Genealogy and History in Washington County

Our next meeting will be Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Citizen's Library, 55 South College Ave, Washington, PA. The topic will be Researching Military Records. Please call President Ken Britten at 724-745-7713 for more information. ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Are you or someone you know looking for a volunteer internship or Eagle Project related to southwestern PA history, historical documents or genealogy? If so, please contact the society at the e-mail address below.

Remainder of 2015 Programs:

All meetings are at 2pm except for July and December  2015

September 5th: Google Search for genealogical records

October 3rd: Scavenger Hunt in Washington Cemetary

November 5th: Slave and Farm Census Searching

December 19h: Christmas Party

Members: It's renewal time; please send in your 2015 dues. Don't miss any issues of the Keyhole!

Pedigree Charts are needed for the Keyhole. Contact the Editor at pigford@comcast,net

We recently were given many historical documents related to Washington, PA and the Washington Fuel and Oil Company. These include deeds, mortgages, insurance documents and others. Some of the surnames on these documents are Bolton, McCollister,Gilmore, Baker, Meyers, Ecker, Bedillion, Hatfield and Price. Contact the society if interested.

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Our Mission

The GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA is a non-profit, educational organization, formed so that members may assist one another, and others, in discovering and preserving information about their families. It is primarily concerned with recording and preserving the ancestral heritage of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, for which our Society is named, is all that area which was the original Washington County, formed March 28, 1781. This is the land to the west of the Monongahela River, from the West Virginia line north, and west and south of the Ohio River to the Ohio line. Parts of the original Washington County are now all of Greene and portions of Beaver and Allegheny Counties.

This southwestern Pennsylvania portion of the Commonwealth was originally claimed by both Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The first National Road, Route 40, came through our area, along with endless visits by the famous surveyor, George Washington, along with visits by Lafayette, George Rogers Clark, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson as well as many other renowned people.

Learn more about our county's notable ancestry, and possibly your own, by joining The Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania and receiving our quarterly publication, the Keyhole.

The Special Reference Room, which houses the genealogical material, is located at Citizens Library, 55 South College Street, Washington, Pennsylvania, directly across from Washington and Jefferson College (the College also being established in 1781).

Our Society is dedicated to preserving documents from Washington County, to giving funds, annually, in research books for the Special Reference Room, and in presenting Spring and Fall educational programs. Check our monthly meeting programs listed below under Program Schedule. The Washington County Tourism Agency will list additional company events and hotels.

Featured Content

Washington County And Township History

WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA. Opened for settlement in 1768. The evolution of Washington County is as follows: From 1750 to 1770 – Cumberland County; from 1771 to 1773 – Bedford County; from 1773 to 1781 – Westmoreland County; March 28, 1781 – Washington County. Prior to 1781, Virginia also claimed Southwestern Pennsylvania. Virgin

Genealogical Society Membership

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS - Your Opportunity To - Receive the KEYHOLE, a 50-page, country-wide quarterly publication; Submit your Query to the KEYHOLE; Submit your copy-ready family history to the KEYHOLE; Have access to members' research/correspondence files; Have access to members' pedigree charts; Search these online d

Genealogy and History in Washington County

Our next meeting will be Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Citizen's Library, 55 South College Ave, Washington, PA. The topic will be Researching Military Records. Please call President Ken Britten at 724-745-7713 for more information. ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Are you or so

Genealogy Links

Genealogy Links Note: The following sites have been listed for your convenience as a research tool. The Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania has no responsibility for the performance of these sites. Advanced Book Exchange Allen County Library Genealogy Dept. (Indiana) AltaVista Search Engine American Civil War Homepage (The)

Washington County Newspapers

ADVANCE & ADVANCE WEEKLY Washington, PA (1871-1874) CITIZENS LIBRARY, Washington, PA, On Microfilm AMERICAN TELEGRAPH Brownsville, PA (1814-1818) MANDERINO LIBRARY, California University, Serial Room-on microfilm CALIFORNIA SENTINEL Not Available California, PA Newspaper Office Burned down in 1940s THE CANONSBURG HER

Southwestern PA County Courthouses And Offices

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURTHOUSE 436 GRANT STREET PITTSBURGH, PA 15219 412-350-5313 CLERK OF COURTS 412-350-5368 PROTHONOTARY 412-350-4200 RECORDER OF DEEDS