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The Published Pennsylvania Archives consist of 132 vols. of early Pennsylvania government records that include military, tax, land, naturalization, marriage, and baptism records, ship passenger lists, and numerous other items of interest to genealogists and historians. The only effective way to get a handle on this useful set of published archives is to gather together as many of the items listed below, block out about four hours of time, then sit down in front of the complete set of PPA and start doing your homework.

The Archives are located in the Social Science and History Department (SSH) in nine series, LR974.8 P38 through 974.8 P3823a. Some sets are in closed reference; ask a librarian about these. If part of the set you are using is missing or damaged, a second set is located in the Government Publications Department (GPD) Gov Pub STATES P 38-8:. The Archives are also included in the database Footnote, available online only at the Parkway Central Library.

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