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Sources for House History in Montgomery County, PA

23 January 2017 Leave a comment

I have been on quite a hiatus, but yesterday, I went down the rabbit hole of trying to research the history of some houses in rural Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  As a child, I lived in Schwenksville, PA, and the surrounding townships.  I lived in old houses, and I was always interested in who lived there before me, and what they used to look like.

For a rural area, it can be a bit difficult to research who exactly lived in a house and when.  Living in a city now, it’s much easier to research–in addition to the free classes that teach you how to research your house and what resources are available, even houses built over 100 years ago needed to have permits.  It was always much looser in the more rural areas, especially if you’re interested in houses that are, at the youngest, 130 years old.

Here are two maps that I have found useful, as it includes who lives where.  It’s especailly helpful for the rural areas around Schwenksville, Perkiomen Township, Limerick Township, and Frederick Township.  If you’re familiar with the area, you’ll be familiar with the family names from the names of the roads and stores.

  • Fowler, T. M, and James B Moyer. Schwenksville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1894. [Morrisville, Pa., T. M. Fowler & James B. Moyer, 1894] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed January 23, 2017.)
  • Morris, William E, and Smith & Wistar. Map of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: from original surveys. [Philadelphia: Smith & Wistar, 1849] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed January 23, 2017.)
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