History of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine

The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine (PGM) – called Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania from 1895 until 1947 – is the third oldest continuing genealogical publication in the country.  The editors and authors of PGM are among the nation’s preeminent genealogists, and include seven of the National Genealogical Society’s twenty-five Genealogy Hall of Fame members: Rosalie Fellows Bailey, John Insley Coddington (“dean of American genealogy”), Meredith Bright Colket, Jr., Gilbert Cope (“father of genealogical research in Pennsylvania”) Hannah Benner Roach, Milton Rubincam, and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. More than fifteen have been Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists.

These scholars and countless others have combined to bring a vast collection of abstracted Pennsylvania source material, compiled genealogies, research methodology, and bibliography to Pennsylvania researchers for more than 115 years. Searching PGM’s database 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. If your Pennsylvania research doesn’t include a thorough review of these thousands of pages, it simply isn’t complete.

PGM has evolved through five distinct phases with various research focuses.  To better understand these phases (and what you can expect to find here when browsing), read the full-length article here by Aaron Goodwin, editor of PGM: The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine Now Online (Reprinted by permission of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Aaron Goodwin, “The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine Now Online,” American Ancestors vol. 12, no. 2 (spring 2011): 18-22. For more information about American Ancestors magazine and the New England Historic Genealogical Society, please visit www.AmericanAncestors.org)

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