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Some Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources

Our Collections

Search GSP's online digital library, which includes a wide variety of public and members-only collections. You’ll find transcribed church, newspaper and cemetery records, our growing collection of free county repository guides, archives of our newsletter Penn in Hand and our journal, the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, and much more.

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.

Pennsylvania on FamilySearch

FamilySearch.org 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.

Was Your Ancestor a Miner?

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.

 

Online Resources

Join GSP's Book Club

GSP and the Free Library of Philadelphia have partnered for a series of events around the book "Orphan Train," which has many themes of interest to genealogists like immigration, Irish and Native American history, and adoption. Read the book and join us for our book club, either in person or online.

Learn more in our blog

Featured County Resource

Researching in Philadelphia? Make sure to check out the City Archives, where you'll find a variety of resources invaluable to your family history, including birth returns, naturalizations, and marriage and death records.

Browse the Archives' genealogical resources

Partner Society Spotlight

North Hills Genealogists is located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, and offers newsletters, meetings, and information for those researching their family history in this geographic area and beyond.

Visit the North Hills' Website

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. January 2015-January 2016).

Click here to view a sample copy of Penn in Hand.

Click here to view a sample table of contents of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine.

Join GSP for Third Thursdays

GSP has begun a monthly meeting at our offices on third Thursdays at 6 pm. Meet other genealogists and learn and share! RSVP now to kathryn.manz@genpa.org to attend in January or February.

Couldn't attend in December? Watch a recap of Kathryn's presentation about death certificates below.

Have a genealogy program or conference you'd like us to add to the calendar? Email Joyce.Homan@genpa.org with the name of the event,date, location, description, and any other details, and we'll post it. Please try and send event information 2-4 weeks in advance.

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