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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
15213-4007
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WPGS Library Research Mail-in Requests

This page is for USPS Mail-in Requests only.

For online ordering, please go to our Research Services page for the PayPal version.

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is an all-volunteer organization, but we try our best to answer research questions as promptly as we can. WPGS will research for members or non-members, but members do receive preferential treatment. Turnaround time for most library research requests is 2-4 weeks. The WPGS library is staffed by volunteers who are available to assist patrons with limited genealogical research within the scope of the WPGS collection and resources.  Such research is intended to complement, but not replace, the services of a professional genealogist. Such research is also intended to complement the research resources available through our colleagues at the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
 
Please return the relevant individual forms below, along with your payment and the Printable Order Form for WPGS Research Services.

 

General Library Research

$15.00 per hour for Members, $25.00 per hour for non-Members

We will search all relevant holdings in our WPGS collection for a specific individual, for an hourly fee. Up to 10 photocopies are included in that charge. Additional copies will require an additional copy fee of $.50 per page. We will also provide recommendations of additional sources for further research. Answers are in writing with copies filed in our office. Please allow a turnaround time of 2-4 weeks. Please complete the Research Request Form and return with your payment for a minimum of 2 hours of research and the Research Services Order Form, and mail them along with your payment. You will be contacted by our researchers if more time is required and/or an extra copy fee for additional pages


 

WPGS Index Look-up Service

$5.00 for Members, $10 for non-Members

We will check the indices of up to five (5) printed volumes that you select from our online catalog. Please list authors and titles, and indicate the surname or place name you wish us to search for. The fee includes a photocopy of the title page and the index pages on which the surname or place name is found. WPGS members may request 2 free index searches per year. If you would like us to send copies of the pages cited in the index, we will do so at an additional cost of $0.50 per page. We will copy up to 10 pages per volume per request. Please complete the Index Look-Up Form and the Research Services Order Form and mail them along with your payment.


 

WPGS File Search Service

$15.00 for Members, $25 for non-Members

We will search for up to 1 hour, for an individual in our Family Files, Church History Files, Cemetery History Files and Member Ancestor Chart Files for a fee. You will be advised as to the number of pages found. The above fee includes up to 10 pages copied. All extra pages copied are $0.50 per page. Please complete the Research Request Form and the Research Services Order Form and mail them along with your payment.


 

First Families of Western Pennsylvania

$5.00 for Members, $10 for non-Members

We will send you a photocopy of a completed application form, along with documents of proof of residency, for one approved First Families Ancestor Application previously submitted by a WPGS member. An index to First Family ancestors is searchable online in our Members Only area, and is one of the benefits to a WPGS membership.   Please complete the First Family Request Form and the Research Services Order Form and mail them along with your payment. You may order additional copies of document pages as needed from the file at a fee of $.50 per page.
 

Naturalization Records

$5.00 for Members, $10.00 for non-Members

WPGS will provide you copies of the Naturalization Record for one named ancestor from the WPGS 7 Volume publication, “A List of Immigrants who applied for Naturalization papers in the District Courts of Allegheny Co. Pa. 1798-1906” You will receive a copy of the abstract from our publication volume and a copy of the microfilmed original that was used for the publication. The information found in these seven volumes was abstracted from the original naturalization petitions by members of WPGS as the society's first project after its formation in the 1970s. All information on each document was transcribed, but the type and quantity of information varies greatly from one entry to the next. These records are indexed on Ancestry.com as part of the database; “US and Canada Passenger and Immigration Lists Index 1500’s-1900.”  Please complete the WPGS Allegheny Co. Naturalization Form, and the Research Services Order Form and mail them along with your payment.


 
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Death Registrations 1893-1905
 
$5.00 for Members, $10.00 for non-Members
 
WPGS will copy the death register information for anyone entry from the WPGS book index. Please complete the Research Services Order Form and the  Allegheny County Death Registration Form and mail them along with your payment.
 

Works Project Administration (WPA) Home Survey

Cost for ONE address is $5.00 for Members and $10 for non-Members

The WPA Home Survey Project, compiled in 1936 and 1937 by the WPA provides invaluable information on certain Allegheny County properties in existence at that time. Not available for all addresses. WPA home survey records include a physical description of the property, as well as a sketch of the property's outlines (top view and side view) made by a draftsman. Please note that these are not artist sketches.  The WPGS Archives Committee will make copies of WPA home survey records for addresses you specify. We will photocopy both sides of the page containing the information. Before you order, please see the list of available municipalities and wards and sample records. Please complete the WPGS WPA Survey Form and the WPGS Archives Lookup Services Order Form and mail them along with your payment.  


 
Allegheny County Dockets 
 
$5.00 for Members, $10.00 for non-Members
 
WPGS has published the Allegheny Index to Dockets in the Free Data Files section of the WGPS at https://wpgs.org/fileDownload.php?cid=14&sid=3. WPGS will make a copy of the corresponding docket page for one name per order.  To request a copy of a page from the Allegheny County Dockets, please complete the Archives Lookup Services Order Form and return it with your check made payable to WPGS.  
 
 
Allegheny County Morgue Dockets
 
$5.00 for Members, $10.00 for non-Members
 
The Coroner of Allegheny County maintained a census of arrivals at the County Morgue. The morgue record, from which the index was produced, may include such information as name of deceased, occupation, residence, physical appearance, date and cause of death, where found, disposition of remains, age, and description of clothing and effects.  See the Allegheny County Morgue Book Index in the Members Only Section on the WPGS website at https://wpgs.org/cpage.php?pt=54  
 
To request a copy of a page from the Morgue Books, please complete the Archives Lookup Services Order Form, providing the Surname, Given Name, Volume #, and PDF Page #.

 
SUBMIT YOUR RESEARCH REQUEST

Return the appropriate forms above, along with your payment and the Printable Order Form for WPGS Research Services to:

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
PA Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4007
Attention:  Research Committee

Please make checks payable to WPGS. You are encouraged to be as specific as possible with your request(s). Be sure to include at least the individual's full name, the approximate dates, and all known places.  

Such research is also intended to complement the research resources available through our colleagues at the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.