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Genealogical Research in the Published Pennsylvania Archives
Genealogical Research in the Published Pennsylvania Archives
At the State Library of Pennsylvania, the Published Pennsylvania Archives can be found on microfiche PS-263 in the Genealogy / Local History section, off the Main Reading Room in Room 101 of the Forum Building.  Brief descriptions of each Series are found below.  For details of this series please consult the "Guide to the Published Archives of Pennsylvania" in the Genealogy Reference section at R 974.80016 P384g.

COLONIAL RECORDS -- 16 volumes
The minutes of the early colonial councils.
Of little value to genealogists.

FIRST SERIES -- 12 volumes
Papers of the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, 1664-1790.
Of little value to genealogists.

SECOND SERIES -- 19 volumes
Many records of interest to genealogists , this series includes militia rolls (Volumes 3, 4, 13-15), marriage records (Volumes 2, 8-9), immigration records (Volume 17), and oaths of allegiance (Volumes 3, 14, 17). Most of these records, however, were later published in better edited and easier to use formats. The militia rolls, especially, are more complete and better indexed in the Fifth series.

THIRD SERIES -- 30 volumes
Included in this series are militia rolls (Volume 23), land warrantees (Volumes 2, 3, 24-26) and tax lists (Volumes 11-22).
Of great value to genealogists.

FOURTH SERIES -- 12 volumes
Addresses, messages, proclamations and other papers of Pennsylvania's Governors, 1681-1902. Of little value to genealogists.

FIFTH SERIES -- 8 volumes
This series consists of earlier muster rolls and military lists for the French and Indian Wars and the Revolution. Many of these records are reprinted here with greater accuracy and neatness from the Second and Third Series.
One of the most used by genealogists.

SIXTH SERIES -- 15 volumes
This series continues the military record started in the previous series. The military records cover chiefly the period from the Revolution through the War of 1812, and the Mexican War. The last volume of this series consists of a complete surname index to the Fifth Series.
One of the most used by genealogists.

SEVENTH SERIES -- 5 volumes
A surname index to the more than one million names in the Sixth Series.
Of great value to genealogists.

EIGHTH SERIES -- 8 volumes
The Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives of the Province of Pennsylvania, 1682-1776.
Of little value to genealogists.

NINTH SERIES -- 10 volumes
Executive Minutes of Pennsylvania's Governors from 1790 to 1838.
Of little value to genealogists.


INDEXES TO THE PUBLISHED PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES

COLONIAL RECORDS See

"General Index to the Colonial Records and Pennsylvania and archives <1st Series>" on microfiche PS-261.


FIRST SERIES
12 volumes
Papers of the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, 1664-1790.

SECOND SERIES
Indexes at end of each volume except for Volumes 8, 9. and 16 which have Table of Contents only.
Indexes for Volumes 10 and 11 located at the end of Vol. 11.
Indexes for Volumes 13 and 14 located at the end of Vol. 14.

THIRD SERIES
Volumes 1-10
General index at end of each volume with the exception of Volumes 3 and 4 which have Table of Contents only. These Indexes and Table of Contents are also combined together in the front of Volume 27.

Volumes 11-26
Name index in Volumes 27-30.
Vol. 27 A - Co
Vol. 28 Co - Ju
Vol. 29 Ka - Re
Vol. 30 Re - Zy

FOURTH SERIES
General index at end of each volume. These are combined in Volume 12.

FIFTH SERIES
Surname index in Sixth Series, Volume 15.

SIXTH SERIES
Surname index in Seventh Series (see below).

SEVENTH SERIES
This series is an index to the Sixth Series:
Vol. 1 A - De
Vol. 2 De - Hol
Vol. 3 Hol - Mic
Vol. 4 Mic - Sh
Vol. 5 Sha - Z

By error, some names were omitted from Vol.5.  For surnames from STERNFELDT to STINOR, consult Guide to the Published Archives of Pennsylvania.

EIGHTH SERIES
See "Index of Votes of Pennsylvania Assembly" , microfiche PS-264.

NINTH SERIES
No index published.

SEARCHING FOR MILITARY RECORDS

Military records are in the Second, Third, Fifth and Sixth series. Records in the Second and Third series are incomplete and poorly indexed. However, most of those records were republished in the Fifth and Sixth series where they are better edited and more complete with surname indexes. For this reason we recommend researchers looking for military records consult first the Fifth and Sixth series.
 
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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