Pennsylvania Church and War Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Pennsylvania, 
United States
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Location of Pennsylvania
Record Description
Record Type Church and Military
Collection years 1700-1945
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is a collection of records from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania which includes records for the years 1700 to 1930. The index is provided by FindMyPast. Records may be include:

  • Land
  • Bible and cemetery records
  • Births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths
  • Newspaper articles
  • War drafts
  • Church records
  • Histories
  • Letters
  • Probate
  • Military
  • Genealogy charts

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images.

For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous records may contain:

  • Names of individuals
  • Significant dates
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ residence
  • Other biographical information

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate year of an event
  • The place where the person lived

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.


View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County and Town
  2. Select the Denomination/Parish
  3. Select the Item of Interest to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death on the state and county level
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Search for land and probate records
  • Search for additional military records, such as service and pension

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Pennsylvania.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Guidelines for Articles.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.