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The non-circulating WPGS library collection
includes family genealogies, vertical files of family research, church
histories, cemetery histories, local research and the First Families of Western
About the WPGS LibraryThe WPGS library is housed in the Pennsylvania Department of the main Carnegie Library in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
A WPGS volunteer is on hand to offer assistance with the collection between 10am - 2pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Microfilm from the WPGS collection is only available for use when a volunteer is on duty, but books are available anytime the library is open.
Become a WPGS Member
Membership in the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society opens doors to a wealth of records and friends for those with an interest in the families of Western Pennsylvania. Learn more about membership in WPGS.
What's NewOctober 11, 2014:
Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings
Dr. Catherine Kerrison
WPGS Library - Research Requests
The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is an all volunteer organization, but we do try our best to answer research questions as promptly as we can. WPGS will research for anyone - not only members - but members do receive preferential treatment. Turn around time for most library research requests is 2-4 weeks.
Research Request Fees
While we would love to help everyone, our members are all volunteers and research requests do take a lot of time, plus the expense of copying and mailing. For this reason, we have established the following fee schedule (we think you'll find it reasonable) for genealogical research requests:
Other Questions That We AnswerOur Library Research services only cover items in the WPGS library collection. If you feel your research needs more time or information than is available in our collection, however, we will gladly send you a list of professional researchers in the area and/or the address of the facility holding the information. We are also happy to provide recommendations of additional sources for information on your ancestors, including Internet sites, upon request.
Submit Your Research Request
Please mail your research request, including payment, WPGS membership number (as appropriate) and SASE to the following address:
Please be as specific as possible with your request(s). Be sure to include at
least the individual's full name, the approximate dates and the place.
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