Pennsylvania Law and Legislation

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For examples of the kind of helpful information available see:

[Colonial records] Pennsylvania. Provincial Council. Minutes of the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania from the Organization to the Termination of the Proprietary Government [1683-1790]. 16 vols. Philadelphia, PA: Published by the state, 1851-1853 (Harrisburg: T. Fenn & co.). (Family History Library book 974.8 N2p; on 12 Family History Library films beginning with 844501.) This includes the minutes of the Council of Safety, 1775-1777, and the Supreme Executive Council, 1777-1790. Additional papers relating to these minutes are in Pennsylvania Archives, series 1. The journals for the Provincial General Assembly, 1682-1776 are in Pennsylvania Archives, series 8. These records contain information on naturalizations, Native Americans, petitions, appeals, legislation, passenger lists, boundary disputes, Loyalists, etc.

An index to subjects and prominent individuals in these records is Samuel Hazard, General Index to the Colonial Records in 16 Volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Joseph Sevens and Co., 1860; Family History Library book 974.8 N2p index; film 844501 item 1).

For an index to every name, see Mary Dunn, Index to Pennsylvania's Colonial Records Series (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992; Family History Library book 974.8 N2p index no. 2).

Livengood, Candy Crocker. Genealogical Abstracts of the Laws of Pennsylvania and the Statutes at Large. Westminister, Maryland.: Family Line Pub., 1990. (Family History Library book 974.8 P38L.) It includes information about name changes, divorces, land disputes, pensions, etc. as found in the Laws of Pennsylvania and the Statutes at Large.