Partnerships in Genealogy are Expanding our Research Horizons

Partnerships in Genealogy are Expanding our Research Horizons

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William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn founded Pennsylvania, envisioning that it would be governed under the Quaker beliefs and ideals.

The newest partnership is that of Ancestry.com and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

This partnership will make over seven million birth, marriage and death records available through the Pennsylvania Vital Records Collection on Ancestry.com . These records will span 300 years between 1593 and 1908. The newest records to join the collection are:

  • Pennsylvania, Births, Church and Town Records, 1593-1708: The documents in this database contain records from churches, funeral homes, cemeteries, newspapers, historical societies, as well as personal records and other various sources.
  • Pennsylvania, Naturalizations, 1794-1908: This database contains records created as immigrants applied for U.S. citizenship through Pennsylvania courts. They include petitions for citizenship, certificates of citizenship, court naturalization lists, country of origination and more.

I, for one, will be reaping the rewards of this partnership for the simple reason that research into my children’s and husband’s Pennsylvania Welsh Quaker ancestry is one of the major areas of my research – second only to my research into my own Acadian ancestry.

This ancestry includes the immigrants that received land grants from William Penn and came to Pennsylvania – some of the most prominent being the Ambler, Ellis, Evans, Edwards, Foulke, Morgan, Coon, Cadwallader and Shelby families.

I am eager to check out these records and see if I can break down some more ‘brick walls’.


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