Member Collections

GSP members enjoy access to the collections as a benefit of membership.  They include newspaper indexes, church records, cemetery records, funeral home records, and other records.

Text-based PDFs of records are searchable, while handwritten records are image-based and can be browsed page by page.

Search tip: When you open a searchable PDF document or web page, go to your internet browser’s Edit and Find function or use Ctrl-F to search for a name or word.  A lot of our collections are scanned documents,  often the letter “O” can be scanned as the number zero “0” and the letter “l” could be scanned as a number “1” .  You may get more results if you try several different options.

Please note that some collections take a minute to open.  The first page often includes only a title, so you may need to scroll down.  Most of these collections are PDF files, and some browsers produce a message asking you whether you want to open the file, which is normal.

If you have any trouble logging in and resetting your password, accessing member collections, or have any other questions,  e-mail us with details at membership@genpa.org.

Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine

Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine (1895-present)

Includes a vast collection of abstracted Pennsylvania source material, compiled genealogies, research methodology, and bibliography to Pennsylvania researchers for more than 115 years. Searching PGM through our full-text search could reveal your ancestors in church, tax, military, orphans’ court, apprentice, administration, immigration or naturalization records, deeds, cemetery inscriptions, newspaper extracts, compiled genealogies, and more.

 ~    Volume 50      Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine

Penn In Hand Newsletter (1980-present)

The first Penn in Hand (PIH) newsletter was published in February 1980 and included news of genealogical societies across Pennsylvania, information on upcoming genealogical events, research tips, and a list of new members. While many changes have taken place in the world of genealogy since 1980, the core information in Penn in Hand has remained valuable to researchers.

Check out  old issues of PIH for research tips from seasoned genealogists, reviews of books that could be helpful in your work, and family history stories that can inform your understanding of your own family.

GSP is very interested in publishing the work of its members, so we encourage you to submit articles of interest to the PIH editor: Deborah Coombe at Editor@genpa.org

Pennsylvania Records

Mrs. W. A. Berryman Collection

Donated to The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania by the Mahanoy Area Historical Society.

Collection

Dutton Collection of Deaths, Marriages, Etc.

The Dutton collection is a transcript, alphabetically arranged, of another in the possession of Gilbert Cope, of West Chester, who says : “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.”

The collection consists of 100 pages of deaths, marriages, and other events – about 4000 in total.  This is invaluable for its records not only of family events, but of migrations and travels, including several to Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and South Carolina.

Pennsylvania Birth Records – John Humphrey Collection

The John Humphrey collection of Pennsylvania birth records were extracted from early Pennsylvania church records by the late noted Pennsylvania genealogist John Humphrey.  Mr. Humphrey left the rights to his collections to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

The records are full-text searchable.  The online collection currently includes:

Carbon County Births – 1795-1825 ~  Monroe County Births – 1741-1825 ~  Schuylkill County Births – 1755-1825

Delaware County Births – 1682-1800

Lebanon County Births – 1714-1800

Philadelphia County Births – 1644-1765

Books for other counties in the series are available at GSP for browsing in our library and for research requests.

The rest of Humphrey’s Pennsylvania Births will be digitized, with searchable images posted as they are completed.  Please continue to check back for more.

Church Records 

Cemetery and Funeral Home Records

The Mount Moriah Cemetery Database

The Mount Moriah Cemetery Database was compiled through much work by dedicated volunteers of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.  We offer this database to our members as a means for them to search by name and plot number.

Court and Prison Records

Philadelphia Court and Prison Records

Miscellaneous Records

Almshouse and Asylum Records

Newspaper Indexes and Abstracts

These 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)

Public Ledger Marriages and Deaths 1836-1843 (March 1, 1836 – December 31, 1843)

Public Ledger Deaths 1844-1875

Origins from Wants and Personal Columns 1848-1875 (January 1, 1848-December 31, 1875)

Local Affairs Column and Almanacs (Various dates 1844, 1852, and 1877)

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.

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.

CONTENTS OF COLLECTION

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

            (a) Marriages 1791 – 1796

(b) Deaths     1791 – 1796

2. Claypoole’s Daily American Advertiser

(a) Marriages 1796 – 1800

(b) Deaths     1796 – 1799

3. General Advertiser

(a) Marriages 1791 – 1795

(b) Deaths     1791 – 1795

4. General (Aurora) Advertiser

(a) Marriages 1796 – 1799

(b) Deaths     1796 – 1799

5. Poulson’s Daily Advertiser

(a) Marriages 1800 only

6. Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser

(a) Marriages 1800 – 1830

(b) Marriages 1831 – 1839 (Information includes residence of bride & groom and father of bride)

(c) Deaths     1811 – 1825

(d) Obituaries 1826 – 1839

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