This certificate was written and signed in 1726 by officials of Minfeld, a community in the Palatinate region of what is today southwest Germany. It requests that the bearers, Jean and Susan (DeHarcourt) Bertolet, “be extended… every desired aid and assistance,” as they “remove themselves to the new country of Pennsylvania.”
Born to Huguenot families who had fled religious persecution in France, the Bertolets had been living in Minfeld for fourteen years before immigrating to Pennsylvania and settling in the Oley Valley. They retained the certificate as a cherished reminder of their family’s heritage.
Discover more stories about the origins and lives of Berks County’s founding immigrants at this month’s Second Saturday program on January 14, 2017.