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WPGS Publications can currently be ordered via postal mail only. Please download and print the WPGS Publications Order Form along with a check made out to Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society for the cost of the books plus shipping/handling and tax. For continental USA addresses only, the shipping/handling is $4.00 for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item on the same order. There is one exception. When ordering the Pittsburgh Gazette Abstracts, 1786-1820 which includes five volumes, purchasers must include $9 shipping and handling for that set of books. Pennsylvania residents please add 7% sales tax. For shipments going out of state, there is no sales tax. For addresses outside the continental USA , please contact WPGS for shipping/handling costs.

Deaths in the Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Districts 1888-1897, Volume I
Price: $21.95
Member Price: $19.75

The Superintendent of every coal mine in Pennsylvania was required to send to the Mine Inspector an annual report listing fatal accidents occurring within their district for the previous year.  This volume includes a summary of those published reports for the western bituminous counties of Pennsylvania for the years 1888 through 1897. Entries include the name of the deceased, date of accident, date of death, location of accident, his occupation, and age. Most include marital status and number of children. Coil bound. 124 pgs. Map. Bibliography. Indexed.
New! Fatal and Nonfatal Accidents in the Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Districts, 1898-1901, Volume II
Price: $24.50
Member Price: $22.00

A summary of annual published reports to the Mine Inspector by the Superintendent of every coal mine in the western bituminous counties of Pennsylvania for the years 1898 through 1901. Entries include name, date of accident and/or death, location of accident, occupation, age, marital status, and number of children. Beginning in 1900, nationalities are also listed. Coil bound. 236 pgs. Map. Bibliography. Indexed.
Washington County, Pennsylvania, Quarter Sessions Court Records, August 1781-March 1795, Abstracts
Price: $19.00
Member Price: $17.10

An ancestor need not be a lawbreaker to appear in these Justice of the Peace records. In this volume you will find felony, larceny, the laying out of roads, lists of Grand Jury men, those admitted to the bar, the formation of Greene County, etc. Short court and county histories, period maps. Coil bound, 134 pages. Bibliography. Indexed.
Personal War Sketches of the African American Members of GAR Post 206
Price: $29.95 Contains the personal stories of over 275 Civil War soldiers and sailors as told in their own words. Images of selected records are digitized on the included CD-ROM. Serves as a methodology resource for anyone doing Civil War research.
Soldiers' Orphan Schools of Western Pennsylvania
Price: $9.95

Lists 3,500 students enrolled in the Civil War Soldiers' Orphan Schools of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Crawford, Fayette, Mercer and Westmoreland counties in 1876.

Marriage Returns, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1870-1875 (3)
Price: $54.00 per 3-volume set, or $21.00 per volume

This publication lists over 14,000 names from marriage returns performed by ministers, aldermen, and justices of the peace in Pittsburgh from 1870-1875. Alphabetical by groom with an index to brides.

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Directory
Price: $14.50
Member Price: $13.05

Family, church and commercial cemeteries, both past and present, with address and phone number (with available). Reference is made to location and availability of records.

Presbyterian Churches in Allegheny County
Price: $16.00
Member Price: $14.40

This alphabetical list of Presbyterian churches, past and present lists address, plus type, content and location of each extant church record. Includes names of early ministers.

Index to the Registration of Deaths Allegheny County Pennsylvania 1893-1905
Price: $24.95
Member Price: $22.45

Statewide registration of deaths in Pennsylvania did not start until 1906. The index to death registrations in this publication is a result of an act in 1893 requiring assessors of the townships, boroughs and wards to record such deaths within their district. This index includes the name of the deceased, date of death, place of death and document number. With this document number, one can request from WPGS a copy of the page containing the entire entry of additional information on the decedent such as age, sex, marital status, occupation, cause of death and Comb bound. 466 pgs. Alphabetical order.
Marriages in Allegheny City, PA  1877-1882
Price: $21.95
Member Price: $19.75

Prior to 1906, Allegheny City was an independent entity separate from the City of Pittsburgh. Information includes place of birth for bride and groom, residence of each, age, race, occupation, date of marriage and the name of the person performing the ceremony. 2,500 entries. Includes a separate listing of alderman and ministers with their denomination and church affiliation. Coil bound. 170 pgs. Alphabetical by groom with bride index. Compiled by Suzanne M. Johnston.

Pensioners in Western Pennsylvania in 1883
Price: $8.00 per volume or $27.00 for the four-volume set

An excellent alphabetical listing of the names of individuals who received pensions from various wars, compiled from five volumes of List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883.

Fires in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania 1875-1907
Price: $28.00
Member Price: $25.20

Lists names of 6,000 owners, along with the date and time of the fire, plus location, structure type and cause of fire.

Marriages & Deaths from the Pittsburgh Dispatch 1858-1860
Price: $15.00
Member Price: $13.50

Over 4,500 names are included  from Western PA, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 19th Century Voter Lists
Price: $18.00
Member Price: $16.20

Extant voter lists for the City of Pittsburgh, beginning in 1805 and extending to the 1850s. Over 13,000 names.


Lists and Indexes to the Legal, Court, and Municipal Records of Allegheny County, PA
Price: $5.00

Tavern Licenses for Pittsburgh 1818-1827; Law Students in Allegheny County 1831-1900; Births and Deaths in the Allegheny City Home 1871-1904; Nurses Discharge Papers 1917-1946.


Scottish Dissenting Presbyterian Churches in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Price: $15.00
Member Price: 50% SALE $7.50

Lists congregations and traces the history, locations, names and denominational changes of dissenting churches in Allegheny County.


Surname Index to 1874 Atlas of Butler County, Pennsylvania
Price: $15.00
Member Price: $13.50

An every name landowner index to the atlas of Butler County from 1874.

Allegheny County Warranty Atlas
Price: $34.00
Member Price: 50% SALE $17.00

Gives the names of the warrantees and patentees of Allegheny County, PA, along with dates, amount of acreage and location by township. Softbound. With revised every name index!

1911 Atlas of the City of Pittsburgh, PA
Price: $17.50
Member Price: 50% SALE $8.75

In 1906 Allegheny City was annexed to Pittsburgh and two years later the pattern of wards was modified and many street names changed because of duplication. Maps show both old and new names of streets. A necessary tool for census and city directory research.


Verona Cemetery
Price: $15.00

Cemetery description and tombstone readings. Softbound, 160 pages.

Pittsburgh Gazette Abstracts, 1786-1820
Price: $18.00 each for Volumes 1-3 (Members $16.20); $20 each for Volumes 4 & 5 (Members $18.00). Set: $85.00. 50% SALE ON FULL SET for Members $42.50; POSTAGE: $9 for the set.

Abstracts of every news item and advertisement of genealogical interest from the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies, including marriages, deaths, indentured servants, runaway slaves, estates, land sales, etc.

Volume 1: 1786-1797 (204 pp. & indexes)
Volume 2: 1797-1803 (430 pp.)
Volume 3: 1806-1811 (366 pp.)
Volume 4: 1812-1816 (489 pp.)
Volume 5: 1817-1820 (460 pp.)