Family History and Genealogy Resources by State

Ancestor Biographies

Genealogy Biographies by state

A FREE genealogy database of biographies, biographical sketches and multi-generational genealogies of Pennsylvania residents.

Biographical Sketches at this website

Biographical Sketches across the internet

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Each biography was written in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. During this time, county 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. Some of the things that can be learned are

  • Family members and relationships
  • Country of origin
  • Immigration year
  • Family Tree
  • Migration in the US
  • Military Service
  • Property owned
  • Occupation
  • Religion
  • Organizations joined
  • Political Party
  • Virtues the family found important

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.