Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - Check out the Pennsylvania Collections on FamilySearch

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Check out the Pennsylvania Record Collections on FamilySearch.org.

You can access all Pennsylvania record collections at https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list - put "pennsyl" in the Search box in the upper left, and the Pennsylvania collections will appear.

There are currently 14 historical record collections on the list, including:

1)  Vital Records

*  Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 (951,480 records, index only)

*  Pennsylvania County Marriages, 1885-1950 (2,221,287 records, index and images)

*  Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940 (476,245 records, index only)

*  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951 (1,830,468 records, index and images)

 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905 (164,424 records, index and images)

*  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 (2,442,468 records, index and images)

2)  Passenger Lists

*  Pennsylvania, Passenger Lists, 1800-1882 (browse images only)

*  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948 (browse images only)

*  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882 (489,494 records, index and images)

*  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1948 (96,769 records, index and images)

*  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923 (browse images only)

3)  Naturalization Records

*  Pennsylvania, Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952 (browse images only) 

*  Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931 (browse images only)

4)  Probate Records

*  Pennsylcania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 (browse images only)

These collections are online, and free to access.  The indexed records can be searched, but the user will have to browse (meaning look through page-by-page, or by using waypointing features) the "browse images only" databases.

 I have been "mining" these records for Seaver, Carringer, King, Spangler and Vaux surnames and adding the information to my database.

When was the last time you looked for your ancestral families in these Pennsylvania records?  

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