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.

Research Services


GSP is committed to providing support for genealogical researchers who, for whatever reasons, might not be able to access GSP Bible or family, and certain Philadelphia city departmental records themselves. To that end, GSP offers three options for research services.



Option 1:  Factual inquiries:  We will answer reference questions of up to 1/2 hour for members, 15 minutes for non-members for free.  (ex. "Where can I locate Quaker records?"  "When was Montgomery County formed?")


Option 2:  Lookups:  We will perform lookups of records from GSP collections for a $10 pull fee and a .50 per page copying fee. Option 2 requests must have a citation; please be aware some of these files have numerous pages. If you would like the GSP researcher to review the file for relevance to your family, please choose Option 3. (Please see the GSP Surname Index to Manuscript Archives page.)


Option 3:  We will perform up to three hours of genealogy research for longer requests. The charge is $30 per hour for members, $45 an hour for non-members. Turn around time for most requests is 4 - 6 weeks.


You may use the form below to send your request, or email us about out research services.


If your request is outside of the scope of these levels, please refer to our professional genealogists page to hire a researcher.





Carnegie Library of Homestead, Munhall, PA, ca. 1900

(Adult Reading Room, Carnegie Library of Homestead, Munhall, Pennsylvania, ca. 1900

Photo courtesy Library of Congress, Digital ID: ppmsca.15355)