Pennsylvania Colonial Records, 1600s-1800s

Discover this significant collection of records comprehensive in their coverage of colonial Pennsylvania. Approximately 190,000 individuals are referenced within the newspaper abstracts, naturalization records, land records, court records, and family histories.

Much of this collection’s importance stems from the fact that neither the State of Pennsylvania nor its counties had a centralized system of collecting vital information prior to the late 1800s. Among the unique resources, you’ll find abstracts of Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette as well as the esteemed series known as Colonial Records – one of the cornerstones of early American record sources.

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