Genealogy in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Genealogy Research in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Research your Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania ancestry with this guide to genealogy in the region including local birth, death, marriage, census, wills/probate and land records. Learn how to obtain copies of these records both locally and from around the world.
Allegheny County Electronic Information Network
Search just one online catalog to find what you need among the holdings of more than 70 Allegheny County public libraries. You can request items from any participating library and pick them up at the library of your choice.
Allegheny County Register of Wills
The Register of Wills site has a great list of Allegheny county resources for genealogical research, including information on where to obtain vital records, census records, wills, land records, etc.
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
The HSWP's library and archives are located in Pittsburgh's historic Strip District at the Senator John Heinz Regional History Center. They include over 1 million books, documents, maps and photographs documenting 200 years of life in Western PA.
Maps of Allegheny County
Taken from an 1876 book titled "The History of Allegheny County, PA," these maps represent quite a number of Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
Mid-Monongahela Valley History and Genealogy
This site is a little cluttered and confusing to navigate, but includes a goldmine of information for genealogists researching in the Mon Valley including biographies, photos, records, queries, lookup volunteers and history.
FamilySearch - Pennsylvania Research Outline
This wonderful research guide to Pennsylvania indexes and collections provides a comprehensive list of the PA collections available through your local Family History center. Includes tips on how to find your ancestor in these various Pennsylvania collections.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Guide to Genealogy Information
Includes a complete history of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and its predecessor publications (Pittsburgh Gazette, Commercial Gazette, Gazette-Times) and describes what material from the Post-Gazette archives is available, at what locations and in what media.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Diocese of Pittsburgh encompasses most of Western Pennsylvania. This page provides information on how to access their baptismal, First Communion, Confirmation, marriage and death records for genealogical purposes.
RootsWeb - Allegheny County Genealogy
Great site run by volunteers with Allegheny county queries, township maps, cemeteries, and some online transcriptions of census records, wills, and more.
RootsWeb - Westmoreland County Genealogy
This volunteer project co-hosted by Michael S. Caldwell and Nathan Zipfel offers some very interesting information on Westmoreland County, plus online records, queries and more.
Vital Chek - Pittsburgh
The easy way to order Pittsburgh and Allegheny County birth and death records by mail, phone, or fax.
Western Pennsylvania County Township Maps
Clickable image maps of townships in 26 Western Pennsylvania counties. There is also a hyperlinked text list of the townships for each county showing boroughs and villages within each map area.
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
The focus of the WPGS is on the 26 counties of Pennsylvania west of Centre County. They hold regular meetings from September through June, offer genealogy classes, and maintain an extensive genealogical library located within the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library in Oakland.