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The Berks County Genealogical Society (BCGS), located in southeastern Pennsylvania, is a non-profit corporation established in 1980. Our purpose is to collect, preserve, and disseminate data of interest to professional and amateur genelogists and historians. Our resources focus on Berks and surrounding counties with specific empasis on the 18th and 19th centuries. Membership is available to anyone with an interest in history or genealogy

The BCGS Library, located on the 4th Floor of the handicapped accessible () GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, contains an extensive collection of books and documents related to your family community, or church heritage. It is staffed by an all-volunteer society who have knowledgeable hands-on experience. The Library is open year round and features FREE WiFi access (). Plenty of FREE parking is available behind the building in a lot secured with camera surveillance, with entrances from North 2nd Street, North 3rd Street, and Walnut Street.


A list of our current board officers is displayed to the right. If you have any questions, feel free to email any one of them. Or you can contact us via phone, email, comment form, or in person.

If you're visiting or are new to our area, here's some helpful links you may enjoy.

Berks County
The Berks County web site provides a wealth of information including services, history, events calendar, and recreation areas.
Go ReadingBerks
Berks County visitor information, entertainment and restaurant guide, shopping information, and more.
Pagoda Webcam
Pagoda-Skyline Inc shares the current photos from the cameras attached to the Pagoda and Fire Tower roofs atop Neversink Mountain. View YouTube Videos
Greeting from Reading, PA postcard
Postcard circa 1930-45.
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