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Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
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We hope our new website will enhance your user experience now and in the future. 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.
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.

 We are continually asking ourselves 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!

WPGS is the Local Host for the 2017 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Pittsburgh
There’s still time to Register for the 2017 FGS Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Wednesday, from August 30 through Saturday, September 2.  Hopefully, you’ve registered for this exciting event. If not, please consider registering for this exceptional opportunity to enhance your genealogical skills and knowledge that will aid in your family history research. Reminder:  You can register for just specific days if you cannot attend the entire conference.  Along with the many classes included in registration, there are additional workshops and unique events happening in these four days, including the WPGS-sponsored Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise on Wednesday Evening from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., special workshops on genetic genealogy, care for your keepsakes, and storytelling, as well a Library Day at Carnegie Library of Pittsburg in Oakland and daily luncheons featuring guest speakers.  Check here for registration, specific program information, speakers' qualifications, hotel information, special events, and volunteer opportunities.  Special rates are still available at the Westin and Omni hotels if you're planning a stay from out of town. Reminder:  You can register for just specific days if you cannot attend the entire conference.  Conference hotel rooms are still available at the Westin and Omni if you are planning to stay in the city.
WPGS members who are speakers at this conference are:
Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, Rich Venezia, Kristin Britanik, Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt, Ph.D.,
Elissa Powell, and Kimberly Powell.

Pittsburgh will provide a wonderful historical backdrop with its rich genealogical resources.  Check here for program information, speakers’ qualifications

What data is available to members online?

In the Members Only Section of this websites you will find:
  • 1853 and 1889 Allegheny County Tax Rolls
  • The First Families of Western Pennsylvania Ancestors list where you can browse the list of over 700 family names. 
  • Allegheny County Morgue Book Index
  • Civil War Roll of Honor
  • GAR Post Members:  A Partial List
  • Allegheny County Naturalizations
  • WPGS Newsletter back to 1974
  • Monthly Program Handouts
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. Additional databases will be uploaded soon!

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2016-2017 MEMBERSHIP ENDED JUNE 30.  Go to "Join or Renew" to update your membership, or for information on registration.

August 30
2017 Federation of Genealogical Societies
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this conference.   Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is the local host for this prestigious genalogical conference.  Check here for program information, speakers qualifications, hotels, special events, and volunteer opportunities.   Volunteer and Save Money!

September 9
The Life of Philander C. Knox
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main Library - Third Floor Conference Room
The Life of Philander C. Knox, presented by Dr. Miles S. Richards.  Dr. Richards discusses the life and career of Philander Chase Knox: lawyer, bank director and politician who served as United States Attorney General, a Senator from Pennsylvania and Secretary of State. Born in Brownsville, PA, he served in ...

October 7

Watch for special Family History Month events in the September-October issue of the Jots, on the WPGS Facebook page, and on the WPGS website.