Pittsburgh Resources

Libraries & Archives


Allegheny County has a variety of genealogy resources. Many of these are in the process of being digitized. Check their website for availability.

The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the John Heinz History Center has many Pittsburgh area collections in the reading room of the Detre Library  & Archives.

Rodef Shalom is the oldest Congregation in Western Pennsylvania with origins in the late 1840s. They maintain an Archive open to the public by appointment. Holdings include many original documents related to the synagogue. Send email to the archivist or phone 412-621-6566 x131

The University of Pittsburgh Library also holds many Western Pennsylvania related Jewish historical material.

Carnegie Library's  Pennsylvania Department at the main branch in Oakland holds various historical books and manuscripts.  

Cemetery Project

The Western Pennsylvania Jewish Cemetery Project of the Rauh Jewish Archives completed  burial records from regional Jewish cemeteries that were submitted to the International Jewish Cemetery project (JOWBR). 

Several large Pittsburgh Jewish synagogues maintain their own cemetery records which may have not been released to the public.  For more information contact these directly:    Temple SinaiRodef Shalom  (West View Cemetery)


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