Welcome to our Public Collections page. We feature free resources to help people get started with their Pennsylvania research.
Catalogs and Guides
Search our online catalog of published books available in the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania library.
Our Pennsylvania Resources page includes repository guides for all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.
National Archives of Philadelphia (NARA)
The surname index to manuscript collections includes all of the family collections, member files, and Bible records in the collections of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania when the index was created. The Surname Index is a valuable resource for locating in which individual collection the Surname file can be found.
Collections referred to in the Surname Index may be viewed free on microfilm or on computers at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Originals may be viewed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Manuscript Card Catalog of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (also called the “Manuscript Material Index” or the “Genealogical Material Index”). This is a very helpful index to many collections at the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania FHL films 377629-37 This source indexes many collections, such as the Buckman, Clement, Cope, and Justice collections, and manuscripts. It references persons, places, families, localities, and events. It includes all manuscript collections listed below, except the Ely and Gerberich collections.
A necessary guide to the above card catalog is J. Carlyle Parker, Pennsylvania and Middle Atlantic States Genealogical Manuscripts: A User’s Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (Turlock, Calif.: Marietta Publishing, 1986.
Family Records Arranged Alphabetically. FHL film 345738 (first of 360 films)
Family Records No. 2 “F.C. Collection.” FHL films 525531-82
Genealogical Notes. 33 volumes and indexes. FHL film 522153 (first of 20 films)
Gilbert Cope Collection of Family Data. This collection is especially important for Quaker research. FHL films 517003-77
Warren S. Ely Collection of Genealogical Data, Letters (Eastern Pennsylvania Families). FHL film 511938 (first of 46 films)
William H. Mervine Collection of Genealogical Notes. FHL film 503279 (first of 119 films)
Sophie Seldon Rogers Collection (Genealogical Material). Indexed and in alphabetical order. (On 45 Family History Library films beginning with FHL film 511759 (first of 45 films)
Others include the collections by Buckman, Dotterer, Enders, Gearhart, Harlan, Hocker, Hough, Justice, Mendenhall, Seldon, Stow, Welch, and Wood. Many genealogical materials are found in the Author-Title Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under COLLECTIONS OF THE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Other Public Collections