Church Records: Adams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania, 1729-1881

Church records such as those included here are among the best sources for information on births, marriages, and deaths for the period of time before widespread civil registration of vital statistics. This database contains information on approximately 180,000 individuals mentioned in abstracts of baptisms, births, marriages, and deaths from the registers of more than fifty local Pennsylvania churches. The information was extracted from microfilm records of transcriptions of the original records.

Each unique event documented in this database was assigned a unique “Record ID”; every individual associated with the event shares its unique Record ID. With this record ID, you can quickly identify all of the individuals involved in a particular baptism, birth, marriage, or death.

Listings Include:

  • Name of every person listed in the record
  • Their relationship to the key person
  • Role in the event
  • Residence
  • Dates of travel
  • Date and place of event
  • Volume and page number of the original record