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Contact Information

Address:[1]  300 North Street       (mail to:  350 North Street)
                     Harrisburg, PA 17120

Telephone: 717-783-3281
Fax: 717-787-4822
E-mail: ra-statearchives@pa.gov

Hours[2]

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m (no original records pulled from 12.00-1.00pm)
  • Saturday ( microfilm use only ), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and state holidays.

Directions, Maps, Parking, and Public Transportation

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

In addition to state government records, this huge archives collection has the primary sources for the published series Pennsylvania Archives. The series extracted records such as vital births, marriages, and deaths, military records, naturalization, prisoners, land records, censuses, and ships passenger arrival lists 1728-1808.[4] They also have access to important Internet databases, and provide research finding aids for their collections. They have microfilm copies of county and municipal records from around the state, as well as unfilmed transcripts from many historical societies and courthouses. Many military records have been digitized and are available via ARIAS. Also look for state land records, African Americans, indentured servants, women's history, maps, photos, oral histories, canals and railroads, mining records and mining accidents in this archives.[5]

Tips

  • Visitors using original records in the Manuscript Reading Room are asked to fill-in a registration form and show a photo ID with a current address as proof of identification before beginning research.[2]
  • Visitors using microfilm records in the Microfilm Reading Room are simply asked to sign the register when entering and leaving for the day.[2]

Guides

  • A Collections guide available for Record Groups, Manuscript Groups, and Historic Site Collections.
  • Land Records guide: online records, land office records, applications, warrants, surveys, returns, patents, land purchased before 1733, after 1733, special indexes, maps, and tract maps.
  • Baumann, Roland M., and Whipkey, Harry E. Guide to the microfilm of the records of Pennsylvania's Revolutionary governments, 1775-1790. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1978. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 974.8 N23g.
  • Fortna, Nancy L.P. Guide to county and municipal records on microfilm in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1982. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 974.8 A1 no. 613.
  • Pennsylvania. Provincial Council, 1682-1776. Guide to the microfilm of the records of the Provincial Council, 1682-1776, in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1966. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 974.8 N23p.
  • Suran, Frank M. Guide to the Record Groups in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, c1980. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 974.818/H1 J53s.
  • Whipkey, Harry E. Guide to the manuscript groups in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1976. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 974.818/H1 J53w.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Pennsylvania State Archives, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[6]
  • National Archives II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.[7]
  • National Archives at Philadelphia records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.[8]

Similar Collections

  • State Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, indexes and surname files, histories, atlases, land records, maps, ship lists, church and cemetery records, censuses, regimental histories, ethnic and religious groups, newspapers, obituaries, naturalizations, and city directories.[9]
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, has early Quakers, Germans, Scots-Irish and other ethinc groups in PA, NJ, DE, and states east of the Mississippi River, Balch Institute passenger arrival lists, huge manuscript collection including many indexes, and Philadelphia neighborhood records.[10]

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. The Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 30 December 2013).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Hours, Directions, Visitor Procedures and Fees at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 30 December 2013).
  3. Routes and Schedules in Capital Area Transit (accessed 30 December 2013).
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.
  5. Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 30 December 2013).
  6. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  7. Information for Researchers at the National Archives at College Park, MD in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  8. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  9. Genealogy and Local History in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 27 December 2013).
  10. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 95. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  11. Birth and Death Certificates in Pennsylvania Department of Health (accessed 27 December 2013).
  12. Clerk of the Orphans' Court in Dauphin County (accessed 29 December 2013).
  13. Prothonotory in Dauphin County (accessed 29 December 2013).
  14. Recorder of Deeds in Dauphin County (accessed 29 December 2013).
  15. Welcome in United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania (accessed 29 December 2013).
  16. Home in Camp Curtin Historical Society (accessed 29 Decemer 2013).
  17. Home in Capital Area Genealogical Society (accessed 29 December 2013).
  18. Archives in The Dauphin County Historical Society (accessed 30 December 2013).
  19. Alexander Family Library in The Dauphin County Historical Society (accessed 30 December 2013).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Dollarhide and Bremer, 95.
  21. Genealogy 101 in Free Library of Philadelphia (accessed 27 December 2013).
  22. Genealogical Resources at the Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library in The German Society of Pennsylvania (accessed 24 December 2013).
  23. Resources in Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  24. Genealogy Resources/Church Records in Franklin and Marshall College Library (accessed 24 December 2013).
  25. About the Quaker Collection in Haverford Libraries (accessed 24 December 2013).
  26. The JGSGP Library in Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  27. Genealogy Resources in Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  28. The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia in The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  29. Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Presbyterian Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  30. Friends Historical Library in Swarthmore College (accessed 24 December 2013).
  31. Dollarhide and Bremer, 27.
  32. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in Library of Congress (accessed 31 December 2013).
  33. Dollarhide and Bremer, 55.
  34. Dollarhide and Bremer, 77.
  35. Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.
  36. Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.
  37. Using the Collections at Library of Virginia (accessed October 2012).
  38. 38.0 38.1 Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  39. Dollarhide and Bremer, 117.
  40. West Virginia Archives and History in West Virginia Division of Culture and History (accessed 21 December 2013).
  41. Records in Ontario Ministry of Government Services (accessed 29 December 2013).

 

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