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4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
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About Us

Mailing Address
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pennsylvania Department
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-4007
Telephone Messages
(412) 687-6811
Carnegie Library Hours
Monday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday :    10:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday:   12:00pm - 5:00pm
WPGS Library Volunteer Availability
01:30pm - 5:00pm
10:00am - 2:00pm
11:00am - 4:00pm
11:00am - 2:00pm
No regular volunteer available at this time
10:00am - 2:00pm
No regular volunteer available at this time.

Because this is an all-volunteer effort, there may be last minute changes to the schedule above.  If you plan to visit and think you will need assistance, please call the Pennsylvania Dept. desk at 412-622-3154 to be sure that someone will be available on that day.
General Inquiries
Not for Research Requests
Library Research Inquiries
Other Committee Email Addresses are found below
The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society 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. Since 1974, members of WPGS have helped trace family roots in Western Pennsylvania while preserving important local and regional records. You can visit us on Facebook as well
Mission Statement
The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is a non-profit and tax-exempt educational organization of amateur and professional family historians and genealogists, dedicated to the study and preservation of family history.

Operating Year: July 2018 - June 2019

President: Rebecca Kichta Miller
President-elect: Amy Welch
Recording Secretary: Patricia Keaton
Corresponding Secretary: Nancy Romig
Treasurer: Barbara Guffey
Director 2017-2019: Rebecca James
Director 2017-2019: Lois Salvatora
Director 2017-2019: J Miller, III
Director 2018-2020: Marilyn Cocchiola Holt
Director 2018-2020: Ray Jones
Director 2018-2020: Colleen O'Laughlin
Project Leaders & Committees
Ancestor Charts: Rob Felton
Archives: Ronald Briskey
First Families: Suzanne Johnston
Historian: Joyce Homan
Library Acquisition: Lesle Dunn
Library Collection: Vacant
Library Microfilm: Kathleen Kenna
Library Research: Lois Salvatora
Facebook Editor: Ruth Brannigan
Website/Marketing: Rebecca Kichta Miller
Membership: Rebecca James
JOTS Newsletter: Rebecca Kichta Miller
Programs: Marilyn Cocchiola Holt
Publications Marketing & Sales: Colleen O'Laughlin
Publication Sales: James Ellison
Quarterly: Vacant
Webmaster: Bob Rowe

Our Geographic Area

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