About the Library
The Library, founded in 1817, is considered to have one of the finest collections for the study of Freemasonry. The importance of collecting and cataloging seminal works in the history of Freemasonry has remained a focus of the institution since its inception. Housed within the stacks are thousands of volumes covering all aspects of Freemasonry and its relationship to the Commonwealth. The Library remains a resource for members and academics alike, providing research and lending services in an effort to advance our knowledge and understanding of the Fraternity, its meanings, and its place in history.
One of the Library’s prize possessions is an incunabulum, or book printed before 1501, this one done in Basel in 1489. It is really two books bound together, one by St. Augustine on the Trinity, and the other by Robert Holkot on the Apocryphal Book The Wisdom of Solomon.
Those of our readers with long memories may ask, “How can we celebrate 200 years in 2017, when we just celebrated 100 years in 1971?” This time, we celebrate the organization, in 1817, of the [...]
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Williamsport, PA 17701
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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While the staff of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will make every effort to respond to your genealogical requests in a timely manner, we do not have full-time employees conducting these searches. Please be advised that due to the extremely large number of requests, both via email and through postal mail, there will be, of necessity, time delays of up to three months or longer.
There is an unfounded expectation that such research will reveal a wealth of factual information about a person. While it is true that some individual Lodges may have kept detailed records, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania can only verify if a man was a member in good standing. It is unlikely that any other useful information will be available.
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania only has information on members in this jurisdiction. If a man was made a Mason in any other jurisdiction, we have no record to verify that. There never has been a national or central membership database for Freemasonry in the United States. Additionally, we can usually only verify Lodge membership. If pertinent we can sometimes verify address and occupation at time of petitioning. We do not maintain records of York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shrine, or other affiliated organizations.
Requests received often include extraneous details about the men being researched. This detail does not help us. The information that is useful to us in performing this research for you is the FULL NAME of the subject, last known Pennsylvania address, date of death and, if available, the name or number of the Lodge in which he was reputed to be a member. The occupation and address at time of petitioning may also be helpful to us.
Our records are for Freemasons who have held membership in Pennsylvania only!
Records of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, under normal circumstances, do not include information concerning the names of fathers, mothers, grandparents, etc. In most cases, the only information included would be the name of the lodge, the date of a petition to join a lodge and the dates the brother would have received each of his three degrees.
Requests can be made via the contact information found at the bottom of the page. Please include in your request a postal mailing address and a daytime telephone number where you can be reached. There are times when a simple question by our staff can result in a quicker response to you.