Member Collections

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GSP Member collections include newspaper indexes, church records, cemetery records, funeral home records, and other records. PDFs of typed records are searchable and handwritten records can be browsed page by page. Please read through the GSP Website Tips for search tips and more information about our collections

Featured Pennsylvania Collections

Eastern Pennsylvania Counties Map

Churches & Cemeteries – Berryman Collection

19th century Pennsylvania German Couple

Marriages Published in Der Bauernfreund

John Humphrey speaking at a conference podium

Pennsylvania Births – John T. Humphrey Collection

Penn In Hand

Divorces Granted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from December 1785 until 1801

Dutton Collection of Deaths, Marriages, Etc.

The Dutton collection is a transcript, alphabetically arranged, of about 4000 records of deaths, marriages, and other events relating to numerous individuals and families, most from the counties of Chester and Delaware. This collection documents family events and migrations, including several to Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and South Carolina.

The document is a copy of a transcript that was owned by Gilbert Cope, of West Chester, who described it as follows: “The following records of deaths, marriages, etc., are taken from a book belonging to Hannah Dutton of Sugartown (Willistown township), and as I have understood it formerly belonged to her father Richard Dutton of Middletown (born 1776). There is some reason for supposing that it had belonged to one of the Larkin family, perhaps Richard Dutton’s father-in-law Isaac Larkin, but I have not inquired particularly as to its history (the spelling is not always correct). (Copied 1872) (Signed) GILBERT COPE West Chester Penna.”

Marriage Certificates Beginning with 1681

Marriage Register of Pennsylvania, 1683-1696

Mount Moriah Cemetery Database

The Mount Moriah Cemetery Database was compiled through much work by dedicated volunteers of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. The online version is currently under reconstruction, but is available at the GSP office. To request a Mount Moriah look-up, free for members, email info@genpa.org

Church and Cemetery Records 

Berks County

Reading Reformed Church Burials & Marriages (& 1st Reformed Church of Reading, PA) index

Reading Reformed Church Burials and Marriages (And First Reformed Church of Reading, PA) Nov 1863–Feb 1883  (This is handwritten. Refer to the index above.) 

Gouglersville Cemetery Berks County transcriptions

Rev. Charles Augustus Pauli record books – baptisms 1860–1871

Rev. Charles Augustus Pauli records books – marriages 1860 – 1871

Rev. Charles Augustus Pauli record books – burials 1860 – 1871

Bucks County

Bucks County Church Records – Warren S. Ely Collection  

Carversville UCC Solebury Township, Bucks County Tombstone Inscriptions 1832–1979

Chester County

Dutton Collection of Deaths, Marriages, Etc.

The Dutton collection is a transcript, alphabetically arranged, of about 4000 records of deaths, marriages, and other events relating to numerous individuals and families, most from the counties of Chester and Delaware. This collection documents family events and migrations, including several to Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and South Carolina.

The document is a copy of a transcript that was owned by Gilbert Cope, of West Chester, who described it as follows: “The following records of deaths, marriages, etc., are taken from a book belonging to Hannah Dutton of Sugartown (Willistown township), and as I have understood it formerly belonged to her father Richard Dutton of Middletown (born 1776). There is some reason for supposing that it had belonged to one of the Larkin family, perhaps Richard Dutton’s father-in-law Isaac Larkin, but I have not inquired particularly as to its history (the spelling is not always correct). (Copied 1872) (Signed) GILBERT COPE West Chester Penna.”

East Coventry Mennonite Burial Grounds : 1752 – 1914 (Chester County) 

Kennett Monthly Meeting Some Marriage Abstracts 1777–1779

Delaware County

Dutton Collection of Deaths, Marriages, Etc.

(See description under Chester County)

Graceland Cemetery (a.k.a. North Mt.Moriah) in Yeadon, Delaware County- index   

Graceland Cemetery (a.k.a. North Mt. Moriah) in Yeadon, Delaware County- tombstone inscriptions

Some of the burials were originally interred at old MACHPELAH Cemetery and later moved to Graceland Cemetery. The Machpelah Cemetery was disbanded in 1895. It was located on Washington Avenue from 10th to 11th streets in the city of Philadelphia.

Lebanon County

Trinity Tulpehocken Reformed Church Marriages: 1769-1844 – Index (Lebanon County)

Trinity Tulpehocken Reformed Church Marriages: 1769-1844, pages 1-38 (Lebanon County)

Trinity Tulpehocken Reformed Church Marriages: 1769-1844, pages 39-77 (Lebanon County)

Montgomery County

Abington Presbyterian Church, Montgomery County, PA
Tombstone inscriptions by location 1711-1932

Northampton County

Burials, St. Peter’s Church, Seemsville, Pennsylvania

Hamilton Township Union Church Baptisms : 1768 – 1843 (Northampton County – now Monroe County)

Philadelphia County

All Saints’ Episcopal Church – baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths 1771–1875

Baptisms from the Church Book of the German Reformed Church of Philadelphia 

Blockley Baptist Church – Pastors Pocket Record Book

Church of the Epiphany – Tombstone Inscriptions

Early Minutes of the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1682

Inscriptions on Some Ancient Tombstones, formerly in the Burial Ground of the First Presbyterian Church on Bank Street.  Illustrated

Kensington Methodist Episcopal, Philadelphia, PA

Marriages by Rev. Eugene Augustus Hoffman of St. Mark’s Philadelphia, 1869-1880

Marriages Recorded at St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, 1789-1817

Bodies Removed from Old Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery in Bustleton to William Penn Cemetery

Old Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Philadelphia Index to Baptisms and Marriages

Church located in Willings Alley at Fourth and Walnut Streets. Index to records in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Baptisms from 1758-1810, Marriages from 1787-1836

Rehoboth Methodist Episcopal Church – Formerly Frankford Methodist Episcopal Church (Philadelphia County)

St. Joachim Roman Catholic Cemetery, Church and Griscom Streets, Frankford (Philadelphia County)

St Michael’s Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Marriages: 1781-1784 (Philadelphia County)

St. Paul’s Churchyard, Philadelphia 

Tombstone Inscriptions: St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

County Marriage Records – Selected

Cemetery and Funeral Records

American Mechanics Cemetery Philadelphia PA – not yet digitized 

Charles R. Barker Register of Burying Grounds in Philadelphia

Church of the Epiphany (Philadelphia) – Tombstone Inscriptions

Fluehr Funeral Home Records – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Helverson Funeral Home Records : 1828 – 1915 (Philadelphia County)

Mulligan Funeral Home

This is a collection of cemetery deeds from the Harold B. Mulligan Funeral Home.    The deeds date from 1840 to 1978. They are arranged alphabetically by cemetery then by plot owner. About half of the deeds were stored with other materials related to the deceased.

These include correspondence, addresses, and information on others buried in the plot. This collection contains valuable information if researching someone that might have been
associated with the Mulligan Funeral Home.

This collection is comprised of cemetery deeds from funerals handled by the Harold B. Mulligan Funeral Home. The deeds date from 1840 to 1978. There are a total of 128 cemeteries across 7 linear feet. Most of the cemeteries represented are, or were, in Philadelphia and the immediate area, however there are a couple from as far as Ohio, Maryland, and New York. The cemeteries outside of Philadelphia have considerably fewer deeds than those in Philadelphia.

Palmer Cemetery (Kensington, Philadelphia)-index 

Palmer Cemetery was called Kensington Cemetery before 1820. The following Palmer Cemetery tombstone inscription links are handwritten records. Please use the index above to find the corresponding handwritten record below. 

Palmer Cemetery (Kensington, Philadelphia)- tombstone inscriptions pgs. 1-200

Palmer Cemetery (Kensington, Philadelphia)- tombstone inscriptions pgs. 201-266

Palmer Cemetery (Kensington, Philadelphia)- tombstone inscriptions pgs. 267-331

Palmer Cemetery (Kensington, Philadelphia)- tombstone inscriptions pgs. 332-361

St. Joachim Roman Catholic Cemetery, Church and Griscom Streets, Frankford (Philadelphia County)

St. Paul’s Churchyard, Philadelphia

St. James the Less Episcopal Church  – Philadelphia

Tombstone Inscriptions: St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Schuylkill County

Clauser (Frieden) Evangelical Lutheran Church (Schuylkill County) 

Snyder County

Botschaft Lutheran Church (Snyder County)

Union County

Thomas Smiley’s Records of White Deer Valley Baptist Church, Union County, 1808-1831 

County Records

County Marriage Records – Selected

Provincial Tax Lists of the Three Lower Counties

Allegheny County

Election Returns, Lists of Voters, 1776-1790

Bucks County

Bucks County, Pennsylvania Coroners’ Records, 1710-1729

Early Registry of Wills in Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1684-1693

Hambleton Family Book dated 1887

Chester County

Abstracts of Feme Covert Declarations for Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1832-1848

Dutton Collection of Deaths, Marriages, Etc.

Miscellaneous Marriages and Marriages by John Graves, Esquire

Peddlers and Indian Traders License Papers, 1722-1866

Some Early Arrivals : Settlers in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Fayette County

Election Returns, Lists of Voters, 1776-1790

Greene County

1993 Obituaries of those born before 1906 published in the Observer-Reporter

Huntingdon County

Court and Prison Records

Includes the following collections:

  • Genealogical Gleanings from the Records of the Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon, 1889
  • Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon Records: 1889

Luzerne County

Election Returns, Lists of Voters, 1776-1790

19th Century Lists of Children Found Among Early Tax Assessments

Mifflin County

Election Returns, Lists of Voters, 1776-1790

Montgomery County

Marriage Record of Mahlon Van Buskirk (1812-1839)

Mahlon Van Buskirk was commissioned May 6, 1811 as Justice of the Peace for Moreland and Upper Dublin Township.  Records from 1812-1839

Philadelphia County

Ancient Records of Philadelphia, 1703-1770

Court and Prison Records

Selected and indexed by volunteers of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

  • Genealogical Gleanings from the Eastern State Penitentiary Moral Instructor’s Book A, 1829-1840
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Book A: Name Index with links to original pages
  • Foreign Born Female Convicts: 1898-1905
  • Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Divorce Docket: June 1 1874 – March 1875
  • Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Lunacy Inquests: 1856-1874 Extracts
  • Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Lunacy Inquests: 1856-1874 Index
  • Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Miscellaneous Docket: 1856-1867
  • Philadelphia County Prison Death Records: 1819-1830
  • Philadelphia Quarter Sessions Court Desertion Docket: 1865-72
  • Prisoners For Trial First Quarter: 1836 Extracts
  • Prisoners For Trial First Quarter: 1836 Index

Earliest Records of the Burials in Philadelphia from the Board of Health, 1803 

Earliest Burial Records of the Board of Health, 1807

Landholders of Philadelphia County, 1734

Philadelphia Wills, 1682-1692

Wills Proved at Philadelphia, 1692-1697

Washington County

1993 Obituaries of those born before 1906 published in the Observer-Reporter

Directories

Philadelphia Typographical Society – Charter and By-Laws of the Philadelphia Typographical Society with Members’ Names

A 22 page document (Transcribed January 23, 1971 by Dale A. Dickey, great-great-grandson of Thomas Dickey, a member of the Society

Miscellaneous Records

Almshouse and Asylum Records

This includes records from several Philadelphia institutions.  They can be cross-referenced against census records and newspapers to find additional information.

  • Blockley Alms House Black Book (Punishments) : 1882-1900
  • Persons Living at Friends Insane Asylum – 1860 Federal Census Enumeration
  • Philadelphia Children’s Asylum Extracts – White Male Children : January 1848-February 1849
  • Philadelphia Children’s Asylum Index – White Male Children : January 1848 – February 1849
  • Blockley Alms House – Female Elopements (Escapes) : April 1861 – December 1862 
  • Philadelphia Board of Health – Interments : Blockley, Francisville, and Cherry Hill Burial Grounds : 1819-1836

Newspaper Indexes and Abstracts

These newspaper indexes and abstracts were compiled with much work by indexing volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania who examined newspapers and extracted references to individual names and dates.  Indexes such as these have proven to uncover many references to people that are not picked up by OCR scanning of newspapers.

Philadelphia Public Ledger Newspaper Indexes Collection

Fully searchable INDEXES to origins of immigrants, local affairs, marriages, and deaths from the Philadelphia Public Ledger, 1836 – 1878 (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania)

Philadelphia Inquirer & the Philadelphia Bulletin obituaries & death notices index.1901-1968 (partial)

     Contact GSP office for a copy of the transcribed obituary. Please cite name and page number.

Dauphin County Newspaper Abstracts

Erie Dispatch Queries about 18th and 19th century families : 1927 – 1929 – (Erie County)

These were compiled from 1927 – 1929, but represent many earlier dates in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Bethania Palladium Lancaster County June 1832 – Sep 1834 (marriage and death abstracts)

Bethania Palladium Lancaster County June 1832 – Sep 1834 index      

Lebanon Marriage and Death Newspaper Notices 1860-1882

        Northeast Pennsylvania Newspaper Excerpts up to 1862 Index 

        Bradford County Newspaper Abstracts up to 1862 

        Carbon County Newspaper Abstracts up to 1862

        Luzerne County Newspaper Abstracts up to 1862

        Monroe County Newspaper Abstracts up to 1862

        Susquehanna County Newspaper Abstracts up to 1862   

Poulson’s Daily Advertiser, 1791 – 1839 Indexes and Abstracts

This is a handwritten index to five Philadelphia newspapers, including Poulson’s Daily Advertiser and four others: Dunlap’s American Daily Advertiser, Claypoole’s Daily American Advertiser, General (Aurora) Advertiser.  Possibly the most important aspect of this collection to immediately note is the inclusion of FIVE newspapers in the indexes and abstracts, despite the collection title noting only one newspaper. The Philadelphia newspaper titles and dates covered in this collection include:

1. Dunlap’s American Daily Advertiser – Marriages, 1791 – 1796 and Deaths, 1791 – 1796

2. Claypoole’s Daily American Advertiser – Marriages,  1796 – 1800 and Deaths, 1796 – 1799

3. General Advertiser – Marriages, 1791 – 1795 and Deaths, 1791 – 1795

4. General (Aurora) Advertiser – Marriages, 1796 – 1799 and Deaths, 1796 – 1799

5.  Poulson’s Daily Advertiser – Marriages 1800 only

6. Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser – Marriages, 1800 – 1830; Marriages, 1831 – 1839 (Information includes residence of bride & groom and father of bride); Deaths, 1811 – 1825 and Obituaries, 1826 – 1839

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