2207 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-3010
(215) 545-0391

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.

About the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is located at 2207 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


We welcome visitors but we ask that you make an appointment so that we can be prepared for your visit. 

On Thursdays, we have office hours from 11 AM to 3:00 PM, during which visitors can browse our library or meet with a genealogist for a 30-minute consultation. 

Call 215-545-0391 or email info@genpa.org to schedule a visit.

We look forward to seeing you!



Our mission is to provide leadership and support in promoting genealogy through education, preservation, and access to Pennsylvania-related genealogical information.


GSP's First President, Charles Swift Hildeburn, Esq.


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 those ancestors whose lives now comprise our American History.



GSP is committed to preserving and publishing previously unpublished primary sources.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, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania has research materials available to members through the Genealogical Collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), accumulated by GSP and HSP and maintained in HSP's Library. Included are wills, deeds, census and tax lists, church registers, funeral, cemetery, and family Bible records, family papers and correspondence, as well as published genealogies, town and county histories, and periodicals. Comprehensive card catalogs in HSP's library at 1300 Locust Street provide an index by surname or locale for most of the collections. Much of GSP's collections can now be found itemized in the HSP Discover online catalog.

GSP Founding Meeting Minutes - 13 February 1892



A loyal corps of volunteers continues to index records of churches and cemeteries as past volunteers have done, but just as important today are other avenues of preservation, and GSP supports and works with groups, such as the Friends of Mt. Moriah Cemetery, toward preservation and conservation goals.



Each year, the Society conducts conferences, alone or in conjunction with other societies, offering lectures and workshops for all levels of research. Lectures and/or field trips conducted by outstanding genealogists are sponsored by the Program Committee.



GSP is also committed to reaching the next generation of genealogists by working with high school students through various programs geared to spark the students curiosity about their own family history, while imparting solid research skills they can apply to many fields of study as they enter the work force.



Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Pennsylvania genealogical research. GSP welcomes your interest.







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(GSP Images:

Top Left: Charles Swift Riche Hildeburn, Esq, First President of GSP, 1892. Image appears in PGM, Vol. III, No. 1, January 1906.

Bottom Right: GSP Minutes from the first meeting held at the residence of Mr. Hildeburn, 1015 Clinton Street, Philadelphia. This first meeting was recorded on Saturday Evening, February 13th 1892, at 8 o'clock P.M.)