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Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863391,167
U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820171,563
Pennsylvania, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-189075,474
1850 census of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania1,111
Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790.69
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Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-196723,965,999
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-201314,243,547
Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1852-196812,687,174
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-19356,427,235
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
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U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947Updated54,293,029
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942Updated15,293,445
Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-19661,193,450
Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-20121,160,879
Pennsylvania, WWI Veterans Service and Compensation Files, 1917-1919, 1934-1948706,549
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U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)Free5,823,338
Pennsylvania, Federal Naturalization Records, 1795-1931899,579
Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775Free50,955
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Immigration Records, Special Boards of Inquiry, 1893-1909Free45,222
Pennsylvania, Naturalization Records from Supreme and District Courts, 1794-190819,698
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U.S., Quaker Periodicals, 1828-192939,614
Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families from the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine. Volume III: Stauffer-Zerbe1,028
Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families from the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine. Volume I: Arnold-Hertzel935
Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families from the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine. Volume II: Hinman-Sotcher915
Abstracts from the PA Gazette, 1748-1755380
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Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-201314,243,547
U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-19356,427,235
U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995465,390
Pennsylvania, WPA Church Archives, 1937-19400
Pennsylvania, Order Sons of Italy in America, Enrollment and Death Benefit Records, 1910-196868,726
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Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-19931,930,761
Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-18011,035,593
Pennsylvania, Prison, Reformatory, and Workhouse Records, 1829-1971793,349
Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863391,167
Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798Free271,921
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Pennsylvania, Published Archives Series, 1664–19020
U.S., Select Family History and Bible Records Index14,871
General Index to the Colonial Record, in 16 Volumes, and to the Pennsylvania Archives in 12 Volumes657
Lives of the governors of Pennsylvania : with the incidental history of the state, from 1609 to 1873570
Everyname Index to Egle's Notes and Queries Five Annuals485
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Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775Free119,305
Pennsylvania, Card Indexes to Genealogical Scrapbooks and Research Folders103,196
Pennsylvania, Published Archives Series, 1664–19020
U.S., Quaker Periodicals, 1828-192939,614
Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-180014,680
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A Genealogical History

Pennsylvania in brief

Statehood: 12 December 1787
Capital: Harrisburg
Largest City: Philadelphia
Counties: 67
State motto: Virtue, Liberty, and Independence
State nickname: Keystone State
Neighboring states: New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, c. 1875

Interesting Facts

  • The earliest non-native settlers in Pennsylvania were the Dutch, Swedes and Finns, who settled on the shores of the Delaware River. William Penn received a charter the area in 1681 and established Pennsylvania (named for his father) with a group of immigrants, primarily English Quakers, and some of Welsh, Scottish and Irish ancestry.
  • At the roots of the Penn settlement was the promise of religious and political freedom and Penn actively recruited immigrants to join his “Holy Experiment.” Among his recruits was a group of German immigrants who settled in Germantown. As word of the success of the settlement spread, they were followed by more “Pennsylvania Dutch” settlers. The lure of religious freedom also drew Swiss Mennonite immigrants during the first part of the eighteenth century.
  • The Mason-Dixon Line was surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon to establish the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland. The survey took nearly four years in the rugged wilderness and was completed in October 1767. Following the Missouri Compromise of 1820, the line was also used to refer to the boundary between free and slave states.

Featured Pennsylvania Data Collections

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
U.S., Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1865-193614,100
U.S. Circuit Court Criminal Case Files, 1790-18710
Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-196723,965,999

Famous People

Help and Advice

Resources

Pennsylvania Census Research

From the first federal census of 1790, the records are nearly complete for Pennsylvania with the exception of the following gaps:

  • 1800 (parts of Bedford and Westmoreland counties)
  • 1810 (parts of Bedford, Cumberland, and Philadelphia counties)
  • 1820 (parts of Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, and Monroe counties).

Microfilm of the non-population and mortality schedules for 1850–80 are at the state library and at the National Archives-Mid-Atlantic Region.

The 1870 census includes two different census enumerations for Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania did not take any state censuses, but an enumeration of taxpayers compiled every seven years from 1779 through 1863 is commonly called the Septennial Census. The few surviving records are available at the state archives.

 

Pennsylvania Vital Records

Pennsylvania began statewide registration of vital records in January 1906.

 

Pennsylvania Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about Pennsylvania history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.

 

Statewide Research Resources

 

Regional and Specialty Resources