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

Pennsylvania History

Births, Deaths, Marriages

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

Pennsylvania State University: Pennsylvania Mines and Mining

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

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.