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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).

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Welcome to the Ruth Bitting Hamm Digital Library


The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania welcomes you to explore the collections housed in the Ruth Bitting Hamm Digital Library, named to honor a family historian and benefactor of several genealogical and historical organizations nationwide.

Born July 3, 1915 in Torrington, Wyoming, Ruth became a member of GSP in 1972 during her research of Pennsylvania family members who numbered among the early settlers in the area. Ruth devoted 69 years of service to the Daughters of the American Revolution and chaired numerous committees. She was Registrar and Chapter Regent of the Letitia Green Stevenson Chapter in Illinois where she lived her adult life, and also served as Councilor for the National Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America. Ruth was an accomplished researcher of the history of the areas where her ancestors lived and she published several books, including Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Illinois and The Bitting Family Then and Now. 

Ruth died July 12, 2008. The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is grateful to Mrs. Hamm for her generous bequest to GSP which allows us to offer these digital collections to generations of future researchers, and to preserve the histories of our ancestors. If, like Mrs. Hamm, you would like to support GSP in its digital preservation work either through contributions or sponsoring individual collections, please email us at execdir@genpa.org or click here for more information.

Check back often as we continue to add Pennsylvania records to help with your family research. Please note, all collections within these pages are meant for personal family research only.



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