Findmypast weekly update – Pennsylvania focus

Five new US collections are released by Findmypast this week/

Pennsylvania, List of British Prisoners in the War of Revolution
Within this collection, are British and German Hessian soldiers who were captured during the war, giving an insight into their military experience. Information you may find alongside an ancestor’s name includes their ship or unit, where and when they were captured, and occasionally extra remarks such as whether or not they were being considered for a military exchange.

Pennsylvania, Episcopalian Births and Baptisms
Over 117,000 Episcopalian births and baptisms from the late 1600s to the mid 1900s. Information may include  a combination of event year (birth or baptism), full name, parents’ names and parish.

Pennsylvania, Episcopalian Marriages
153,000 records giving date of marriage, spouse’s name, any witnesses to the marriage and often the person who officiated the ceremony.

Pennsylvania, Episcopalian Deaths and Burials
Over 135,000 records in this collection with information ranging from place, parish, and death or burial year.

Pennsylvania, Episcopalian Congregational Records
The original Anglican congregations in Pennsylvania included Christ Church, Philadelphia (est. 1695), Trinity Church, Oxford (est. 1698), St David’s, Radnor (Est 1700) and St. Thomas, Whitemarsh (est. 1702). Originally, there was only one diocese throughout the entirety of Pennsylvania, but in 1865, the Diocese of Pittsburgh was established to encompass every parish west of the Allegheny Mountains. By 1910, there were several dioceses spanning across the state, and by the 1920s these dioceses saw a vastly increasing growth in population. The type of records will differ per collection, but you may be able to find registers of communion, vestry minutes, membership lists and administrative records.

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