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Bucks County

Pennsylvania, USA

 

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     Bucks County is a county located in the U.S. state (commonwealth) of Pennsylvania. The county seat is Doylestown.  Bucks County was one of the three original counties in Pennsylvania. It was named by William Penn in 1682 after Buckinghamshire, England, the county where he lived and from which his family originated. Bucks is the abbreviation for Buckinghamshire, and both names are used interchangeably in England. Penn's home, Pennsbury Manor, is located within Bucks County.

     Place names in Bucks County derived from places in Buckinghamshire include Buckingham, Chalfont (named after Chalfont St Giles), Wycombe and Solebury (spelled Soulbury in England). Buckingham was the former county town of Buckinghamshire; Buckingham, PA, (now known as Bristol, not to be confused with the present village of Buckingham, near Doylestown) was the county seat of Bucks County from 1705-1726. Chalfont St. Giles in Buckinghamshire was the parish home of William Penn's first wife, and the location of the Jordans Quaker Meeting House, where Penn is buried.

     Bucks County was originally much larger than it is today. Northampton County was formed in 1752 from part of Bucks County, and Lehigh County

 was formed in 1812 from part of Northampton County.

     The counties that lie adjacent to Bucks are: Lehigh County (northwest); Northampton County (north); Warren County, New Jersey (northeast); Hunterdon County, New Jersey (northeast); Mercer County, New Jersey (east); Burlington County, New Jersey (southeast); Philadelphia County (south); and Montgomery County (west).

 

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Map of the county

Map of the County

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Family history notes

Family History Notes

     My 7th great-grandmother Anna Elizabeth Wambold was born 1693 in the village of Pfungstadt, now located within Darmstadt-Dieburg, Hessen, Germany.   She first married Arnold Rinehard in 1715.  From this union five children were produced between 1716 and 1725 one being my 6th great-grandfather Valentine Reinhard, Sr..  After the death of her husband Arnold, in 1727, Anna Elizabeth married a second time to Valentine Steinmetz.   She and Valentine Steinmetz immigrated to America in 1737 along with several of their children.  After their arrival in Philadelphia, in time they moved north to the vast area of eastern Pennsylvania that was Bucks County.     It is believed that by the year 1744 the Rinehard-Steinmetz-Wambold family had settled in that area of old Bucks county now in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County.  This place is recognized as an ancestral gen-site due to the fact that the aforementioned Anna Elizabeth Wambold passed away here sometime after 1750. 

     The area of present day Upper Saucon Township fell within the boundaries Bucks County from 1743 to 1752 and in Northampton County from 1752 until 1812 and now lies within the boundaries of Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County.  It was here that out 6th great-grandfather Valentine Rinehard, Sr. he began to raise a family.  At least three of his children were born in Upper Saucon between 1750 and 1753.   .   It appears that sometime around 1754 Valentin moved his family to land on the border of Frederick County, Maryland and York County, Pennsylvania.    

Gen-site profiles

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Saucon Township  

 Saucon Township

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Pennsylvania;   County: Lehigh (Bucks 1743-1751)(Northampton (1752-1811);   Place: Upper Saucon Township; Coordinates/Map: 40° 29′ 30″ N, 75° 24′ 59″ W

DESCRIPTION: This area began to be settled in 1732.  The earliest European settlers were primarily of German, English and Welsh descent.  By 1743 these immigrants formally organized Saucon township as a part of Bucks county.   In 1752 Saucon Township became a part of Northampton County.    Saucon was divided into Lower and Upper Saucon townships in 1753 and both remained within Northampton County until 1812 when Upper Saucon  became a part of the newly formed Lehigh County. 

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Welcome to Upper Saucon Township;  Lehigh Valley History - Upper Saucon Twp.;  Histopolis.com – Upper Saucon Twp.;  St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran,  Records 1750-1764;

DIRECT ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PLACE: Reinhard; Steinmetz; Wambold

SAUCON CREEK:  Saucon Creek is a tributary of the Lehigh River in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania in the United States. 

Ancestors Associated With This Gen-Site:       Reinhard; Steinmetz; Wambold

Internet Web Link(s):   Saucon Creek - Wikipedia

 

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State:;   County: ; Coordinates/Map:

DESCRIPTION: 

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: 

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populated places

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Gazetteer of Places

 in This County

Changes of County Boundaries

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Gazetteer of Places

The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestor’s birth, marriage, death dates and the place(s) within this locality at which these events may have occurred.

 

Profiles for 343 cities, towns and other populated places in Bucks County Pennsylvania

Map of Bucks County Pennsylvania

Bucks County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features

 

Bucks County ZIP Codes | Area Codes

Bucks County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches

 

Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States

Details | Resources | Townships and Boroughs | Cities | Cemeteries |

Links To Populated Places Within This County

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The most populous borough in the county is Morrisville with 10,023 as of the 2000 census. The following boroughs and townships are located in Bucks County:

Boroughs

Townships

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, may be listed here as well.

Find Physical Features* Within This County

* includes but not limited to Cemeteries, Churches, Locales, Schools,

Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Streams, and Trails

County boundary changes

Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this link to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

Map of County Boundaries – 1729-51

1682 - BUCKS was created as one of three original counties, no territorial limits were specified [not mapped]. (Bronner, 31-35; Hottenstein and Welch, 24, 37, 108; Penn, 2:299)

01 Apr 1685 - BUCKS boundaries were defined; BUCKS was created in 1682, but no territorial limits were specified. (Pennsylvania Provincial Council, 1:73-74)

11 Mar 1752 - BUCKS lost to the creation of NORTHAMPTON. (Pa. Stat., ch. 393, sec. 1/5:141)

Links to More About This U.S. State

State-Wide Resources

For more information about the U.S. State in which this county is located  click  on  these  LINKS:

 

Where in the world

Where in the World
are My Ancestors?

Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names. The LINK

MAPS

GAZETTEERS

to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

surnames

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by Surname

The following are names of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Abbott

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

Benner;   Beringer;   Bos;   Bothwell;   Custard;   Ettleman;

  Hahn;   Hedderich;   Miller;   Reinhard;   Steinmetz

Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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Gen Tool-Kit

gen tool-kit

Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.

Cemeteries

County History

Libraries, Museums

& Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

 County Records

Societies

(History & Genealogical)

Cemeteries

Cemeteries

Applebachsville Union Cemetery  Haycock Township
Bucks Co. PA Cemeteries 
Bucks County 
PA Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project    
Bucks County Cemeteries     
Bucks County Cemeteries  -
USGenWeb PA Archives
Bucks County Cemetery List     
Bucks County Cemetery Registration     

Pa-Bucks-Cemeteries-L Mailing List Homepage     

 

Bucks County Pennsylvania Cemeteries     

Bucks County Tombstone Photographs     

Cemeteries of Bucks County     
The Mount Gilead AME Cemetery 
Buckingham
Pennsylvania Gravestone Photo Project 
Bucks County
Photographs of Bucks County Cemeteries     

The Political Graveyard 

Pa-Bucks-Cemeteries-L Browseable Mailing List Archives    

History

History

Your LINK to the Historical Places and Districts in BUCKS County

National Register of Historic Places listings in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

1843 History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania     
About Bucks County 
Bucks County Area History     
Bucks County Beginnings     
Bucks County Historical Markers     
Bucks County History     

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor 
Every Name Index to History of Bucks County, PA
A Geography of Pennsylvania, 1843 
Bucks County    
The History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania 
1876    
History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania 
1887    
History of Bucks county, Pennsylvania 
Volume 1, 1905

Libaries, Museums, Archives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

Aldie Mansion  Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Andalusia 
Bolton Mansion 
Levittown, Pennsylvania    

Bucks County Libraries     

The David Library of the American Revolution 

Family History Library Holdings     

Fonthill Museum  Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Historic Fallsington Village 
Historic Perkasie Carousel 
Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum and Library 

Mercer and Fonthill Museums  Bucks County Historical Society
Mercer Museum  Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Moland House 
New Hope Historical Society 
and Parry Mansion Museum
Octagonal Schoolhouse 
Wrightstown Township
The Pearl S. Buck House 
Pennsbury Manor 
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Sellersville Museum 
The Spruance Library 
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

1850 and 1857 Landowner Maps      

Buckingham and Solebury Twps. 1703 Map     
Bucks County 
- 1895 U.S. Atlas
Bucks County 1876     
Bucks County 1876     
Bucks County 1891     
Bucks County 1948 Vol 1      
Bucks County Gazetteer     
Bucks County Post Offices 
Bucks County Post Offices 
1846    
Bucks County Topo Maps and Aerial Photos     

Bucks County Townships Map     
Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks counties 
1872    
From New York to Bristol, 45 
1789    
From New York to Frankford, 46 
1789    
Morrisville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1893     

Newtown Twp. 1703 Map     
Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 
1893    
Old Haycock Township Maps 
Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, 1894     
Philadelphia Area Landowner Resources 
1850 & 1870
Quad List of Bedminster, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Bensalem, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Bristol, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Buckingham, Pennsylvania      

Quad List of Deerfield, Pennsylvania      

Quad List of Doylestown, Pennsylvania      

Quad List of Dublin, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Durham, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Eden, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Haycock, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Hilltown, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Lower Makefield, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of New Britain, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Nockamixon, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Pleasant Valley, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Plumstead, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Rich Hill, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Solebury, Pennsylvania     

Quad List of Southampton, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Tinicum, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Warminster, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Warrington, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Warwick, Pennsylvania      
Quad List of Wrightstown, Pennsylvania      
Richland Twp. 1754 Map     
Road from Philadela. to New York 
1802     
Sellersville, Bucks County, Pa. 1894      
Solebury 1682-1784      
Tullytown, Pennsylvania 1887     

County Records

Records

·        Bucks County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1683 and Probate Records from 1683 and is located at Bucks County Courthouse, 55 East Court Street, 3rd Floor, Administration Building, Doylestown, PA 18901; Register of Wills: 215-348-6265, Orphans' Court: 215-348-6271, Fax : 215-348-6156; registerofwills@co.bucks.pa.us  or orphanscourt@co.bucks.pa.us .

·        Bucks County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1684 and is located at Bucks County Courthouse, 55 East Court St, 2nd Floor, Doylestown, PA 18901; Phone: 215-348-6209 .

·        Bucks County Prothonotary / Clerk of Courts has Court Records from 1683 and is located at Bucks County Courthouse, 55 East Court Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901; Phone: 215-348-6191, Fax: 215-348-6184 .

Bucks County Bible Records 

Bucks Co. Census Records      
Bucks County Census Records     

Bucks County Federal Census Index 

Bucks County on Reel 2007 - 1930 U.S. Census

Bucks County on Reel 2008 - 1930 U.S. Census

Bucks County Court Records     

Bucks County Other Court Records   

Livingston's Law Register, 1851  Bucks County Lawyers   Bucks County Wills   

Bucks County Document Images     

Bucks County Land Records & Deeds     

Old Rights Index for Bucks County - 1682-1740    

Bucks County Military Records     

List of Pensioners on the Roll Jan. 1, 1883 - Bucks Co., PA

Bucks County - Newspaper Abstracts

Bucks County Newspaper Articles     

Chronicling America  Bucks County    

Bucks County Genealogy Project Obituary Board 
Bucks Co. Intelligencer, obituary & death list  1900-1934

Bucks County Obituaries     

Courier Times Obituaries 
Galzerano Funeral Home 
Levittown and Bristol, PA
Intelligencer Obituaries 

Obituary Index  Individuals born in Bucks County

Bucks County Tax Records 

Bucks County Marriages     

Bucks County Vital Records     

Societies

Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation 
Bucks County Chapter - D.A.R.
Bucks County Civil War Roundtable 
Bucks County Covered Bridge Society 
Bucks County Historical Society 
The Delaware and Lehigh Valley Genealogy Club 
Doylestown Historical Society 
Durham Township Historical Society 
Friends of Bolton Mansion     

The Friends of the Delaware Canal 
Haycock Historical Society 

Hilltown Historical Society 
Historic Langhorne Association 
Lower Bucks Genealogy Club 

Milford Township Historical & Preservation Society  New Hope Historical Society 
Newtown Historic Association 
Northampton Township Historical Commission 
Northampton Township Historical Society 

Old York Road Genealogical Society 
Old York Road Historical Society 
Perkasie Historical Society 
Richland Historical Society 
Upper Makefield Historical Society 
Warwick Township Historical Society 
Washington Crossing Chapter - D.A.R

Washington Crossing Chapter - S.A.R. 
Washington Crossing Society - C.A.R.

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·        United States Research Wiki – Family Search

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·     Rootsweb Message Board – Bucks County

·     Cyndi's List - U.S. – Pennsylvania - Localities

·     Bucks County Research Wiki

·     USGenWeb Archives – Bucks County

·     MyGenealogist.com – Bucks County

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All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

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Genealogy Reference Library

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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you may find books about the history and records of this county and other places such as towns and churches.  The collection also contains research works about military units and personnel during America’s wars, in addition too resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who may have settled in this locality.

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Saucon Creek in Upper and Lower Saucon Townships

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