The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society has a great group of passionate, dedicated genealogists with a lot to offer both Pennsylvania residents and those who now live far from their Pennsylvania roots. Join to get the great benefits listed below! The WPGS membership year begins each July 1 and ends each June 30. We offer a renewal grace period until Sept. 28 each year, with a early payment option beginning on April 1-June 30 each year. Memberships may be cancelled, but are not refundable. Questions should be directed to membership@

Benefits of Membership

  1. Six issues of our newsletter, Jots from Western Pennsylvania, and access to digital copies of all previous newsletters and access to all previous issues from 1974-Present, with index.
  2. Two free queries in each edition of the Society newsletter.
  3. Eight informative monthly meetings per year (some as video conferences).  Most are free and open to the public.
  4. Significant Member discounts on Library Research and the Online Book Store.
  5. Free 5-Generation Ancestor Chart and inclusion in the online Ancestor Chart Project, with access to over 146,000 names in more than 2,500 member Ancestor Charts.
  6. Participation in the Surname Research Project, a database of surnames being researched by members.
  7. Digital copies of issues of the WPGS scholarly publication, Quarterly, Volumes 1 to Present, with full index.
  8. Eligibility for the Suzanne Johnston Memorial Scholarship.
  9. Access to many church records, cemetery indexes, community records, and family histories.

  • 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 where you can browse the list of over 700 family names. 
  • Allegheny County Morgue Book Index
  • WPGS Quarterly, Volumes 1-7 (every word searchable); Volumes 8-42 Coming Soon.
  • All back issues of the WPGS Jots from the Point newsletter (1974 to Present)
  • Monthly Program Handouts (1983-Present)
  • Family Bible Pages Project
  • Affiliate program opportunities

Membership Dues:

The membership year runs from July 1 of the present year to June 30 of the following year. New member benefits will begin as soon as processing is completed. Memberships may be cancelled at any time, but are not refundable. Dues received after April 1st will be applied to the next membership year and membership will begin when processing is completed. All new memberships subcribed to before April 1 will end on June 30 of that membership year.

Annual Membership
Single person membership

Annual Joint Membership
Two members living at one address

Annual Membership (outside USA)
Not US military