Here’s an overview of some great Pennsylvania genealogy collections available online. Some are indexed collections you can search by name, others are transcribed collections you may need to scroll through, and others are image-only collections you’ll need to scroll image by image, but from the comfort of your own home, rather than at a library!


FamilySearch has the largest collection of free genealogy collections online. You’ll need to login with a free FamilySearch account to access most of these collections, but there’s never any Try these lists of collections:

State Archives

Pennsylvania State Archives online collections, 1906-1917 birth records, 1906-1972 death records, census records, prison records, naturalization records, military records, land records, passenger lists, indentured servants, and more.

Public Libraries

Pennsylvania Libraries have some free, online collections and most of the libraries have onsite collections and have some exceptional librarians who will look up information for you for free, or for a small fee or donation to the library. (I speak from experience.) This is a list of Pennsylvania Public Libraries links to their websites and a note if we’ve found any special online collections at the library.

State Digital Library

Power Library – Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library – some Pennsylvania libraries host their online collections at Power Library, so be sure to check out this site. Here’s a list of some institutions whose collections are hosted here, but this is not a complete list.

College Libraries

University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman Library, Pittsburgh History, African American collections, and more

Keystone Library Network Digital Collections, 14 Pennsylvania University libraries’ digital collections including yearbooks, newspapers, postcards, maps, photos, and more

Gettysburg College Digital Library – GettDigital Collections, military records, photos, maps, oral histories, photos and more

Institutional Libraries

US National Archives – use the Access to Archiveal Databases – search for specific digital collections related to Pennsylvania. These are primarily Military records.

Heinz History Center, photographs, school records, business records, postcards, and more

Transcribed Record Collections & other

Pennsylvania GenWeb – part of the USGenWeb project (free), all types of genalogy records that have been transcribed – varies by county – Some of the genweb counties are hosted at RootsWeb and if not moved by the owners to a new site, these pages will not be updated after 2024, although they will remain archived at RootsWeb by

PA-Roots – records vary by county but these are all free and no login or account is required to view them

Genealogy Trails – this is a free site with Pennsylvania records transcribed and sorted by county and record type. No login required and it’s worth looking over.

Don’s List – has specific Pennsylvania Birth and Death indexes, City directories by county, and specific Pittsburgh collections including Divorce Records, Cemetery Records, Church Records, City Directories, and more


We don’t host records, instead we list Pennsylvania collections online as well as listings for specific Pennsylvania websites. Here are a few to check out:

Pennsylvania Birth, Marriage, and Death Records online by County

Pennsylvania Birth, Marriage, and Death Records online by City A-M

Pennsylvania Birth, Marriage, and Death Records online by City N-Z

Pennsylvania Census Records online

Pennsylvania City Directories online

Pennsylvania Court Records online

Pennsylvania Funeral Home Records online

Pennsylvania Immigration Records online

Pennsylvania Land Records online

Pennsylvania Libraries

Pennsylvania Military Records online

Pennsylvania Naturalization Records online

Pennsylvania Obituaries online

Pennsylvania Substitute Birth, Marriage, and Death Records online

Pennsylvania Tax Records online

Pennsylvania Voter Records online

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