Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

An organization of amateur and professional family historians and genealogists dedicated to the study and preservation of family history focused on Western Pennsylvania.

We have a wealth of resources for both the budding researcher and the experienced pro. WPGS offers free programming and in-person help for all as well as valuable extras for our members.

Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship

Annually, WPGS awards the $250 Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship to a current member to assist with registration fees for a local, regional, national, or virtual genealogy conference.

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Highlights of Member Benefits

  • Six issues of our newsletter, Jots from Western Pennsylvania
  • Two free queries in each edition of the Society newsletter
  • Significant discounts towards WPGS Publications, Library Research, and the Online Used Bookstore
  • Inclusion in the online Ancestor Chart Project
  • Access to 146,000+ names in over 2,500 member Ancestor Charts
  • Surname Research Project – surnames being researched by members
  • Access to Online Members Only databases and documents and much more!

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Call for Quarterly Submissions

WPGS is reviving the Quarterly journal after several years of inactivity and we are accepting article submissions for upcoming issues. We’re looking for well-documented research on Western PA families or Western PA locality history that may be of interest to our members and that has not been published elsewhere.

Upcoming Events

Collection Highlights

Allegheny County Naturalizations

This member’s only collection contains an index of Immigrants who applied for Naturalization Papers in the District Courts of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Copies of the Naturalization records can also be ordered through our Research Services.