A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Schwenkfelders and the history of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Perkiomen Region.
The Schwenkfelder Library is non-circulating and all materials must be used on site. Inter-library loan is available for persons unable to visit the library. Access to the collection is available through a variety of indexes of specific collections and through a manual card catalog. the library is not able to offer an online catalog at this time, the library does offer computers for use by patrons
Genealogical Resources Available
Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families, compiled by Samuel K. Brecht, The Society for the Descendants of the Schwenkfeldian Exiles maintains the updated records for the Genealogical Record. All descendants of Schwenkfelder immigrants are invited to submit their family information for inclusion in the update.
The Schwenkfelder Library is the center for family history research in the greater Upper Perkiomen Valley and to a lesser extent for adjacent areas in Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh and Bucks counties. Resources include:
Church and Cemetery Records
well over 200 unpublished records from churches in Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh and Bucks County, from the Schwenkfelder, Reformed, Lutheran, Mennonite, Brethren and Roman Catholic congregations.
Town & Country, published in Pennsburg since April 1899.
Der Bauern Freund, Sumneytown, PA (1828-1858) and Pennsburg, PA (1858-1905)
Der Neutralist, Skippack, PA, 1845-1898
The Montgomery Transcript, Skippack, PA 1888-1952
The Schwenksville Item, Schwenksville, PA 1881-1989
Published and Non-published Family Genealogies
The Library has a large collection of family genealogies in book and manuscript form. Most families represented are those that emigrated to and settled in the Upper Perkiomen Valley.
Published and Non-published Local and County Histories
Local histories from the greater Upper Perkiomen Valley and county histories from Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh and Bucks counties
The Perkiomen Region, a publication affiliated with the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is a compilation of historical and genealogical articles from the local region.
Deed and Land Draft Collection
a selection of original manuscripts is available at the Library
Archival Resources for Genealogists
Unpublished records, account books, diaries, printed fraktur certificates and photographs are just a few of the possible sources available
Periodicals Subscribed and Available
AASLH History News, The Chamber Exchange, The Chronicle, Early American Life, The Goschenhoppen Newsletter, History Magazine, Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies, Longenecker Family Newsletter,The Magazine Antiques, MHEP Quarterly, The Mirror, Montgomery County, Museum News, Penn in Hand, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Pennsylvania History, Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, The Pennypacker Express, Preservation, Der Reggeboge, Schlesischer Gottesfreund, Schlesischer Kulturspiegel, Shavings, Newsletter of the Early American Industries Association, Inc., The Society of the Descendants of the Schwenkfeldian Exiles Newsletter, Society for German-American Studies Newsletter and the Zeitschrift Für Kultur Austausch
105 Seminary Street
Pennsburg, PA 18073