- Pennsylvania State Archives
births and deaths from 1852, marriages from 1742, wills, deeds, tax records, military records, pension records, ships lists, naturalizations from 1794, state censuses, land records, penitentiary records, occupational records, maps, family papers
- Pennsylvania State Law Library
Official depository for printed publications of Pennsylvania from 1700s to the present
- Philadelphia Federal Records Center
Tax returns, Official Military Personnel folders, passport applications, and military records.
- State Library of Pennsylvania
Indexes to vital records, genealogies, state and county histories, atlases, land warrants, ship lists, church and cemetery records, regimental histories
- US Army Military History Institute
One of the largest military history libraries in the world. Over 300,000 volumes covering every facet of U.S. Army and military history.
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Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Pennsylvania include:
- Birth records were kept by some counties as early as 1852; marriages as early as 1700s.
- Death records were kept by some cities as early as 1803.
- Birth, marriage, and death records have been recorded by the state government from January 1906 to the present
- Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1790
- State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded from 1671 to 1857
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Probate records were kept by the local courts from 1682 to the present
- Churches sometimes kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
- Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since 1638
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas