Reference Booksin your library can give you authoritative dependable information quickly. Your local library keeps on hand medical and pharmaceutical handbooks, consumer buying guides, subject-specific encyclopedias, atlases and many more information-at-your-fingertips materials. Reference books cannot be checked out of the library, so they are always there for you to use. Ask your librarian for help.
Albany Township Historical Society
The historical society's mission is to collect historical artifacts and documents, to preserve historical landmarks, to provide opportunities for education and research and to preserve the PA German language and other local dialects and finally, to preserve the culture of the past, present and future.
Ancestry - Library Edition
Ancestry is the world's largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more.
Berks County Genealogical Society
The Berks County Genealogical Society contains exhaustive church and cemetery records for Berks County, as well as histories of many local families. Fee-based researchers are available through the society as well. The library is now open 7 days a week at GoggleWorks.
Berks County PAGenWeb
This site is part of the USGenWeb Project, and provides transcriptions of historical documents.
Berks County Register of Wills
The Register of Wills has a repository of Berks County birth, death, and marriage records (all of which pre-date 1905); their database is searchable online for free.
Boyertown Area Historical Society
The Boyertown Area Historical Society was established in 1972 to preserve the history of the Boyertown area. The area served by the Historical Society
comprises the boroughs of Boyertown, Bally, and Bechtelsville and the townships of Colebrookdale, Douglass Berks, Douglass Montgomery, Earl, New Hanover, Upper Frederick, and Washington.
Phone hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and walk-in hours Thursdays 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Some of the items available are the Berks Census for the period 1790-1850, and The Boyertown Times for the period 1869-1920. A microfilm reader is available.
Fleetwood Historical Society
The Fleetwood Historical Society was established in 1991 as a non-profit organization by a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the rich historic heritage of the Fleetwood area.
Hamburg Area Historical Society
The purpose of the society is to preserve the historic records of the area encompassing the Hamburg Area School District by collecting historical materials and pertinent artifacts.
Historical Society of Berks County
"The Historical Society boasts numerous family histories as well as extensive church and cemetery records."
International resources: "Linking the world together with roots."
Leesport Area Historical Society
The historical society meets every fourth Monday at 7:30 PM at Bethany Church on 308 Main Street in West Leesport.
Kutztown Historical Society
Kutztown Historical Society serves northeastern Berks, comprised by theschool districts Kutztown, Brandywine Heights, and Fleetwood.
Pennsylvania German Society
"This society proudly helps preserve the multifaceted aspects of the Pennsylvania German experience, both past and present."
Tri-County Heritage Society
The society has established a local history reference and genealogy library for Morgantown, Caernarvon Township, upper Conestoga Creek Valley and the upper French Creek Valley.
USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project - Pennsylvania
The project records cemetary records and has tombstone photos.