Publications

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania publishes two periodicals: the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine (PGM), published twice per year and Penn In Hand (PIH), a full-color newsletter .  GSP also publishes other books, with a full list coming soon.

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 thirty National 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.  Read more about the history of PGM.

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.

We encourage you to read 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.  Because of the popularity of Penn in Hand, GSP switched from a quarterly to a bimonthly publishing schedule in 2014, so members now receive six issues per year.  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

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