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Repositories for Pennsylvania Genealogy

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 686-5322.
Map Collection (215) 686-5396
Newspaper Center (215) 686-5431.


The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St., 2nd Fl.
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699.
Phone: (215) 545-0391
Church and cemetery records for most Pennsylvania counties, microfilms of early Philadelphia Orphans' Court estate papers, many county records, including deeds and probate on microfilm; CD-ROM collection. Partial catalog on-line plus indices to some collections.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 732-6200
Library houses the Genealogical Collection that was compiled mainly by GSP volunteers, plus the library of the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. Four card catalogs serve as a guide to their holdings: published materials catalog, published books prior to 1952, manuscript collections, and microfilm collection. Strong in all areas of genealogical and historical research. Online catalog includes most GSP holdings for churches and cemeteries.


National Archives, Mid-Atlantic Region

900 Market St. (entrance on Chestnut Street between 9th and 10th)
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone:(215) 606-0100
Research center with U.S. census, military – WWI and WWII draft cards, ship passenger lists, federal court records, including naturalizations, 1798 U.S. Direct Tax – Pennsylvania (window pane tax). Access to Ancestry.com.


Philadelphia City Archives
3101 Market St., 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2807
Phone: (215) 685-9400
Vital records from 1860 to 1915, deeds before 1952, naturalization records from Philadelphia county courts, early Philadelphia tax records. City directories.