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Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

About Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985

This database is a large collection of records containing vitals (birth, marriage, death) from churches and towns located primarily in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The dates range from 1708-1985.

Records in this Database

  • lists of church officers
  • communion lists
  • marriages
  • registers of members
  • registers of elders, deacons, etc.
  • baptisms
  • confirmations
  • burials
  • probationers
  • histories
  • receipts, agreements, other miscellaneous items
  • newspaper extracts

The documents list millions of names, and many contain details on vital events such as births, marriages, and deaths. In them, you may find

  • names
  • birth dates
  • marriage dates
  • spouse’s name
  • parents’ names
  • places where an event (baptism, marriage, death, burial, etc.) took place

For more information about church and town records in Pennsylvania, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania website.

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