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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.
Past Made Personal
Let HSP’s professional genealogist do your family history research for you, with specialized knowledge and access to millions of records beyond Pennsylvania.
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
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.
Programs and Services
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
Take a look at the different categories of records in HSP's collection.
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
HSP’s collections document the experiences of more than sixty ethnic groups in the United States.
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!
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.
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