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4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
15213-4007
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
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Welcome!

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 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 data is available to members online?

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, and 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. If you do not remember your login information, contact the Webmaster at webmaster@wpgs.org.  Additional databases will be uploaded soon!
 


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


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UPCOMING EVENTS
May 12
WPGS Board Meeting

May 17
Session 1 of 5 Genetic Genealogy: Connecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees
Pennsylvania Room, Third Floor, Carnegie Library Main Branch, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh
​BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.  This five-session course features discussions and exercises for participants to connect Ancestry DNA tests to their family tree research. Genetic genealogy has grown in popularity over the past several years. Students should have a desire to build their own family trees and genealogy research using the ...

May 24
Session 2 of 5 Genetic Genealogy: Connnecting Ancestry DNA Tests to Family Trees
Pennsylvania Room, Third Floor, Carnegie Library Main Branch, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.  This five-session course features discussions and exercises for participants to connect Ancestry DNA tests to their family tree research. Genetic genealogy has grown in popularity over the past several years. Students should have a desire to build their own family trees and genealogy research using the Ancestry ...