Pennsylvania Genealogical Research Facilities

This is a list of the research facilities in Pennsylvania that I have used (unless noted), along with some personal comments and impressions of the facility.  The list is far from being a complete list of all available facilities, as Pennsylvania is very rich in historical libraries.   I'll add more as I visit them.

Berks County
Historical Society of Berks Co Excellent collection of church and cemetery records, indexed on a computer system for easy location.
Berks Co Genealogical Society Limited hours.   A nice complement to the Historical Society library (above).  Vertical Family files.   Broad in subject matter. 
Berks County Recorder of Deeds
Register of Wills
Both at the Berks County Services Center.  Particularly useful is the online search capability by the Register of Wills.  View actual Estate Files here.
Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society Limited hours.  A specialized library relating to the Tulpehocken area.  Strong in local family histories and historical books about the area.
Lancaster County
Lancaster County Historical Society Good collection of cemetery and microfilm (deeds, census, etc) records, plus broad coverage of all other topic areas.  Vertical Family files.
Lebanon County
Lebanon County Historical Society Limited hours.   Nice collection of local church and cemetery records.  Vertical Family files.
Northumberland County
Northumberland Co. Historical Society A visit is on my todo list...   Limited hours.
Northumberland Co. Court House I've only dealt with the Register of Wills folks by mail.   They were very helpful and relatively prompt with the copying tasks.
Schuylkill County
Historical Society of Schuylkill Co. Very limited hours.  I think the library has moved to a newer facility.   The old one was pretty small, but had local church and cemetery records.   Index card file.
York County
York County Heritage Trust An exceptional library, with historical coverage into surrounding counties.  Very strong with church records and family histories.  Highly indexed.   Vertical family files.
York County Archives After figuring out what you need at the Heritage Trust library, look at the real files and county record books.   Helpful staff, even for orders by mail.
 
  Home ]