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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
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-4007
(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 Volunteer Available
01:30pm - 5:00pm
10:00am - 2:00pm
10:00am - 2:00pm
11:00am - 3:30pm
No volunteer available at this time
No volunteer available at this time

Because this is an all-volunteer effort, there may be last minute changes to the schedule above.
Please call the Pennsylvania Dept. desk at 412-622-3154 to be sure that someone will be available on the day that you plan to visit.
General Email
Please DO NOT use this address for Research Inquiries
General Inquiry: info@wpgs.org
Research Email 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 2017 - June 2018

President: Marilyn Cocchiola Holt
President-elect: Rebecca Kichta Miller
Recording Secretary: Amy Welch
Corresponding Secretary: Nancy Romig
Treasurer: Barbara Guffey
Director 2017-2019: Rebecca James
Director 2017-2019: Lois Salvatora
Director 2017-2019: Jay Miller, III
Director 2016-2018: Ronald Briskey
Director 2016-2018: Joyce Homan
Director 2016-2018: Colleen O'Laughlin
Project Leaders & Committees
Ancestor Charts: Rob Felton
Archives: Ronald Briskey
Facebook Editor: Ruth Brannigan
First Families: Suzanne Johnston
Historian: Joyce Homan
JOTS Newsletter: Rebecca Kichta Miller
Librarian: Lesle Dunn
Library Research: Lois Salvatora
Membership: Rebecca James
Microfilm: Kathleen Kenna
Phone Answering: Mary Lou Spindt
Programs: Marilyn Cocchiola Holt
Publication Sales: James Ellison
Publications: Colleen O'Laughlin
Publicity: Patty Bicanich
Quarterly: Vacant
Website: 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    
Meeting Location
The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and maintains its library and offices in the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The WPGS Library collection is complemented and augmented by the Pennsylvania Department's enormous holdings of local and family history information. This means that we have extensive onsite resources for both in-library research, and out-of-town queries. Planning to visit us? Check out these Tips for your WPGS Library Visit.