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  • Berks County PA Genealogy | Pennsylvania Family History
    founded in 1748 by sons of William Penn Richard and Thomas along with Conrad Weiser Join BCGS Members Area Notable Berks County Residents Taylor Swift John Updike Michael Constantine Carl Spaatz Lenny Moore Betsy King Carl Furillo George S Messersmith Upcoming Events Thursday May 19 6 30pm Research in the Register of Wills Office by Fred Sheeler Saturday June 18 11 30am Annual Banquet at the Reading Liederkranz Reservations required by June 1 Banquet Reservation Form Book Sale List BCGS on BCTV Sites Sounds of Historic Berks 3 23 2015 BCGS In The News BCGS Holding Open House Reading Eagle 3 15 2014 BCGS Tracing Roots Reading Eagle 6 23 2013 About Genealogy Many people express a natural curiosity about their ancestors They listen to stories told by parents grandparents or other older folks The stories may be about the good old days serving our country or arriving as immigrants The science of genealogy allows researchers to act as detectives as they piece together bits of information about their ancestors They may want to find out when their ancestors first arrived in the United States if any fought in the Revolutionary War or Civil War or if anyone famous is a member of their tree The pathway to the past however is not paved with gold though some may be discovered along the way It s often a rough and rocky journey through twists and turns and sometimes road blocks Regardless of the initial purpose for the research discovering one s family history yields many enlightening and enriching rewards Obtaining Information A wealth of documentation exists about Berks County families including census records 1790 1930 back issues of the local daily newspaper church records cemetery records naturalization records minister journals family indexes deeds wills warrantee maps and more The BCGS

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  • Berks County Genealogical Society | Contact Us
    We are located on the 4th Floor of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Plenty of FREE parking is available behind the building in a lot secured with camera surveillance with entrances from North 2nd Street North 3rd Street and Walnut Street Note Walnut and North 3rd Streets are One Way View Detailed Map Contact Information 201 Washington Street Room 413 Reading PA 19601 4040 Phone 484 509 4806 BCGS

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  • Berks County Genealogical Society | Membership
    year runs for 12 consecutive months beginning with the first of the month following payment of dues We offer several types of membership plans Annual dues for membership are Note Paper surcharge option only available inside the USA No foreign mail MEMBERSHIP PLAN COST Individual 35 00 Family 45 00 Surcharge for Paper 12 00 Membership Benefits E mail subscription to the quarterly Journal E mail subscription to the newsletter Branches of Berks Publication of questions and queries at no charge in the newsletter Access to our On line Virtual Library Unlimited use of the BCGS Library 10 meetings per year View calendar Courtesy advertising for member published works Periodic workshops seminars and trips Data exchange and networking among members and historians Opportunities to volunteer and help direct the BCGS Giving To The BCGS Gifts to the BCGS are a wonderful way to leave a legacy for your community Donations bequests cash or securities will help assure the long term success of the organization and its ability to preserve Berks County family histories Gifts can be made to the general fund or to support specific projects If you would like further information please contact Ann Balderrama BCGS President We Value

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  • BCGS Meetings And Activities Calendar
    PM Refreshments will be served before the program Programs are free to Society members donation requested from non members The society also holds one dinner meeting and one picnic each year The June Dinner Meeting and the Annual Picnic are held at various locations Periodically the Society conducts workshops seminars and trips for members and the general public which relate to genealogical research methodology and various other related activities 2016 Meetings Thursday May 19 6 30pm Research in the Register of Wills Office by Fred Sheeler Saturday June 18 11 30am Annual Banquet at the Reading Liederkranz Reservations required by June 1 Thursday July 21 6 30pm Pendora Park and the Gravity Railroad by Paul Druzba Thursday August 18 6 30pm History of the Stoltzfuss House by Paul Kurtz Annual Picnic Picnic time and place TBA Saturday and Sunday October 1 2 BCGS at the Berks County Heritage Festival at the Heritage Center Thursday October 20 6 30pm What s Available at Other Historic Sites Thursday November 17 6 30pm How to Become a Member of the DAR SAR by Miles and Betty Dechant Sunday December 11 12 4 pm Open House Santa Claus will be here Bring the kids young and old Upcoming Events Ongoing in the BCGS Library BCGS Book Sale Everything must go Find a gift for the genealogist on your list or something similar Prices have been slashed to move the merchandise before we have to give up the space First come first served Book Sale List Bus Trip To Philadelphia Join us on a visit to the Cradle of Liberty We will board the bus at the GoggleWorks on Saturday May 14 2016 at 8 AM When you get there or in advance on line purchase a ticket for the Phlash Bus that runs in

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  • Meet Our Board Officers and Committee Chairpersons
    Secretary Lynne Yeakley Lyeakgeno aol com BCGS COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS Historian Peggy Harter pharter verizon net Librarian Ann Balderrama library berksgenes org Membership Guy Bierman membership berksgenes org Projects Chairperson Needed projects berksgenes org Editor Branches of Berks Ann Balderrama branches berksgenes org Editor Journal Joan Seaman journal berksgenes org Publicity Elizabeth Sustello publicity berksgenes org Programs Chairperson Needed Research Nicholas Matchica Jr research berksgenes org Social Carolyn Tibbetts jhtcat yahoo

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  • Visit The BCGS Library
    They focus primarily on Berks County but also cover surrounding counties and states Rich research resources available in our Library include Church Records Baptismal Marriage and Death Records Histories Pastoral Records Census and Cemetery Records Newspapers and Family Histories Military Records Public and Civil Records Indexes and Abstracts of Wills North American Vital Records Index The Vital Records Index of the British Isles Genealogical Reference Books Back issues of the Journal of the Berks County Genealogical Society and Branches of Berks Family Group Sheets Ships and Immigration Records Maps and Much Much More Some of our resources are on microfilm including issues of the Reading Eagle the area daily newspaper from 1868 1972 and Berks County Federal Census Records from 1790 1930 We have ample equipment so no time is wasted waiting for access Feel free to use our 3 well kept Canon PC Printer 80 Microfilm Readers or our NEW e ImageData Corporation ScanPro 2000 with the PowerScan 2000 software pictured below Two computers are available to view resources located on the hard drive or on CD ROMs In addition to our extensive collection the library also provides a number of research services Because we are a non profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers we cannot undertake to do extensive research for individuals A local researcher Dennis Wible who specializes in Berks Lehigh and Northampton counties will do research in local records for a fee Contact Dennis for information concerning his services and fees Note Although the BCGS respects his work we do not guarantee it This is a private contract between Dennis and the person requesting the research For a 25 00 donation the library volunteers will search library materials for you This donation includes the search and up to 5 two sided copies of records found There

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  • Berks County Genealogical Society | Online Research
    Search databases and add memorial or obituary information for the your relatives and ancestors Various Pennsylvania Cemetery Links Berks County Association for Graveyard Preservation The site provides maps with locations of all cemeteries in the different Berks County municipalities Fairview Cemetery Kutztown PA compiled by Jay Druckenmiller Origins of the Brethren Churches Article by Lois C Byrem Strasburg Pennsylvania Oldest Roman Catholic Churches in Southeast Pennsylvania St Michael s Cemetery 2 Hamburg Tilden Township Berks County PA Deppen Cemetery now located at the Berks Heritage Center Bern Church Old Graveyard Government US National Archives Search over one million electronic records from the Electronic Records Archives ERA all of the web pages from Archives gov and all of the web pages from the Presidential Libraries Government of Berks County PA Berks County Register of Wills General information on the resources of the register of will office Searchable indexes of births death and marriage registers for the City of Reading and County of Berks Berks County Office of the Prothonotary Searchable indexes for immigration naturalization appearance docket CountyOffice org An Internet database of county government offices in the United States Immigration EllisIsland org A free database of New York passenger lists Find your immigrant ancestors in the Ellis Island records Military Fold3 com Formerly Footnote com specializing in military records The Archive Records Information Access System ARIAS is designed to facilitate citizen access to archival records created by all branches and levels of Pennsylvania State Government Records series currently online or in the process of being digitized are PA National Guard Veteran s Card File 1867 1921 Civil War Veterans Card File Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File World War I Service Medal Application Cards Spanish American War Veterans Card File of United States Volunteers Mexican Border Campaign Veterans Card File Militia

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  • BCGS Projects | Indexing Research Resouces and Family Group Sheets Database
    family group sheet there would be a space available to list the source of the genealogical data On each Family Group Sheet there would be the compiler s name and address in case the compiler wanted to have the researchers contact him concerning that family However Family Group Sheets should be submitted without indicating any address if you did not want to correspond but still wanted the information to be permanently available to others If you know that you will never have the time to produce your family s history in book form this would be a way to have your Family Group Sheets preserved for future generations An index to the Family Group Sheets could be produced and distributed to members Periodically the sheets could be microfilmed and the whole collection made available The above article appeared in our Branches of Berks over 20 years ago The project continues As promised we did film the pages onto two rolls of film There were a total of 3 900 at that time These films are available through our Ways and Means Department The films are also available through the Lending Program and are available to view at the Library Pat Weirer began the initial indexing on the project Sylvia Graybill was the project s first coordinator followed by Barbara Campbell Pauline Leffel and Guy Bierman our current coordinator Today there are nearly 9 000 group sheets in the system All new members receive the index for this Project which is updated as material is received If you are interested in learning if your surname is in this collection use the form below to see For a quick check you can use our new online search capability The forms below can be used to submit your own Family Group Sheets FGS

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