Our mission is to provide leadership and support in promoting genealogy through education, preservation, and access to Pennsylvania-related genealogical information.
Founded in 1892 as a non-profit organization, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP) was among the first in the United States to recognize the value of collecting and preserving the vital and personal records of people whose lives comprise much of our American History.
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is committed to preserving and publishing previously unpublished primary sources. The continuing dedication to this service enables the Society to make an increasingly significant contribution to the cultural life of our city, state, and country.
Concentrating primarily in Pennsylvania and its adjoining states, but also including immigration into and out of Pennsylvania, GSP has collections that have been indexed and digitized on its website as well as collections at its office that have not yet been indexed or digitized. Included are church registers, funeral, cemetery, and family Bible records, family papers and correspondence, as well as published genealogies, town and county histories, and periodicals. A loyal corps of GSP volunteers continues to index records of churches and cemeteries as past volunteers have done. In recent years, volunteers also have been scanning records, running them through optical character recognition software, and uploading them to the website, along with processing collections and cataloging books for our library.
The officers and directors of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania also donate their time as volunteers in their areas of interest and specialization, such as collections and website work, genealogical education and research for members and the public, and assisting staff with the library and operations.
Fellows of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania are members who have achieved great recognition for their contributions to the field of genealogy.
Members of GSP receive special benefits, including access to our Members Collections and databases, discounts on programs and publications, and the opportunity to join First Families of Pennsylvania.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Pennsylvania genealogical research. Whether you have Pennsylvania ancestry or are a Pennsylvania resident interested in genealogy and family history, we welcome you.