Resource Suggestions

Review the following information on where to find Pennsylvania records.  Staffing and time does not provide for GSP to do phone consultations.

The Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records collection on includes GSP collections now housed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

See our Public Collections page under Pennsylvania Resources for county guides and the Pennsylvania resource guide.

  • Birth and Death certificates prior to 1906 The Division of Vital Records began collecting birth and death certificates in 1906. Contact the appropriate Pennsylvania County Courthouse for births and deaths that occurred prior to 1906. Pennsylvania residents can obtain birth records from 1906-1913 and death records from 1906-1967 by entering their zip code at the free Pennsylvania site.
  • Marriage and Divorce certificates filed in Pennsylvania are not available from the Division of Vital Records. These certificates are usually obtained from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued or divorce decree was granted.
  • Pennsylvania Adoptions – Original Birth Certificates
    Information about obtaining original birth certificates for adoptees is available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • Coal Mining Records 
  • Land Records – How to research

For Pennsylvania Resources, check the Pennsylvania Resource Guide.

The microfilm records of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania are at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
For information on requesting research from GSP and using the GSP website for research.

Be sure to include where you have already researched when inquiring.

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

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