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  • Adams, Raymond D. An Alphabetical Index to Ulster Emigrants to Philadelphia 1803-1850. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., 1992, 2004 reprint.
     
  • Bell, Raymond Martin. Emigrants from the Wolfersweiler region of Germany to Pennsylvania, 1730-1750. Washington, Pa. (413 Burton Av., Washington) : R.M. Bell, 1982. Names come from ship passenger lists for Philadelphia and the churchbooks of Wolfersweiler; contains a surname index.

  • Berks County, PA  Indexed marriage, birth and death records from the dates that the counties in PA started recording them (between 1885 and 1893) and estate records all the way back. 
     
  • Blanchard, Harry Russell, Jr. The records of Allison Memorial United Brethren Church, York :
    later called Third United Brethren Church and later Third Evangelical United Brethren Church and later Saint Luke's United Methodist Church.
    York County, Pennsylvania: The author, 2002.
     
  • Blanchard, Harry Russell, Jr. The Evangelical Wedding Records. Williamsport, Pennsylvania: The author, n.d.
     
  • Blanchard, Harry Russell, Jr. Otterbein United Methodist Church Records.  Williamsport, Pennsylvania: The author, n.d.
     
  • Blanchard, Harry Russell, Jr. Records of the Dauphin Methodist Episcopal Church. Williamsport, Pennsylvania: The author, 2006.
     
  • Blanchard, Harry Russell, Jr. The Records of the Perry Circuit United Brethren in Christ Church. Williamsport, Pennsylvania: The author, n.d.
     
  • Brewer, Mary Marshall. Land Records of York County, Pennsylvania, 1775-1793. Lewes, Delaware: Colonial Books, 2004.
     
  • Broermann, Karl. [Auswanderung der Mülheimer nach Pennsylvanien. English & German] The emigration of the Mülheimers to Pennsylvania : both a local and German culture picture from the 17th century. Translated by Rosalie N. Castleberry. Windermere, Fla. (12404 Summerport Ln., Windermere 34786) : R.N. Castleberry, c1991. 46 p."With also a photocopy of the original German article: Die Auswanderung der Mülheimer nach Pennsylvanien.""The original article was published in the December, 1938 issue of the Mülheim Historical Society's Zeitschrift."  An "index to Mulheim emigrants" who came to Germantown (now a part of Philadelphia) is on pages 48-49.
     
  • Browning, Charles H. Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2007, 1912.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Brethren from Gimbsheim in the Palatinate to Ephrata and Bermudian in Pennsylvania. Myerstown, PA : AKB Publications, c1994. A list of emigrants from Gimbsheim who settled in Ephrata and Bermudian, Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Colonial Pennsylvania immigrants from Freinsheim in the Palatinate. Myerstown, PA (691 Weavertown Rd., Myerstown 17067) : AKB Publications, c1989. List of 18th century emigrants from Freinsheim who settled in Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Early Pennsylvania pioneers from Mutterstadt in the Palatinate. Worthington, OH (P.O. Box 93, Worthington 43085) : AKB Publications, c1983. List of 18th century immigrants to Pennsylvania from Mutterstadt; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth century emigrants from German-speaking lands to North America. Breinigsville, Pa. : Pennsylvania German Society, 1983-<1985 >  Volume 1 lists emigrants from the Northern Kraichgau; volume 2, emigrants from the Western Palatinate. Both volumes include considerable genealogical information as well as indexes of ships, European place names, and surnames.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth and nineteenth century emigrants from Lachen-Speyerdorf in the Palatinate. Myerstown, PA (691 Weavertown Rd., Myerstown 17067) : AKBPublications, c1989. Alphabetical list of emigrants with considerable genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth century emigrants from Langenselbold in Hesse to America. Myerstown, Pa. : AKB Publications, 1997. Extensive genealogical information on 18th century emigrants from Langenselbold, many of whom settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth-century emigrants from Pfungstadt, Hessen-Darmstadt to Pennsylvania. Myerstown, PA : AKB publications, c1995. List of 18th century emigrants from Pfungstadt who settled in Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1992. "Prepared for distribution to members of the Pennsylvania German Society during 1992 as Volume XXVI in its series of publications on Pennsylvania German history and culture"–T. p. verso. Alphabetical list of emigrants from the Northern Alsace, now part of France; contains indexes of ships and surnames.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth century Pennsylvania emigrants from Hassloch and Bühl in the Palatinate. [Worthington, OH] (P.O. Box 93, Worthington 43085) : AKB Publications, [c1983]  A list of 18th century emigrants who settled in Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Emigrants from Eppingen to America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Myerstown, PA (691 Weavertown Rd., Myerstown 17067) : AKB Publications, c1987. List of emigrants from Eppingen; contains considerable genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Grossgartach, Wuerttemberg, to Pennsylvania : some early colonial German immigrants. Myerstown, Pa. : AKB Publications, 1999. Extensive genealogical information on the 18th century emigrants from Grossgartach who settled in Pennsylvania.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. The Hochstadt origins of some of the early settlers at Host Church, Berks County, Pa. Worthington, OH (P.O. Box 93, Worthington 43085) : AKB Publications, c1983. A list of emigrants from Hochstadt who settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Master index to the emigrants documented in the published works of Annette K. Burgert, F.A.S.G., F.G.S.P. Myerstown, Pa. : AKB Publications, [1993?]  An alphabetical index to the names of German emigrants published in thirteen volumes compiled by Annette K. Burgert.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Palatine origins of some Pennsylvania pioneers. Myerstown, Pa. : AKB Publications, 2000. Extensive genealogical information for more than 600 Palatine immigrants to Pennsylvania.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Pennsylvania pioneers from Wolfersweiler Parish, Saarland, Germany. [Worthington, OH] (P.O. Box 93, Worthington 43085) : AKB Publications, [c1983]  A list of 18th century emigrants from Wolfersweiler Parish, who settled in Pennsylvania; contains extensive genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Westerwald to America : some 18th century German immigrants / by Annette Kunselman Burgert and Henry Z Jones, Jr. Camden, Me. : Picton Press, 1989. List of 18th century emigrants; contains considerable genealogical information.
     
  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. York County pioneers from Friedelsheim and Gönnheim in the Palatinate. Worthington, OH (P.O. Box 93, Worthington 43085) : AKB Publications, c1984. A list of 18th century Palatine emigrants who settled in York County, Pennsylvania.
     
  • Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions and/or Contributed Records Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

  • Centre Co., Pennsylvania has Naturalization, Revolutionary War declarations, and Slave Records

  • Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania has a number of pre-1930 records.

  • Davis, W. W. H., Warren S. Ely, and John W. Jordan. A Genealogical and Personal History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Baltimore: Clearfield Pub. Co, 2002.
  • Delaware County (Pa) Library Digital Newspaper Archive. Every newspaper in the database is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content.

  • Dumont, William H., editor. Tax Lists Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, 1786-1810. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1968, 2000.
     
  • Egle, William Henry. Virginia Claims to Land in Western Pennsylvania Published with an Account of the Donation Lands of Pennsylvania -- Excerpted from Pennsylvania Archives 3rd Series Volume III. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., Inc., 2007, 1896.
     
  • Eighteenth Century Records of the German Lutheran Church at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (St. Michael's and Zion) Volume 3: Baptisms 1787-1800. Translated by Robert L. Hess and edited by F. Edward Wright. Lewes, Delaware: Colonial Roots, 2005.

  • Eshleman, H. Frank. Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and of Their Remote Ancestors, from the Middle of the Dark Ages, Down to the Time of the Revolutionary War; an Authentic History ... /Cby H. Frank Eshleman. Baltimore [MD]: Genealogical Pub. Co, 2000. Eshleman's study explores the background of the great sectarian movements in Germany, Switzerland, and Holland and focuses attention on the Mennonite families who later immigrated to Pennsylvania. The major emphasis of the book is on Lancaster County genealogy and the emigration from the Palatinate in the eighteenth century, while substantial sections are devoted to lists of early settlers and biographical sketches of those who subsequently became known as Pennsylvania Germans.

  • FamilySearchLabs. Digital copies of Philadelphia (PA) death certificates from 1803-1915.
     
  • Felldin, Jeanne Robey and Gloria Kay Vandiver Inman. Index to the 1800 Census of Pennsylvania. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004, 1984.  Index to the 1800 federal census of Pennsylvania, listing 100,000 households.
     
  • Fisher, Charles A. Synder County [Pennsylvania] Pioneers. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001, 1938. This is a collection of biographical notices of nearly 1,000 persons whose names appeared on tax or military rolls prior to 1800 in what is now Snyder County, Pennsylvania, which then consisted of parts of Cumberland, Northumberland, and Berks counties.
     
  • Freilich, Kay Haviland. Research in Pennsylvania. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 2003.

  • Freilich, Kay Haviland. Research in Pennsylvania. Arlington, Va: National Genealogical Society, 2007.

  • Genealogical Publishing Co. Pennsylvania Vital Records: From the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1983.

  • Genealogical Publishing Co. Persons Naturalized in the Province of Pennsylvania, 1740-1773. 1967.
     
  • Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
     
  • Grantee-Grantor Indexes to Deeds, Pennsylvania Counties, 1680-1900s. An index to land sellers (grantors) and buyers (grantees) exists for every Pennsylvania county. All of Pennsylvania's county deed indexes were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in the 1970s. To find a particular county deed index, bo the the www.familysearch.org site and do a "Place Search" for "(county name)", part of "Pennsylvania," then look for "land and Property," as one of a long list of categories.
     
  • Grubb, Farley Ward. German immigrant servant contracts registered at the port of Philadelphia, 1817-1831. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1994. Indentured servants are listed by date of registration. "Because immigrant servant contracts were registered within 30 days of arrival, the registration date can serve as a proxy for the date of arrival...."
     
  • Historic Pittsburgh. Historic Pittsburgh is a comprehensive collection of local resources that supports personal and scholarly research of the area.
     
  • Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

  • Hoenstine, Floyd G. Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research in Pennsylvania. Hollidaysburg, Pa. (P.O. Box 208, Hollidaysburg 16648): F.G. Hoenstine, 1978.
     
  • Hull, William I. William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2007, 1935.
     
  • Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Berks County 1710-1780. Humphrey Publications, 1997.
     
  • Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Chester County 1682-1800. Humphrey Publications, 1994.
     
  • Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Dauphin County 1757-1825. Humphrey Publications, 2005.
     
  • Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Philadelphia County 1644-1765. Humphrey Publications, 1994.
     
  • Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Gravestone, Northampton County. Larjon & Co., 2000.
     
  • Jordan, John W. Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania. 3 volumes. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004, 1911. Cover 250 colonial and Revolutionary families.
     
  • Kistler, John L. Baptismal Records of Jerusalem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1952, 1987.
     
  • Kuhns, Oscar. The German and Swiss Settlements of Colonial Pennsylvania, A Study of the So-Called Pennsylvania Dutch. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., 1900, 2004 reprint.
  • Lancaster County, PA Newspaper Archives, 1816-1889, and 1915-2001The LCDP is a county-wide consortium of cultural institutions interested in digitizing Lancaster county newspaper and manuscript collections.

  • Linn, John Blair, and William Henry Egle. Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1790: Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued in the Province of Pennsylvania, Previous to 1790. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1976.

  • Linn, John Blair. Persons Naturalized 1740-1773 in the Province of Pennsylvania: Index Edition. [S.l.]: Clearfield Co, 1991.

  •  Morris, Jean Sansenbaugher. Library Research in Pennsylvania: A Reference Guide. Pittsburgh, PA: J.O. Morris, 2002.
     
  • Munger, Donna Bingham. Connecticut's Pennsylvania "Colony," 1754-1810: Susquehanna Company Proprietors, Settlers and Claimants, Vol. 1: The Proprietors. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2007.
     
  • Munger, Donna Bingham. Connecticut's Pennsylvania "Colony," 1754-1810: Susquehanna Company Proprietors, Settlers and Claimants, Vol. 2: The Settlers. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2007.
     
  • Munger, Donna Bingham. Connecticut's Pennsylvania "Colony," 1754-1810: Susquehanna Company Proprietors, Settlers and Claimants, Vol. 3: The Claimants. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2007.

  • Pennsylvania 1927 Agricultural Census. These files are in Adobe PDF format and require the Adobe Acrobat reader to be viewed and printed. If a county or township does not appear, there is no data for it or it did not exist in 1927.
     
  • Pennsylvania City Directories, 1887-1893. CD-ROM publication published by Ancestry, Inc., title City Directories: Pennsylvania 1887-1893. Includes 967,776 records.

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education: Learn About: Genealogy/Local History.
     
  • Palatine German Immigrant Ships to Philadelphia 1727-1808.
  • Penn State Newspaper Archives. Pennsylvania newspapers from the Civil War Era news to Collegiate papers provide a glimpse of daily life and the concerns of the time.
  • Pennsylvania Civil War Newspaper Archives, 1831-1877. A collection of newspapers from the civil war era dated from February 23,1831 to February 14,1877.
     
  • Pennsylvania GenWeb Project.
     
  • Pennsylvania German Church Records, 1729-1870 [CD] Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. Contains images of the pages of all three volumes of Pennsylvania German Church Records.

  • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The PHMC is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, we are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, which we accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, and Bureau of Management Services.
     
  • Pennsylvania Obituaries.
     
  • Pennsylvania Obituaries Online. Ancestor Hunt.

  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 - Imaged Records – This collection has several types of records: 1) Death certificate, 2) Return of Death with a hospital certificate, physician’s certificate, and an undertaker’s certificate, and 3) Transit Permit with the permit to move a body and an undertaker’s certificate concerning the move. The records give the name of the deceased plus the date and place of death and/or burial. The records may also give the date and place of birth, names of parents and spouse, cause of death, and other information. FamilySearch.

  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes 1885-1951 - Marriage indexes imaged) are arranged by the names of brides and grooms with the year of the marriage and the license number. The surname of the spouse is shown in parentheses. Use the license numbers listed in this index to find copies of the marriage license records. Marriage license records for years 1885-1915 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Marriage license records for years 1916-1951 are available at the City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - 1,830,468 records on 25,981 images as of 29 March, 2010. FamilySearch.org.
     
  • Pennsylvania State Archives.
     
  • Pennsylvania State Archives. Arias. Digital military records.
     
  • Pennsylvania State Library. Index to Main Families, Persons, Places and Subjects in Egle's "Notes and Queries" ... Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 2005, 1934, 1970.
     
  • Pennsylvania Tax Lists, 1760s-1790s. The published Pennsylvania Archives consists of 136 volumes of early Pennsylvania government records, grouped into ten series. Volumes 11-22 of the Third Series contain tax lists from the 1760s to the early 1790s.
     
  • Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War.
     
  • The Philadelphia City Archive is one of the country’s largest municipal archives, with an estimated 2 million photographs that date from the late 1800’s. These gorgeous pictures paint a stunning portrait of Philadelphia and its industry, architecture, culture and people. PhillyHistory.org.
     
  • Rossell, Glenora E. Pennsylvania Newspapers: A Bibliography and Union List. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Library Association, 1978.
     
  • Rupp, Israel Daniel. A collection of upwards of thirty thousand names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French, and other immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727-1776 ... Reprint of the second rev. and enl. ed. with an added index. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1965. A chronological arrangement of passenger lists, with a surname index.

  • Schuylkill County, PA. Searchable marriage dockets online from 1885
     
  • Sheppard, Walter Lee Jr. Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684, Penn's Colony: Volume I. Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books, 1992 reprint. This is the definitive work on early passenger lists to the Delaware River.
  • Smethport, PA newspaper archives, McKean County, 1833-1977. Every newspaper in the database is fully searchable by keyword and date. A broad collection from Pennsylvania mining country, made available by the Hamlin memorial Library.
     
  • Soldiers of the Great War: Pennsylvania.

  • State Library of Pennsylvania. The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, within the Pennsylvania Department of Education, operates a major research library and leads the development of the state’s public, school, academic and special libraries to meet the information, education and enrichment needs of its residents.
     
  • Strassburger, Ralph Beaver. Pennsylvania German pioneers; a publication of the original lists of arrivals in the port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808, by Ralph Beaver Strassburger ... edited by William John Hinke ... Norristown, Penn., Pennsylvania German Society, 1934. 3 v. (Pennsylvania German Society. Proceedings. vol. XLII-XLIV) The standard reference work for identifying German immigrants who came to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1808; reprinted in 1966 by the Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore (F160.G3S8 LH&G). The reprint edition is in two volumes and does not include the facsimile signatures found in volume 2 of the original edition.
  • Tioga County, PA Newspaper Archives, 1838-2006. From Wellsboro, PA, courtesy of the Green Free Public Library.

  • Westmoreland County, PA. . Here's a chart of what's available: http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/westmoreland/cwp/view.asp?a=1487&q=611600   The marriage license index goes back to 1885 and is free.  Civil court and estate records date from the 1980s.
  • Wissahickon Valley (PA) Public Library: Ambler Gazette Collection. Courtesy of the Wissahickon Valley Public Library in Montgomery County, browseable by date.
     
  • Wright, F. Edward, editor. 18th Century Records of the German Lutheran Church at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (St. Michael's and Zion) Volume 1: Baptisms 1745-1769. Translated by Robert L Hess. Lewes, Delaware: Colonial Roots, 2004.
     
  • Yoder, Don, editor. Pennsylvania German immigrants, 1709-1786 : lists consolidated from yearbooks of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1980. List of Pennsylvania German immigrants; contains an index of personal names and an index of ships.