The Best Way to Get Started in Pennsylvania Genealogy Research

These three resources helped me the most when I started with genealogy research in Pennsylvania.

The Best Way to Get Started in Pennsylvania Genealogy Research
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I love doing genealogy research in PA. I have 8 generations of ancestors here on both sides of my family!

Unfortunately, when I first got started, I had a hard time figuring out where to go to learn about records and resources here.

If you are trying to learn more about doing genealogy research in Pennsylvania, here's the best way to get started:

  • Read This Book: The Making of Pennsylvania by Sydney George Fisher will give you a foundation in early PA history, and is a helpful way to get your bearings.
  • Watch These Webinars: Legacy Family Tree Webinars has a Beginners series of one-hour webinars which includes what to do with DNA testing results. I'm putting together my own course, but this general one is very helpful if you need something now.
  • Listen To This Podcast: And if you really want to start going down the rabbit hole, listen to Your Pennsylvania Ancestors by Me! The most recent episodes are on vitals records and getting started in Pennsylvania research. Older episodes are deep dives in ethnic groups and archives in the state.

These three resources helped me the most. Follow me for more resources as tips as there are new genealogy resource made every month.