Originally written in 2012 by the late John T. Humphrey, an award-winning author and renowned genealogist specializing in Pennsylvania and German research, Genealogy at a Glance: Pennsylvania Genealogy Research provides a comprehensive overview of the topics essential to Pennsylvania genealogy, from settlement background and record sources to Internet sites and libraries. In just four pages of text–specially laminated for heavy use–Mr. Humphrey managed to encapsulate 300 years of Pennsylvania genealogy by striking all the right notes, building on his formidable experience as an expert on family history in the Keystone State.
This is no small feat since there are several things about Pennsylvania genealogy that are radically different from other states. First, with respect to religion and ethnicity, Pennsylvania was the most diverse colony in British North America; second, in 1790 it was the most populous state in the country; and third, it was the second most populous state in the United States for more than a century–all of which bring an unexpected level of difficulty to the task.
This Updated Edition of Pennsylvania Genealogy Research contains Humphrey’s original rich and detailed text but with updated URLs and source citations, and the addition of some online indexes and databases that became available after this work was originally published. It provides all the basic instruction you need to proceed with your Pennsylvania genealogy research, focusing on key record sources and materials for further reference and finishing with a summing up of the best record repositories and websites. For Pennsylvania genealogy, these may be the best four pages you’ll ever use.
An older edition of this work is available as an eBook at https://genealogical.com/store/genealogy-at-a-glance-pennsylvania-genealogy-research/.