Welcome

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization of amateur and professional family historians and genealogists dedicated to the study and preservation of family history mainly in Western Pennsylvania. Since 1974, WPGS has aimed to provide members with genealogically related information, connections, and resources to enhance your family history research, wherever it may take you.

The Board of Directors and Committee Leaders are continually striving to better serve our members and provide value to the genealogy community. One way we are serving members is by continually 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 40-year history. Also from 1974, our ABC’s of Genealogy Research still applies.  The latest revisions to the WPGS Bylaws were approved on June 19, 2017.

Our Geographic Area

Allegheny 1788Armstrong 1800Beaver 1800
Bedford 1771Blair 1846Butler 1800
Cambria 1804Cameron 1860Clarion 1839
Clearfield 1804Crawford 1800Elk 1843
Erie 1800Fayette 1783Forest 1848
Greene 1796Indiana 1803Jefferson 1804
Lawrence 1849McKean 1804Mercer 1800
Somerset 1795Venango 1800Warren 1800
Washington 1781Westmoreland 1773 
The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society does research in the 26 counties west of Centre County. These are the western Pennsylvania counties, along with their dates of organization.

Operating Year: July 2020 – June 2021

2020-2021 WPGS Officers

President:Lois Salvatora
President-Elect:Rebecca Kichta Miller
Recording Sec.:Pamela Israel
Corresponding Sec.:Nancy Romig
Treasurer:Dave Salvatora

WPGS Directors

Director 2019-2021:Rebecca James
Director 2019-2021:Ronald Briskey
Director 2019-2021:J. Miller, III
Director 2020-2022:Amy Welch
Director 2020-2022:Colleen O’Laughlin
Director 2020-2022:Ray Jones

Project Leaders & Committees

Ancestor Charts:Rob Felton
Archives:Ronald Briskey
Digitizing:Kathleen Kenna
Facebook:Rebecca Kichta Miller
First Families:Megan Young
Historian:Joyce Homan
Indexing:Rebecca Kichta Miller
Library Collection:Patte Kelley
Library Research:Lois Salvatora
Membership:Rebecca James
Newsletter (Jots):Rebecca Kichta Miller
Programs:Amy Welch
Publications (WPGS):Rebecca Kichta Miller
Publicity & Communications:Kathryn Townsend
Suzanne Johnston Scholarship:Lois Salvatora
Used Book Sale:Rebecca Kichta Miller
Quarterly 1:Lindsay Downs
Quarterly 2:Erica Curtis
Website:Kristin Britanik