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Hi,my name is Barbara Lavin, and I am your county hostess/coordinator. I took this site over from Kathy Dix on June 18th,1998. Hopefully you'll see new and exciting things. Please bookmark this site as things could change regularly. I hope you enjoy your visit and please come again.
A Schuylkill History lesson
Schuylkill Haven 1750 - 1975
thanks Mary Lou and the others!!
In 1811 Schuylkill County was formed from Berks County and Northampton County.
The northern triangle comprising Union,
East Union and North Union Twps. was not added to Schuylkill until 1818.
This triangle was taken from Columbia and Luzerne Cos.
The northern triangle comprising Union, East Union and North Union Twps. was not added to Schuylkill until 1818. This triangle was taken from Columbia and Luzerne Cos.
Many of our ancestors migrated to another county - generally one close by. Please try searching in the following neighboring counties..
Carbon County maintained by Barb Lavin
I want to thank all the wonderful people who have contributed to our website. It's growing everyday. People are stepping forward to volunteer or sending me little tidbits to add to the site. Sometimes we forget about saying thank you. Soooooooo, before you thought I had. I wanted to say... Thank you very much for your contributions and help!!!
We need your town histories!!! Please help us get them all-
we don't want any left out. All our Schuylkill towns and boroughs are important.
We need more on all of them - let's make this the best site it can be. To help,
e-mail me let me know which town you want to do and I'll add you to the list of angels.
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You are cordially invited to sign up to be a Schuylkill County Volunteer. We could not possibly have enough wonderful people who are willing to help others to find Schuylkill County ancestors. We would love to have your help.
Please sign our LOOKUP BOOK. You may have an old history book with an index and be willing to check to see if someone's ancestor is listed. You might have Tax Lists, Census Records, Courthouse Records, Death Records. Someone needs your information.
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If you want to help and don't want to type or don't have the time, but you have taken the time to ask your pastor for his church records - marriage, death, baptisms and cemetery. We would love to have you contact us - I have volunteers waiting to help !! E-mail me and I'll forward you the proper postal address Barbara Lavin
The new queries will be posted automatically.
Fee is $28 if you don't know the exact date of birth/death (they'll do a 10-yr. search). Make check payable to Division of Vital Records.
If you want a fast response, you can place a phone order
call [215-656-3126] and put it on your credit card.
For a death certificate, include: the individual's name, date of death, city & county of death, your relationship to the deceased, reason for your request, and your signature. Allow 4-6 weeks. If you know the date of death the fee is only $3.00, the same applies to the birth certificate as well that fee is $4.00.
Please note: the rules for obtaining certificates from the state have changed a tad. Please read their website so you won't be turned down.
there were regulations concerning birth registration passed at various times, however, up until around WWII, many people ignored these regulations, especially those who gave birth at home.
So, if you don't find any birth record for an ancestor born before the 1930s, you can assume that there may not be a record. In these cases, if you don't have other evidence of birth (SS, death certificate, census, etc), you need to try church records.
RE: Ship records for Philadelphia
Author: Pennsylvania. Navigation Commission for the
Delaware River and Its Navigable Tributaries.
The following indices can be used to retrieve data
from the registers:
Location: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission,
Title: Business papers, 1795-1847 (bulk 1800-1805).
Description: 720 items.
Notes: Manuel Eyre, a Philadelphia merchant of Quaker ancestry, was born in 1777. His father, Manuel Eyre, Sr., (1736-1805) was a shipwright in Kensington and a colonel in the Contintental Army. He obtained his training in the counting house of Henry Pratt and Abraham Kintzing and in 1803 joined with Charles Massey, Jr., (b. 1778) to form the mercantile firm of Eyre & Massey, a partnership that lasted until Eyre's death in 1845.
The firm of Eyre & Massey owned over 20 vessels, ranging in size from ships to sloops, and traded around the world, mounting voyages to Europe, the Caribbean, South America, China, India and the Pacific Islands. Manuel Eyre also served on the Philadelphia City Council and was a founding director of the Schuylkill Navigation Company (1816) and the Second Bank of the United States (1816). After 1820 he gradually retired from active trading and devoted much of his time to agriculture. He owned two farms outside the city and three in Delaware. He was the founder of Delaware City, Del., at the mouth of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, buying the entire site in 1828, erecting public buildings and dividing it into lots.
The records consist of seven lots of Manuel Eyre's business papers, spanning the years, 1795-1847.
Accession 994 (part) consists of shipping papers (1801-1802) for the ships OLIVE BRANCH and CHARLESTON PACKET and the brigs ARISTIDES, FAME, and NANCY trading with La Rochelle, Havre, Charleston and the West Indies. They include accounts, cargo manifests, bills of lading, outfitter's bills and agreements with captains.
Accession 1003 (part) includes additional shipping papers (1797-1815) for the ship OLIVE BRANCH, brigs ARISTIDES and NANCY, sloop PERSEVERANCE and schooner EUTAW trading primarily with Hamburg and the West Indies. These are also 20 letters (1796-1803), mostly from Troup & Brown at Port au Prince concerning trade with Haiti, Amsterdam, and Charleston and 6 items (1797-1806) re Eyre's property in Burlington, N.J. A separate group of 38 items contains accounts and inventories of the Kensington Lead Works, established in 1832 by Franklin Eyre, and correspondence from manager Thomas Janvier to Manuel Eyre.
Accession 1063 (part) contains additional shipping papers, checks, bills of lading, and customs house lists of goods imported (1801-1823).
Accession 1097 (part) comprises 43 items, including a manifest for the OLIVE BRANCH (1803), correspondence re orders, accounts payable, promissory notes, bank drafts, and bills of lading. There are two agreements to rent properties in Delaware City (1827) and Philadelphia (1832).
Accession 1144 (part) consists of 5 items (1796-1835): a letter of captain William Brewster on coffee sold (1796), Eyre's accounts with the firm of Eyre & Massey (1806), a letter of Thomas Janvier introducing William Peterson, an invoice of William L, Hodge to Eyre (1835), and a freight list of the ASISTIDES bound for Charleston.
Accession 1215 (part) consists of advertising circulars. Accession 1247 (part) consists of a stock certificate for 100 shares of the Peoples Steam Navigation Company(1833).
No restrictions on use.
Unpublished finding aid available at the repository.
Location: Hagley Museum and Library,
Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1891, ed. Michael Tepper, transcr. Elizabeth P. Bentley (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986).
For anyone in the Philadelphia, PA area looking for pictures of ships, the FHC in Broomall, Delaware Co., PA has a copy of the Michael Anuta book
"Ships of Our Ancestors".
The center allows you to make photocopies
@ $.10 per copy.
The FHC is located on Paxon(Paxton?) Hollow Road just off route 320.
Delaware Genealogical Society
505 Market Street Mall
Wilmington, DE 19801
The Historical Society of Delaware has a microfilm of passenger arrivals at the Port of Wilmington
An extensive list of PA marriages prior to 1810 can be found in "PA Archives," 2nd Series, vol. 8 (and/or maybe vol. 9). Early marriages can also be found in "PA Vital Records," Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1983. One or all of these have been microfilmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS/Mormons) for viewing through your nearest LDS Family History Center. Those publications are secondary sources, they will indicate at which church the marriage took place, and they you can go to that church's record books (primary source) to see the actual entry.
In Pennsyvania you don't have to apply for a license in the same county that you get married in. My mother's family lived in Schuylkill Co. but my parents made their application in Philadelphia. The clergyman also returned the notice of marriage to Philadelphia as he was required to do. Even though the wedding took place in Schuylkill Co. it has no record of the marriage. Some states require that the license be issued and executed in the same county
In Pennsylvania, the DUPLICATE CERTIFICATE must be returned, by law, to the county that issued the original license regardless where (in what county) the marriage took place
It appears that PA law then required the appointment of a guardian under the supervision of the Orphan's Court for the estate of any minor who came into money, whether the minor's parents were still alive or not.
It is not always mentioned in the petition, but the guardian is often a collateral relative, either an adult sibling or an uncle or aunt, and the attorney who prepares the document is sometimes (but less frequently) a family member. Sometimes, the guardian needs to post a bond, and the bond is often posted by a collateral relative, but the relationship is not always stated.
Each file had a petition for guardianship in it; some also had the guardian's accounting; some had papers discharging the guardian.
These files were a genealogical gold mine!!!!
One can access these files in the following way. First, get the microfilm from LDS; look up the surname. The index will provide a year, a docket number, and a file number, so it will look something like 5438, docket 3, 1933. Write to the Orphan's Court, 415 City Hall, giving them the name of the case, the year, the docket, and the file number, as well as the date you would like to examine the files. Most of the files are less than 5 pages, but some are more substantial.
In theory, these are NOT probate indices. There is a separate index to testate administrations (deaths where the decedent left a will), and a separate index to intestate administrations (deaths without a will).
when the father died they appointed a guardian to protect the child's interest. If the mother remarried, which often happened fast, then any property she owned became the property of her husband. They usually didn't appoint the step father as the guardian since his interest was thought to be contrary to the childs. The guardian was usually a relative but not always, often an older brother. If the child was under 14 the court appointed the guardian, if he was between 14 and 16 he could select his own guardian, those over 16 were thought to be old enough to manage their own affairs. In searching in Orphan's court you need to search for a number of years, often the estate would sit until the kids were old enough to get married, and then their would be a complaint in Orphan's Court saying that so and so, the daughter of so and so, who recently married so and so, begs the court to resolve this matter. Often the newly weds wanted the money from the estate to buy property and often that was just before they left for the frontier where land was cheapest.
"The "f" in the middle of the word almost certainly should be an "s" in the Gothic script that was once commonly used in German texts. The "s" at the end of a word takes the form of the "s" that you are more accustomed to seeing, but in the middle of a word the form of the "s" looks more like an "f" without the right side of the mark that crosses the letter horizontally."
.....There used to be a company which sold old time fonts (type faces) from the civil war era and German Fraktur faces. The company was Walden Font and the collection of type faces was called The Gutenberg Press. There was a history of the type faces on their site. www.waldenfont.com
The Sacramento German Genealogy Society issued the "German Card for Genealogical Research", plastic, folds into 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.,includes German script, symbols, terms, soundex and more. SGGS, P.O. Box 66061, Sacrament, CA 95866-0061. Useful and portable. Present Price unknown
Bureau of Archives and History
P.O. Box 1026
Harrisburg, PA 17108
sells warrantee twp maps which show the original land grants within present township boundaries as well as names and other information for the original warrantee and patentee.
contributed by Rene Phelan
Keep in mind when dealing with an Abstract - they can contain lots of other information besides names, dates and legal descriptions. Often they contain transcriptions of Wills, Divorces, various lawsuits, etc.
If anyone out there is seeking info from a particular time period & wants to look at the Miners Journal, almost all public libraries can request this newspaper available on microfilm through interlibrary loan. The microfilm is available at various Pa. schools including Penn State & Bloomsburg. The Library of Congress has some Miners Journal issues in bound volumes that you can access in Washington, DC.
The State Library will lend microfilem to your local library
For those with family ties to Berks and Schuylkill Counties:the following books are available on microfilm from the LDS Library to be filled with information on many early families:
'Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks Co., PA',
by Morton Montgomery -
Vols. I & II
"Schuylkill County, PA Genealogy"
Both have indexes and are in short story format.
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