Research Requests and Visiting GSP

GSP does not offer phone consultations.  We require that all research requests be in writing.  Request Form –
PDF Document, a minimum payment is required.  The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania does not provide research services at other facilities.  Our research is limited to our own online and library collections.  You can hire a researcher who can go to other facilities by going to the website of The Association of Professional Genealogists, APG.

Check the following research resources before inquiring.  You will find many of your “where to find” questions answered.  Research Suggestions to begin your research

 “PA and NJ Church and Town Records “ is a GSP collection which is now housed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and is on Ancestry.

We provide general research guidance.  For more extensive research requests, see Library Resource Search Requests below.

When you contact us, please include the exact names, dates (exact or approximate) and location (exact or approximate) that you are searching.  Also, please let us know where you already have searched (Ancestry, Family Search, GSP website) and what you have found. GSP does not undertake research on living people.  $25.00 minimum for members and $50.00 for non-members is required with the research request form.

We encourage researchers to search our website( as we do ) before requesting our help.  We do not have birth, marriage, death certificates, we do not possess any vital records or records usually collected and maintained by the public sector (often requested) and encourage everyone to use our county research guides for information on where to find records we do not own.

E-mail research requests to info@genpa.org

or send by surface mail to:

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
2100 Byberry Road, Suite 111, Philadelphia PA 19116

Visitors are welcome by appointment. We look forward to meeting both members and non-members. You can request an appointments  by emailing info@genpa.org .

In House Visits  – Members

Admission:  Free with appointment
Consultation: $10.00 each  half hour
Copy costs:  .50 per page (entire books and collections are not copied and Copyright is the responsibility of the researcher)

In House Visits – Non-Members

Admission:  $5.00, with appointment
Consultation:  $15.00, first half hour, $10.00 each additional half hour.
Copy costs:  .50 per page (entire books and collections are not copied and Copyright is the responsibility of the researcher)

Library Resource Search Requests – Members

Staff searching the GSP Library and resources.

Fee:  $25.00 per hour, minimum $25.00, required with request form.
Report of what was found, emailed:  Free
Scanned copies of resource pages:   $ .50 per page  (entire books and collections are not copied and Copyright is the responsibility of the researcher)
Mailed Paper report:  $5.00 postage

Library Resource Search Requests – Non-members

Staff searching the GSP Library and resources.

Fee: $50.00 per hour, minimum $50.00, required with request form.
Report of what was found, emailed:  Free
Scanned copies of resource pages: $.50 per page  (entire books and collections are not copied and Copyright is the responsibility of the researcher)
Mailed Paper report:  $5.00 postage

The GSP library will be searched for one specific name where a reference date and location are included. The sources consulted will be tailored to the individual inquiry; however the service is limited in its scope and is not intended to duplicate the work of a professional genealogist.

Requests should provide as much detail as possible regarding names, dates and places and should include what sources have already been examined. Be as specific as you can when making a request and only one name per request. If there are known variant spellings of the surname, please list them. Every effort will be made to consider these deviations.  Resources may include books, databases, unpublished collections and family histories. GSP cannot guarantee that a search will be successful and the research fee is nonrefundable.

A digital report will list the resource checked along with the findings for each source. The results will not be interpreted. Paper copies are available upon request.

If relevant be sure to include where you have already researched.

One Resource Request   GSP LIBRARY CATALOG

There is also the option of requesting a look-up in one specific book, manuscript or collection that is housed at the GSP library.  Our online catalog is comprehensive so it is important that requests provide as much detail as possible regarding names, dates and places.  It is very helpful if the researcher does a website search and includes the results that they would like checked further.

One Resource Request – Members

One name in one resource: $15
Additional look-ups: $15 each
Each additional name in the same resource: $5
Copies: $.50
Paper Report   $..50 per copy and $5 mailing fee  (entire books and collections are not copied and Copyright is the responsibility of the researcher)

One Resource Request – Non-members

One name in one resource: $20
Each  additional name in the same resource: $10
Copies: $.50
Paper Report:  $.50 per copy and $5 mailing fee  (entire books and collections are not copied and Copyright is the responsibility of the researcher)

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