An outsiderís guide to doing research In Montgomery County
Starting from Philadelphia:
1. From the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, take the Septa Regional Rail R6 or R100 from 69th Street terminal to Norristown Transportation Center.† For train schedule and map please visit the Septa website at www.septa.org
2. Upon arriving at the station, take a short walk north on Swede Street to 1 Montgomery Plaza across from the courthouse.
3. The office of the Recorder of Deeds is located on third floor.†
4. Parcel number are necessary to begin your deed search.† They are available in the office of Board of Assessment also located on the third floor of 1 Montgomery Plaza.
5. In the office of the Recorder of Deeds, you can now begin your deed search by providing them the parcel number for your property.† You will be given a print out of all deed transaction† from most recent transaction to 1980ís.† All transactions prior to this date are located on microfiche.
6. This office has a very specific process of requesting information.††† Please familiarize yourself with their process as quickly as possible and develop a positive relationship with the staff.† Their help is key in obtain the information is a quick and efficient manner.
7. Within each deed, you will find the deed book and page number of the previous transaction back to 1886.
8. Your search will now continue at the Montgomery County Historical Society located at 1654 DeKalb Street, Norristown which is located about 2 miles away from the Norristown Transportation Center.† The Historical Society contains deed books dating between 1784 and 1886.† To view an example of a deed click here.
9. For any deed research prior to 1784, you visit the Montgomery County Archives at the basement of 1880 Markley Square, Norristown.
10. To view the evolution of the property size and ownership,† consult the extensive map collection on the second floor of The Free Library of Philadelphia located at 1701 Vine Street.
11. For further historical analysis of the property and its inhabitants visit the Springfield Township Historical Society and the Chestnut Hill Historical Society located at† 8708 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill.
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