General Resources


Ancestry ($)

Ancestry Pennsylvania – Offers free access to some of Ancestry’s collections to PA residents.

Fold3 ($) – A site specializing in military records.


Cyndi’s List – An extensive collection of genealogy links, sortable by state.

Local Resources

Fayette County Genealogy Project

Fayette County Genealogical Society

Fayette County Historical Society

Fayette County Government – The official website of Fayette County’s government includes information on the different offices of the Courthouse.

Fayette County Historical Societies

Fayette County Historical Society 

Braddock Road Preservation Association

Bullskin Township Historical Society

Chestnut Ridge Historical Society

Connellsville Historical Society

Dunbar Historical Society

Smock Historical Society

Pennsylvania History

Pennsylvania State Archives

Pennsylvania State Archives (Digital Archives)

POWER Library: PA Photos & Documents

Explore PA History

Births, Deaths, Marriages

Pennsylvania State Archives: Birth Indices

Pennsylvania State Archives: Death Indices

United States Social Security Death Index

FamilySearch: Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950

Coal Mining

The Coal and Coke Heritage Center at Penn State Fayette

PA the Old Miner – This site features the histories of many company towns and lists of miners hurt or killed in accidents.

PA State Archives: Registers of Mine Accidents – For Fayette County, select the “bituminous” records.

PA State Archives: Coal Miner Records

Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas

Immigration and Travel

Castle Garden – America’s first official immigration center, in operation from 1855 to 1890.

Ellis Island – A well-known immigration center that operated from 1892 to 1954.

FamilySearch: United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925 – A collection of passport applications, some of which include photographs.


FamilySearch: United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 – An index to military pension files for those who served between 1861 and 1916.

FamilySearch: Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1865-1936 – Records of the G.A.R., an organization of Union army and navy veterans of the Civil War.

FamilySearch: United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

FamilySearch: United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – Records from the “Old Man’s Draft,” which included men born between 1877 and 1897.

Virtual Wall of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial

Maps and Land Records

Fayette County Property Records

PA State Archives: Warrantee Township Maps

PA State Archives: Warrant Registers

Penn State: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Penn Pilot

Newspapers ($)

Chronicling America

Google News Archive – Features thousands of newspapers across the world, with the Pittsburgh newspapers perhaps being of most interest to local researchers.


FamilySearch: Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994

Citizens Library (Washington County)

Cornerstone Genealogy (Greene County)

Westmoreland County Historical Society

West Virginia Vital Records