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Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
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Since 1974, WPGS has been dedicated to the study and preservation of family history in the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania. We aim to provide information, connections, and resources to enable your family history research. The latest revisions to the WPGS Bylaws were approved on June 19, 2017.
The Board of Directors and Committee Leaders are continually asking how to better serve and provide value to each and every member. One way we intend to do that is by expanding the content available on our website. Please check back often!  If you wish to learn more about the history of WPGS, we have prepared a two-page history of our organization. Also from 1974, our ABC's of Genealogy Research.  

Would you like to register as a member or renew?

For Membership information for the 2017-2018 year, go to "Join or Renew." If you are a member but haven't renewed yet, you can update your membership here as well.  PayPal is now available for ease of payment.

What online data is available to members?

In the Members Only Section of the WPGS website you will find:
  • Over 1,000 WPGS Member Ancestor Charts (searchable by surname)
  • Allegheny County's Civil War Roll of Honor
  • Allegheny County Grand Army of the Republic Members (a partial list)
  • Middlesex Township, Butler County Tax Lists, 1839 & 1855
  • "List of Immigrants Who Applied for Naturalization Papers in the District Courts of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania," Volume 1
  • 1853 and 1889 Allegheny County Tax Rolls
  • The First Families of Western Pennsylvania Ancestors list (over 700 family names.)
  • Allegheny County Morgue Book Index (1900-1935)
  • All back issues of the WPGS Jots from the Point newsletter, 1974 to Present
  • WPGS Quarterly, Volumes 1-7, every word searchable (more to be uploaded soon!)
  • Monthly Program Handouts (1974 to present, where available)
Also available on the website is access to ordering Research Services, Publications, and items from the Used Book Sale. You can also now place an order using PayPal. Additionally, you will find listings of upcoming events, links to genealogical resources, and the catalog of the WPGS Library, which includes books, periodicals, research materials, recordings, and microfilm.
Look in the Free Data Files for Old Western Pennsylvania Photographs, Historical Western Pennsylvania Documents, Miscellaneous Dockets of Quarter Sessions for Allegheny County, 26-County Research Resources, and Genealogy Articles of interest,   
Reminder...if you are a WPGS member, you must log in to be able to view the members-only records listed on the menu bar and take advantage of Members-Only pricing. If you do not remember your login information, contact the Webmaster at webmaster@wpgs.org.  Additional databases are being added as they become available!

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We now accept PayPal for WPGS Memberships, Publications, Research Services, and Used Book Sales.

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July 26
“Writing for Genealogy Publications: An NGSQ Primer” by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG
Main Hall at La Roche College (just follow the signs from the driveway at 9000 Babcock Blvd.
WPGS is sponsoring this FREE evening lecture as part of the 2018 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).  Don’t be intimidated when writing up your genealogy to share in publications! Using the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) as an example, this session covers the essentials of preparing an article to submit to ...

September 8
Simon Girty and the Turner Cemetery
PA Department's Conference Room on the Third Floor of the Main Branch of CLP
Historical lecture by Dr. Miles S. Richards, President, Elizabeth Township Historical Society (ETHS).  Presenting a talk on Simon Girty and the Turner Cemetery. Girty (1741-1818) was best known for serving as a liaison between the British and their Native American allies during the American Revolution. He originally served with the ...

October 1

Watch for a listing of activities throughout the month of October to celebrate Family History Month.  Activities will be sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.