State Library of Pennsylvania

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State Library of Pennsylvania

Contact Information[edit | edit source]


Bureau of State Library
Forum Building
607 South Street             (enter from Commonwealth Ave and Walnut St)
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600

Telephone:[1] 717-783-5950
Fax:[2] 717-772-8268
E-mail:[3] Reference Request form

Hours:[1] Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30-5:00; 2nd Saturday each month: 9:30-4:30
                  Closed: Sunday, Monday, Friday, all except 2nd Saturday, and state holidays.

Directions, Maps, Parking, and Public Transportation:

Internet Sites and Databases:

  • Bureau of State Library resources, catalog, databases, journal search, ditigal collections, forms, FAQs, library news, collections, genealogy source guides.
  • Online Catalog. Search by Keyword, title, author, subject, journal title, and call number.
  • Databases at the State Library of Pennsylvania Genealogy, General Research, History, Culture and Geography, Maps and Statistics, Newspapers.
  • POWER Library. Free databases from newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps and reference materials.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Indexes, great genealogy surname files collection, state and county histories, atlases, land records maps, passenger arrival lists, naturalizations, church and cemetery records, federal censuses, regimental histories, ethnic and religious group records, heraldry, adoption, Harrisburg newspapers index, obituaries, military records and history, canals, railroads, mines, historical Pennsylvania city directories, Germans soldiers the the Revolutionary War and Civil War, American Indians, and genealogically oriented archives, libraries, and societies.[5]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Materials on genealogy, heraldry, federal population census, and Pennsylvania regimental history cannot be borrowed or used off the premises of the library.[6]

Guides[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania Genealogy and History includes guides to records of: Adoption, Cemeteries and Obituaries, Census, Ethnic and Religious Ancestry, Immigration/Naturalization, Libraries, Maps and Geographical Information, Military, Pennsylvania History, Railroads and Mines, Researchers List, Societies and Archives, State Library Genealogy Files, Vital Records, General Resource Websites, Pennsylvania City Directories.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the State Library of Pennsylvania, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[7]
  • National Archives II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.[8]
  • National Archives at Philadelphia records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.[9]

Similar Collections

  • Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, indexes and original sources of Pennsylvania Archives, such as vital records, military records, naturalization, prisoners, land records, censuses, and ships lists 1728-1808. Also, unfilmed transcripts from many historical societies and courthouses.[10] [11]
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, has early Quakers, Germans, Scots-Irish and other ethinc groups in PA, NJ, DE, and states east of the Mississippi River, Balch Institute passenger arrival lists, huge manuscript collection including many indexes, and Philadelphia neighborhood records.[12]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hours, Location, Contact Information in Pennsylvania Department of Eductation (accessed 31 December 2013).
  2. Bureau of State Library in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 31 December 2013).
  3. Reference Request in Pennsylvania Department of Eductation (accessed 31 December 2013).
  4. Routes and Schedules in Capital Area Transit (accessed 30 December 2013).
  5. Genealogy and Local History in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 27 December 2013).
  6. Pennsylvania Genealogy and History in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 31 December 2013).
  7. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  8. Information for Researchers at the National Archives at College Park, MD in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  9. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.
  11. Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 23 December 2013).
  12. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 95. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  13. Birth and Death Certificates in Pennsylvania Department of Health (accessed 27 December 2013).
  14. Clerk of the Orphans' Court in Dauphin County (accessed 29 December 2013).
  15. Prothonotory in Dauphin County (accessed 29 December 2013).
  16. Recorder of Deeds in Dauphin County (accessed 29 December 2013).
  17. Welcome in United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania (accessed 29 December 2013).
  18. Home in Camp Curtin Historical Society (accessed 29 Decemer 2013).
  19. Home in Capital Area Genealogical Society (accessed 29 December 2013).
  20. Archives in The Dauphin County Historical Society (accessed 30 December 2013).
  21. Alexander Family Library in The Dauphin County Historical Society (accessed 30 December 2013).
  22. Dollarhide and Bremer, 95.
  23. Genealogy 101 in Free Library of Philadelphia (accessed 27 December 2013).
  24. Genealogical Resources at the Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library in The German Society of Pennsylvania (accessed 15 March 2021).
  25. Resources in Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  26. Genealogy Resources/Church Records in Franklin and Marshall College Library (accessed 24 December 2013).
  27. About the Quaker Collection in Haverford Libraries (accessed 24 December 2013).
  28. The JGSGP Library in Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  29. Genealogy Resources in Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  30. The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia in The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  31. Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Presbyterian Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  32. Friends Historical Library in Swarthmore College (accessed 24 December 2013).
  33. Dollarhide and Bremer, 27.
  34. Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.