, Muschlitz, O'Brien, Ochs, Odenaugh, Paine, Palsgrove, Parsons, Pennington, Peters, Peterson, Pfrommer, Post, Ramsey, Ranch, Reber, Reigert, Reigel, Reiss, Ritter, Rockwell, Roth, Rudloff, Ruhl, Rupp, Sammel, Savitz, Saylor, Schall, Schelley, Schively, Schmidt, Schneider, Schnell, Scholl, Schwartz, Sechler, Seitz, Seltzer, Schafer, Shankweiler, Shatz, Shelley, Shivley, Shomo, Shhoup, Shubert, Shultz, Seimon, Sellers, Simon, Smith, Snyder, Spayd, Spoarel, Stauffer, Stein, Stecker, Steinbach, Steinable, Stire, Stirrel, Stoneback, Stricker, Strohm, Stung, Swartz, Taylor, Tchlittler, Thomas, Torbert, Trenwith, Trible, Van Gunden, Van Rank, Voght, Waegly, Wagner, Walmer, Waltz, Weidman, Welker, Wentz, Whertlog, Winslow, Winter, Wise, Wisner, Wilhelm, Wolf, Wolfensperger, Yost, Young, Younkin, Zimmerman

Industries and Wealth of the Principle Points in Southeastern Pennsylvania

(Excepting Philadelphia) Embracing Dauphin, York, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Berks,

Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties

(American Publishing and Engraving Co., 1890, 148 pages)
This publication contains sketches of industrial and economic significance from the major populated areas of southeastern PA.

Sketches from Reading, Berks County:
Walter G. Stewart, Hoskin & Giles, James Stoneback, J. J. Smith, The Reading Stove Works, The Reading Bolt and Nut Works, G. A. Schlechter, Geo. W. Biehl, The Globe Studio, Chas. Breneiser & Sons, John H. Derr, Albert J. Fisher, William A. Heckman, J. G. Speidel, Tropical Garden, Leymaster & Bricker, Kurtz Groves & Mayers, Mt. Penn Stove Works, John D. Dauth, George Frees, Glaser Frame & Co., Mansion House, Chas. W. Moody, W. K. Leaman, Otto Eyring, John G. McGowan, R. H. Savage & Co., Chas. F. Haage, B & J. Saylor, Eagle Marble and Granite Works, J. H. Stein's, F. D. Baum, Reading Cotton Mill, J. M. King, Isaac W. Keim, Central House, Chas. Rentschler Jr., E. S. Summons, Clewell's Turkish and Russian Baths, Dibert Bros., Daniel A. Yoder, W. H. Sperry, Reading Cotton Lap Mill, N. E. Diem, The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, Henry D. Breneiser, J. N. Scheible, Dwight Seed Co.

History of Berks County, Pennsylvania in the Revolution 1774-1783
(Morton L. Montgomery, 1894, 291 pages)

This is a history of the involvement of Berks Co., PA in the War of the Revolution.  It provides an account of the various Berks County companies that served and in what way.  The second portion of the book is a collection of biographies of men who served with distinction.

Biographies:
Biddle, Bird, Bower, Bright, Brodhead, Burd, Christ, Decker, Douglass, Dundas, Eckert, Ege, Geehr, Graydon, Haller, Heister, Hunter, Jones, Lesher, Levan, Lincoln, Livingood, Lotz, Lower, Ludwig, Morgan, Nagel, Otto, Patton, Potts, Read, Reeser, Schultz, Scull, Shoemaker, Soder, Spohn, Spyker, Udree, Vanderslice, Weiser, Witman

 

History of Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading PA, 1751-1894 (Jacob Fry, 1894, 300 pages)

 

Lutheran Ministers of Berks County (Rev. J. W. Early, 1902, 110 pages)
A collection of sketches on the men who labored in behalf of the churches of Berks County, Pa, from the early 1700's to the early 1900's.

Ministers Indexed:
Acrelius, Ander, Angstadt, Anspach, Baum, Beates, Becker, Bentz, Berkemeyer, Bernd, Bickel, Bieber, Bielinski, Billheimer, Bond, Boyer, Braunsius, Brown, Brownmiller, Buermeyer, Butler, Cornman, Cressman, Croll, Deitzler, Dietrich, Dill, Domer, Drach, Drumheller, Dry, Dylander, Early, Eberman, Eggers, Eneberg, Engel, Falk, Filbert, Finfrock, Focht, Fogelman, Francis, Friederici, Fry, Gable, Gauker, Geissenhainer, Gerberich, German, von Gerresheim, Geschwind, Grahn, Griebler, Grim, Grimm, Groh, Grotz, Gruber, Hancher, Harkey, Harpel, Hartwig, Hausihl, Hecht, Heilman, Heine, Henkel, Henry, Hesselius, Hinterleftner, Hoffman, Holloway, Hoover, Horn, Horne, Horine, Hufford, Humbert, Huntzinger, Ihling, Jaeger, Kaufman, Keller, Kirchner, Kistler, Klein, Kline, Klingler, Koerner, Kohler, Knoske, Kramlich, Kressley, Krug, Kuendig, Kurtz, Lampe, Lazarus, Lehman, Leibensperger, Lidenius, Lidman, Long, Lynch, Mackard, Melsheimer, Meyer, Miller, Minning, Mishler, Moeller, Muehlenberg, Mueller, Muhlenberg, Myers, Naschold, Niemeyer, Obenhauss, Oberfeld, Ochsenford, Pfatteicher, Pflueger, Plitt, Raker, Ramer, Rauss, Reber, Reese, Reimenschneider, Richards, Rightmyer, Roeder, Roeller, Rudman, Sandel, Schaeffer, Schantz, Schaum, Scheide, Scheirer, Schenck, Schindel, Schmidt, Schock, Schroeder, Schultze, Schumacher, Schmucker, Schwerdtfeger, Scriba, Seaman, Sell, Smith, Smoll, Snyder, Spieker, Stettler, Straub, Streit, Strine, Steck, Stoever, Strohdach, Sullenberger, von Thieren, Trexler, Trump, Ulrich, Valentine, Voigt, Wackernagel, Wagner, Walz, Warmkessel, Weinland, Welden, Welder, Wendt, Wicklein, Wildbahn, Wordman, Zwiezig

History of the Reformed Church in Reading, PA
(Rev. B. Bausman & Daniel Miller, 1903, 474 pages)


1878-1903 Quarto-Centennial History of Grace Reformed Church,
Reading, PA (William H. Myers, 1903, 160 pages)


Berks County Industrially (Lew. C. Hulshizer, 1907, 283 pages)
This very rare publication is an account of the industrial history of Berks County, PA.  It begins with the settlement of the county, and follows with the development of its resources.  It gives particular attention to the areas of Hamburg, Mohnsville, Boyertown, and Reading, giving a general description of their growth to the date of publication.  Along with this material, there are over 150 photographs and illustrations of the County's businesses establishments, including homes, stores, hotels, schools, banks, factories, mills, municipal buildings, as well as various views of the towns and surrounding areas.  A later section provides biographical sketches of several prominent members of the county, and these are, in turn, followed by ads for local businesses.

Surnames:
Beard, Endlich, Ermentrout, Felix, Foos, Fry, Gerber, Hollenbach, Mast, Mishler, Moll, Morris, Rothermel, Sander, Sassaman, Sitler, Tyson, Weltmer, Woods

The Penn Street Viaduct (D. K. Hoch, 1914, 21 pages)
This is a pictorial and descriptive account of the Penn Street Bridge constructed prior to 1914.

The Reading Militia in the Great War (J. Bennett Nolan, 1921, 202 pages)
The Conclusion gives a nice summary as to what perspective this book gives:
“………What is given here purports to be a plain, unvarnished recital of the careers of old Companies A and I in the Great War. The writer, though unattached to either company during the war, has had the advantage of having been personally over most of the terrain covered by the lads in their peregrinations in France. He has talked to scores of modest boys, recounting in our kindly local accent and in the most matter-of-fact way, sacrifices and achievements which should ring down the years. He has been enabled to read many letters written from overseas to relatives and friends. He has had the advantage of several excellent diaries; in particular, of the very admirable and complete record kept by Sergeant Smith, the Ulysses of Company I. Spontaneous communications of this sort have a grip and a thrill which is not to be attained by any form of literary invention…..”

Part 1
Foreword
1 - Departure and Embarkation
2 - The Baccarat Sector
3 - The Champagne Front
4 - The St. Mihiel Drive
5 - The Argonne-Meuse Campaign
6 - The Army of Occupation

Part 2
1 - The Training Camp
2 - The Fismes Sector
3 - The Argonne
4 - The Projected Attack on Metz
Conclusion
Company "I" - Dead
Company "A" - Dead
Company "I" - Wounded
Company "A"- Wounded
Company "I" - Roster
Company "A" – Roster

 

Lutherans in Berks County 1723-1923 (H. S. Kidd, 1923, 504 pages)
From the Preface: "This volume is written to preserve from oblivion the acts of a noble body of loyal Christian pastors and members who lived in Berks county during the last two hundred years and more, and who worshiped in the one hundred Lutheran churches in the county."  This volume is a large collection of information on the various Lutheran Churches in Berks County, providing historical data on the churches, their organizations, as well as their pastors.

1926 Directory – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church,

Hamburg (Anonymous, 1926, 26 pages)

History of the Grim Family of Pennsylvania (William Gabriel Long, 1934, 170 pages)
This is a history of the Grim and allied families of Pennsylvania, many of whom settled or lived in Berks County.  The other families listed on the title page are: Conde, Dreher, Felver, Fertig, Garner, Giltner, Greenawalt, Kircher, Kistling, Long, Manbeck, Merkle, Moyer, Robbins, Schaeffer, Schartel, Schriener, Smith, and Zechman.

 

An Early Eighteenth Century Reformed Church (Irwin Hoch DeLong, 1934, 101 pages)
This book is a compilation of material mainly on St. Peter's (Moselem) Reformed Church, Richmond Township, Berks County, PA.  Of particular interest to research is the inclusion of gravestone inscriptions from several Cemeteries in Berks County, totalling over 730 transcriptions.

Table of Contents:
1 - Prefatory Note
2 - List of Illustratins
3 - Copy of the German Constitution of the Church of 1809
4 - The Amendment, of 1860, to the Constitution
5 - Copy of the Land Patent, 1828, Based on the Land Warrentof 1765
6 - Translation of the Baptismal Protocol, 1764-1779
7 - Excerpts from and Summaries of the Treasurer's Account 1808-1842
8 - A List of Other Known Church Records of the Church
    A - Register of Baptisms, 1809-1859
    B - Taufregister, 1870-1886
    C - Church Register, Commenced in 1896
9 - The Gravestone Inscriptions of the Cemetery of the Church
10 - The Gravestone Inscriptions of the Private Cemetery, Kirbyville, PA
11 - Gravestone Inscriptions of the Cemetery, Topton, PA
12 - Gravestone Inscriptions of the Cemetery Adjoining St. John's Church, Kutztown, PA
13 - Gravestone Inscriptions of the Cemetery, Grimsville, PA
14 - Appendix
15 - Index

Congressional History of Berks (PA.) District 1789 – 1939
(Benjamin Alderfer Fryer, 1939, 364 pages)

This title consists of biographies of those who served as representatives in the State Senate from 1789 to 1939 for Berks Co., PA. The end of the publication contains a very useful Every-Name index as well.

 

150th Anniversary – 1790-1940 – St. John’s

Lutheran Church (Anonymous, 1940, 10 pages)

Bicentennial of the Union Church of North Heidelberg,
1744-1944 (Anonymous, 1944, 20 pages)

This is a history of one of Berks County's early churches.  It covers the founding and growth of the church up to the present day (1944).  A very nice feature of this publication is a list of early Moravian burials in 'God's Acre' in Heidelberg, and another burial list from 1822 to 1944.

General Marshall’s Victory Report [Womelsdorf, Newmanstown,
Stouchsburg] (U.S. War Department, 1946-47, 159 pages)

This was published following the close of the war to provide the public with a general account of the war from beginning to end.  The report was published for individual areas throughout the state, and each of these areas included a list of local men and women who served in the war.  This report covers sections of Berks & Lebanon Counties, including Womelsdorf, Newmanstown and Stouchsburg.

Industrial Berks County, 1748 – 1948
(Arthur D Graeff & Florence Starr Taylor, 1948, 36 pages)

This pamphlet was published for the Bi-Centennial of Berks County to highlight its industrial and agricultural importance.