Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Water color painting of Delaware River Bridge

The artist of the watercolor painting in the Marx Room is still unknown. It is a view of Easton and the covered bridge over the Delaware River, looking from the New Jersey side of the Delaware. For years it was thought to be the work of Mary E. Maxwell McCartney titled FORKS OF THE DELAWARE ca. 1834-1839. After being sent out for restoration in 2011, it was decided it was not a McCartney painting mainly because of the signature now being exposed. 


 

In August of 2012, art historian/appraiser, Frederick C.Bond III happened to be in the Marx Local History Room and noticed the painting. When mentioned that the artist was unknown, he took to task to try to decipher the signature. What unfolded was the possible story behind the painting itself. 

1. It is thought that this painting may have been commissioned by Samuel Sitgreaves (1764-1827). Sitgreaves was an Easton lawyer and former U.S. Congressman. He was the moving force behind many of the developments and improvements that were being made in Easton. Among his many involvements, he was a stockholder in the corporation of the Delaware Bridge Company and served as secretary and treasurer for them. In 1803 he made personal loans to the Company so that the bridge could be finished. The bridge was finished and opened on October 14, 1806.

 2. There are three people standing on the New Jersey shore, the man pointing to the either the bridge or possibly a large white building that was built on a knoll. Bond surmised the man may be Samuel Sitgreaves. He is holding the hand of a woman that may be his second wife Mary Kemper. Standing next to her is a young woman, possibly his first daughter Francis Harriet born September 9, 1786. Frances’s mother was Francenia Allibone. She married William Mcall on April 18, 1807 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Easton. The period of the clothes suggest 1806-1810. 


 

3. The large white building on the hill, is the Union Academy. A school that Sitgreaves was instrumental in starting. ( c. 1795) 


 4. The painting is of the covered bridge spanning the Delaware River from Easton PA to Phillipsburg NJ. The bridge was built by Cyrus “Timothy” Palmer (1751-1823). In 1805 Palmer built the first covered bridge in our country. This was located in Philadelphia and spanned the Schuylkill River. At about the same time Palmer was hired to build the Easton Bridge. It was suggested that both be covered to protect the investment of the stockholders and indeed, the Easton Bridge lasted until 1895 when it was decided it could no longer handle the demands of traffic and was torn down. www.ce.memphis.edu/3121/stuff/general/timothy_palmer.html 

5. Also in the painting are three men in a boat. This may signify a ferry boat owned by Thomas Bullman, a service that was no longer needed as the bridge was now erected. Hence showing the “old” and the “new” way to cross the Delaware River. On Delaware River Ferries 2002 Frank T. Dale 


 

6. The Northampton County Courthouse (1763-66) 

As of this writing, this painting appears to be the oldest image of the Easton Delaware River Bridge that is known.   June 2021                                                  

 

 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Preparing for your trip to the Marx Room

Many people travel to Easton, PA to do genealogy. There are four main places to do your research and prepare for your trip, whether it be a day trip or a week visit.

The Marx Historical Room at the Easton Area Public Library. Monday - Friday 10-12 & 1-4, Saturday 9-12 & 1-5 

515 Church Street, Easton, PA 18013  610-258-2917 ext. 309

 This room was started by Mr. Henry Marx, former Director of the library from 1902 - 1936. Mr. Marx had a keen interest in local history and genealogy and started a collection very early in the library's history. The Marx Room concentrates on present-day Northampton County, however, we do collect materials in a 30 mile radius surrounding Easton. The WPA projects are an immense gift for researchers. Indexed church records, Marriage & Death Extracts of Newspapers, and Abstracts of Wills are just a few items the room has. Before your visit you may want to look at our on-line indexes. These can be found under Local History at www.eastonpl.org

There you will find indexes to the WPA church records. These are some of the oldest church records we have. 

The Church & Cemeteries indexes are what we have on our Reference shelves. (for the most part these are all present-day Northampton County.)

We also have Obituary Indexes. These are from 1900 to nearly present day. You may want to make a list of obituaries to look up when you get here. Keep in mind the Main Library opens at 9:00 while the Marx Room opens at 10:00 on week days (9:00 on Saturday) This extra hour and the lunch hour gives you time to look up any newspaper articles on microfilm as the film is kept on the Main floor. Bring a flash drive as they can be used on these micro-film readers.

The last indexes we have are newspapers articles. These are broken down into years starting 1799 to 2007. Of course, not every article is indexed, but you may find a treasure.

Check our catalog. We have family genealogies in book and file form. We do have some church and cemeteries books for Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Schuylkill Counties. There are county histories, city directories and much more.

Bring a camera. We allow photos to be taken (no flash) No whole books or files will be allowed to be copied. Pencils only. No pen use allowed.

If not sure, always check to make sure we are open around Holidays or seasonal weather.

The Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society  (The Sigal Museum)
342 Northampton St.
Easton, PA 18042

Hours Wednesday – Friday:
10am – 2:30pm

Note: Our library is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 but volunteer librarians are available to help with your research requests for fee.

Please contact the library at 610-253-1222 or library@northamptonctymuseum.org

Call to make sure these hours and policies are still in effect.

The library here is an excellent companion to the Marx Room. They do have the same WPA Church Records and the Marriage & Death Extracts that the Marx Room has. They may have a family book/file or church records the Marx Room does not have. Most of their catalog is on the Easton Area Public Library's website.

 The Northampton County Courthouse Monday-Friday 8:30 to 4:30  

669 Washington St. Easton, PA 18013 

All courthouse records will be here. Keep in mind the counties that were formed from Northampton County will have the deeds, wills, taxes, etc. up to the dates they were formed. Anything after their formation will be at the respective courthouse. 

  • Northampton County - 1752 formed from Bucks County
  • Lehigh County - 1812
  • Monroe County - 1836 
  • Carbon County - 1843  

 The Northampton County Archives Monday-Friday 8:30 to 4:30

999 Conroy Pl. Easton, PA 18040
Phone: (610) 829-1220


The Northampton County Archives stores records for over 30 different county offices including 48 different filing systems during various time periods throughout the past 269 years in Northampton County history. The Archives is instrumental in providing record services for both the public and county offices on a daily basis. The Archives Division maintains a comprehensive system of records management through proper storage, retention, and disposition of records in accordance with the Pennsylvania County Records Manual, thereby serving the genealogical needs of citizens from all parts of the United States and foreign countries as well as providing accurate record keeping and insuring that historical information is preserved.

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Frakturs, Geburts, and Taufscheins

Frakturs, Geburts, Taufscheins, all names given to Pennsylvania German decorated works on paper. These illustrated manuscripts were created mainly in the mid 1700's to mid 1860's.

Fraktur is a type of German lettering or typeface used from the fifteenth century until World War II.  It is from the Latin word fractura, meaning a break. (the broken or fractured style of lettering) 

Examples:

𝔄 𝔅 ℭ 𝔇 𝔈 𝔉 𝔊 ℌ ℑ 𝔍 𝔎 𝔏 𝔐 𝔑 𝔒 𝔓 𝔔 ℜ 𝔖 𝔗 𝔘 𝔙 𝔚 𝔛 𝔜 ℨ 

𝔞 𝔟 𝔠 𝔡 𝔢 𝔣 𝔤 𝔥 𝔦 𝔧 𝔨 𝔩 𝔪 𝔫 𝔬 𝔭 𝔮 𝔯 𝔰 𝔱 𝔲 𝔳 𝔴 𝔵 𝔶 𝔷

𝕬 𝕭 𝕮 𝕯 𝕰 𝕱 𝕲 𝕳 𝕴 𝕵 𝕶 𝕷 𝕸 𝕹 𝕺 𝕻 𝕼 𝕽 𝕾 𝕿 𝖀 𝖁 𝖂 𝖃 𝖄 𝖅 

𝖆 𝖇 𝖈 𝖉 𝖊 𝖋 𝖌 𝖍 𝖎 𝖏 𝖐 𝖑 𝖒 𝖓 𝖔 𝖕 𝖖 𝖗 𝖘 𝖙 𝖚 𝖛 𝖜 𝖝 𝖞 𝖟

Later, the name fraktur has been referred to as folk art or illustrated manuscripts.

Geburts were birth certificates, Taufscheins were baptismal certificates. These two were the majority of the frakturs that were made. 

Most of the earliest frakturs were hand drawn and written in the fraktur lettering. A school teacher or minister were usually the artist or scrivener.

These frakturs were drawn with hearts, birds, flowers and could contain the family name, locations, dates of births, baptisms, weddings and more. These can give wonderful genealogical  information as the government did not keep vital records until much later.

The Marx Room Historical Room is fortunate to have a small collection of original frakturs. One in particular, is supposedly done by Johannes Ernst Spangenberg, otherwise known as the Easton Bible Artist. Johannes was born in 1748 and died "mid November 1814". In the Easton 1786 Tax list, he is listed as a Scrivener. He was a teacher in Easton and also served as an Adjutant Officer in the Revolutionary War under Col. Peter Kichline's Battalion of the Flying Camp. John and his family's applications for a Revolutionary  pension, it is mentioned that John passed away in "mid November 1814" and was interred in the "Hay's (Lutheran) graveyard" in Williams Township (now South Easton). There is no tombstone or death notice to verify that. This fraktur is now hanging in the Marx Room after being sent to Philadelphia for restoration. It is a taufschein for Carl Ritschard (Richards) in Williams Township, Northampton County, PA, born December 29, 1808. The fraktur was done in 1809.

This is before restoration of the taufschein.

 


This is the result. (Colorings has not changed, these are a result of camera exposure)

 

Some frakturs in the Marx Room collection.


 Before restoration

After restoration


 

             Baptismal fraktur for Christian Gernet 1799.1 sheet : ill. ;  33 x 40 cm                        Christian Gernet, son of Johannes and Elisabetha Gernet was born March 28, 1786 in Salisbury Township, Northampton County, Pa., to Lutheran parents and was baptized by Gotz. Sponsors were the grandparents Christian Gernet and wife.           The certificate was prepared in 1799 by Gottfied Miller

 

Before restoration.

 

After restoration.



 

Baptismal fraktur for Maria Ellisabeth Wotring Pennsylvania 1809.1 sheet : ill. ; 34 x 41cm  Maria Elisabeth Wotring, daughter of Johannes and Elisabeth (Lattig) Wotring, was born March 11, 1809, in Williams Township, Northampton County, Pa., and baptized April 18 by Thomas Bump, Reformed pastor; sponsors were grandparents Philip Wotring and Maria Elisabeth. The surname is also spelled Wottring, Wotteringer, and Wotringer in the document. Prepared by Martin Brechal 

 

 Early frakturs are highly collectable. The more unique the design, the more desirable they are. One fraktur sold for $145,000 at an auction in 1991. So check your attics and basements. These beautiful certificates are another way to shed light on your ancestors.

 










Monday, August 16, 2021

Young Woman in a Blue Dress by John Krimmel

This small portrait of a woman was painted by John Krimmel, dated March 5, 1815. This painting is in the book, “John Lewis Krimmel, Genre Artist of the Early Republic”, by Anneliese Harding. Anneliese used a diary that was kept by artist John Krimmel on his travels.

 John was born 1786 in Germany and traveled to Philadelphia in 1809. One of his excursions was to the Lehigh Valley, including Easton, Pa. John Krimmel traveled to Easton and the area in 1813, sketching and painting a few landscapes of Easton. 

The watercolor painting is of a young woman with reddish brown hair. She is wearing a blue dress with white lace collar, sleeves and bodice. She has two bracelets on along with earrings. One hand is showing and one is not. Early paintings depicting only one hand usually meant she was betrothed or married. It is possible the woman is also pregnant. She is seated on an ornate chair or sofa in a house with a partial window showing. The scene from the window is of a tree (closer) and in the background a bridge. 

This bridge is the Finley Bridge/Chain Bridge (now Third St. Bridge) that Abraham Horn Sr. built in 1811. Krimmel had earlier, painted a scene of the Lehigh River with the same tree and the Finley Bridge in the distance. 

It was not unusual for people to hire artists to paint a portrait of a family member, along with a building that they were closely connected to. Frederick Bond III, a local art appraiser and art historian was the person who brought this detail to our attention.

 For this reason, it would make sense that the portrait could be the relative of Abraham Horn Sr. Susan Gertrude Margaret Horn, daughter of Abraham Sr. and Susanna (Hay), would be the right age. Susan was born March 1794 in Easton. On November 14, 1812 she married Jacob Bassler. It is believed that this portrait was sketched around early September 1813 with the finish on March 5, 1815. Susan would have been pregnant with her son Reuben Hay Bassler, born September 18, 1813. Her father’s bridge would have been important to Abraham and also put into the painting. Frederick also believes Susan may be seated in her parents home. This home may have been situated on the south side of the Lehigh River, what was then considered Williams Township and is now South Easton.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Where's Joe?

             

                                 Where's Joe?

By Rory Morgan

In Easton Cemetery's Section Q, there is large family marker that reads "Crater". It is surrounded by numerous smaller markers, each memorializing an individual family member. In one of history's strange twists, there is no marker for the one family member who went down in history.

The story of the Crater family in Easton began with Joseph Force "Pa" Crater. Born in New Jersey in 1829, he and a partner operated a produce business in Hackettstown, NJ. but Pa decided that the business prospects were better in Pennsylvania. So, he moved his family across the Delaware to Easton. He began there as a huckster (one who sells produce from a cart or stand), but eventually opened a wholesale produce business that carried his name: Joseph F. Crater and Sons. It  was located at the corner of Third and Ferry, which came to be known as Crater’s Corner. (A city parking lot now stands there.)

The family owned two peach orchards in New Jersey and others in the northern parts of the Northampton County. When the peaches were ready to harvest, a number of Lafayette College students were hired to pick. The Craters also owned cold storage facility described as being "back of the Fifth Street Catholic Church property". In the winter, ice was cut from the river bu mules up the steep hill to the cold storage building.

Pa married Catherine Everett, an Easton woman; they went on to have four sons. One of the those sons was Frank, born in 1863. He married Leila Virginia Montague, part of a well-established Easton family. The couple had four children: Joseph, Margaret, Douglass and Montague.

Joe was the oldest of the children. He graduated from Easton High School in 1906 (the first time that caps and gowns were worn for Easton's graduation ceremony). His academic standing was one of the two highest in the class and he was Class President for two years. His activities included working on the yearbook and membership in the Mandolin Club. A tongue-in-cheek biography in the yearbook talked of his extraordinary vocabulary, his gaudy neckties, his interest in the opposite sex and his ability to “bluff” his teachers. In a foreshadowing of the future, in 1905, when Joe was President of the Junior Class, he was "kidnapped" by members of the Senior Class and locked up for a few hours. In his senior year, by vote of the high school faculty, Joe was awarded the annual scholarship to Lafayette College. While at Lafayette, he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and carried its tattoo for the rest of his life.

Following Lafayette, he went to law school at Columbia University in New York City, graduating in 1913. In 1912, while still a law student, he met a woman named Stella Mance Wheeler; he helped her with her divorce. A few years later, Stella became Mrs. Crater.

Joe set up a legal practice in the city, taking on a variety of cases. He worked as a law clerk and also taught in several of New York's law schools. He began to rub elbows with  those who had political connections. Joe saw these connections as important keys in building a successful legal practice. The Democratic political machine in New York City, Tammany Hall, was vast and corrupt. It generated an ocean of legal business; more and more of which found its way to Joe's desk. He handled the work well (there was never a question about his competence as a lawyer) and it was lucrative. He became the confidential secretary and clerk to Robert Wagner, a prominent judge who would later become a U.S. Senator.

He and  his wife Stella bought a luxurious home on Fifth Avenue and a vacation home in Maine. They bought a Cadillac and hired a chauffeur (Joe had never learned how to drive.) He became an avid theater-goer and was a regular at the various night spots in the Broadway area. He drank very little, but still established a reputation as a Good Time Joe, who enjoyed the company of some of the very single actresses and dancers who were part of the Broadway scene. Meanwhile, Stella stayed home with their cat.


In April of 1930 there was a temporary opening for a judge on New York’s Supreme Court. (Despite its name, the New York the Supreme Court was - and still is - a county-level court, not the highest court in the state.) Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt wasn't part of the Tammany crowd, but he was influenced by it. He appointed Crater to fill the position for a few months, with the expectation that he would run for a full 14-year term in the upcoming November election. Of course, Tammany expected its usual payment for an appointment: one-year’s salary - about $22,000 - paid in cash at the time of the appointment.


The dog-days of August, 1930, brought their usual heat and humidity to Manhattan.The legal world slowed to a crawl as lawyers and judges alike left the city for cooler places. Joe had only a handful of cases assigned to him; he had been a judge for just a few months.


Stella Crater was spending the summer at the Maine home; Joe took the train between New York and Maine - the Bar Harbor Express - as necessary. Earlier that summer, Joe and a couple of male friends took a trip to Atlantic City; they were accompanied by three or four women, none of whom were their wives


When August 6, 1930 rolled around, Joe was in the city. He spent part of the day in his office behind closed doors, pulling documents from his files. He packed them up and, with the assistance of his law clerk, took them to his home. (No one knows where those files ended up.) He also cashed checks for several thousand dollars. In the evening, he went to a restaurant on West 45th Street, where he encountered two friends. They invited Joe to join them for dinner. After a pleasant meal, the three of them left the restaurant. Joe was never seen again, dead or alive, by any credible witness. 


He had promised Stella that he would be back in Maine by August 9 for her birthday. When he failed to appear by then, an informal investigation began. When Joe didn’t show up for the opening of his court cases on August 25, his absence finally became public knowledge and exploded into the headlines. An official “Missing Person” report was filed with the police. The NYPD began to circulate “missing person” posters. Ultimately, about 100,000 were printed. A reward of $5,000 was offered. 


A Grand Jury was called to investigate, but it reached no conclusions, despite hearing testimony from nearly 100 people.  Unfortunately, many of the statements from witnesses were confused and contradictory. Not even his two dinner companions could say for sure whether Joe got into a cab or whether he walked away from the restaurant. He was supposedly going to see a play that night, at the Belasco Theater, only a couple of blocks from the restaurant. West 45th was a one-way street; traffic, including taxis, would have been running away from the Belasco. Considering that taxis at that time were not air-conditioned, riding in one could been been quite uncomfortable. It would have made more sense for Joe to just walk.


Whatever the reason, a judge was missing; an investigation was required. A generous reward was offered. An unidentified body that had been pulled from the river near Martin's Creek a few weeks earlier was exhumed; a couple of Crater's long-time friends were called to identify the body. They pointed out that the body had natural teeth; Crater wore false upper teeth. They also pointed out that the body didn't have the fraternity tattoo which Crater was known to have. Their final point: the unidentified body was wearing cheap underwear; Crater's taste in clothing would have insured that he would wear finer fabric.


Thousands of “sightings” came into the New York City police and continued to do so for years. Most of them were ludicrous or incoherent. He was supposedly "seen" prospecting for gold in the West. He was "seen" running a bingo game in Africa. More than 20 years after his disappearance, a yard in Yonkers, NY was dug up, based on the supposed visions of a psychic in Holland. Unsurprisingly, no trace of Joe or any other person was found. 


Theories abounded. Gangland murder was a popular one - perhaps mobsters were angry with Joe about how he handled some legal situation. Another theory held that Joe died after he suffered a fatal medical emergency while visiting a “house of ill repute'' and his body was surreptitiously destroyed. Reform-minded officials in New York had started, at last, to investigate some of the corruption that was practiced by Tammany, including the selling of judgeships. Did Joe suspect that he would soon be under scrutiny, and take off, one step ahead of the law? 


Stella was evicted from her New York home in 1938. She worked as a telephone operator for a while but was fired when her identity became known. She didn’t have nearly enough money to support herself for the rest of her life. Joe had left her a note, one found under strange circumstances, which listed a number of people who Joe believed owed him money. Joe apparently had faith that they would honor their debts to him. Supposedly, some did, but others just ignored the situation; they claimed that they didn’t owe him money.

In 1939, the authorities finally ruled that Joe was legally dead, which gave Stella access to a modest amount of money from his life insurance.


Stella wrote a book in 1961 about her life with Joe: The Empty Robe. In it, she portrayed him as a loving husband who would never be unfaithful and wanted nothing more than to sit by the fire and sing old songs. According to her, the story behind his disappearance was simple. It was political. Joe simply knew too much about what went on in the Tammany-infested city. Besides, her Joe would never be involved in something questionable! Stella eventually went to a nursing home and died there in 1969.

 

As for Joe  - well, no trace of him has ever been found. In 2005, there was a flurry of excitement following the death of an elderly widow in Queens. Some papers in her possession revealed a story that her late husband had heard, about a supposed plot to kill Crater and bury him at Coney Island. The NYPD didn’t believe that there was enough evidence to reopen a 75-year old case. Meanwhile, at the Easton Cemetery, you will see no individual stone for Joe  - but if you walk around to the back of the Crater family monument you’ll see this carved into the stone: “In memory of Joseph F Crater II”. He was once the pride of Easton; but as they say, "Sic transit gloria mundi."

Author’s Note: There are several books, both fiction and non-fiction, related to Judge Crater’s story. Three of them - all nonfiction - are held at the Easton Area Public Library. They are The Empty Robe by Stella Crater, (Marx Room Collection), and Finding Judge Crater, by Stephen J. Riegel, (Marx Room Collection) and Vanishing Point, by Richard J. Tofel (Main Collection).

Crater's Corner @ Third and Ferry.  This photo was taken after "Pa" Crater's death.
When he died, the business name was changed to "Joseph F. Crater's Sons"




Crater family monument



The rear of the Crater monument 
        
                                                                                     
                                                                        Stella Crater



 




Thursday, April 8, 2021

Graveyards of Easton, PA that were moved

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on 4th & Ferry Sts. In 1870 the church had most of the graves dug up and the bodies were reburied in Easton Cemetery. There were quite a few that remain and are under the building that the church added. These are known as the cellar graves.  

Trinity Episcopal Church on Spring Garden St. Many if not most of the remains that were on the yard of this church have been re-interred to Easton Cemetery. 

 First Reformed Church on N. Third St. This cemetery was one of the oldest in Easton. It was located on Church Street between 5th & 6th Sts. Interments in this cemetery were prohibited by ordinance for many years (1850’s?) and many people buried there had been taken to resting places in other cemeteries, most of them to the Easton Cemetery. For years the First Reformed Church was blamed for the neglect and poor condition of the graveyard and the tumbling stonewalls that surrounded it. It was sold to the Easton School Board in 1901 for the construction of a free Public Library. An announcement was put in the papers for people to exhume and move their loved ones. Not all bodies were claimed. The graves that were where the Carnegie Library was going to be, were put into the cemetery's vault and eventually closed off. Currently, there are still some who are buried on the library property. Two notable graves are William Parsons and Elizabeth (Mammy) Morgan. This is not a cemetery anymore.

 First Presbyterian Church on 2nd & Bushkill St. This church merged with Brainerd Presbyterian in 1941. The church was abandoned and all the graves were moved to Easton Cemetery.

 Easton Jewish Cemetery 6th & Pine Sts. and “Hebrew” Cemetery In or about July 1888, the old burying grounds of the Covenant of Peace, at 6th & Pine streets was sold to E. A. Jacoby, proprietor of the Mount Vernon Hotel. Jacoby, after exhuming the remains, built a stable for his hotel. Among the old tombstones was that of Michael Hart, died March 25, 1815, aged 75 years and his wife, Leah, died July 4, 1786, aged 32 years. This cemetery may have been started and owned by Michael Hart, and Leah’s tombstone would have the cemetery starting at least in 1786. The remains were moved to what was described as the “Jewish burying ground, in the western part of the city”. From the book, Consider the Years by Joshua Trachtenberg, page 137, we learn this cemetery was at Butler Street, running back to Washington Street on 12th Street. This property was bought in 1850 and was 280’ x 33’8’. In 1853 the short lived Congregation of Emanuel, (a split from Covenant of Peace), purchased a small plot in the Easton Cemetery. By 1854 the congregation ended and they gave everything to Covenant of Peace, including the cemetery plot. In 1889 they made an agreement with Easton Cemetery for a permanent section in the Easton Cemetery. By October 1925, the Congregation Covenant of Peace had sold the property at 12th and Butler Sts.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Helpful links for Northampton County, Pa.

*with Covid-19 restrictions make sure to call before going

Easton Area Public Library -www.eastonpl.org Local History tab
 
Northampton County Archives
Please contact our office at 610-829-1220 or by e-mail at rdrago@northamptoncounty.org prior to making your record request.
If visiting the archives in-person, all records must be handled with care. There is no fee for researching records during an in-person visit.
Costs  $5.00 per name search when requesting records by mail or e-mail.
  • $ .50 per page for copies when requesting records in-person, by mail, or e-mail.
  • For in-person requests: you may use cash or check made payable to the Northampton County Archives
  • No $50 bills or $100 bills will be accepted for payment
  • For mail and e-mail requests: checks may be made payable to the Northampton County Archives
    Please note: The archives staff may determine a document may not be safely copied due to the condition of the record. If a document is unable to be photocopied, you are always welcome to hand-transcribe.
·         Archives Building   
Forks Township
999 Conroy Place
Easton, PA 18040 Phone: (610) 829-1220
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Sigal Museum (Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society)
Hours Wednesday – Friday:
10am – 2:30pm
Appointments are strongly recommended to ensure all materials are available to you when you visit.
Please contact the library at: 610-253-1222 or library@northamptonctymuseum.org
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Richard Musselman –(610) 759-8378   ram@enter.net
Courthouse research, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton County research and more.