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The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine – called Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania from 1895 until 1947 – is the third oldest continuing genealogical publication in the country. PGM has evolved through five distinct phases with various research focuses. Currently, it is offered to members as a quarterly digital publication. In addition, a print issue that includes articles published during the year as well as an annual index is available for purchase. Learn more about the history of PGM.
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Current Issue: Fall 2014 (Volume 49, Number 3)
Letter to Members
David Bradford of Pennsylvania and Louisiana, A Leader of the Whiskey Rebellion: Part I: Parents and Siblings
by Gale Ion Harris, PhD, FASGDavid Bradford was a successful attorney of Washington County in southwestern Pennsylvania before he became a leading figure in the 1790s’ insurgency traditionally known as the Whiskey Rebellion. In this article, the author offers an account of David Bradford’s family, beginning with his father, James, and including evidence of David’s activities in Ohio and Virginia. Look for Part II, dealing with David Bradford’s own career and family, in the next issue.
Keeney Family Record: Cumberland and Philadelphia Counties
contributed by Aaron Goodwin
Donated to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, these records document the births, marriages, and deaths of the descendants of Abel Keeney (b. 1792) and his wife Delilah Mass Hogner (b. 1794).
Online only: View PDFs of the original pages here.
Thomas, John, and Francis Baldwin of Chester County: A Rare DNA Marker
by Donn Devine, CG, FNGS
Thomas, John, and Francis Baldwin came to America in 1682. But unlike legendary brothers of so many undocumented accounts who went off in separate directions, these three all settled in Chester County, and through much of the next century, many of their descendants continued to reside there, in Delaware County, or in adjoining New Castle County. Lines of descent from John and Francis during the 18th and 19th century are well documented, but nothing is known of some of the third brother Thomas’s mid-18th century descendants. This study uses DNA from the male Y chromosome and builds on two ongoing independent Baldwin searches to help identify various Baldwin descendants.
Genealogical Gleanings from the Eastern State Penitentiary Moral Instructor’s Book A, 1836-1840
contributed by Valerie-Anne Lutz
Although most records from the Eastern State Penitentiary records are held there or at the Pennsylvania State Archives, seven volumes reside at the American Philosophical Society (APS) Library in Philadelphia. Here, we offer an extract from the admissions records in Book A from 1836 to 1840, held at APS, focusing on content of genealogical interest: prisoners’ names, age, race, religion, place of birth or nativity, location of offense, prisoner number and date admitted.
Online only: PDFs of the complete records of this book are available online through APS.
Last Issue: Summer 2014 (Volume 49, Number 2)
Genealogical Gleanings from the Records of the Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon, 1889
contributed by Maureen Whyte
The Pennsylvania Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon opened in 1889 to house young males who were first offenders. Transcribed here are some genealogical gleanings from the reformatory’s records from February to April 1889, but the original records (available here online) offer a lot of other details about inmates.
Online only: Original pages from the Industrial Reformatory records
The German Origins of George Felty (Hans Jerg Veltin) of Lebanon County Part II: Maternal Ancestry
by Clifford L. Stott, AG, CG, FASGA complement to a 2011 PGM article about the paternal ancestry of George Felty (Hans Jerg Veltin), the maternal ancestry has been documented in this article.
Online special: The German Origins of George Felty (Hans Jerg Veltin) of Lebanon County Part I: Paternal Ancestry by Clifford L. Stott, AG, CG, FASG
Jones Family Record: Chester, Lancaster, and Philadelphia Counties
contributed by Aaron Goodwin
This Bible was published in 1792, but the handwriting is predominantly that of Uselma C. Smith, whose 1841 birth is recorded in it and whose signature is dated 16 February 1900, following a statement of provenance for some of the information. Two certificates of removal received at the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting on the same day, one referenced in the Bible record, provide additional information regarding the origins of the immigrant family.
School Tax List, 1890, Colebrookdale Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania
contributed by Jane Benner
John F. Walt, president of the school board of directors for Colebrookdale school district, issued a warrant 18 October 1890 to James B. Endy to collect a tax on behalf of the school board.
Previous Issue: Spring 2014 (Volume 49, Number 1)
Letter to Members: Moving PGM into the Digital World
The Cash-Leacock Bible
contributed by Michael J. Leclerc
Given to Mary (Cash) Leacock by her father, Caleb Cash, this Bible commences with the record of Mary's marriage to John Leacock at Christ's Church in 1715.
Catalogue of the Nursery at Nazareth
contributed by Sandra M. Hewlett, CG
A chance discovery of well-preserved 18th century Moravian documents in the Northampton County manuscript collections at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania revealed a list of children in the nursery at Nazareth circa 1758.
Bishop-Henshall Bible Record, Philadelphia
contributed by Jane Benner
Marriages, births, and deaths from the author's family, including Bishop, Henshall, Lehman, and others.
Online only: Original pages from the Bishop-Henshall Bible
Births and Baptisms Recorded at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia 1792-1817
contributed by Leslie B. Potter, JD
A continuation from PGM 48:120, this listing covers births and baptisms at St. Thomas from 1808 to 1817.