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Now to the PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES.
From time to time I write about this, because many of us have colonial Pennsylvania ancestors. Previously, we've had to work through the Pennsylvania Archives in the cumbersome book format. These are the official printed version of colonial Pennsylvania records. Because in some cases the original documents have not survived, the NSDAR National Society Daughters of the American Revolution generally accepts the Pennsylvania Archives as one proof of an ancestor's service.
COLONIAL RECORDS: 16 volumes , issued 1838-1853.
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES , First Series: 12 volumes, issued 1852-1856 edited by Samuel Hazard. Selected papers from the files of the Secretary of the Commonwealth 1664-1790. Chronological order,
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Second Series: 19 Volumes issued 1874-1890 edited by John B. Linn and Dr. William Henry Egle (Vol 1-XII) and Dr. William Henry Egle (Vol XIII-XIX).
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Third Series: 30 volumes, issued 1894-1899. Vol I-XXVI edited by Dr. William Henry Egle
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Fourth Series: 12 volumes, issued 1900-1902 edited by Dr. George Edward Reed
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Fifth Series: 8 volumes, issued 1906 edited by Dr. Thomas Lynch.
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Sixth Series: 14 volumes, issued 1906-1907 edited by Dr. Thomas Lynch Montgomery.
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Seventh Series: 5 volumes, issued 1914 edited by Dr. Thomas Lynch Montgomery
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Eighth Series: 8 Volumes issued 1931-1935 edited by Gertrude MacKinney (volumes 1-5) and Dr. Charles F. Hoban (volumes 6-8.)
PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, Ninth Series: 10 volumes issued 1914, reprinted from manuscripts in the Pennsylvania Division of Public Records, edited by Gertrude MacKinney
MOST BUT NOT ALL OF THE PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES HAVE BEEN SCANNED & ARE AVAILABLE AT www.iarchives.com, searchable by every word for free.
DearMYRTLE's "Little Book" titled "PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES: Accessing Scanned Images Online" details which volumes in each series are available online at iArchives.com. Ol' Myrt's little book also provides specific directions for accessing, searching, and saving the information you locate on an ancestor. See: www.dearmyrtle.com/bookshelf/index.htm for ordering details.
Happy family tree climbing!