Capturing the design, architecture, culture
and style of the past in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Research Resources

These are my go-to tools and resources to put together the content that you love. If you are interested in history or genealogy, they may be of help to you as well!

Reading Eagle on Google News Archives


A nearly complete collection of Reading Eagle papers dating back to its founding in 1868. The only caveat is it is not searchable by keyword, you need to have a date or browse freely.

Reading Times on


A nearly complete collection of Reading Times papers dating back to its founding in 1859. Searchable by keyword but only dates up until 1939.

Historic Aerial Viewer


Pennsylvania has been taking aerial photos of the state since the 1930s. A complete archive can be found here. This resource is great for observing past structures and lining up with current satellite imagery.

Google Earth / Maps


Google Earth or Maps can be used to view current satellite imagery. Google Earth desktop software also has a historic aerial view dating back to the 1990s.

Hagley Digital Archives


The Hagley Museum offers digital archives of J. Victor Dallin aerials and more.

Thomas Warren Sears Photograph Collection


The Smithsonian offers free digital access to the Thomas Warren Sears Photograph collection, many photos taken of Reading and Berks around the turn of the 20th century.

Berks Deed Search


Berks County provides digitized records of deed transactions of properties dating back to the 1700s.

Berks Parcel Viewer


Berks County provides an interactive map of current ownership records of properties in Berks County.


Ancestry has a searchable database of census records, death certificates, immigration records, and beyond.

International Classification of Diseases


Helpful for decoding death records and the number codes on them.

Berks Nostalgia