Penn in Hand: GSP Newsletter

The first Penn in Hand newsletter was published in February 1980 and included news of genealogical societies across Pennsylvania, information on upcoming genealogical events, research tips, and a list of new members. While many changes have taken place in the world of genealogy since 1980, the core information in Penn in Hand has remained valuable to researchers.

We encourage you to read old issues of PIH for research tips from seasoned genealogists, reviews of books that could be helpful in your work, and family history stories that can inform your understanding of your own family.


Because of the popularity of Penn in Hand, GSP switched from a quarterly to a bimonthly publishing schedule in 2014, so members now receive 6 issues a year. GSP is very interested in publishing the work of its members, so we encourage you to submit articles of interest to the PIH Editor, Deborah Coombe atcoombedeborah@gmail.com.

Note: Some versions of the Firefox browser may not display first page or links of Volume 4, no. 4. If this happens, please use a different browser.

There are also several inconsistencies of volume and issue numbering in the first ten years of PIH's publication that reflect changes in editors' preferences rather than missing issues.

It can be difficult to open these files using Google Chrome. If you receive a "Duplicate headers received from server" error, please try Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or another browser to open them. We are working to resolve the issue.

Browse the GSP Newsletter:

Penn in Hand Newsletter: 2016

Penn in Hand Newsletter: 2015

Penn in Hand Newsletter: 2014

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2013

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2012

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2011

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2010

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2006

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2005

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2004

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2003

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2002

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2001

Penn in Hand Quarterly Newsletter: 2000

Click here to view Penn in Hand issues from the 1980's and 1990's

View and Print "Research Tips":

Naturalization Records, by Antoinette Segraves - from Penn in Hand, Volume VIII, Summer 1987

Using Philadelphia City Directories in Genealogical Research, by Robert E. Hoagland, C.G.R.S. - from Penn in Hand, Volume IX, No. 4, Summer 1988

Research in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, by Vivian F. Taylor (revised and updated by Kay Haviland Freilich, 2009) - from Penn in Hand, Volume X, No. 5, Fall 1989

Little Known Genealogical Resources at the Free Library of Philadelphia, by Robert E. Hoagland, C.G.R.S. - from Penn in Hand, Volume XXII, No. 1, Winter 1991

How to Get the Most from Your Genealogical Query, by Marion F. Egge - from Penn in Hand, Volume IXX, No. 1, March 1998