Thursday, January 26, 2012

Historical Society of Pennsylvania Shares Birth, Marriage and Death Records with announced today that it has added, in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, over seven million records detailing more than 300 years of Pennsylvanians’ life history spanning from 1593-1908.

"The Historical Society of Pennsylvania decided to partner with to make more than seven million of our vital records more accessible to family historians," said Kim Sajet, president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

The newest vital record additions, containing information from each county in the state of Pennsylvania, include:

  • Pennsylvania, Births, Church and Town Records, 1593-1708: The documents in this database are primarily Protestant church records from congregations in Pennsylvania, but there are additional sources as well, including funeral homes, cemeteries, newspapers, historical societies, and personal records, among others. (Original data: Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
  • Pennsylvania, Naturalizations, 1794-1908: This database contains records created as aliens applied for U.S. citizenship through Pennsylvania courts. They include petitions for citizenship, certificates of citizenship, court naturalization lists, and other documents. (Original data: Supreme Court Naturalization Papers, 1794-1908. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission)

Kim added, "The vital records we have posted to are just a small portion of the genealogical records here at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. We welcome anyone interested in family history to visit our library in Center City Philadelphia."

These new vital record databases are available to current subscribers and can be found at

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