Pennsylvania historical records available online


HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvanians now – for the first time – can access historical records through the Pa. Power Port.

The Archives Records Information Access System will enable Pennsylvanians and researchers from around the world to utilize the resources of the Pennsylvania State Archives right from their homes or local libraries.

The records can be accessed through the Pa. Power Port at or directly at the commission’s site at

With the click of a mouse, students, teachers, family researchers and history buffs will be able to view online historical records maintained at the State Archives in Harrisburg.

War records. Currently, the system offers approximately 200,000 images relating to the participation of Pennsylvanians in the Revolutionary War, Spanish-American War and World War I.

The Revolutionary War records are arranged alphabetically by the surname of each soldier, with information on service in the Pennsylvania Militia, Pennsylvania Line, and the Navy; the name and rank of soldier; active or inactive duty; county of residence; battalion in which served; and the archival record from which the information was extracted.

More than 300,000 Civil War and Mexican Border Campaign service card images also are being loaded into the system.

Future resources. Eventually, millions of digitized records, ranging from 19th-century county birth, death and marriage dockets to collections of photographs illustrating every aspect of the Pennsylvania experience, will be added.


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