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Sources for Genealogy Research in Pennsylvania

Created to provide online resources to Pennsylvania genealogists, this site provides a single entry point for all counties in Pennsylvania. In addition, an index and cross-link has been created for the data on all county sites, so that a single search in a master index can locate all references to a given surname across all pages and databases associated with the project. In the Archives of the Digital Library you will find census records, tombstone inscriptions, wills, land deeds and other data that is free to review and download.

The Philadelphia Story
This site contains information on various neighborhoods in the Philadelphia area, other historical background about the city, as well as a list of organizations helpful to genealogists looking for information in the Philadelphia area. This includes historical or genealogical societies, religious organizations, museums, libraries, lodges or clubs, and cemetaries.

Philadelphia City Archives
The City Archives possesses many different types of records in its collections. Genealogy resources at the Archives include: Birth and death records maintained by the Board of Health from 1860 to 1915, marriage records from 1860 to 1885; naturalization records filed in the various courts from 1793 to 1930; and voter street lists for 1928-1929, 1935, and 1948-1980. Microfilms of other records of genealogical interest include marriage applications held by the Marriage License Bureau from 1885 to 1915 and city directories from 1795 to 1935.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
One of oldest historical societies in the United States, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania holds historical materials of national importance and is also the largest genealogical center in the mid-Atlantic region.

National Archives and Records Administration - Mid-Atlantic Region
The Center City Philadelphia facility possesses extensive microfilm holdings including Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1920 (including Soundex indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920), Revolutionary War era military service records, pension, and bounty land warrant applications, passenger arrival lists from Philadelphia and Baltimore, and Federal court records including naturalizations. In addition, the facility also has microfilm publications related to pre-Federal and early Federal history, U.S. diplomacy, the land and other natural resources, military history and other subjects.

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