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Historical Records

Historical Records

The following records are some of the historical records we have available for searching by:


Sheriff Deeds

Grantor/Grantee Index - Contains records of property sales for satisfaction of lien or judgment. 


Appearance Docket: 1754 - 1950

Court recording of civil proceedings, including divorce. Information will include court term, plaintiff and defendant names, attorney names, nature of complaint, and note of further proceedings.


Judgment Docket: 1770 - 1956

Information includes court term, plaintiff and defendant names, and disposition of case. 


Execution Docket: 1768 - 1960

Record of money collected as determined by the judgment of the court. Information can include term and date of case, names of people involved, and date of return and satisfaction. 


Mechanics Liens: 1836 - 1937

Records of filings against a property to ensure collection of payment for services and materials furnished. Information can include names of parties involved, description of real estate involved, date and description of work, and date lien was filed. 


City Liens: 1861 - 1927

Liens filed against property by the city for non-payment of taxes or other municipal bills or services. Information can include property owner's name, court term and date, description of property, and amount due. 


Naturalization Records: 1795 to present


There are also dockets containing divorces, registration of doctors and attorneys, "lunatics and drunkards", and other miscellaneous materials. 


Please note that docket books and indexes in the Prothonotary Archives Research Room do not contain full documentation of trial/hearing information. If copies of documents are required, files (if they exist) can be retrieved from the County Archives. 



- $0.25 per page

Please send a check money order payable to "Berks County Prothonotary" to the address listed below. After the search has been made, we will let you know the number of pages involved and the amount due.

Prothonotary Office - Genealogy Request
Berks County Courthouse, 2nd Floor
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601