PENNSYLVANIA   POORHOUSE RECORDS ON MICROFILM

at the state archives  http://www.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Historical_Museum/DAM/rg/rg47m.htm
Note: The following list of poorhouse related records was found at the above website of the Pennsylvania State Archives on 9/10/2000. We did not verify whether the list is inclusive and still current. The absence of records on this list does not mean that they do not exist and are not archived -- but simply that they were not available on microfilm from this source at the time it was posted.

 BERKS COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

  • Almshouse Minute Books, 1858-1869; 1877-1883
  • Almshouse and Prison Account Books, 1911-1921
    • (above 2 series combined on a total of 6 rolls)
  • Grocery Account Book, 1853-1859.
  • Land Appraised, 1836-1859.
  • Military Docket, 1814.
  • Poor Children's Record of Berks County, 1839-1842.
    • (above 4 series combined on a total of 2 rolls)
  • Almshouse Register, 1825-1939. 1 roll.
  • Birth Register, 1833-1903. 1 roll.
  • Boarding Account No. 1, 1862-1891. 1 roll.
  • Book of Paupers, 1825-1869. 1 roll.
  • Death Register, 1825-1892. 1 roll.
  • Indentures, 1825-1903. 1 roll.
  • Ledger, 1892-1906. 1 roll.
  • Men Expired, 1864-1975. 1 roll.
  • Minutes, 1824-1857, 1870-1877. 2 rolls.
  • Petitions to Grand Juries and Orders, 1800-1808. 1 roll.
  • Statistics of Paupers Discharged, 1904-1906. 1 roll.
  • Women Expired, 1864-1975. 1 roll.

 BUCKS COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

  • Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Poor and House of Employment, 1865-1892.
  • Minutes and Records of the Board of Relief, 1863-1865.
  • Almshouse and Hospital Register, 1872-1889.
  • Almshouse Register of Admissions and Discharges, 1843-1849, 1889-1895, 1906
  • Death Register, 1810-1924.
  • List of Paupers in the Almshouse, 1810-1833.
  • Poor House Register, 1810-1838.
  • Record of Indentured Servants and Apprentices, and Accounts of the Directors of the Poor and the House of Employment, 1809-1893.
  • Record of Inventories, 1684-1688.
    (above 11 series combined on a total of 2 rolls) (LR 49a)

CHESTER COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

Poor House Paupers' Admission Records, 1800-1884. 2 rolls. (LDS)

CUMBERLAND COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

Pauper Children Records, Lists, 1807-1836, undated.

DAUPHIN COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

  • Almshouse Patient's Register, 1914-1930.
  • Poorhouse Register of Deaths, 1866-1919, 1921-1924.
  • Register of Admissions and Discharges for the Dauphin County Almshouse, 1889-1931.
  • Register of Admissions and Discharges for the Dauphin County Poorhouse, 1865-1873, 1889, 1894, 1904-1923.
    • (above 4 series combined on 1 roll) (LR 232)

JUNIATA COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

Minute Books, Board of Relief, 1861-1865. 1 roll (MG-4).

LANCASTER COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

  • Minutes of the Directors of the Poor and House of Employment, 1798-1866. 1 roll. (LR 270)
  • Almshouse Admissions and Discharges, 1886-1912.
  • Birth Register (Lancaster County Hospital), 1864-1923, 1925-1927, 1931.
    • (above 2 series combined on 1 roll) (LR 235)
  • List of Paupers in the House of Employment and Hospital, 1809-1825. 1 roll. (LR 272)
  • Record of Outdoor Relief, 1885-1893, 1898-1937. 1 roll. (LR 236)

MIFFLIN COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

  • Relief Board, Dockets of Payment to Families of Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865.
  • Directors of the Poor, Treasurer's Book, 1854-1866.
  • Directors of the Poor, Minute Book, 1850-1876.
    • (above 3 series combined on 1 roll)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

  • Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Poor, 1889-1900. 1 roll. (LR 240)
  • Appointment Book, 1826-1890.
  • Poor House Day Book, 1808-1821.
    • (above 2 series combined on 1 roll) (LR 183)
  • Apprentice Book of the Directors of the Poor and of the House of Employment (Record of Indentures), 1872-1906.
  • Inventory of Stock Goods, Furniture, etc. at the Montgomery County Almshouse, March 24, 1891.
    • (above 2 series combined on 1 roll) (LR 242)
  • Journals, 1786-1808, 1833-1837, 1840-1847. 1 roll. (LR 182)
  • Ledgers, 1798-1806, 1822-1829, 1833-1859. 3 rolls. (LR 201)
  • List of Poor Children, 1820-1823, 1833-1839, 1841. 1 roll. (LR 176)
  • Records of Admissions and Discharges at the Almshouse, 1904-1913.
  • Registers of Births and Deaths at the County Almshouse, 1884-1907.
  • Record of Wearing Apparel at the County Almshouse, 1886-1912.
    • (above 3 series combined on 1 roll)

WASHINGTON COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

Records of the Directors of the Poor, County Home, and County Children's Home, 1842-1993. 6 rolls. (LRGP 31)

YORK COUNTY
(Board of County Commissioners)

  • Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Poor, 1845-1918.
  • Records of Apprentices, 1860-1911.
    • (above 2 series combined on a total of 2 rolls) (LR 167)
  • List of Taxable Inhabitants, Deaf and Dumb and Blind Persons in York County for 1871.
  • Almshouse Tramp Record, 1886-1895.
  • Surveyor's Record, 1875-1943.
    • (above 3 series combined on a total of 2 rolls) (LR 295)

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