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Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources

PA State Archives

“While the primary mission of the Pennsylvania State Archives is to preserve historic documents in their original format, digital scans have been made of select records to facilitate online research.” Click on the link below for access to numerous digitized collections housed at the Archives; land records, maps, marriage records, Revolutionary & Civil War Military card files, and more.


FamilySearch PA Collections currently offers Pennsylvania researchers 16 record collections to help you locate your ancestors. Some collections are searchable while others must be browsed through to locate the records you need. FamilySearch updates collections frequently. Be sure to register so you have access to all available images!


Explore the GSP Collections

Search GSP's online Pennsylvania record collections and stay updated with family history events and conferences across Pennsylvania with the PA News Page HERE. Submit your society events to

PA Mining Resources

If your ancestor worked in the Pennsylvania mining industry don't miss the page of resources found on the GSP website. See Pennsylvania Mining Resources to discover maps, reports of mine accidents and information about anthracite & bituminous mining operations across the state.


PA Mining Resources

What I Wish I Knew Then

GSP has begun a video series where we ask the genealogical community what they wish they'd known when they first started their family history research. Watch Thomas W. Jones, and the others in our series, by clicking below!

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Featured County Resource

If research indicates your ancestors faced dire circumstances due to illness, job loss or economic recessions, and may have sought help at a local almshouse, where do you begin your search? Start with the website of "The Poorhouse Lady" (Linda Crannell) as a guide to county resources.

The Poorhouse Story

Partner Society Spotlight

Lancaster Historical Society collections provide rich resources relating to the history of Lancaster communities and the families who lived here, offering hundreds of thousands of primary source materials from the founding of the county in 1729. For more information visit their website or phone 717-392-4633.

Give the Gift of GSP Membership!



With the holiday season upon us GSP would like to help take the guesswork out of giving. For the favorite genealogist in your life, purchase a one-year membership to GSP.


As a special holiday offer, any Gift Membership made from now until December 31st will include 15 months for the price of 12. Please type "GIFT" in the 'How did you hear about us?' text box.


GSP gratefully accepts donations throughout the year. Your contribution helps us continue our mission to preserve original records and help Pennsylvania genealogists find their ancestors. Please click to our Donate page to make a contribution. Thank you!


For member benefits please click HERE. For more information, please contact Kathryn Manz at


Upcoming GSP Programs

Registration for ongoing GSP programs can be accessed by clicking on this link to the GSP Events Page.

GSP Membership


Members of GSP receive special benefits, including access to our “Members Only” online databases, discounts on programs and publications, our newsletter Penn in Hand, and the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine. A membership with GSP is rolling and lasts for one year (ex. June 2014-June 2015).


Penn in Hand Cover - Fall 2011


Click here to view a sample copy of Penn in Hand, Vol. XXX, No.2, 2013.


Click here to view the table of contents from our most recent issue of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine.


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