Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Birth
Collection years 1860-1906
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an index and images of birth registers from the Board of Health in the city of Philadelphia. It includes birth returns filed by physicians, midwives and area hospitals or other facilities. The collection includes records from 1860 to 1906.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records usually contain the following:

  • Date of Registration in City of Philadelphia
  • Date of birth
  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Place of birth (ward number and street address)
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Name of physician and their residence

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • At least one other piece of information

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

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  1. Select Digital Folder Number

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.



What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, census, church, land and death records.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to establish a migration pattern and find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Board of Health. Department of Records.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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