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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:

Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS)

Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS) 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Our Documentary Heritage is a teaching tool that presents images of historical documents from various time periods.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

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: Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania State Archives has a partnership with 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 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
  • 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.


  • 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


Slavery and the Underground Railroad

Vital Statistics