Online Pennsylvania Birth and Death Records
New Pennsylvania legislation (SB-361) opened access to death certificates over 50 years old and birth certificates over 105 years old. The actual certificates will be sent to the Pennsylvania State Archives who has signed a contract with Ancestry.com to scan the records and put them online.
The process began on August 27, 2012 when the 1906 records were transported to the Ancestry.com site in Maryland. After each year is complete the records will be placed online and will not be available to on-site patrons. The scanning is expected to run 18 months and gives exclusive online access to Ancestry for three years after which the database will be moved to the Pennsylvania State Archives website where it will be free to all.
The contract also requires that Pennsylvania residents have free access to this particular database on Ancestry. Many libraries and research centers everywhere provide free access to Ancestry. The data to be extracted includes: dates of birth and death, parents' names including the mother's maiden name and hopefully the place of birth.
The group behind the legislation and who led the "fight" for access to records is People for Better Pennsylvania Historical Records Access.
Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper
Allegheny County Genealogy Resources
Marriage records, Wills and Estates
Carnegie Library (Oakland) Genealogy
Heinz History Center and Archives:
Original City Directories, Rauh Jewish Archives, Pittsburgh History. The Heinz Center has many high school yearbooks. Materials are available only in person at the HHC. There is no inter library lending. Many of these are the only known copies and they are not digitized. If you know of other copies from these high schools they are usually very pleased to take donations. The offerings from schools with large Jewish enrollment include:
Stefan Lorant, PITTSBURGH The Story of an American City [1964, 1975, 1988]
George H. Thurston, Pittsburgh and Allegheny in the Centennial Year. . Click here to read a short excerpt about a 21 year old major in the Virginia military who arrived at the forks of the Ohio River in 1753. 271 pps. Link to download complete book (PDF).
George Thornton Fleming History of Pittsburg and Environs: From Prehistoric Times to the American Revolution. Vol.I, 1922, (574 pages). Link to download Vol I (PDF). Link to download Vol II (464 pages) (see Chapter 22 The Ecclesiastical History, pages 436-441 on Jewish History]
Pittsburgh Area Jewish History
Jacob S. Feldman, The Jewish Experience in Western Pennsylvania A History 1755-1945, , 331pps.
Barbara S. Burstin, Steel City Jews 1840-1915, , 366 pps.
Robert Perlman, From Shtetl to Milltown: Litvaks, Hungarians, and Galizianers in Western Pennsylvania, 1875-1925. 124 pps.
Diane Ashton Jewish Life in Pennsylvania , 75 pps. [read online at Google Books]
Online Genealogy Resources
Ancestry.com has Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1537, 437 rolls) (subscription). Ancestry also holds All Pittsburgh area census records and Ship Landings from most major US ports 1800-1957 Ancestry is available for free at major libraries or by subscription.
Historic Pittsburgh City Directories - the largest known digital collection of Pittsburgh City Directories 1815-1945
Historic Pittsburgh - additional online Pittsburgh area resources
University of Pittsburgh Yearbooks - online and searchable from 1907 to 1980
Dons List (City Directories, yearbooks, etc)
Jewish GenealogyAJC Digital Archives
Cindi's List - Jewish
Museum of Family History
Pittsburgh Jewish community book (1921)
Routes to Roots
Yizkor Books (NYPL)
One Step ToolsSteve Morse Website
General GenealogyCommonwealth of Pennsylvania - Vital Records
Library of Congress
Pennsylvania US GenWeb - Allegheny County
Pennsylvania Death Records and Indexes
Pennsylvania State Archives
Public Records by state (BRB)
Ship Arrivals (Ellis Island 1892-1924)
Worldcat (search for books at libraries around the world)
Genealogy Society of
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