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Digital Copies of Documents

While the primary mission of the Pennsylvania State Archives is to preserve historic documents in their original format, digital scans have been made of select records to facilitate online research. These scans are available from several sources:

ARIAS (the Archives Records Information Access System)
This resource offers images from digitized microfilm that index and summarize the military service of Pennsylvania soldiers during the following wars and time periods:

Our Documentary Heritage
Our Documentary Heritage is a teaching tool that presents images of historical documents from various time periods. Along with the images are narratives placing them in a regional, state, or national context, as well as transcriptions of each record if appropriate and helpful links for further research.

Land Records
Images of registers, indexes, and surveys from our Record Group 17, Records of the Commonwealth Land Office, provide a wealth of readily available information to both genealogists and property historians. Current series available are:

Ancestry.com Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania State Archives has a partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize family history records in the State Archives and make them available online. The records are available free of charge to Pennsylvania residents by visiting Ancestry.com Pennsylvania. Included data collections:

  • Pennsylvaina, Death Certificates, 1906-1924
  • Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999
  • Pennsylvania, Births, 1852-1854
  • Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952
  • Pennsylvania, Oyer and Terminer Court Papers, 1757-1787
  • Pennsylvania, Spanish War Compensation, 1898-1934
  • Pennsylvania, Naturalizations, 1794-1908
  • Pennsylvania, War of 1812 Pensions, 1866-1879
  • Pennsylvania, Land Warrants, 1733-1987
  • Pennsylvania, Civil War Border Claims, 1868-1879
  • Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-1854
  • Pennsylvania, Deaths, 1852-1854
  • Pennsylvania, Records of Marriages, 1885-1889
  • Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801
  • Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863
  • Pennsylvania, WPA Church Archives, 1937-1940

Audio Recordings

Coal Mining

Farm Census, 1927

  • The Department of Agriculture's Farm Census for the year 1927 is available for viewing online.

Maps 

  • Links to various maps in the State Archives' collections, as well as those on other websties, can be accessed through the Maps Page.

Military Records

Photographs

Slavery and the Underground Railroad

Vital Statistics


If you need further assistance, you may contact an archivist at ra-statearchives@pa.gov