A FREE genealogy database of biographies, biographical sketches and multi-generational family histories of Pennsylvania residents.
Each biography was written in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. During this time, vanity books with biographical sketches were very popular. One usually had to pre-purchase a book or pay for inclusion in the book. Sometimes the person whose biography appeared was involved in the compiling, and sometimes it was done by descendants. Many biographies have genealogy info going back many generations.
The biographies can be very useful sources to guide genealogy research.
Be sure to check each county where your family lived as each biography and family history may cover many Pennsylvania counties as the biographies follow the family as they resettle into different parts of Pennsylvania and other states.
Browse by book, county or surname.
All About Pittsburgers Arthur Burgoyne, 1892.
History of Bucks County J.H. Battle, 1887
History of Butler County J.H. Battle, 1887
History of Centre and Clinton Counties
John Blair Linn, 1883
History of Erie County
Warner, Beers & Co., 1884
Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County
Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912
Genealogical and Personal History of Lycoming County
Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1887
Biographical Notes of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County
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Pennsylvania Biographies by Surname
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Biographies of PA Civil War soldiers