Comments on: Got Pennsylvania Ancestors? The official blog of Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:35:44 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jane Crawford Jane Crawford Sun, 05 Feb 2012 18:27:50 +0000 You are my kind of woman; Barefoot! That’s me, can’t wait until garden time etc. I did find a Mary & Margaret Crawford in the Pa, Church & Town Records. Maragaret is an elusive lady, I’m chasing her but so far she has outrun me. She & husband John lived in Muncy & are probably buried there. I’ve no idea what her maiden name is. May have to take a trip over there. Thanks for Ancestry & all you folks do for the hunters. Jane

By: TMiller1961 TMiller1961 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 13:52:50 +0000 My family searches center on the City of Reading. When specifying location data in forms, there is no drop-down entry for Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA. Being the seat of Berks County and currently the fifth most populated city in PA, its omission is odd.

Thank you for your work uncovering Pennsylvania’s rich heritage.

By: BEE BEE Sat, 04 Feb 2012 15:34:13 +0000 In my email box this morning: “More than 7 million NEW records from old Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985″
but no Catholic churches in Pittsburgh, PA, and not much from Fayette county, although I’m sure it’s not the fault of ancestry.
It’s very difficult to get some these records, even when writing to the diocese.
My only hope will be birth/death records, so keep them coming please.

By: Dana Dana Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:30:05 +0000 So, the vital records for Pennsylvania mentioned here:

Are not the birth/death records that will be made available in mid-February, but the “Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985″ collection that’s already been released – well, I have to say, that’s disappointing because even though me and 75 percent of my family (back to the immigrants) were BORN in Pennsylvania, I haven’t been able to find *anything* on my family in this collection.

This collection is essentially useless to people without Protestant family – which is silly since a large bulk of PA is Irish, Italian, and Polish Catholic (like my own family).

By: Lincoln Lowery Lincoln Lowery Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:07:30 +0000 Thank you Crista. Someone on the forums mentioned they had talked to a Kenny Freestone at Ancestry who said they were going to be digitized by Ancestry, but I wasn’t sure of it.

By: BEE BEE Sat, 28 Jan 2012 12:59:23 +0000 Unfortunately, my earliest Pennsylvania ancestor didn’t arrive until 1890, and most of them came between 1900 and 1910, same for any other families I’m researching.

By: swayaminfotech swayaminfotech Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:53:13 +0000 nice information….

By: Janice Janice Sat, 28 Jan 2012 01:35:13 +0000 Are there any records for Mount Pleasant, Wayne County available? I tried to find it, but without success. Suggestions? Looking for information on births from 1872-1889/

By: Joann Taylor Joann Taylor Fri, 27 Jan 2012 23:29:14 +0000 I have noticed that, in many instances, the names in the Philadelphia Death Index now on Ancestry do not match the Philadelphia Death Records found on the FamilySearch pages.

Just as one example:
your Phila. Death Index lists a Jonathan C Vanartsdalen – at

He is clearly the same man who is listed in the FamilySearch Index as: Jonathan C. Fanartsdalers – same DOD, same parents (who are indexed as :D an’L and Maria Reanokiel).

Do you plan to add the Phila. death records to Ancestry and if so, will you be crosschecking the index?

By: Crista Cowan Crista Cowan Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:43:10 +0000 Susan – Sometimes it helps identify the most likely candidates and then try to trace them each to see what happened to them. This will help you narrow down to YOUR Jeremiah. You might also want to check out Julianna’s tips here:

Lincoln – Mid-February is when the state will make these records available to researchers. I don’t know if they have plans to give access to these records or not.

lbgeyer – For more information about the resources in this collection, I would contact

Bee – Me, too!

Nancy – Great catch!