Pennsylvania Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—Pennsylvania

Explore research in Pennsylvania.


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Goal 1: Learn about Pennsylvania research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Pennsylvania ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Pennsylvania research strategies.
    FS—Basic Pennsylvania Research Tips and Strategies
    |
    FS—Pennsylvania Research: Overview—18:11
  2. Explore resources for Pennsylvania research on Ancestry.
    AC—Pennsylvania Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Pennsylvania research.
    AC—Pennsylvania State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Pennsylvania Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Pennsylvania Record Finder
  5. Read the Pennsylvania German Guide for tips on researching ancestors of German descent.
    AA—Pennsylvania German Guide
  6. For African American research, study the Pennsylvania state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for Pennsylvania


Goal 2: Learn about Pennsylvania archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Pennsylvania archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Pennsylvania archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Pennsylvania state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Pennsylvania.
  4. Explore the Pennsylvania Dept of Archives site.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for Pennsylvania genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  6. Search for free online books on Pennsylvania research on the FamilySearch site.
  7. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Pennsylvania city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Pennsylvania city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Directories
  2. Explore Pennsylvania city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Pennsylvania city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Pennsylvania historical directories by county.
  6. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania city directories on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 3: Learn about Pennsylvania vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Pennsylvania vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Pennsylvania vital records.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Vital Records

    FS—Vital and Church Records—19:21
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Pennsylvania Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Pennsylvania vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Pennsylvania birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Pennsylvania birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Pennsylvania marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for Pennsylvania marriage records.
  2. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  3. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Pennsylvania death records.
  4. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Pennsylvania obituaries.
  5. Find additional resources for Pennsylvania obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  6. Explore Pennsylvania death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  7. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Pennsylvania census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Pennsylvania censuses in this article.
    FS—Pennsylvania Census
  2. Learn about Pennsylvania census records.
    Census Records for Pennsylvania
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Pennsylvania state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Pennsylvania census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about Pennsylvania voting registers in this article.
    FS—Pennsylvania Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Pennsylvania church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Pennsylvania church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Pennsylvania church records in this article.
    FS—Pennsylvania Church Records
  2. Learn about Pennsylvania church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Pennsylvania Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Pennsylvania cemetery records.

B Explore Pennsylvania cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Pennsylvania cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Pennsylvania Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Pennsylvania cemetery records.
  3. Search for Pennsylvania cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Pennsylvania cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  9. See additional cemetery resources on the Pennsylvania Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about Pennsylvania emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Pennsylvania emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Pennsylvania emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Pennsylvania migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Pennsylvania military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Pennsylvania military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Pennsylvania military records.
    Pennsylvania Military Records
  2. Learn about Pennsylvania military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Military Records
  3. Explore Pennsylvania military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Pennsylvania military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore Pennsylvania military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Pennsylvania probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Pennsylvania probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Pennsylvania probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Pennsylvania Probate Records
  2. Learn about Pennsylvania land and property records. FS—Pennsylvania Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Pennsylvania land records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—Pennsylvania Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Pennsylvania court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Pennsylvania court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Court Records
  2. Learn about Pennsylvania court records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—Wiki: Pennsylvania Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Pennsylvania maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Pennsylvania maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Pennsylvania maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Maps
  2. Learn about Pennsylvania maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Pennsylvania Maps
  3. Learn about Pennsylvania gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Gazetteers

B. Explore Pennsylvania maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Pennsylvania maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Pennsylvania.
  3. Explore historical Pennsylvania maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Pennsylvania maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Pennsylvania newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Pennsylvania newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Pennsylvania newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Newspapers
  2. Learn about Pennsylvania newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Pennsylvania Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Pennsylvania newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Pennsylvania historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Pennsylvania newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Pennsylvania newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Pennsylvania newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Pennsylvania newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Pennsylvania newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Pennsylvania newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Pennsylvania research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from Pennsylvania.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Pennsylvania County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Pennsylvania.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Pennsylvania Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Pennsylvania research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Pennsylvania Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Pennsylvania Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. Northeast Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Pennsylvania.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Pennsylvania research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Pennsylvania research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Pennsylvania research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Pennsylvania research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Pennsylvania research.

C. Learn about Pennsylvania genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Pennsylvania in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Societies">
  2. Learn about genealogy societies in Pennsylvania in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Pennsylvania Societies
  3. Explore Pennsylvania genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Pennsylvania Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

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Adams    A    L Allegheny    A    L Armstrong    A    L Beaver    A    L Bedford    A    L Berks    A    L
Blair    A    L Bradford    A    L Bucks    A    L Butler    A    L Cambria    A    L Cameron    A    L
Carbon    A    L Centre    A    L Chester    A    L Clarion    A    L Clearfield    A    LClinton    A    L
Columbia    A    L Crawford    A    L Cumberland    A    L Dauphin    A    L Delaware    A    L Elk    A    L
Erie    A    L Fayette    A    L Forest    A    L
Franklin    A    L Fulton    A    L Greene    A    L Huntingdon    A    L Indiana    A    L Jefferson    A    L
Juniata    A    L Lackawanna    A    L Lancaster    A    L Lawrence    A    L Lebanon    A    L Lehigh    A    L
Luzerne    A    L Lycoming    A    L McKean    A    L Mercer  A    L Mifflin    A    L Monroe    A    L
Montgomery    A    L Montour    A    L Northampton    A    L Northumberland    A    L Perry    A    L Philadelphia    A    L
Pike    A    L Potter    A    L Schuylkill    A    L Snyner    A    L Somerset    A    L Sullivan    A    L
Susquehanna    A    L Tioga    A    L Union    A    L Venango    A    L Warren    A    L Washington    A    L
Wayne    A    L Westmoreland    A    L Wyoming    A    L York    A    L