Reading, Pennsylvania Deaths, 1873-1905   Search the Reading, Pennsylvania Deaths, 1873-1905 Database For Your Genealogy. Build Your Family Tree While Discovering Your Genealogy.


Click The Link to Access This Database:
Reading, Pennsylvania Deaths, 1873-1905

City of Reading PA Death Records 1873-1905


This database indexes nearly 39,000 deaths recorded in the City of Reading only. In 1906, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took over the recording of all birth and death records in the state. Please note that because in some instances the records are recorded without first names, last name only searches are most likely to produce results. When requesting a record from the Berks County Register of Wills, include the name, year, book volume, page, and line number.

This database is a part of the more than 750,000 records held by the Berks County, Pennsylvania Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court whose office is located in the Berks County Services Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. The indexes were compiled by the staff of these offices and volunteers over a period of eight (8) years. The records were typed either from the indexes themselves or, for those records not indexed, from the actual documents.

In 1752 Berks County was formed as the seventh Pennsylvania County, from portions of Philadelphia, Lancaster and Chester Counties. At that time, Berks County included parts of the present counties of Schuylkill, Northumberland, Columbia, Montour, Union, Centre and Lycoming. As more settlers populated the frontier, additional counties were formed and Berks was limited to its present boundaries. For this reason, researchers from Berks and neighboring counties often find traces of their family heritage through Berks County's historical records.

Extended Description

To obtain copies of the original records indexed in these records, e-mail your request to "" with a list of the records which interest you. You will receive back a listing indicating how much each record will cost. Next, mail a check or money order to the address listed below. In your correspondence, indicate the records you would like to obtain, list your email address, and indicate that you found the records on Copies will be forwarded as soon as possible upon receipt of your payment. Your check is not cashed until your order is processed.

Register of Wills

Berks County Courthouse

633 Court Street

2nd Floor

Reading PA, 19601-3581

More information about researching in Berks County is available at

 •  Floyd County, Virginia Births, 1853-73  Collection of birth records from Floyd County, Virginia between 1853 and 1873
 •  Albert S. Evans, Life in California  Sketches of life in Golden state, written by an East Coast journalist
 •  Reading, Pennsylvania Births, 1876-1905  City of Reading PA Birth Records 1876-1905
 •  Leavenworth County, Kansas Tax Payers, 1900-20  Collection of tax payer lists in Leavenworth County, Kansas between 1900 and 1920
 •  Winnipeg City, Winnipeg District, Manitoba Census, 1901  This is an extraction of the Winnipeg, Manitoba 1901 Census.
 •  Fort Omaha, Nebraska Directory, 1888-96  Listing of soldiers and civilians living at Fort Omaha in Nebraska between 1888 and 1896
 •  Selkirk District, Manitoba Census 1901: East Selkirk, Rosser, Selkirk, Springfield  An extraction from the 1901 census for Selkirk District, Manitoba, including East Selkirk, Rosser, Selkirk, and Springfield.
 •  New York City, Lutheran Church Records, 1834-54  Variety of church records from a New York City Lutheran church
 •  Rockingham County, Virginia Deaths, 1886-95  Death records for over 7,800 persons who died in Rockingham County, Virginia between 1886 and 1895
 •  Rockingham County, Virginia Deaths, 1878-85  Death records for about 5,500 persons who died in Rockingham County, Virginia between 1878 and 1885.

This site is a member of, Inc.