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Pennsylvania Genealogy and History

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.

The Genealogy and Local History Collection is available on a self-service basis. You can search the State Library Catalog for published materials and see the categorized links below for further information about doing genealogical research for your Pennsylvania ancestors. The State Library is open to the public. Information about our hours, location, services and policies are available. If you need more help than the State Library can provide, a list of Researchers who have submitted their names to the State Library is available from the link below.

Genealogical and Local History resources available from the State Library through the interlibrary loan system of your local library include the Federal Mortality Schedules for Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania County and Regional Histories and Atlases on microfilm, and Pennsylvania newspapers on microfilm. Our materials on genealogy, heraldry, federal population census, and Pennsylvania regimental history cannot be borrowed or used off the premises of the library.

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.

For additional information, please contact:

Kathy Hale | Government Documents Library/Access/Systems Supervisor
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of State Library
607 South Drive. Forum Building | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
Phone: 717.787.2327
kahale@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us