Located in the ultra-modern Sigal Museum is the home of the library and archives of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society. The Sigal Museum is the local history museum for Easton and Northampton County. The Jane Moyer Library is named after a beloved volunteer and is located on the third floor, accessible by elevator. You do not need to pay admission to the museum to access the library and archives, but you do need to check into the desk.
The Jane Moyer Library doesn’t look like a library when you enter it. It is one smallish room with only two tables, two book cases and two microfilm machines. Practically everything is behind the staff office area and must be pulled for you by staff. In the two bookcases along one wall is the church records labelled by letter. There are also some basic reference books of the area. These are only things accessible to researchers. There are no call slips to complete; you can come with a printed list from the website catalog or handwritten list.
The recommended thing to do is to email the library the week prior to confirm the open hours and to make an appointment. You can provide the list of materials you are seeking and they will have a stack ready for you when you arrive. Be forewarned that the family files can consist of anything from single piece of paper up to an inches high stack. It will be a surprise waiting for you!
There are no photos of the materials allowed, but you can get copies made. The staff will do it for you and keep a running list of charges. You will pay for the copies and library research fee downstairs when you leave. You can use a credit card! Nice difference from most repositories.
One of the joys of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society collection is the website accessible catalog you can use at home. The online catalog is housed on the Easton Area Public Library website and shows the holding of both the Henry F. Marx Room at the Easton Area Public Library, and archives at Jane Moyer Library in the Sigal Museum. Click here to access the online catalog. They have put everything in the catalog so there is no guessing or hoping as to what they have before you arrive.
The Jane Moyer Library at the Sigal Museum is located at 342 Northampton Street, Easton. This archives of the NCHGS is only open Wednesday through Friday for about twelve hours. Check their website for hours and make an appointment at least a week ahead. Parking is street parking with a meter for up to two hours, or there are parking lots about two blocks away. I recommend arriving by 9:50am for street parking (many things open by 10am including the Crayola Factory nearby), max out the meter for $5 and then arrive at the Sigal Museum for when the archives opens at 10am. You can then break for lunch 12-1, move your car, and go to the Henry F. Marx room at the Easton Public Library 4 blocks away when it opens at 1, or return to the Jane Moyer Library.
So many early families settled in Northampton County and you are likely to find their traces in the archives located at the Jane Moyer Library.
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