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There are numerous genealogy and history books which have been scanned or transcribed online and available to read.  These books can take some time to read or peruse but are well worth the time to learn how your ancestors lived.  Many of these include biographical sections too which are rich in family connections.


Links to Free Pennsylvania History Books Online

1755-1855 Annals of Buffalo Valley

1832 Gazetteer of the State of Pennsylvania

1857 Watson's Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania

1915 Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania

1939 Annals of Southwestern Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania County History Books Online

Adams County

History of Adams County by Beers (1886)  |  Biographical Sketches


Allegheny County

1889 History of Allegheny County  |  Biographical Sketches

1922 History of Pittsburgh and Environs

History of Pittsburgh and Environs From Prehistoric Days to the American Revolution


Armstrong County

1891 Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana & Armstrong Counties - Part 1

          1891 Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana & Armstrong Counties - Part 2

          1891 Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana & Armstrong Counties - Biographies

History of Armstrong County by Beers


Beaver County

1843 History of Bedford County

Source: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania

by Sherman Day 1843.

History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania

by Joseph H. Bausman, 1904.


Berks County

History of Berks County, Pennsylvania

Written 1886 by Morton L. Montgomery

History of St. John's (Hains) Reformed Church

1916 Publication by Rev. W. J. Kershner & Adam G. Lerch.

The Reading Militia in the Great War

by J. Bennett Nolan Esq.


Blair County

1873 Atlas of Blair County

1892 Samuel T. Wiley's Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Blair County, PA.

A History of Blair County, Pennsylvania

From it's Earliest Settlement, and more particularly from it's Organization in 1846 to June 1896. Fifty Years.


Bucks County

1876 History of Bucks County


Butler County

1874 Atlas of the County of Butler & The State of Pennsylvania

1883 History of Butler County, PA

1895 History of Butler County


Cambria County

History of Cambria County Vol. II

History of Cambria County Vol. III

1889 Official History of the Johnstown Flood

1896 Portrait and Biographical Cycopedia of Cambria County

1899 History of the Johnstown Flood


Cameron County

1890 History of Cameron County


Carbon County

1875 County Atlas of Carbon County

History of the Counties of Lehigh and Carbon County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Published 1884.


Centre County

1861 Digital Atlas of Centre County

History of Centre & Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania

Published 1883. By John Blair Linn.

History of Liberty Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania

By Harry A. & Vera A. Lingle.


Chester County

A Full Description of the Great Tornado in Chester County, PA

Released 2008.  By Richard Darlington.

Chester County and It's People

By Thomas Wilmer.

History of Chester County, Pennsylvania with Genealogical & Biographical Sketches

Published 1881. By J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope.

Lessons from the Lowly

The Old Eagle School

Tredyffrin, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Published 1902. By Henry Pleasants.


Clarion County

1887 History of Clarion County, Pennsylvania

A. J. Davis; Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co. 1887.

1887 History of Clarion County

    Scanned version of 1887 History of Clarion County

     A. J. Davis; Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co. 1887.

Memorial History of St. Paul's Lutheran and Reformed Churches 1831-1960

True Tales of Clarion River


Clearfield County

150th Anniversary of Curwensville, Pa 1799-1949

1804-1904 Clearfield County Centennial

Raftsman's Journal.

1810-1910 Centennial History of Methodism in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

George W. Rheem.

1878 Caldwell's Atlas and History of Clearfield County

1810-1910 Centennial History of Methodism in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

George W. Rheem.

1887 History of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches

of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.

Edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich.

Clearfield County Present and Past

Published 1925 by Thomas Lincoln Wall.

Dubois - A History, 1874-1938

by M. I. McCreight.

History of St. Francis of Assisi Parish

and the Golden Anniversary of the

Laying of the Cornerstone

of the Present Church

1832  1936  1886

July 23 1936.


Clinton County

1875 Historical View of Clinton County, Pennsylvania

Maynard (partial).


Columbia County

1883 History of Columbia County, Pennsylvania

by John G. Freeze.

1887 History of Montour & Columbia Counties, Pennsylvania

by J. H. Battle

Book of Biographies of the Seventeenth Congressional District

Consisting of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland and Sullivan Counties, 1899.


Crawford County

History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania

1885.  Beers & Company.


Cumberland County

Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

1905.

History of Cumberland & Adams Counties, Pennsylvania

1886 by Beers & Company.


Dauphin County

1907 History of Dauphin County

by Luther Reilly Kelker.

Biographical History of Dauphin County, PA

1896.  Containing Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and Many of the Early Scotch-Irish and German Settlers.


Delaware County

History of Delaware County

by John Henry Ashmead


Erie County

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884

by John Henry Ashmead


Franklin County

1887 History of Franklin Couny


Franklin County

Memoirs of David Hunter Patterson

Reprinted 1991.


Greene County

History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

1882. By Rev. William Hanna.


Indiana County

1891 Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana & Armstrong Counties - Part 1

          1891 Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana & Armstrong Counties - Part 2

          1891 Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana & Armstrong Counties - Biographies

History of Indiana County, PA

From Treasures of the Past by J. A. Caldwell. 1880.


Jefferson County

History of Jefferson County, Pennsylvania

Published 1888 by Kate M. Scott.

Jefferson County Historical Sketches

Includes the history of Punxsutawney.


Juniata County

A History of the Juniata Valley and It's People

Published 1913.

History of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union and Snyder in The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Published 1884.


Lackawanna County

History and Directory of Newton and Ransom Townships

Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

Published 1872. Stephens, J. Benjamin.

History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, PA

With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches

Published 1880.

The Irish are Coming

Sligo to Scranton 1850-1900

By Jim Dolan.


Lawrence County

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens

Lawrence County, Pennsylvania 1897

History of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania

Published 1877.  By S. W. and P. A. Durant.

History of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania

Published 1887.

20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens

Published 1908. By Aaron L. Hazen.


Lancaster County

History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Biographical Sketches

Full Book online at openlibrary.org. By Franklin Ellis & Samuel Evans, 1883.

History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Biographical Sketches

Partially online at pa-roots.com. By Franklin Ellis & Samuel Evans, 1883.


Lebanon County

A History of Lebanon County Prior to 1876

By William M. Breslin.


Lehigh County

History of the Counties of Lehigh and Carbon County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Published 1884.

A History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

Partial book transcription at Genealogy Trails. Published 1902, 


Luzerne County

An 1843 Written History of Luzerne County

A History of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Published 1880.

History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, PA

With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches

Published 1909. By Oscar Jewell Harvey, A. M.

History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania With Biographical Selections

Published 1893. By H. C.. Bradsby.


Lycoming County

1843 Written History of Lycoming County

1892 History of Lycoming County


Mercer County

A Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania

Published 1909.  By John G. White.


Mifflin County

A Pictorial History of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania

A Bicentennial project of the Mifflin County Historical Society.

History of Mifflin County

From History of That Part of the Susquehanna and Juniata Valleys by Franklin Ellis. 1886.


Monroe County

History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania

Mathews, Alfred, Philadelphia, R. T. Peck & Co., 1886.


Montgomery County

1884 History of Montgomery County

Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers and biographical sketches of prominent citizens. 

Published 1904.

Montgomery County: The Second Hundred Years

1983.


Montour County

Book of Biographies of the Seventeenth Congressional District

Consisting of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland and Sullivan Counties, 1899.

The History of Columbia and Montour Counties

     Montour County Biographies from this book.

          Columbia County Biographies from this book.

          Battle, 1887.


Northampton County

History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Illustrated, 1877. Peter Fritts.

History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania and

The Grand Valley of the Lehigh

Under supervision of William J. Heller, Vol. III, American Historical Society, 1920.


Northumberland County

Book of Biographies of the Seventeenth Congressional District

Consisting of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland and Sullivan Counties, 1899.

Genealogical & Biographical Annals of Northumberland County

by J. L. Floyd, 1911.

History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (Online at USGenWeb Archives.)

Including it's aboriginal history; the Colonial and revolutionary periods; early settlement and subsequent growth; political organization; agricultural, mining, and manufacturing interests; internal improvement; religious, educational, social, and military history; sketches of its boroughs, villages, and townships; portraits and biographies of pioneers; and representative citizens etc, etc.

1891.

History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (Online at Archives.org.)

Including it's aboriginal history; the Colonial and revolutionary periods; early settlement and subsequent growth; political organization; agricultural, mining, and manufacturing interests; internal improvement; religious, educational, social, and military history; sketches of its boroughs, villages, and townships; portraits and biographies of pioneers; and representative citizens etc, etc.

1891.


Perry County

History of Perry County, In Pennsylvania

From The Earliest Settlement

To The Present Time

by Silas Wright. 1873.

History of Perry County, Pennsylvania

Including Descriptions of Indian and Pioneer Life from the Time of Earliest Settlement.

Sketches of Its Noted Men and Women and Many Professional Men.

By H. H. Hain. 1922


Philadelphia County

A Short Account of the Malignant Fever Lately Prevalent in Philadelphia

1794.

Watson's Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania

A Collection of Memoirs, Anecdotes, and Incidents of the City and Its Inhabitants and of the Earliest Settlements of the Inland Part of Pennsylvania from The Days Of The Founders.

Written ca 1830-1850 and Published in 1857.


Pike County

A Brief History of Pike County

Includes Names of Early Settlers and Historic Photos

Pike Chamber of Commerce.

History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania

Mathews, Alfred, Philadelphia, R. T. Peck & Co., 1886.


Potter County

History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania

J. H. Beers & Co., 1890.


Schuylkill County

1881 History of Schuylkill County


Somerset County

1906 History of Meyersdale


Sullivan County

100 Years of Pride

A History of Lopez, Pennsylvania

1876-1976. Compiled and Edited by Edith B. Shuman

Book of Biographies of the Seventeenth Congressional District

Consisting of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland and Sullivan Counties, 1899.

History of Sullivan County

by Thomas J. Ingham. 1899.

The Streby History of Sullivan County

by George Streby.  1903.

The Sullivan County Settlers

Provided by Margie Long of Buffalo, NY.


Tioga County

1897 History of Tioga County, Pennsylvania

Illustrated by R. C. Brown & Co.

History of Tioga County, Pennsylvania

With Illustrations, Portraits & Sketches of

Prominent Families and Individuals

1883.


Union County

Annals of Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania

1755-1855


Washington County

1882 History of Washington County

by Boyd Crumrine, published 1882.


Wayne County

History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, Pennsylvania

Mathews, Alfred, Philadelphia, R. T. Peck & Co., 1886.


Westmoreland County

Old Westmoreland - History of Western Pennsylvania During The Revolution

by Edgar W. Hassler.


Wyoming County

The Connecticut Settlement in the Wyoming Valley

Pennsylvania Archives Second Series.  VOL. XVIII

Edited by William Henry Egle, M.D. 1893.

History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, PA

With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches

Published 1880.


York County

A Brief History of York County

1906. by George Prowell.

History of Lancaster & York Counties

1845. Israel Daniel Rupp.

History of York County, Pennsylvania, Volume 1

1907 by George Prowell.

History of York County, Pennsylvania, Volume 2

Biographies. 1907 by George Prowell.

History of York County, Pennsylvania form the Earliest Times to the Present

1886. by John Gibson.

The Beginnings of the German Element in York County, Pennsylvania

1916. by Abdel Ross Wentz.

York County and the World War

1920. by John P. Lehn.

 

 

 

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