Pennsylvania Fast Facts and Key Resources

By James M. Beidler Premium

Statehood: 1787

Colony founded: 1682

First federal census: 1790

State-land state

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1906

County marriage records begin: 1885

Counties: 67 (first three established in 1682)

Contact for vital records:

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Division of Vital Records

Box 1528, Newcastle, PA 16101 (724) 656-3100



Archives Records Information Access System


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives


Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society


Pennsylvania Genealogy Books


Pennsylvania GenWeb Project


Pennsylvania Newspaper Project



Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy CD (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

A Guide to African American Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives by Ruth E. Hodge (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission)

Guide to Genealogical Sources at the Pennsylvania State Archives by Robert Dructor (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission)

Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies by Montague S. Giuseppi (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Pennsylvania German Roots Across the Ocean (Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania)
Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth edited by Randall M. Miller and William Pencak (Penn State University Press)

Pennsylvania Land Records: A History and Guide for Research by Donna Bingham Munger (SR Books)

Pennsylvania Line: A Research Guide to Pennsylvania Genealogy and Local History, 4th edition, by William L and Shirley G.M. Iscrupe (Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services)

Pennsylvania Research: County and Township Records by John T. Humphrey (Pennsylvania Genealogy Books)

Research in Pennsylvania by Kay Haviland Freilich (National Genealogical Society)

Organizations and Archives

Blair County Genealogical Society

431 Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648, (814) 696-3492, <>

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Department

4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, (412) 622-3154, <>

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

215 S. Broad St., Seventh Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 545-0391, <>

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 732-6200, <>

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602, (717)393-9745, <>

Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania

Box 82, Harleysville, PA 19438, (215) 256-3020, <>

NARA Mid-Atlantic Region

900 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 606-0100, <>

Pennsylvania State Archives

350 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 783-3281, <>

State Library of Pennsylvania

333 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17126, (717) 787-4440, <>

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, (412) 687-6811, <>

From the February 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine