Discovery Your Family History

Pennsylvania Family History & Genealogy Centers

Pennsylvania is among the most well-known states in the union. It is the home of the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell. With quite an excellent and vibrant history, it is not surprising citizens of this magnificent state take pleasure in studying their family beginnings to find out the contributions their clan to the growth and development of this nation. Pennsylvania families take pride in their contribution to the state. In order to support them in their research, Pennsylvania family history centers are generally created by the Pennsylvania LDS Family Search to function as an extension to the Family History Library in Utah. These facilities provide you with loads of research information and facts, which includes computer technologies, several microfiche as well as all kinds of print documents to support Pennsylvania citizens develop their family family history trees.

If you have any questions or comments about family history centers, please send a message to

Chambersburg Family History Center
50 Ragged Edge Rd
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201
(717) 263-8679

Scranton PA Family History Center
Epella Rd
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
(717) 587-5123

Doylestown PA Family History Center
Chapman & Ferry Rd
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901
(215) 348-0645

LDS Family History Center/Chapel
Rte 322
DuBois, Pennsylvania 15801
(814) 583-5837
By appointment

Erie PA Family History Center
1101 S Hill Rd
Erie, Pennsylvania 16505
(814) 866-3611

Indiana PA Family History Center
366 N 6th St
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701
(724) 349-1337

LDS Family History Library-LDS Chapel
609 Walters Ave
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15905
(814) 269-4652

Kane PA Family History Center
30 Chestnut St
Kane, Pennsylvania 16735
(814) 837-9729
Notes: Use South (back) door

Lancaster PA Family History Center
1200 E King St
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602
(717) 295-1719

Family History Center of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Park Avenue Extension
Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335
(814) 336-5064

LDS Church
5326 Rising Sun Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120
(215) 329-3692
Moved from Broad and Wyoming 1999

LDS Library
41 State St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(412) 921-2115
Notes: You have to make an appointment to use the computers, 1 hour limit. The phone only anwsers when they are open. Library is in the Church.

Pottstown PA Family History Center
Maugers Mill Rd
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19464
(610) 327-3166

Reading Pennsylvania Family History Center
3344 Reading Crest Ave
Reading, Pennsylvania 19605
(610) 929-0235

State College PA Family History Center
842 Whitehall Rd
State College, Pennsylvania 16803
(814) 238-4560

Towanda PA Family History Center
605 Ann St
Towanda, Pennsylvania 18848
(717) 265-5181

Washington PA Family History Center
525 Fairway Dr
Washington, Pennsylvania 15301
(724) 222-9474
Notes: Located 1 block off Country Club Road on Enterprise

Fairview PA Family History Center
11887 Mentzer Gap Rd
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 17268
(717) 762-2268

LDS Family History Center
Vanburen Dr
Whitehall, Pennsylvania 18052
(610) 799-3522

York Family History Center
2100 Hollywood Dr
York, Pennsylvania 17403
(717) 846-4539

Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources

As a result of its central location in the original thirteen colonies, Pennsylvania was referred to as the “Keystone State.” Pennsylvania state was initially formally recognized as an important colony around 1682, and was then formally recognized into statehood in 1787. A Statewide registration of births & deaths started in 1906. Marriages are usually documented in counties back in 1885. However, your research shouldn’t stop with the essential records. There are other source of information that you can use in your research. Within this state’s numerous libraries, archives and repositories, you will come across a lot of documents that includes military, land, newspapers, ethnic manuscripts and religious documents to assist you to uncover vital information about your ancestors and forefathers.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
Box 1528
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101
(724) 656-3100

Pennsylvania Tourism Office
Department of Community and Economic Development
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th FloorHarrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
State Museum Building
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-3362

The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA19107
(215) 732-6200

Blair County Genealogical Society
431 Scotch Valley Road
Hollidaysburg, PA16648
(814) 696-3492

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Department
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA15213
(412) 622-3154

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
215 S. Broad St., Seventh Floor
Philadelphia, PA19107
(215) 545-0391

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
2215 Millstream Road
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 393-9745

Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania
Box 82
Harleyville, PA19483
(215) 256-3020

National Archives Records Administration
Mid-Atlantic Region
900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA19107
(215) 606-0100

Pennsylvania State Archives
350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA17120
(717) 783-3281

Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

Cyndi’s List – Pennsylvania

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives

Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society

Family Search Wiki – Pennsylvania

Free Library of Philadelphia

Historic Pittsburgh

Linkpendium: Pennsylvania Genealogy and Family History

Pennsylvania Genealogy Books

Pennsylvania GenWeb Project

Pennsylvania Newspaper Projet