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Insider Secrets to Beat Your Pennsylvania Brick Walls

OnDemand Webinar

By Lisa A. Alzo

Format: Download

SKU# U9412


  • You need brick wall-busting tips for your Pennsylvania genealogy
  • You conducted basic Pennsylvania research, but want to explore more advanced record sets
  • You have a general interest in learning more about family history in the Keystone State

Can't find your Quaker ancestor in the Pittsburgh city directory? Perhaps you're looking for an obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer, or seek a death record for your Pennsylvania Dutch great-grandfather. Among the earliest states in the Union, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can at times diffuse the trail of your ancestors like smoke pouring from a steel mill. You've likely been able to track down basic information about your Keystone State ancestors from sites like and But where do you turn when the research well runs dry? In this hour-long webinar, Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Lisa A. Alzo will take you through the Oil State's more unique record sets, and will discuss advanced brick wall-busting strategies for tracking down your Pennsylvania roots. This webinar comes with a free copy of our Pennsylvania Brick Walls ebook.


  • A brief overview of Pennsylvania vital records
  • How to explore military records and rosters
  • How to navigate the state archives
  • Tips for exploring court and tax records
  • What state-specific collections and manuscripts are available
  • How to knock down brick walls through cluster and collateral searches


Eastern European genealogy specialist Lisa A. Alzo received the Association for Women in Slavic Studies 2002 Mary Zirin Prize for excellence in scholarship, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International. Her books include Three Slovak Women (Gateway Press), Slovak Pittsburgh (Arcadia) and Cleveland Slovaks (with John T. Sabol, Arcadia). She’s written numerous articles for genealogy publications, including regular contributions to Family Tree Magazine, and blogs regularly at The Accidental Genealogist. 

SKU U9412
Author/Speaker/Editor Lisa A. Alzo
File Type MP4
Format Download
Runtime 1 Hour

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