The Henry Janssen Library is the center for genealogical and historical research at the Berks History Center.
The Henry Janssen Library is acknowledged to be one of the best and most thoroughly indexed collections of county data in Pennsylvania.
The Henry Janssen Library contains a wealth of information dating back to the early 1700s. BHC’s archival holdings have grown extensively since the founding of the Society in 1869 and include both personal and family papers as well as the records of churches, cemeteries and local businesses. Our collections are growing daily.
Some items especially worth noting are:
Census reports from 1790 to 1920
Over 17,000 photographs
Newspapers from 1796 to the 1940s (including the run of the Reading Eagle from 1869 to 1988).
Church and Cemetery Records from 1730 to present
Numerous histories on local Berks County families
Numerous archival collections on Berks County families, businesses and organizations.
Please visit our website at http://www.berkshistory.org to search our online databases and learn more about the Berks History Center!