Thursday, September 04, 2008

"Genealogy Day" in PA

On September 20, 2008, in Harrisburg, PA, it will be Genealogy Day at the State Library.

On Saturday, September 20, 2008 the State Library of Pennsylvania will present the second annual Genealogy Day. This free event will bring together genealogists from throughout Pennsylvania for a day of learning and independent research.

Genealogy Day
will provide an opportunity for participants to attend information sessions on various subjects. Historical societies will also be on-hand sharing their information in an exhibit area.

The State Library offers this information about the event:
There is great interest in this subject as evidenced by the website of the Philadelphia Register of Wills, which offers links to genealogical resources useful to both consumers and professionals. Such links include:
That Register's Office links to the expansive Pennsylvania Obituary Links Page, which catalogs far more online resources.
Welcome to your Pennsylvania obituaries directory, where you will find links and resources to find obituaries and vital records, listings of local Pennsylvania newspapers obituary sections, plus other obituary related topics. * * *

It is simple for you to locate any vital records that you need, including birth certificates as well as death records.

From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and all points elsewhere in Pennsylvania, the data that you are seeking can be easily found with the help of this site.
The PA Obits website first lists "Statewide Historical & Genealogical Societies." Then it lists numerous links to more local cemetery records, vital records databases, newspaper obituaries, church registries, and community histories, all arranged by county in Pennsylvania:
  • Adams
  • Allegheny
  • Armstrong
  • Indiana
  • Jefferson
  • Juniata
  • Lackawanna
  • Lancaster
  • Lawrence
  • Lebanon
  • Lehigh
  • Luzerne
  • Lycoming
  • McKean
  • Mercer
  • Mifflin
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Montour
  • Northampton
  • Northumberland
  • Perry
  • Philadelphia
  • Pike
  • Potter
  • Schuylkill
  • Snyder
  • Somerset
  • Susquehanna
  • Tioga
  • Union
  • Venango
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Westmoreland
  • York
That list is incomplete, however, since only 37 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties are listed. Surprisingly, some of the omitted counties are highly populated and technologically advanced. For example, Obit Links should list Cemetery Records - Cumberland County, PA as an online resource. Hopefully, that organization can expand its links to include the thirty unlisted counties in Pennsylvania.

Obit Links provides a targeted genealogical website for Pennsylvania, as it does for all other states. was created to provide an easy to access State-by-State directory of obituaries and obituaries related resources. This site is focused on obituaries, their importance in genealogy, and finding vital records such as birth certificates, death records, divorce decrees, and marriage licenses.

Finding obituaries can be difficult and we have developed this free site to help you find the obituaries, death records, birth certificates, and marriage records you will need.

Because you should start at the city and state of the interested person when looking for obituaries and other vital records, this site is designed as a State-by-State Directory. * * *
The Pennsylvania Department of Education's State Library itself provides links for "Pennsylvania cemeteries and obituaries" on its website, along with an updated "Researchers List." See also: Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet; Pennsylvania Obituaries at Newspaper Obituaries on the Web; and Pennsylvania Resources at RootsWeb.

Such information can be the basis for a personal genealogical history, says Obit Links on its home page: "Obituaries are more than just death notices; they are a great way to research genealogical information about your ancestors."

Consumers curious about their ancestors (for purposes of history, health, or just plain fun), and professionals researching a decedent's "family tree," should find these resources helpful.

If you are interested in a more "up close and personal" experience in genealogy, attend the upcoming Second Annual Genealogy Day in PA from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, September 20, 2008.
For reservations, contact Marc Bender at the State Library (717-705-6272, or