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[[Image:Pennsylvania State Archive building.jpg|right|230px|Pennsylvania State Archive building.jpg]]  
  
 
=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:'''<ref name="contact">[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/about_the_phmc/1579/contact_us/259337 Contact us] at Pennsylvania State Archives] (accessed 27 September 2012).</ref> [mailto:ra-statearchives@pa.gov ra-statearchives@pa.gov]<br>'''Address:'''<ref name="contact" /><br>  
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'''Address:'''<ref name="home"> [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_archives/2887 The Pennsylvania State Archives] in ''Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission'' (accessed 30 December 2013).</ref>&nbsp; 300 North Street&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(''mail to:&nbsp;'' 350 North Street) <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Harrisburg, PA 17120<br>  
  
:State Museum Building
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'''Telephone:''' 717-783-3281<br>'''Fax:''' 717-787-4822<br>'''E-mail:''' [mailto:ra-statearchives@pa.gov ra-statearchives@pa.gov]
:350 North Street
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:Harrisburg, PA<br>
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'''Telephone:'''<ref name="contact" /> (717) 783-3281<br>'''Fax:'''<ref name="contact" /> (717) 787-4822<br>'''Hours and holidays:'''<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/hours,_directions___fees/3144 Visit]</ref>  
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'''Hours'''<ref name="dir">[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/hours,_directions___fees/3144 Hours, Directions, Visitor Procedures and Fees at the Pennsylvania State Archives] in ''Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission'' (accessed 30 December 2013).</ref>  
  
:Wednesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no original records pulled from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
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:*Wednesday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m (no original records pulled from 12.00-1.00pm)<br>
:Saturday (microfilm use only), 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
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:*Saturday ( microfilm use only ), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.<br>
:Closed on all Mondays, Tuesdays and State Holidays.<br><br>
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:*Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=809806&mode=2 state holidays].
  
'''Directions, maps, and public transportation:'''  
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'''Directions, Maps, Parking, and Public Transportation'''  
  
'''Internet sites and databases:'''<ref name="home">[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_archives/2887 Pennsylvania State Archives Home] at PA State Archives] (accessed 26 September 2012).</ref><br>  
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:*Enter from the corner of Third Street and Forster Street. A set of three metal gates facing Third Street marks the entrance to the State Archives. Enter the center gate and proceed through the courtyard to the entrance.<ref name="dir" /><br>
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:*'''''[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/hours,_directions___fees/3144#directions Driving directions]''''' from I-83; U.S. Rt. 11/15; I-81; and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.<ref name="dir" />  
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:*[https://goo.gl/maps/Bjhbp '''''Google map'''''] and [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_123484_887147_0_0_18/Capitol_Complex_Map.pdf '''''.pdf map''''' of the Capitol Complex]  
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:*'''''Parking:''''' See the [http://parkharrisburg.com/ Harrisburg Parking Authority website] for parking within walking distance.
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:*'''''Public transportation:''''' Any [http://www.cattransit.com/routes-schedules/ CAT bus] to downtown goes within a few blocks of the Archives.<ref>[http://www.cattransit.com/routes-schedules/ Routes and Schedules] in ''Capital Area Transit'' (accessed 30 December 2013).</ref><br>
  
*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_archives/2887 Pennsylvania State Archives Home Page]<br>
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'''Internet sites and databases:'''<br>  
*See other free [http://genealogy.about.com/od/pennsylvania/tp/pa-genealogy-online.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy Online Databases] from the PA State Archives.<br>
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<br>=== Collection Description ===<br>
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:*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_archives/2887 The Pennsylvania State Archives] resources, programs, mission, genealogy, land records, finding aids, and research topics.<br>  
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:*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/about_the_archives/3177/finding_aids_for_collections/382910 Finding Aids for Collections] record groups, manuscript groups, popular research topics.
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:*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy/3183 Genealogy Research at the Pennsylvania State Archives] websites, research topics, FAQs, collections and services.
  
*The Pennsylvania State Archives collects, preserves and makes available for study the permanently-valuable public records of the Commonwealth, with particular attention given to the records of state government. The State Archives also collects papers of private citizens and organizations relevant to Pennsylvania history.<ref name="home" />
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=== Collection Description  ===
*[http://www.statearchives.us/pennsylvania.htm Collections] The Pennsylvania State Archives is the best source for Military Records, Naturalization Records, Vital Records, Ships List, Census Records, Prison Records, Mine Accidents, Land Records, County Records, and Pennsylvania Railroad Voluntary Relief Cards.
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*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/about_the_archives/3177/finding_aids_for_collections/382910 Collections of the Pennsylvania State Archives] Lists what is available in Record Groups, Manuscript Groups, and Historic Site Collections.
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*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/land_records/3184 Land Records]
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<br>=== Tips ===<br>  
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In addition to state government records, this huge archives collection has the primary sources for the published series {{FHL|221762|item|disp=''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.<ref name="DB97">Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.</ref> 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 [http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp 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.<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/archival_research_topics/3162 Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives] in ''Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission'' (accessed 30 December 2013).</ref>  
  
*According to [http://www.recordsbase.com recordsbase.com], archived files are available through the Pennsylvania State Archives, which holds a wealth of historic information about the state. This office has original copies of birth and death certificates dating prior to 1961, as well as records from previous wars, land records and census records. *Searches of these files can be initiated in person, by mail or fax or through email. There are charges for the time spent on research, as well as for the copies of the documents you request.
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=== Tips  ===
  
<br>=== Guides ===<br>  
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*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.<ref name="dir" />  
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*Visitors using microfilm records in the Microfilm Reading Room are simply asked to sign the register when entering and leaving for the day.<ref name="dir" />
  
*Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, ''The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches'' (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988), 32-34. ({{FHL|630522|item|disp=FHL Book 977 A3sz}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17738169 WorldCat entry]. Describes each field branch collection, microfilms, services and activities. Each of 150 record groups of the archives is also described.<br><br>
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=== Guides  ===
  
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
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*A [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/about_the_archives/3177/finding_aids_for_collections/382910 Collections] guide available for Record Groups, Manuscript Groups, and Historic Site Collections.
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*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/land_records/3184 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.
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*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. {{WorldCat|6621896|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|159571|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 N23g}}.<br>
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*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. {{WorldCat|9555982|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|74612|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 A1 no. 613}}.<br>
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*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. {{WorldCat|18065193|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|204717|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 N23p}}.<br>
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*Suran, Frank M. ''Guide to the Record Groups in the Pennsylvania State Archives''. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, c1980. {{WorldCat|6630733|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|7122|item|disp=FHL book 974.818/H1 J53s}}.<br>
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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. {{WorldCat|4193202|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|205429|item|disp=FHL book 974.818/H1 J53w}}.
  
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=== Alternate Repositories  ===
  
 
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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*[[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives I]], Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service &amp; pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html 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.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives at College Park, MD] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>  
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*[[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.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/public/family-history.html Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 20 December 2013).</ref>
  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*[[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.<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>  
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*[[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.<ref>William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 95. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>
  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=556848&mode=2 Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records], Harrisburg, 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] through 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>
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*[http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Publicly-Elected-Officials/Register-of-Wills/Pages/default.aspx Register of Wills and and Clerk of the Orphans' Court], Harrisburg, marriages 1887-present, births and deaths 1893-1906, wills 1785-present, guardians, adoptions.<ref>[http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Publicly-Elected-Officials/Register-of-Wills/Pages/Clerk-of-the-Orphans-Court.aspx Clerk of the Orphans' Court] in ''Dauphin County'' (accessed 29 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Publicly-Elected-Officials/Prothonotary/Pages/default.aspx Prothonotary Office], Harrisburg, divorces, and changes of names.<ref>[http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Publicly-Elected-Officials/Prothonotary/Pages/default.aspx Prothonotory] in ''Dauphin County'' (accessed 29 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Publicly-Elected-Officials/Recorder-of-Deeds/Pages/default.aspx Recorder of Deeds], Harrisburg, deeds, and mortgages.<ref>[http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Publicly-Elected-Officials/Recorder-of-Deeds/Pages/default.aspx Recorder of Deeds] in ''Dauphin County'' (accessed 29 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/ U.S. District Court Clerk, Middle District of Pennsylvania], Harrisburg, court records.<ref>[http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov Welcome] in ''United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania'' (accessed 29 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.campcurtin.org/ Camp Curtin Historical Society] preserves Civil War history around Harrisburg.<ref>[http://www.campcurtin.org/ Home] in ''Camp Curtin Historical Society'' (accessed 29 Decemer 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.capitalareagenealogy.org/ Capital Area Genealogical Society], surname registry, cemetery database, library, lookups, queries.<ref>[http://www.capitalareagenealogy.org/ Home] in ''Capital Area Genealogical Society'' (accessed 29 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org/research/index.html Historical Society of Dauphin County] ''Archives'' has photos, letters, diaries, deeds, certificates, maps, and newspapers.<ref>[http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org/research/archives/ Archives] in ''The Dauphin County Historical Society'' (accessed 30 December 2013).</ref> ''Library'' has church records, newspaper clippings, family folders, births and deaths 1893-1906, cemeteries, wills 1785-1827, court extracts 1785-1817, city directories 1839-1999.<ref>[http://www.dauphincountyhistory.org/research/library/ Alexander Family Library] in ''The Dauphin County Historical Society'' (accessed 30 December 2013).</ref>
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*Repositories in '''''surrounding counties:&nbsp;''''' [[Cumberland County, Pennsylvania|Cumberland]], [[Juniata County, Pennsylvania|Juniata]], [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania|Lancaster]], [[Lebanon County, Pennsylvania|Lebanon]], [[Northumberland County, Pennsylvania|Northumberland]], [[Perry County, Pennsylvania|Perry]], [[Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania|Schuylkill]], [[Snyder County, Pennsylvania|Snyder]], and [[York County, Pennsylvania|York]].
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*[http://www.phila.gov/records/archives/archives.html Philadelphia City Archives] births 1860-1915, marriages 1860-1915, divorces 1851-1975, deaths 1803-1915, naturalizations 1800-1933 (except 1905-1913), house deeds 1683-1952, tax lists, prisoners, mayors' warrants, cemeteries, constables, streets and city directories.<ref name="DB95">Dollarhide and Bremer, 95.</ref> <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;template=genealogyhand.cfm Genealogy 101] in ''Free Library of Philadelphia'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref>
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*[[Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania]], Philadelphia, has great online indexes to books, periodicals, family folders, genealogies, and research aids for Pennsylvania and surrounding states.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://www.librarycompany.org/ Library Company of Philadelphia] has huge German-American collection, Pennsylvanians in the Civil War, and early Philadelphia documents as if it were a second city archives.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://www.freelibrary.org/ Free Library of Philadelphia] very large book collection, periodicals, genealogies, city directories, maps, family folders, vertical files, manuscripts, and Pennsylvania histories.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://www.library.upenn.edu/vanpelt/ University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center], Philadelphia, many manuscripts, newspapers, county records, ethnic sources, denominational records, and county histories.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://library.temple.edu/collections/scrc/urban-archives Temple University Urban Archives], Philadelphia, churches, fraternal groups, unions, guilds, clubs, businesses, and societies especially related to the growth of Philadelphia and vicinity.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://www.germansociety.org/library.html German Society of Pennsylvania], Philadelphia, church history, genealogy, immigrants, immigrant aid records, German newspapers, old GSP memberships, and German-American periodicals.<ref>[http://www.germansociety.org/GenealogicalResourcesHorner.pdf Genealogical Resources at the Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library] in ''The German Society of Pennsylvania'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.erhs.info/index.html Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (ERHS)], Lancaster, Reformed Church records and genealogy resources including parish registers.<ref>[http://www.erhs.info/page4/index.html Resources] in ''Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[[Franklin and Marshall College Library]], Lancaster, "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>
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*[[Haverford College Library]], Haverford, 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>
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*[http://www.jgsgp.org/index.html Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia], Melrose Park, Jewish genealogy research manuals, society newsletters, regional cemeteries, and [http://www.jgsgp.org/Documents/ResourceGuidev5C.pdf resource guide] for south PA, NJ, and DE.<ref>[http://www.jgsgp.org/Pages/library.html The JGSGP Library] in ''Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.lmhs.org/Home Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society], card index to over 800,000 persons, genealogies, local histories, biographies, directories, passenger lists, census, deeds, obituaries, surname files.<ref>[http://www.lmhs.org/Home/Research/Genealogy/Genealogy_Resources Genealogy Resources] in ''Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia Lutheran Archives Center at 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) (some 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>
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*[http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/ Presbyterian Historical Society], Philadelphia, national archives of the Presbyterian Church (USA).<ref>[http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/ Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society] in ''Presbyterian Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[[Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library]], Swarthmore, has 45,000 books, 60,000 photos, and 9,000 volumes of original Quaker meeting records, plus local history of the Mid-Atlantic states.<ref>[http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/friends-historical-library.xml Friends Historical Library] in ''Swarthmore College'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*Repositories in '''''other surrounding states:''''' [[Delaware Archives and Libraries|Delaware]], [[District of Columbia Archives and Libraries|District of Columbia]], [[Maryland Archives and Libraries|Maryland]], [[New Jersey Archives and Libraries|New Jersey]], [[New York Archives and Libraries|New&nbsp;York]], [[Ohio Archives and Libraries|Ohio]], [[Virginia Archives and Libraries|Virginia]], [[West Virginia Archives and Libraries|West Virginia]], and [[Ontario Archives and Libraries|Ontario]].
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*[http://www.hsd.org/library.htm Historical Society of Delaware Library], Wilmington, colonial records, newspapers, church records, state records, Revolutionary War records, Civil War records, Delaware histories, and genealogies.<ref name="DB27">Dollarhide and Bremer, 27.</ref>
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*[[Library of Congress]], Washington, DC, [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ Local History and Genealogy Reading Room] is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.<ref>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/lhgcoll.html The Collections] in ''Local History and Genealogy Reading Room'' in ''Library of Congress'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
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*[[Maryland State Archives]], Annapolis, colonial and state records from 1634, county probate, land, and court records, church records, newspapers, 130 card indexes to deeds and early settlers.<ref name="DB55">Dollarhide and Bremer, 55.</ref>
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*[http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/scua.shtml Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives], New Brunswick, New Jersey, town records, manuscripts, letters, diaries, newspapers, photos, biographies, histories, family folders, Bibles, census, cemeteries, genealogical collections.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 77.</ref>
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*[[New York State Archives]], Albany, has manuscripts, vital record indexes, land grants, maps, military, court, alien depositions, prisoners, Erie Canal passenger lists, wills, estates, and state censuses. Colonial, state, county, and town records.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.</ref>
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*[http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/ Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County], good genealogies, local history, early Ohio records, Inland Waterways Library, Ohio River (and tributaries) boat traffic from Pittsburgh to Louisville.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.</ref>
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*[[Library of Virginia]], Richmond, has historical maps, land patents and grants, Dunmore's War, and Blandford Cemetery Survey, government publications, newspapers from 1736, state records, manuscripts, archival records, rare books, prints and photographs.<ref>[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/using_collections.asp Using the Collections] at ''Library of Virginia'' (accessed October 2012).</ref>
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*[[Virginia Historical Society]], Richmond, county records, militia lists, bounty lands, tax lists, genealogies, newspapers, Bibles, and index to 10 million documents about Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.<ref name="DB113">Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.</ref>
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*[[Handley Regional Library]], Winchester, VA, records of Germans and Scots-Irish who traveled the [[Great Valley Road]] from Penn. to Virginia, including manuscripts, newspapers, biographies, and histories.<ref name="DB113" />
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*[http://www.wvculture.org/history/archivesindex.aspx West Virginia Archives and History Division], Charleston, manuscripts, biographies, county histories, and tax records,<ref name="DB117">Dollarhide and Bremer, 117.</ref> family folders, birth, marriages, deaths, maps, naturalizations, newspapers, periodicals, photos, directories, and county court records.<ref>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/archivesindex.aspx West Virginia Archives and History] in ''West Virginia Division of Culture and History'' (accessed 21 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx Archives of Ontario], Toronto, births, marriages, deaths, wills, land, naturalizations, passenger lists, maps, cemeteries, church, court, military, hospital, schools, city directories, and voters’ lists.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/tracing/the_records.aspx Records] in ''Ontario Ministry of Government Services'' (accessed 29 December 2013).</ref>
  
 
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Pennsylvania State Archives
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Contents

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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