Limerick Township Historical Society genealogy research collection
Held at: Limerick Township Historical Society [Contact Us]545 West Ridge Pike, Limerick, Pennsylvania, 19468
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Limerick Township Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
Limerick Township, in what is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was incorporated in 1726. It originally included the river crossing community of Royersford (established as a separate borough in 1879). In 1777, George Washington passed through the area, staying at the Mordecai Evans house in Linfield in 1777. In the 1810s, its population surpassed 1,000 people and its first permanent church edifice, the Limerick Union Church (hosting the Lutheran and Reformed (UCC) denominations), was dedicated. Limerick's first public school district was formed in 1852. In 1866, the first major industrial presence in Limerick Township, March, Sisler & Co., moved its factory to the area. Later significant factories in the area included the Kinsey Distillery and the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant.
Limerick Township Historical Society. "Limerick History." 2009-2010. Accessed May 9, 2012. http://www.limerickpahistory.org/timeline.html.
This collection is comprised of genealogical resources collected by the Limerick Township Historical Society that relate to local residents: research files on Limerick families, transcribed cemetery records, obituaries/memorial cards, and funeral home records.
At the core of the collection are family files in alphabetical order, containing original and copy photographs, clippings, ephemera, research notes, and family trees. A large section of materials pertains to the Hood and Fry families. There is also a group of research materials compiled by James Wright on his family, who lived in Limerick before moving to the West Coast of the United States. A card index of family names is available on-site.
The collection also includes 28 binders, circa 1973, compiled by Edgar B. Grubb, Abram C. Hunsicker, and Raymond E. Hollenbach. These binders include copies of church records, tombstone inscriptions, and family histories. An index of the cemeteries in this collection is available on-site.
The historical society has also compiled four binders of photocopied obituaries (1938-2012) and two binders of memorial cards (1944-2007), organized alphabetically. There is a partial index for the memorial cards.
Of special interest in the collection are the funeral records of Frank W. Shalkop and Charles J. Franks, Sr., Undertakers, Trappe, PA. These computer print-outs include information on decedents in alphabetical order: name, race, gender, birth date and place, parents' names, death date and place, marital status/spouse's name, cause of death, doctor, place of funeral and burial, occupation, etc. The records cover burials from about 1900 to 1950, in alphabetical order by decedent name.
Also on-site (not included in measurement) are narrative family genealogies, some published and some un-published; and a few dozen oversize marriage certificates, diplomas, family charts, and family trees (stored in a flat file in the library, or on display throughout building).
The materials in this collection were collected at various times by the Limerick Township Historical Society.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Limerick Township Historical Society directly for more information.
- Limerick Township Historical Society
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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