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The following archives, libraries, and societies have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

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Pennsylvania State Archives

Mail:350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026
Telephone: 717-783-3281
E-mail: ra-statearchives@state.pa.us
Website: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

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,

Hours:
Wednesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday ( microfilm use only ), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and State Holidays.

The Family History Library has these important guides to collections at the State Archives:

  • Suran, Frank M. Guide to the Record Groups in the Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1980. (Family History Library book 974.818/H1 J53s)
  • 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. (Family History Library book 974.8 A3ba.)
  • 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 974.8 D23p.)
  • 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 974.8 A1 no. 613.)
  • Whipkey, Harry E. Guide to the Manuscript Groups in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1976. (Family History Library book 974.818/H1 J53w ; film 1036704 item 13.)
  • 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. (Family History Library book 974.8 N23g.)

For an index to this guide, see:

  • 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 974.8 N23g index.)

National Archives-Mid-Atlantic Region

900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292
Phone: (215) 606-0100
Fax: (215) 606-0116

Philadelphia Federal Records Center

14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1025
Phone: (215) 305-2000
Fax: (215) 305-2038

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

2207 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-3010
Phone: (215) 545-0391
Fax: (215) 545-0936

A surname index of five collections of the society's manuscript archives is located online.

See Pennsylvania Genealogy for a discussion of the resources of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699
Phone: (215) 732-6201
Fax: (215) 732-2680

An important resource for this society is Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 3rd ed. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Society, 1991; Family History Library book 974.811 J53h).

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania

1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 454-6000
Fax: (412) 454-6028

State Library of Pennsylvania

333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-1745
Phone: (717) 787-4440
Fax: (717) 783-8445

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 film 1320564 item 6. See also Janice B. Newman, Genealogical Research at the State Library of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 35 (1988): 199-212. 

http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/Inventor/genealgy.htm City Archives of Philadelphia

Dept. of Records
401 N. Broad Street, Suite 942
Philadelphia, PA 19108-1099
Phone: (215) 686-1580
Fax: (215) 686-2283

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; Family History Library book 974.811 A3d; film 1036003 item 4).

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
Telephone: 412-622-3100
Fax: 412-621-1267
Internet: http://www.clpgh.org/

Pennsylvania Counties

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. See:

USGenWeb

http://www.usgenweb.com/

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.

Ohio River Valley Families

http://orvf.com/

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.

Friends Historical Library

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.

Friends Historical Library
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Phone: (610) 328-8496
Fax: (610) 690-5728
Email: friends@swarthmore.eduFamilySearch™

Internet http://www.swarthmore.edu/fhl.xml

Family History Library

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FamilySearch, 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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