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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[State_Library_of_Pennsylvania|State Library of Pennsylvania]]''
  
 
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=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''Address:'''<br>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/bureau_of_state_library/8811 Bureau of State Library]<br>Forum Building<br>607 South Street<br>Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600<br>'''Phone:''' (717) 783-5950<br>'''Fax:''' (717) 772-8268<br>'''E-mail:'''[mailto:alubrecht@pa.gov alubrecht@pa.gov]<br>
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'''Address:'''<ref name="BSL">[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/about_the_state_library_of_pennsylvania/8894 Hours, Location, Contact Information] in ''Pennsylvania Department of Eductation'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref><br>  
  
=== Hours and Holidays: ===
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:[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/bureau_of_state_library/8811 Bureau of State Library]<br>Forum Building<br>607 South Street &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(enter from Commonwealth Ave and Walnut St)<br>Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600<br><br>
  
*Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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'''Telephone:'''<ref name="BSL" /> 717-783-5950<br>'''Fax:'''<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/bureau_of_state_library/8811 Bureau of State Library] in ''Pennsylvania Department of Education'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref> 717-772-8268<br>'''E-mail:'''<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/forms_and_applications/8729/reference_request Reference Request] in ''Pennsylvania Department of Eductation'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref> [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/forms_and_applications/8729/reference_request Reference Request] form<br>  
*Closed: Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday<br>and the following State Holidays:
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**New Years Day<br>  
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**Martin Luther King Day<br>  
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**President's Day<br>  
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**Memorial Day<br>  
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**July 4th<br>  
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**Labor Day<br>  
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**Columbus Day<br>  
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**Veterans Day<br>
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**Thanksgiving<br>
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**Christmas Day<br>
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**Inauguration Day of the Pennsylvania governor every four years
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=== Directions, Maps, and Public Transportation: ===
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'''Hours:'''<ref name="BSL" /> Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30-5:00; 2nd Saturday each month: 9:30-4:30<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Closed: Sunday, Monday, Friday, all except 2nd Saturday, and [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=809806&mode=2 state holidays].
  
[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/about_the_state_library_of_pennsylvania/8894 Directions, maps, parking]<br>
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'''Directions, Maps, Parking, and Public Transportation:'''
  
*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_123484_887147_0_0_18/Capitol_Complex_Map.pdf Map of Capitol Complex (pdf)]
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:*'''''Directions:''''' See [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7652&mode=2&externalurl=http://www.mapquest.com/ MapQuest]. Enter from Commonwealth Ave and Walnut St.<ref name="BSL" />
*Directions: See [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7652&mode=2&externalurl=http://www.mapquest.com/ MapQuest] or [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7652&mode=2&externalurl=http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl Google Maps]. (Be sure to enter the State Library location as Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street.)
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:*[https://goo.gl/maps/yATWe '''''Google map'''''], or [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]<ref name="BSL" />
*Parking: There are several free visitor spaces on South Drive near the main library entrance. Metered spaces are available on Walnut Street. See the Harrisburg Parking Authority website for parking garages within walking distance.  
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:*'''''Parking:''''' There are several free visitor spaces on South Drive near the main library entrance. Metered spaces are available on Walnut Street. See the [http://parkharrisburg.com/ Harrisburg Parking Authority website] for parking garages within walking distance.<ref name="BSL" />
*Accessibility: The Library is accessible for individuals with disabilities through the main entrance. Any individuals needing further assistance should contact library staff.<br>
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:*'''''Public transportation:''''' Any [http://www.cattransit.com/routes-schedules/ CAT bus] to downtown goes within a few blocks of the Library.<ref>[http://www.cattransit.com/routes-schedules/ Routes and Schedules] in ''Capital Area Transit'' (accessed 30 December 2013).</ref><br>
  
=== Internet Sites and Databases:<br> ===
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'''Internet Sites and Databases:'''
  
*You may access the library's holdings through [http://pilot.passhe.edu:8020/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First State Library of Pennsylvania On-line Catalog: PILOT]. Search by Keyword, title, author, subject, journal title, and call number.<br>
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*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/bureau_of_state_library/8811 Bureau of State Library] resources, catalog, databases, journal search, ditigal collections, forms, FAQs, library news, collections, genealogy source guides.
*Repository catalog online.<br>
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*[http://pilot.passhe.edu:8020/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First Online Catalog: PILOT]. Search by Keyword, title, author, subject, journal title, and call number.<br>  
*Repository database.<br>  
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*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/collections/8728/databases_at_the_state_library_of_pennsylvania Databases at the State Library of Pennsylvania] Genealogy, General Research, History, Culture and Geography, Maps and Statistics, Newspapers.  
 
*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/collections/8728/databases_at_the_state_library_of_pennsylvania Databases at the State Library of Pennsylvania] Genealogy, General Research, History, Culture and Geography, Maps and Statistics, Newspapers.  
*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/collections/8728/power_library/530472 POWER Library]. Free databases for Pennsylvania residents that provides access to thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps and reference materials for people of all ages.
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*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/collections/8728/power_library/530472 POWER Library]. Free databases from newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps and reference materials.
  
 
=== Collection Description  ===
 
=== Collection Description  ===
  
*[http://www.accesspadigital.org/sstlp/sstlp.htm State Library of Pennsylvania Collections] Pennsylvania Genealogy Collection; PA Historical Newspapers; PA Native Americans Collection; PA Regimental Histories.
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:Indexes, great genealogy surname files collection, state and county histories, atlases, land records maps, passenger arrival lists, naturalizations, church and cemetery records, federal censuses, regimental histories, ethnic and religious group records, heraldry, adoption, Harrisburg newspapers index, obituaries, military records and history, canals, railroads, mines, historical Pennsylvania city directories, Germans soldiers the the Revolutionary War and Civil War, American Indians, and genealogically oriented archives, libraries, and societies.<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>
*The Genealogy and Local History Collection of the State Library of Pennsylvania consists of a wide variety of indexes, genealogies, state and county histories, atlases, land warranty maps, ship lists, and compilations of church and cemetery records, as well as the Pennsylvania Federal Census records on microfilm. Of interest to genealogists and historians alike are such items as the Published Pennsylvania Archives series, the many regimental histories in the collection, research guides for ethnic and minority groups, and guides to genealogical research in foreign countries.
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    Although the State Library is not the custodian of any official or unofficial records such as birth, marriage, or death records, we can give you the information you need to search for those records. The collection includes compilations made from other sources, as well as an extensive collection of Pennsylvania newspapers.<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy_and_local_history/8730 Collection description]</ref>
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=== Tips  ===
 
=== Tips  ===
  
*Materials on genealogy, heraldry, federal population census, and Pennsylvania regimental history cannot be borrowed or used off the premises of the library.<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy_and_local_history/8730 Check out materials]</ref>
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*Materials on genealogy, heraldry, federal population census, and Pennsylvania regimental history cannot be borrowed or used off the premises of the library.<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy_and_local_history/8730 Pennsylvania Genealogy and History] in ''Pennsylvania Department of Education'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref><br>
*For books and other library materials at the State Library of Pennsylvania and beyond check PILOT (Online Library Catalog), EZ-Borrow (consortium of PA and neighboring state libraries), Access Pennsylvania (another consortium of PA libraries) or WorldCat (access to the world, through the Library of Congress).<ref>[http://library.mansfield.edu/researchtips.asp Various Databases]</ref>  
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*Many states provide their citizens access to union catalogs and/or subscription databases like PA's Access Pennsylvania, EZ-Borrow, and POWER Library. Popular examples include BadgerLink (WI), INFOhio, NOVEL (NY), NJ State Library/Electronic Resources, MEL (MI), and TexShare. For other states search the web for "virtual library" and the name of your state.<ref>*[http://library.mansfield.edu/researchtips.asp Free Subscription Databases]</ref>
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=== Guides  ===
 
=== Guides  ===
  
Sampling of the Guides available on the page: Adoption, Cemeteries &amp; Obituaries, Census, Ethnic &amp; Religious Ancestry, Immigration/Naturalization, Libraries, Maps &amp; Geographical Information, Military, Pennsylvania History, Railroads &amp; Mines, Researchers List, Societies and Archives, State Library Genealogy Files, Vital Records, Web Sites—General Resources, Pennsylvania City Directories.<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy_and_local_history/8730 Guides]</ref><br>
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[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy_and_local_history/8730 Pennsylvania Genealogy and History] includes guides to records of: Adoption, Cemeteries and Obituaries, Census, Ethnic and Religious Ancestry, Immigration/Naturalization, Libraries, Maps and Geographical Information, Military, Pennsylvania History, Railroads and Mines, Researchers List, Societies and Archives, State Library Genealogy Files, Vital Records, General Resource Websites, Pennsylvania City Directories.  
  
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
{''&nbsp;'''List''' (link to a Wiki article for) '''at least one or more other repositories''' that collect overlapping records, or similar family history material including central repositories, affiliated or branch repositories, higher level jurisdiction repositories, parent or daughter jurisdiction repositories. Also list neighboring repositories with similar records. Please briefly explain how each substitute repository is related.''}
 
  
 
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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
  
*Alternate Repository ''{create link for each, and give line or two describing collection}''<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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*[[Pennsylvania State Archives]], Harrisburg, indexes and original sources of {{FHL|221762|item|disp=''Pennsylvania Archives''}}, such as vital records, military records, naturalization, prisoners, land records, censuses, and ships lists 1728-1808. Also, unfilmed transcripts from many historical societies and courthouses.<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>  
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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;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 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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*[[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>Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.</ref>
  
 
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State Library of Pennsylvania

Contents

Contact Information

Address:[1]

Bureau of State Library
Forum Building
607 South Street             (enter from Commonwealth Ave and Walnut St)
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600

Telephone:[1] 717-783-5950
Fax:[2] 717-772-8268
E-mail:[3] Reference Request form

Hours:[1] Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30-5:00; 2nd Saturday each month: 9:30-4:30
                  Closed: Sunday, Monday, Friday, all except 2nd Saturday, and state holidays.

Directions, Maps, Parking, and Public Transportation:

Internet Sites and Databases:

  • Bureau of State Library resources, catalog, databases, journal search, ditigal collections, forms, FAQs, library news, collections, genealogy source guides.
  • Online Catalog: PILOT. Search by Keyword, title, author, subject, journal title, and call number.
  • Databases at the State Library of Pennsylvania Genealogy, General Research, History, Culture and Geography, Maps and Statistics, Newspapers.
  • POWER Library. Free databases from newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps and reference materials.

Collection Description

Indexes, great genealogy surname files collection, state and county histories, atlases, land records maps, passenger arrival lists, naturalizations, church and cemetery records, federal censuses, regimental histories, ethnic and religious group records, heraldry, adoption, Harrisburg newspapers index, obituaries, military records and history, canals, railroads, mines, historical Pennsylvania city directories, Germans soldiers the the Revolutionary War and Civil War, American Indians, and genealogically oriented archives, libraries, and societies.[5]

Tips

  • Materials on genealogy, heraldry, federal population census, and Pennsylvania regimental history cannot be borrowed or used off the premises of the library.[6]

Guides

Pennsylvania Genealogy and History includes guides to records of: Adoption, Cemeteries and Obituaries, Census, Ethnic and Religious Ancestry, Immigration/Naturalization, Libraries, Maps and Geographical Information, Military, Pennsylvania History, Railroads and Mines, Researchers List, Societies and Archives, State Library Genealogy Files, Vital Records, General Resource Websites, Pennsylvania City Directories.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the State Library of Pennsylvania, 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.[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]

Similar Collections

  • Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, indexes and original sources of Pennsylvania Archives, such as vital records, military records, naturalization, prisoners, land records, censuses, and ships lists 1728-1808. Also, unfilmed transcripts from many historical societies and courthouses.[10] [11]
  • 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.[12]

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hours, Location, Contact Information in Pennsylvania Department of Eductation (accessed 31 December 2013).
  2. Bureau of State Library in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 31 December 2013).
  3. Reference Request in Pennsylvania Department of Eductation (accessed 31 December 2013).
  4. Routes and Schedules in Capital Area Transit (accessed 30 December 2013).
  5. Genealogy and Local History in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 27 December 2013).
  6. Pennsylvania Genealogy and History in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 31 December 2013).
  7. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  8. Information for Researchers at the National Archives at College Park, MD in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  9. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.
  11. Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 23 December 2013).
  12. 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.
  13. Birth and Death Certificates in Pennsylvania Department of Health (accessed 27 December 2013).
  14. Clerk of the Orphans' Court in Dauphin County (accessed 29 December 2013).
  15. Prothonotory in Dauphin County (accessed 29 December 2013).
  16. Recorder of Deeds in Dauphin County (accessed 29 December 2013).
  17. Welcome in United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania (accessed 29 December 2013).
  18. Home in Camp Curtin Historical Society (accessed 29 Decemer 2013).
  19. Home in Capital Area Genealogical Society (accessed 29 December 2013).
  20. Archives in The Dauphin County Historical Society (accessed 30 December 2013).
  21. Alexander Family Library in The Dauphin County Historical Society (accessed 30 December 2013).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 Dollarhide and Bremer, 95.
  23. Genealogy 101 in Free Library of Philadelphia (accessed 27 December 2013).
  24. Genealogical Resources at the Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library in The German Society of Pennsylvania (accessed 24 December 2013).
  25. Resources in Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  26. Genealogy Resources/Church Records in Franklin and Marshall College Library (accessed 24 December 2013).
  27. About the Quaker Collection in Haverford Libraries (accessed 24 December 2013).
  28. The JGSGP Library in Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  29. Genealogy Resources in Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  30. The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia in The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  31. Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Presbyterian Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  32. Friends Historical Library in Swarthmore College (accessed 24 December 2013).
  33. Dollarhide and Bremer, 27.
  34. Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.

 

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