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:
Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS)
Our Documentary Heritage is a teaching tool that presents images of historical documents from various time periods.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 include 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:
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 when entering through the Ancestry.com Pennsylvania page. Included data collections:
Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963
Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1908
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
The Guide to Photographs at the Pennsylvania State Archives(Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, 1993) written by Linda Ries (to purchase a copy of this work, please visit Shop PA Heritage) , contains descriptive information for the estimated 350,000 photographs contained in the Archives' collections in the Archives collections up to 1993. Numerous additonal images have been added since that time. For more on current photograph holdings email archivist Michael Sherbon or call 717.772.5070 for more information.