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For Genealogy

With more than 21 million items in our collections, from diaries and letters to deeds and directories, HSP is one of the most complete and professional genealogy centers in the nation—and the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region.

  • Family History & Genealogy

    Family History & Genealogy

    The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the most complete and professional genealogy centers in the nation—and the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Getting Started With A Family History

    Getting Started With A Family History

    Doing family history is just that: it is history. The story of immigration and its aftermath is the story of this nation.
  • Members Only Databases

    Members Only Databases

    HSP has partnered with Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, to digitize more than seven million Pennsylvania vital records from our collection.
  • Reading Room Databases

    Reading Room Databases

    HSP provides free access to a variety of subscription-based sites, including Ancestry.com Institution Edition, JSTOR, and more, using the public service terminals in the Reference Room and Reading Room, or through their personal computers.
  • Workshops & Courses

    Workshops & Courses

    Take your research to the next level while making connections with other family historians! HSP offers workshops and courses for all levels, from beginners to seasoned researchers. Check our online calendar for upcoming classes.
  • How to Find the Material You Need

    How to Find the Material You Need

    Take a look at the different categories of records in HSP's collection.
  • Family Search Affiliate Library

    Family Search Affiliate Library

    HSP is a designated FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Thanks to this collaboration, researchers can access digitized images from FamilySearch collections, free of charge, while onsite at HSP.
  • Ethnic and Immigrant History

    Ethnic and Immigrant History

    HSP’s collections document the experiences of more than sixty ethnic groups in the United States.
  • Genealogy Blog

    Genealogy Blog

    Roots & Branches is our blog about genealogy and family history. Here you will find information about resources at HSP, information about events, tips for tracing your roots, and much more!
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