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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''  
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{{TOCright}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Pennsylvania_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''<br><br>
  
The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.  
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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Pennsylvania.  
  
=== Pennsylvania State Archives ===
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=== National ===
  
Mail:350 North Street<br>Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026<br>Phone: (717) 783-3281<br>E-mail: ra-statearchives@state.pa.us<br> Website: [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&mode=2&objID=2887 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission]
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[[Image:National Archives at Philadelphia sign.jpg|right|200px|National Archives at Philadelphia sign.jpg]]'''[[National Archives at Philadelphia]]''' <br>900 Market Street (entrance on Chesnut Street)<br>Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292<br>Telephone: 215-606-0100<br>Fax: 215-606-0111<br>E-mail: [mailto:Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov]<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ <br><br>
  
[http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/ Arias] (Archives Records Information Access System) is designed to facilitate citizen with online access to archival records created by all branches and levels of Pennsylvania State Government. The original papers were originally microfilmed and later digitized. As of September 2010 there are about 1.5 million records online with more to be added in the future,  
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:Has federal agency and court records for '''''Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia''''', and '''''West Virginia'''''. All U.S. federal censuses 1790-1940, and indexes. Also have passenger arrivals in Philadelphia 1800-1945 and Baltimore, pension and bounty land warrant applications, naturalizations 1790-1990, early federal history, diplomacy, military history, Chinese-Americans, World War II homefront, National Park Service, merchant marine, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, federal tax evasion and smuggling cases.<ref name="DB12627">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 126-27. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref><br><br>
  
Hours: <br>Wednesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. <br>Saturday ( microfilm use only ), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.<br>Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and State Holidays.
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[[Image:American Swedish Historical Museum.JPG|right|250px|American Swedish Historical Museum.JPG]]'''American Swedish Historical Museum''' <br>1900 Pattison Avenue <br>Philadelphia, PA 19145 <br>Telephone: 215-389-1776 <br>E-mail: [mailto:info@americanswedish.org info@americanswedish.org]<br>Internet: http://www.americanswedish.org/ <br><br>  
  
The Family History Library has these important guides to collections at the State Archives:  
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:[[New Sweden|New Sweden]] colony, and Swedish heritage in the Delaware Valley (northern '''''Delaware''''', southern '''''New Jersey''''', and southeast '''''Pennsylvania''''').<ref>[http://www.americanswedish.org/frames.htm About the Museum] in ''American Swedish Historical Museum'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
*Suran, Frank M. ''Guide to the Record Groups in the Pennsylvania State Archives'', Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1980. {{FHL|7122|item|disp=FHL book 974.818/H1 J53s}}
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'''Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (ERHS)'''<br>Philip Schaff Library 2nd floor<br>Lancaster Theological Seminary<br>555 West James Street<br>Lancaster, PA, USA 17603<br>Telephone: 717-290-8734<br>E-mail: [mailto:erhs@lancasterseminary.edu erhs@lancasterseminary.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.erhs.info/index.html <br>
*Baumann, Roland M., and Diane S. Wallace. ''Guide to the Microfilm Collections in the Pennsylvania State Archives''. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1980. {{FHL|159517|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 A3ba}}
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*Dructor, Robert M. ''A Guide to Genealogical Sources at the Pennsylvania State Archives''. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1980. (Family History Library book {{FHL|974.8 D23p|disp=974.8 D23p}}.)
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*Fortna, Nancy L. P., and Frank M. Suran. ''Guide to County and Municipal Records on Microfilm in the Pennsylvania State Archives''. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1982. (Family History Library book {{FHL|74612|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 A1 no.613}}
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*Whipkey, Harry E. ''Guide to the Manuscript Groups in the Pennsylvania State Archives''. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1976. {{FHL|205429|disp=FHL book 974.818/H1 J53w; FHL film 1036704 item 13}}
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*''Guide to the Microfilm of the Records of Pennsylvania's Revolutionary Governments, 1775-1790'': (record group 27) in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1979. {{FHL|159571|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 N23g}}
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For an index to this guide, see:  
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:Reformed Church parish registers, leaders' biographies, and photos. By appointment only.<ref>[http://www.erhs.info/page4/index.html Resources] in ''Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
*Baumann, Roland M. and Diane Smith Wallace. ''Index to the Guide to the Microfilm of the Records of Pennsylvania's Revolutionary Governments, 1775-1790'', in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1980. (Family History Library book {{FHL|386519|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 N23g index}}
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[[Image:Franklin and Marshall College Library Lancaster.jpg|right|250px|Franklin and Marshall College Library Lancaster.jpg]]'''[[Franklin and Marshall College Library]]''' <br>450 College Avenue<br>Lancaster, PA 17603<br>Telephone: 717-291-4216<br>Internet: http://library.fandm.edu/locations.php<br><br>
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=== [http://www.archives.gov/midatlantic/ National Archives-Mid-Atlantic Region]  ===
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900 Market Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292<br>Phone: (215) 606-0100<br>Fax: (215) 606-0116
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:"Hessian" (German) soldiers in the American Revolution, history, government, Pennsylvania-German culture, U.S. Civil War.<ref>[http://library.fandm.edu/archives/genealogy.php Genealogy Resources/Church Records] in ''Franklin and Marshall College Library'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
=== [http://www.archives.gov/frc/philadelphia/ Philadelphia Federal Records Center]  ===
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'''[[Haverford College Library]]''' <br>Quaker and Special Collections<br>James P. Magill Library<br>370 Lancaster Avenue<br>Haverford, PA 19041-1392<br>Telephone: 610-896-1175<br>Fax: 610-896-1102<br>E-mail [mailto:hc-special@haverford.edu hc-special@haverford.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/collections/quaker/ <br>
  
14700 Townsend Road<br>Philadelphia, PA 19154-1025<br>Phone: (215) 305-2000<br>Fax: (215) 305-2038<br>  
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:Quaker Collection of diaries, photos, family papers, meeting and organizational records; 35,000 books, 2,400 linear feet of manuscripts.<ref>[http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/collections/quaker/ About the Quaker Collection] in ''Haverford Libraries'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref> <br><br>
  
=== [http://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/commonwealth_libraries/State State Library of Pennsylvania]  ===
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[[Image:Lutheran Theological Seminary Brossman Center.JPG|right|250px|Lutheran Theological Seminary Brossman Center.JPG]]'''Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia'''<br>Brossman Learning Center (in the undercroft)<br>7301 Germantown Avenue<br>Philadelphia, PA 19119-1794<br>Telephone 215-248-6383<br>Fax 215-248-6327<br>E-mail: [mailto:mtairyarchives@ltsp.edu mtairyarchives@ltsp.edu] <br>Internet: http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia <br><br>
  
333 Market Street<br>Harrisburg, PA 17126-1745<br>Phone: (717) 787-4440<br>Fax: (717) 783-8445
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:ELCA archives for Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Upstate New York (excluding New York City) and New England. Includes clergy and synod papers, and some parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals, confirmations) (many written in German).<ref>[http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia] in ''The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Presbyterian Historical Society.jpg|right|250px|Presbyterian Historical Society.jpg]]'''Presbyterian Historical Society'''<br>425 Lombard Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19147<br>Telephone: 215-627-1852<br>Email: [mailto:refdesk@history.pcusa.org refdesk@history.pcusa.org]<br>Internet: http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/ <br><br>
  
A helpful source is ''A Guide to the Genealogy/Local History Section of the State Library of Pennsylvania, 3rd rev. ed.'' (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Division, 1987; {{FHL|480801|item|disp=FHL film 1320564 item 6}}. See also Janice B. Newman, ''Genealogical Research at the State Library of Pennsylvania'', Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 35 (1988): 199-212.&nbsp; <!--{12087950034750} -->  
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:National archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Includes biographical files, foreign missionary index, congregation vertical file index, congregation histories,<ref>[http://www.history.pcusa.org/collections/ Collections] in ''Presbyterian Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref> and records of American Presbyterian congregations.<ref>[http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/ Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society] in ''Presbyterian Historical Society'' (accessed 26 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
=== [http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/Inventor/genealgy.htm City Archives of Philadelphia]  ===
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'''[[Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library]]''' <br>500 College Avenue<br>Swarthmore, PA 19081<br>Telephone: 610-328-8496<br>Fax: 610-690-5728<br>Email: [mailto:friends@swarthmore.edu friends@swarthmore.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/friends-historical-library.xml<br>
  
Dept. of Records<br>401 N. Broad Street, Suite 942<br>Philadelphia, PA 19108-1099<br>Phone: (215) 686-1580<br>Fax: (215) 686-2283
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:Documents the history of the Society of Friends (Quakers) from the 17th century to the present; 45,000 books, 60,000 photos, and 9,000 volumes of original Quaker meeting records, plus local history of the Mid-Atlantic states, and social reform movements.<ref>[http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/friends-historical-library.xml Friends Historical Library] in ''Swarthmore College'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
  
A helpful guide is John C. Daly, ''Descriptive Inventory of the Archives of the City and County of Philadelphia'' (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: City of Philadelphia, Department of Records, 1970; Supplement, 1980; {{FHL|196155|item|disp=FHL book 974.811 A3d}}; {{FHL|196155|item|disp=FHL film 1036003 item 4}}
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=== State  ===
  
=== [http://www.clpgh.org/Carnegie Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh] ===
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'''Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records'''<br>110 North 8th Street, Suite 108<br>Philadelphia, PA, 19107-2412<br>Telephone: 215-560-3054<br>Internet: [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596 Birth and Death Certificates]<br>
  
4400 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080<br>Phone: (412) 622-3100<br>Fax: (412) 621-1267
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:Birth and death records 1906-present. Order in-person, [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_certificates/14121/birth_records_-_by_internet/556818 order online] via VitalChek, or [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_certificates/14121/birth_records_-_by_mail/556813 order births by mail], or [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/death_and_fetal_death_certificates/14122/death_records_-_by_mail/556827 order deaths by mail].<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596 Birth and Death Certificates] in ''Pennsylvania Department of Health'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
=== Pennsylvania Digital Collections  ===
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[[Image:Pennsylvania State Archive building.jpg|right|140px|Pennsylvania State Archive building.jpg]]'''[[Pennsylvania State Archives]]''' <br>300 North Street&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(''mail to:&nbsp;'' 350 North Street)<br>Harrisburg, PA 17120<br>Telephone: 717-783-3281<br>E-mail: [mailto:ra-statearchives@pa.gov ra-statearchives@pa.gov]<br>Internet: [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&mode=2&objID=2887 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission]<br><br>
  
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:This huge collection has indexes and original sources associated with the {{FHL|221762|item|disp=''Pennsylvania Archives''}} series, such as vital, military, prison, naturalization, land records, census, ships lists, railroads, mines, and 1.5 million online records<ref name="DB97">Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.</ref> <ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/research_topics/3162 Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives] in ''Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission'' (accessed 23 December 2013).</ref> including [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/archival_research_topics/3162 online genealogy guides].<br><br>
  
=== Pennsylvania Counties  ===
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'''[[State Library of Pennsylvania]]''' (also known as the Bureau of State Library)<br>607 South Drive. Forum Building<br>Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600<br>Telephone: 717-783-5950<br>Fax: 717-772-8268<br>E-mail: [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/forms_and_applications/8729/reference_request Reference Request] form<br>Internet: [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy___local_history/8730/home Pennsylvania Genealogy and History] <br>
  
To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Pennsylvania counties, use the county archive inventories produced around 1940 by the Historical Records Survey. The Family History Library has copies of 17 published inventories and 40 unpublished inventories.&nbsp;See:
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:Indexes, genealogy surname files, state and county histories, atlases, land records maps, ship lists, church and cemetery records, federal censuses, regimental histories, ethnic and religious group records, newspapers, heraldry, adoption, obituaries, naturalizations, military, railroads and mines, historical Pennsylvania city directories.<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy_and_local_history/8730 Genealogy and Local History] in ''Pennsylvania Department of Education'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
*''Inventory of the County Archives of Pennsylvania: Records of the Works Project Administration, Pennsylvania Historical Writer's Project'' {{FHL|416824|item|disp=FHL film 1014724-1014728}} These records contain material on many counties that did not publish an inventory.
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[[Image:Historical Society of Pennsylvania.jpg|right|250px|Historical Society of Pennsylvania.jpg]]'''[[Historical Society of Pennsylvania]]''' <br>1300 Locust Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699<br>Telephone: 215-732-6200<br>Fax: 215-732-2680<br>E-mail: [mailto:ReadyReference@hsp.org ReadyReference@hsp.org]<br>Internet: http://hsp.org/ <br><br>
*A more current list is: ''County Records Survey, 1985-1986 [of Pennsylvania].'' [Harrisburg, Pennsylvania]: Pennsylvania Historical &amp; Museum Commission. Division of Archives and Manuscripts, 1986. {{FHL|623270|item|disp=FHL fiche 6333952}} Philadelphia County is not included, but Pittsburgh city is.
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*A very helpful guide is Sylvester K. Stevens and Donald H. Kent, eds., ''County Government and Archives in Pennsylvania'' (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1947; {{FHL|248877|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 N2s; FHL film 1320887 item 10}} This guide describes the records kept by the county, the information they contain, when most began, and important history of their development.  
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*Also helpful though dated is Irwin Richman, ''Historical Manuscript Depositories in Pennsylvania'' {{FHL|176489|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H23r}} It provides a detailed description of the manuscripts in most libraries and archives in Pennsylvania in 1965.
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*A useful directory of eastern Pennsylvania libraries is ''Directory of Libraries and Information Sources in the Philadelphia Area ''{{FHL|290593|item|disp=FHL book 974.811 J54s; film 1036557 item 9}}
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=== USGenWeb  ===
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:Has early Quakers, Germans, Scots-Irish, and other settlers in William Penn's colonies of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Records which have been published are normally well-indexed. This society also has 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century manuscripts (letters, diaries, account books, deeds, minutes, and scrapbooks), passenger arrival lists and indexes, <ref name="DB95">Dollarhide and Bremer, 95.</ref> local and regional history, ethnic and immigrant studies materials, 600,000 books, 20 million manuscripts, over 300,000 graphics items, and 300 years of newspapers.<ref>[http://hsp.org/collections/about-our-collections About Our Collections] in ''Historical Society of Pennsylvania'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref> <br><br>
  
[http://www.pagenweb.org/ USGenWeb] is a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.  
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'''Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania''' <br>2207 Chestnut Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19103<br>Telephone: 215-545-0391<br>E-mail: [mailto:ExecDir@genpa.org ExecDir@genpa.org]<br>Internet: http://genpa.org/ <br>
  
=== Ohio River Valley Families  ===
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:The GSP now maintains a mostly digital collection—the old tangible GSP collection was given to the [[Historical Society of Pennsylvania]]. GSP online collections (some available to GSP members only) include indexes and transcripts to [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Baptism%20%2526%20Birth%20Indexes%20and%20Transcriptions baptisms], [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Burial%20%2526%20Cemetery%20Record%20Indexes%20and%20Transcriptions burials], [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Church%20Record%20Indexes%20and%20Transcriptions parish registers], [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Research%20Aids research aids], [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Court%20Record%20Indexes%20and%20Transcriptions court records], [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Surname%20Files%20%2526%20Family%20Histories surname files], [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Funeral%20Home%20Records%20and%20Indexes funeral home records], [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Marriage%20Indexes%20and%20Licenses marriages], [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Miscellaneous%20Collections miscellaneous collections] (to wit: departure lists, conscientious objectors, police blotters, and bath association), [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Newspaper%20Indexes%20and%20Transcriptions newspapers], GSP [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Penn%20in%20Hand%20Quarterly%20Newsletter newsletters], and GSP [http://genpa.org/collections/browse/Pennsylvania%20Genealogical%20Magazine magazines].<ref>[http://genpa.org/gsp-collections Online Collections] in ''Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref> <br><br>
  
[http://orvf.com/ Ohio River Valley Families] is a site for Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Illinois family history research Contains 13,035 related family members dating back to the 15th century.  
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[[Image:German Society of Pennsylvania.jpg|right|250px|German Society of Pennsylvania.jpg]]'''German Society of Pennsylvania'''<br>611 Spring Garden Street <br>Philadelphia, PA 19123 <br>Telephone: 215-627-2332 <br>Fax: 215-627-5297 <br>E-mail: [mailto:librarian@germansociety.org librarian@germansociety.org] <br>Internet: http://www.germansociety.org/ <br><br>
  
=== Friends Historical Library  ===
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:60,000 volumes, mostly in German. This is the largest private collection of German books in the United States outside of universities. Their purpose is to document German-American history, culture, and organizations, including biographies and publications.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Society_of_Pennsylvania German Society of Pennsylvania] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 26 December 2013).</ref>
  
Established in 1871, Friends Historical Library is located on the campus of Swarthmore College in suburban Philadelphia and is open to the public. Its mission is to document the history of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and its concerns from the 17th century to the present.
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=== Regional  ===
  
[http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/friends-historical-library.xml Friends Historical Library]<br>Swarthmore College<br>500 College Avenue<br>Swarthmore, PA 19081<br>Phone: (610) 328-8496<br>Fax: (610) 690-5728<br>Email: friends@swarthmore.edu  
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[[Image:Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.jpg|right|250px|Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.jpg]]'''Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh''' <br>4400 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080<br>Phone: 412-622-3114<br>Email: [mailto:info@carnegielibrary.org info@carnegielibrary.org]<br>Internet: http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/genealogy/ <br><br>
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:Large book collection, newspapers, manuscripts, and county histories most of which are indexed. Also family histories, family folders, local histories and genealogies.<ref name="DB97" /><br><br>
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[[Image:Citizens Library Washington PA.gif|right|250px|Citizens Library Washington PA.gif]]'''Citizens Library'''<br>55 South College Street<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>Telephone: 724-222-2400<br>Fax: 724-222-2606<br>E-mail: [mailto:citlib@citlib.org citlib@citlib.org]<br>Internet: http://www.washlibs.org/citizens/ <br><br>
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:The Washington County, Pennsylvania area was an important staging area or gateway for travel into the Ohio River Valley and the West. As such, many records of travelers can be found here, and this library has the best biographical collection of these records.<ref name="DB97" /><br><br>
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[[Image:Erie County Public Library.jpg|right|250px|Erie County Public Library.jpg]]'''Erie County Library'''<br>160 East Front Street<br>Erie, PA 16507 <br>Telephone: 814-451-6927 <br>E-mail: [mailto:reference@erielibrary.org reference@erielibrary.org]<br>Internet: http://www.erielibrary.org/services/genealogy/ <br><br>
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:This library has the best biographical section for migrants who traveled here via the Erie Canal before moving on to Ohio and farther west.<ref name="DB97" /> They also have an [http://www.erielibrary.org/obits/ online obituary index] for Erie County, Pennsylvania from 1822 to present, family histories, county histories, computer genealogy databases, and on microfilm Erie newspapers and censuses.<ref>[http://www.erielibrary.org/services/genealogy/ Genealogy] in ''Erie County Public Library'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central.jpg|right|250px|Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central.jpg]]'''Free Library of Philadelphia'''<br>1901 Vine Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19103-1157<br>(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)<br>Telephone: 215-686-5322<br>E-mail: [http://libwww.freelibrary.org/faq/eref.cfm E-mail a Librarian] form<br>Internet: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/branches/branch.cfm?loc=cen <br><br>
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:Very large book collection, periodicals and indexes, genealogies, city directories, maps, family folders, local newspapers since 1719, naturalizations, vertical files, manuscripts, photos, government publications, and histories for all of Pennsylvania.<ref name="DB95" /> <ref>[http://libwww.freelibrary.org/explore/shell.cfm?topicTitle=Genealogy&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;template=genealogyhand.cfm Genealogy 101] in ''Free Library of Philadelphia (accessed 28 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Hist Soc of Western PA.JPG|right|250px|Hist Soc of Western PA.JPG]]'''Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania''' <br>Senator John Heinz History Center, Library and Archives<br>1212 Smallman Street<br>Pittsburgh, PA 15222<br>Telephone: 412-454-6364<br>E-mail: [mailto:library@heinzhistorycenter.org library@heinzhistorycenter.org]<br>Internet: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx <br><br>
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:This large collection is for western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, including the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society records.<ref name="DB97" /> 700,000 photos, 40,000 books, 3,500 individual archival collections of families, organizations, businesses, and industries, 600 periodicals, and 500 maps and atlases.<ref>[http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx Library and Archives] in ''Senator John Heinz History Center'' (accessed 26 December 2013).</ref> <br><br>
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'''[http://www.jgsgp.org/index.html Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia]''' <br>Tuttleman Library-Gratz College<br>7605 Old York Road<br>Elkins Park, PA 19027<br>Telephone: 215-635-7304<br>Email: [mailto:library@gratz.edu library@gratz.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.jgsgp.org/Pages/library.html <br>
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:Hebraica and Judaica, Jewish genealogy research manuals, society newsletters, regional cemeteries, and [http://www.jgsgp.org/Documents/ResourceGuidev5C.pdf resource guide] for south Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.<ref>[http://www.jgsgp.org/Pages/library.html The JGSGP Library] in ''Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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'''Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society'''<br>2215 Millstream Road<br>Lancaster, PA 17602-1499<br>Telephone: 717-393-9745<br>Fax: 717-393-8751<br>E-mail: [mailto:lmhs@lmhs.org lmhs@lmhs.org] <br>Internet: http://www.lmhs.org/Home/Research/Genealogy/Genealogy_Resources<br>
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:Center for studying the Pennsylvania Mennonites and Amish heritage. They collect historical and genealogical materials of southeast Pennsylvania, focusing most on Lancaster County, including an 800,000 person card index, 3000 genealogies, secular local histories, congregational histories, biographies, directories, passenger lists, atlases and maps, cemetery transcripts, censuses, databases, deeds, obituaries, orphans court records, periodicals, surname files, tax records, and wills.<ref>[http://www.lmhs.org/Home/Research/Genealogy/Genealogy_Resources Genealogy Resources] in ''Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society'' (accessed 26 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Library Co Phila1965facade.jpg|right|150px|Library Co Phila1965facade.jpg]]'''Library Company of Philadelphia''' <br>1314 Locust Street <br>Philadelphia, PA 19107<br>Telephone: 215-546-3181<br>Fax: 215-546-5167<br>E-mail: [mailto:cking@librarycompany.org cking@librarycompany.org ]<br>Internet: http://www.librarycompany.org/ <br><br>
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:This library has a very large German-American collection, and is good for documenting Civil War ancestors from Pennsylvania. Half a million rare books, manuscripts, and graphics documenting American history and culture to 1900 including African Americana, American Judaica, womens' history, and photography in Philadelphia. They also have enough early Philadelphia records to make this virtually a second city archives.<ref name="DB95" /> <ref>[http://www.librarycompany.org/collections/index.htm Collections Overview] in ''Library Company of Philadelphia'' (accessed 28 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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'''Luzerne County Historical Society Bishop Library''' <br>49 South Franklin Street<br>Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701<br>Telephone: 570-823-6244<br>Fax: 570-823-9011<br>Internet: http://luzernehistory.org/?page_id=32 <br>
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:This facility is important for research about New England migrants into Pennsylvania and places farther south.<ref name="DB97" /> They have 13,000 family folders, transcribed wills 1787-1896, personal papers and correspondence, 10,000 photos, county and local histories, church histories, family histories, biographies, Native Americans and ethnic groups, city directories, maps, births 1893-1905, marriages 1885-1950, deaths 1886-1962, newspapers and obituaries, land records 1787-1907, and index to Orphans' Court wills, land sales, and guardians 1787-1866.<ref>[http://luzernehistory.org/?page_id=169 Resources] in ''Luzerne County Historical Society'' (accessed 28 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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'''Philadelphia City Archives''' <br>3101 Market Street <br>Philadelphia, PA 19104<br>Telephone: 215-685-9401<br>Internet: http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/Inventor/genealgy.htm <br>
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:Births 1860-1915 (a few starting 1829), marriages 1860-1915, divorces 1851-1875, deaths 1803-1915, naturalizations 1793-1930, city directories 1785-1935, county deeds 1683-1952, county mortgages 1736-1963, constables 1854-1925, and some court records. They have indexes to early Philadelphia materials, such as tax records, prisoners, commissioners reports, mayors warrants and appointments, as well as cemeteries, board of health records, and streets.<ref name="DB95" /> <ref>[http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/Inventor/genealgy.htm Genealogical Resources at the Philadelphia City Archives] in ''City of Philadelphia Department of Records'' (accessed 26 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Temple Univ Samuel Paley Library.jpg|right|250px|Temple Univ Samuel Paley Library.jpg]]'''Temple University Urban Archives'''<br>Samuel Paley Library<br>Berks and 13th Streets<br>Philadelphia, PA 19122<br>Telephone: 215-204-5750<br>E-mail: [http://library.temple.edu/asktulibraries#quicktabs-ask_tu_libraries=2 Ask a Librarian] form<br>Internet: http://library.temple.edu/collections/scrc/urban-archives <br><br>
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:Church records, fraternal groups, ethnic groups, unions, guilds, and people-oriented collection of organizations, clubs, businesses, and societies related to the growth of the Philadelphia area since the 1800s.<ref name="DB95" /> 4 million images, 7 million news clippings, city directories, Philadelphia atlases, and Sanborn fire insurance maps.<ref>[http://library.temple.edu/collections/scrc/urban-archives Urban Archives] in ''Temple University Libraries'' (accessed 28 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.JPG|right|250px|Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.JPG]]'''University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center'''<br>3420 Walnut Street <br>Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206 <br>Telephone: 215-898-7556<br>E-mail: [http://www.library.upenn.edu/forms/reference.html Ask a Reference Question] form<br>Internet: http://www.library.upenn.edu/vanpelt/<br><br>
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:Very large manuscript collection, newspapers, county records and histories, biographical sources, ethnic resources, church records, and government records.<ref name="DB95" /> Subject specialties include Africana, Asian Americans, Chinese, French, Germans, history, immigration, Italians, Japanese, Judaic studies, Koreans, Latin Americans, Philadelphia studies, religions, Russians and East Europeans, South Asians, and Spaniards.<ref>[http://www.library.upenn.edu/common/browsesubj.html Subjects and Collections] in ''Penn Libraries'' (accessed 28 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
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'''For early colonial immigrants in nine southeast Pennsylvania counties see:''' <ref name="DB97" />
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:*'''[http://www.achs-pa.org/holdings/library.htm Adams County Historical Society Library]'''
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:*'''[http://www.mercermuseum.org/collections-and-research/library-collections/ Bucks County Historical Society Library]'''
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:*'''[http://www.berkshistory.org/library/ Historical Society of Berks County Library]'''
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:*'''[http://www.chestercohistorical.org/library Chester County Historical Society Library]'''
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:*'''[http://www.delcohistory.com/research-library/ Delaware County Historical Society Library]'''
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:*'''[http://www.lancasterhistory.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=61 Lancaster County Historical Society Library]'''
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:*'''[http://lebanoncountyhistoricalsociety.org/research-archives Lebanon County Historical Society Research Archives]'''
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:*'''[http://www.hsmcpa.org/Research.html Historical Society of Montgomery County Library]'''
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:*'''[http://www.yorkheritage.org/page.asp?id=27 Historical Society of York County Library and Archives]'''<br><br>
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'''Family History Centers'''. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]. To locate a center near you, see [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Find a Family History Center].
  
 
=== Museums  ===
 
=== Museums  ===
  
A {{wpd|List of museums in Pennsylvania}} is available on Wikipedia.  
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Museums sometime perserve genealogical sources. A {{wpd|List of museums in Pennsylvania}} is available on Wikipedia.  
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'''[[Library of Congress]]'''[[Image:Library of Congress Jefferson Building.jpg|right|450px|Library of Congress Jefferson Building.jpg]]<br>101 Independence Ave. SE <br>Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4 <br>Washington, D.C. 20540-4660 <br>Telephone:<ref name="ContInfo" /> &nbsp;Reading Room: 202-707-5537<br>Fax:<ref name="ContInfo" /> &nbsp;202-707-1957 <br>E-mail: &nbsp;[http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-genealogy.html Ask a Librarian]<ref name="ContInfo">"Contact Information" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/address.html (accessed 12 May 2010).</ref> <br>Internet: http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ <br><br>
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:Use this library for its outstanding genealogical guides and indexes. They are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" has moved to the main reading room, but services are unchanged.<ref>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/lhgcoll.html The Collections] in ''Local History and Genealogy Reference Services'' in ''Library of Congress'' (accessed 2 February 2014).</ref> <ref name="DB29">Dollarhide and Bremer, 29.</ref><br><br>
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'''[[New York Public Library|New York Public Library]]'''[[Image:New York Public Library exterior.jpg|right|250px|New York Public Library exterior.jpg]]<br>U.S. History, Local History &amp; Genealogy Division<br>Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S<br>New York, NY 10018-2788<br>Telephone: 212-930-0829<br>E-mail: [http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/126488 Ask a librarian]<br>Internet: [http://www.nypl.org/ http://www.nypl.org/]<br><br>
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:This is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources for Pennsylvania. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.<ref name="DB81">Dollarhide and Bremer, 81.</ref> For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address.<br><br>
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[[Image:Handley Library Winchester Virginia.jpg|right|190px|Handley Library Winchester Virginia.jpg]]'''[[Handley Regional Library]]'''<br>100 W. Piccadilly Street<br>PO Box 58 <br>Winchester, Virginia 22604<br>Telephone: 540-662-9041<br>Fax: 540-722-4769<br>E-mail: [mailto:archives@handleyregional.org archives@handleyregional.org]<br>Internet: http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/default.asp <br><br>
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:Very large collection about Germans and Scots-Irish who traveled the [[Great Valley Road]] from '''''Pennsylvania''''' to '''''Virginia''''', including manuscripts, newspapers, biographies, and histories,<ref name="DB97" /> and people of the Lower Shenandoah Valley since 1732, emphasizing Winchester and Frederick County in 4000 books, county court abstracts, county histories, genealogies, regimental histories, battles, newspapers since 1787, censuses, 600 linear feet of manuscripts, maps, photos, and oral history tapes.<ref>[http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/services.asp?loc=5 Family and Local History] in ''Handley Regional Library'' (accessed 28 December 2013).</ref>
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=== Online Records  ===
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=== FamilySearch ===
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=== Guides ===
  
The [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asphttps://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] Internet site is a collection of computer files containing several million names, is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources. Many have been indexed and are searchable online.  
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*''County Records Survey, 1985-1986 [of Pennsylvania].'' ([Harrisburg, Pennsylvania]: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Division of Archives and Manuscripts, 1986). {{WorldCat|866279775|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|623270|item|disp=On 7 FHL fiche 6333952}}. Philadelphia County is not included, but Pittsburgh city is.  
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*Sylvester K. Stevens and Donald H. Kent, eds., ''County Government and Archives in Pennsylvania'' (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1947) {{WorldCat|1143928|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|248877|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 N2s; FHL film 1320887 item 10}}. This guide describes the records kept by each county, the information they contain, when most began, and important history of their development.
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*Irwin Richman, ''Historical Manuscript Depositories in Pennsylvania'' (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania&nbsp;: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1965). {{WorldCat|2379724|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|176489|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 H23r}} It provides a detailed description of the manuscripts in most libraries and archives in Pennsylvania in 1965, but dated.
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*Irene E. Fink, ''Directory of Libraries and Information Sources in the Philadelphia Area ''(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania&nbsp;: Special Libraries Association. Philadelphia Chapter, 1973). {{WorldCat|7303762|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|290593|item|disp=FHL book 974.811 J54s; film 1036557 item 9}}. For eastern Pennsylvania libraries only.
  
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Contents

United States go to Pennsylvania go to Archives and Libraries

These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Pennsylvania.

National

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National Archives at Philadelphia
900 Market Street (entrance on Chesnut Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292
Telephone: 215-606-0100
Fax: 215-606-0111
E-mail: Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/

Has federal agency and court records for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. All U.S. federal censuses 1790-1940, and indexes. Also have passenger arrivals in Philadelphia 1800-1945 and Baltimore, pension and bounty land warrant applications, naturalizations 1790-1990, early federal history, diplomacy, military history, Chinese-Americans, World War II homefront, National Park Service, merchant marine, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, federal tax evasion and smuggling cases.[1]

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American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Telephone: 215-389-1776
E-mail: info@americanswedish.org
Internet: http://www.americanswedish.org/

New Sweden colony, and Swedish heritage in the Delaware Valley (northern Delaware, southern New Jersey, and southeast Pennsylvania).[2]

Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (ERHS)
Philip Schaff Library 2nd floor
Lancaster Theological Seminary
555 West James Street
Lancaster, PA, USA 17603
Telephone: 717-290-8734
E-mail: erhs@lancasterseminary.edu
Internet: http://www.erhs.info/index.html

Reformed Church parish registers, leaders' biographies, and photos. By appointment only.[3]

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Franklin and Marshall College Library
450 College Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
Telephone: 717-291-4216
Internet: http://library.fandm.edu/locations.php

"Hessian" (German) soldiers in the American Revolution, history, government, Pennsylvania-German culture, U.S. Civil War.[4]

Haverford College Library
Quaker and Special Collections
James P. Magill Library
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041-1392
Telephone: 610-896-1175
Fax: 610-896-1102
E-mail hc-special@haverford.edu
Internet: http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/collections/quaker/

Quaker Collection of diaries, photos, family papers, meeting and organizational records; 35,000 books, 2,400 linear feet of manuscripts.[5]

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Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia
Brossman Learning Center (in the undercroft)
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-1794
Telephone 215-248-6383
Fax 215-248-6327
E-mail: mtairyarchives@ltsp.edu
Internet: http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia

ELCA archives for Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Upstate New York (excluding New York City) and New England. Includes clergy and synod papers, and some parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals, confirmations) (many written in German).[6]

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Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Email: refdesk@history.pcusa.org
Internet: http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/

National archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Includes biographical files, foreign missionary index, congregation vertical file index, congregation histories,[7] and records of American Presbyterian congregations.[8]

Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Telephone: 610-328-8496
Fax: 610-690-5728
Email: friends@swarthmore.edu
Internet: http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/friends-historical-library.xml

Documents the history of the Society of Friends (Quakers) from the 17th century to the present; 45,000 books, 60,000 photos, and 9,000 volumes of original Quaker meeting records, plus local history of the Mid-Atlantic states, and social reform movements.[9]

State

Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records
110 North 8th Street, Suite 108
Philadelphia, PA, 19107-2412
Telephone: 215-560-3054
Internet: Birth and Death Certificates

Birth and death records 1906-present. Order in-person, order online via VitalChek, or order births by mail, or order deaths by mail.[10]

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Pennsylvania State Archives
300 North Street      (mail to:  350 North Street)
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Telephone: 717-783-3281
E-mail: ra-statearchives@pa.gov
Internet: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

This huge collection has indexes and original sources associated with the Pennsylvania Archives series, such as vital, military, prison, naturalization, land records, census, ships lists, railroads, mines, and 1.5 million online records[11] [12] including online genealogy guides.

State Library of Pennsylvania (also known as the Bureau of State Library)
607 South Drive. Forum Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
Telephone: 717-783-5950
Fax: 717-772-8268
E-mail: Reference Request form
Internet: Pennsylvania Genealogy and History

Indexes, genealogy surname files, state and county histories, atlases, land records maps, ship lists, church and cemetery records, federal censuses, regimental histories, ethnic and religious group records, newspapers, heraldry, adoption, obituaries, naturalizations, military, railroads and mines, historical Pennsylvania city directories.[13]

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699
Telephone: 215-732-6200
Fax: 215-732-2680
E-mail: ReadyReference@hsp.org
Internet: http://hsp.org/

Has early Quakers, Germans, Scots-Irish, and other settlers in William Penn's colonies of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Records which have been published are normally well-indexed. This society also has 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century manuscripts (letters, diaries, account books, deeds, minutes, and scrapbooks), passenger arrival lists and indexes, [14] local and regional history, ethnic and immigrant studies materials, 600,000 books, 20 million manuscripts, over 300,000 graphics items, and 300 years of newspapers.[15]

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
2207 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: 215-545-0391
E-mail: ExecDir@genpa.org
Internet: http://genpa.org/

The GSP now maintains a mostly digital collection—the old tangible GSP collection was given to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. GSP online collections (some available to GSP members only) include indexes and transcripts to baptisms, burials, parish registers, research aids, court records, surname files, funeral home records, marriages, miscellaneous collections (to wit: departure lists, conscientious objectors, police blotters, and bath association), newspapers, GSP newsletters, and GSP magazines.[16]

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German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Telephone: 215-627-2332
Fax: 215-627-5297
E-mail: librarian@germansociety.org
Internet: http://www.germansociety.org/

60,000 volumes, mostly in German. This is the largest private collection of German books in the United States outside of universities. Their purpose is to document German-American history, culture, and organizations, including biographies and publications.[17]

Regional

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
Phone: 412-622-3114
Email: info@carnegielibrary.org
Internet: http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/genealogy/

Large book collection, newspapers, manuscripts, and county histories most of which are indexed. Also family histories, family folders, local histories and genealogies.[11]

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Citizens Library
55 South College Street
Washington, PA 15301
Telephone: 724-222-2400
Fax: 724-222-2606
E-mail: citlib@citlib.org
Internet: http://www.washlibs.org/citizens/

The Washington County, Pennsylvania area was an important staging area or gateway for travel into the Ohio River Valley and the West. As such, many records of travelers can be found here, and this library has the best biographical collection of these records.[11]

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Erie County Library
160 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507
Telephone: 814-451-6927
E-mail: reference@erielibrary.org
Internet: http://www.erielibrary.org/services/genealogy/

This library has the best biographical section for migrants who traveled here via the Erie Canal before moving on to Ohio and farther west.[11] They also have an online obituary index for Erie County, Pennsylvania from 1822 to present, family histories, county histories, computer genealogy databases, and on microfilm Erie newspapers and censuses.[18]

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Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1157
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Telephone: 215-686-5322
E-mail: E-mail a Librarian form
Internet: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/branches/branch.cfm?loc=cen

Very large book collection, periodicals and indexes, genealogies, city directories, maps, family folders, local newspapers since 1719, naturalizations, vertical files, manuscripts, photos, government publications, and histories for all of Pennsylvania.[14] [19]

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Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Senator John Heinz History Center, Library and Archives
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Telephone: 412-454-6364
E-mail: library@heinzhistorycenter.org
Internet: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

This large collection is for western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, including the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society records.[11] 700,000 photos, 40,000 books, 3,500 individual archival collections of families, organizations, businesses, and industries, 600 periodicals, and 500 maps and atlases.[20]

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia
Tuttleman Library-Gratz College
7605 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Telephone: 215-635-7304
Email: library@gratz.edu
Internet: http://www.jgsgp.org/Pages/library.html

Hebraica and Judaica, Jewish genealogy research manuals, society newsletters, regional cemeteries, and resource guide for south Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.[21]

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
2215 Millstream Road
Lancaster, PA 17602-1499
Telephone: 717-393-9745
Fax: 717-393-8751
E-mail: lmhs@lmhs.org
Internet: http://www.lmhs.org/Home/Research/Genealogy/Genealogy_Resources

Center for studying the Pennsylvania Mennonites and Amish heritage. They collect historical and genealogical materials of southeast Pennsylvania, focusing most on Lancaster County, including an 800,000 person card index, 3000 genealogies, secular local histories, congregational histories, biographies, directories, passenger lists, atlases and maps, cemetery transcripts, censuses, databases, deeds, obituaries, orphans court records, periodicals, surname files, tax records, and wills.[22]

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Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215-546-3181
Fax: 215-546-5167
E-mail: cking@librarycompany.org
Internet: http://www.librarycompany.org/

This library has a very large German-American collection, and is good for documenting Civil War ancestors from Pennsylvania. Half a million rare books, manuscripts, and graphics documenting American history and culture to 1900 including African Americana, American Judaica, womens' history, and photography in Philadelphia. They also have enough early Philadelphia records to make this virtually a second city archives.[14] [23]

Luzerne County Historical Society Bishop Library
49 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Telephone: 570-823-6244
Fax: 570-823-9011
Internet: http://luzernehistory.org/?page_id=32

This facility is important for research about New England migrants into Pennsylvania and places farther south.[11] They have 13,000 family folders, transcribed wills 1787-1896, personal papers and correspondence, 10,000 photos, county and local histories, church histories, family histories, biographies, Native Americans and ethnic groups, city directories, maps, births 1893-1905, marriages 1885-1950, deaths 1886-1962, newspapers and obituaries, land records 1787-1907, and index to Orphans' Court wills, land sales, and guardians 1787-1866.[24]

Philadelphia City Archives
3101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-685-9401
Internet: http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/Inventor/genealgy.htm

Births 1860-1915 (a few starting 1829), marriages 1860-1915, divorces 1851-1875, deaths 1803-1915, naturalizations 1793-1930, city directories 1785-1935, county deeds 1683-1952, county mortgages 1736-1963, constables 1854-1925, and some court records. They have indexes to early Philadelphia materials, such as tax records, prisoners, commissioners reports, mayors warrants and appointments, as well as cemeteries, board of health records, and streets.[14] [25]

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Temple University Urban Archives
Samuel Paley Library
Berks and 13th Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Telephone: 215-204-5750
E-mail: Ask a Librarian form
Internet: http://library.temple.edu/collections/scrc/urban-archives

Church records, fraternal groups, ethnic groups, unions, guilds, and people-oriented collection of organizations, clubs, businesses, and societies related to the growth of the Philadelphia area since the 1800s.[14] 4 million images, 7 million news clippings, city directories, Philadelphia atlases, and Sanborn fire insurance maps.[26]

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University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
Telephone: 215-898-7556
E-mail: Ask a Reference Question form
Internet: http://www.library.upenn.edu/vanpelt/

Very large manuscript collection, newspapers, county records and histories, biographical sources, ethnic resources, church records, and government records.[14] Subject specialties include Africana, Asian Americans, Chinese, French, Germans, history, immigration, Italians, Japanese, Judaic studies, Koreans, Latin Americans, Philadelphia studies, religions, Russians and East Europeans, South Asians, and Spaniards.[27]

For early colonial immigrants in nine southeast Pennsylvania counties see: [11]

Family History Centers. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. To locate a center near you, see Find a Family History Center.

Museums

Museums sometime perserve genealogical sources. A List of museums in Pennsylvania is available on Wikipedia.

Outside Pennsylvania

Library of Congress
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101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660
Telephone:[28]  Reading Room: 202-707-5537
Fax:[28]  202-707-1957
E-mail:  Ask a Librarian[28]
Internet: http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/

Use this library for its outstanding genealogical guides and indexes. They are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources. The "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" has moved to the main reading room, but services are unchanged.[29] [30]

New York Public Library
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U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy Division
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S
New York, NY 10018-2788
Telephone: 212-930-0829
E-mail: Ask a librarian
Internet: http://www.nypl.org/

This is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources for Pennsylvania. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.[31] For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address.

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Handley Regional Library
100 W. Piccadilly Street
PO Box 58
Winchester, Virginia 22604
Telephone: 540-662-9041
Fax: 540-722-4769
E-mail: archives@handleyregional.org
Internet: http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/default.asp

Very large collection about Germans and Scots-Irish who traveled the Great Valley Road from Pennsylvania to Virginia, including manuscripts, newspapers, biographies, and histories,[11] and people of the Lower Shenandoah Valley since 1732, emphasizing Winchester and Frederick County in 4000 books, county court abstracts, county histories, genealogies, regimental histories, battles, newspapers since 1787, censuses, 600 linear feet of manuscripts, maps, photos, and oral history tapes.[32]

Online Records

links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Guides

  • County Records Survey, 1985-1986 [of Pennsylvania]. ([Harrisburg, Pennsylvania]: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Division of Archives and Manuscripts, 1986). At various libraries (WorldCat). On 7 FHL fiche 6333952. Philadelphia County is not included, but Pittsburgh city is.
  • Sylvester K. Stevens and Donald H. Kent, eds., County Government and Archives in Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1947) At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 974.8 N2s; FHL film 1320887 item 10. This guide describes the records kept by each county, the information they contain, when most began, and important history of their development.
  • Irwin Richman, Historical Manuscript Depositories in Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania : Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1965). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 974.8 H23r It provides a detailed description of the manuscripts in most libraries and archives in Pennsylvania in 1965, but dated.
  • Irene E. Fink, Directory of Libraries and Information Sources in the Philadelphia Area (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Special Libraries Association. Philadelphia Chapter, 1973). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL book 974.811 J54s; film 1036557 item 9. For eastern Pennsylvania libraries only.

References

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 126-27. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. About the Museum in American Swedish Historical Museum (accessed 24 December 2013).
  3. Resources in Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  4. Genealogy Resources/Church Records in Franklin and Marshall College Library (accessed 24 December 2013).
  5. About the Quaker Collection in Haverford Libraries (accessed 24 December 2013).
  6. The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia in The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  7. Collections in Presbyterian Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  8. Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Presbyterian Historical Society (accessed 26 December 2013).
  9. Friends Historical Library in Swarthmore College (accessed 24 December 2013).
  10. Birth and Death Certificates in Pennsylvania Department of Health (accessed 27 December 2013).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.
  12. Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 23 December 2013).
  13. Genealogy and Local History in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 27 December 2013).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Dollarhide and Bremer, 95.
  15. About Our Collections in Historical Society of Pennsylvania (accessed 27 December 2013).
  16. Online Collections in Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (accessed 27 December 2013).
  17. German Society of Pennsylvania in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 26 December 2013).
  18. Genealogy in Erie County Public Library (accessed 27 December 2013).
  19. Genealogy 101 in Free Library of Philadelphia (accessed 28 December 2013).
  20. Library and Archives in Senator John Heinz History Center (accessed 26 December 2013).
  21. The JGSGP Library in Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  22. Genealogy Resources in Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (accessed 26 December 2013).
  23. Collections Overview in Library Company of Philadelphia (accessed 28 December 2013).
  24. Resources in Luzerne County Historical Society (accessed 28 December 2013).
  25. Genealogical Resources at the Philadelphia City Archives in City of Philadelphia Department of Records (accessed 26 December 2013).
  26. Urban Archives in Temple University Libraries (accessed 28 December 2013).
  27. Subjects and Collections in Penn Libraries (accessed 28 December 2013).
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 "Contact Information" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/address.html (accessed 12 May 2010).
  29. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reference Services in Library of Congress (accessed 2 February 2014).
  30. Dollarhide and Bremer, 29.
  31. Dollarhide and Bremer, 81.
  32. Family and Local History in Handley Regional Library (accessed 28 December 2013).


 

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