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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 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.

Bucks County Ancestry Fair

Save the date for our 9th Annual Ancestry Fair, held in partnership with the Bucks County Genealogical Society at Bucks County Community College. Program tracks for beginners, technology, and general. Exhibitors include genealogical and historical societies, local repositories, and vendors.

Join us on Saturday, September 19 for the Bucks County Ancestry Fair

Third Thursday - Eastern State Penitentiary Records

On Thursday, October 15, Valerie-Anne Lutz of the APS Library and GSP Secretary will talk about her recent contribution to our Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine: Genealogical Gleanings from the Eastern State Penitentiary Moral Instructor’s Book A. Learn about the rich genealogical information that the ESP volumes hold.

Third Thursday: Eastern State Penitentiary

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

Pennsylvania 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.


Pennsylvania Mining Resources

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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.

Have a genealogy program or conference you'd like us to add to the calendar? Email 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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Join GSP for Third Thursdays

GSP has monthly meetings at our offices on third Thursdays at 6 pm. Meet other genealogists and learn and share! RSVP now to to attend in September or October.

Watch a recap of Kathryn's presentation about death certificates from last December's Third Thursday.