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.

Membership Benefits Highlights

  • Six issues of our newsletter, Jots from the Point
  • 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
  • Online Members Only databases and documents and much more!

Map of Pennsylvania

Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship

Annually, WPGS awards the Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship of up to $250 to a current member towards attendance cost at a local, regional, national, or virtual genealogy conference.

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