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Repositories for Pennsylvania Genealogy

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCA Regional Archives
Region 7: For all synods except Metropolitan New York and the Slovak-Zion Synod
John E. Peterson
Lutheran Archives Center
Northeast Region Archives ELCA
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-1794
Phone: 215-248-4616, Ext. 34
Fax: 215-248-4577
Email: mtairyarchives@ltsp.edu 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCA Regional Archives
Region 8: For Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Western Maryland
Sarah (Sally) Roth
Tri-Synod Archives
Thiel College
College Avenue
Greenville, PA 16125
Phone: 724-589-2131

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCA Regional Archives
Region 8: General Synod for Central Pennsylvania, Delaware-Maryland and Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Elwood W. Christ
A.R. Wentz Library
Lutheran Theological Seminary
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-6286, Ext. 2131
Email: echrist@ltsg.edu
Website: http://www.abs.net/~lhs/

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 686-5322.
Map Collection (215) 686-5396
Newspaper Center (215) 686-5431
Website: http://www.library.phila.gov/

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St., 2nd Fl.
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699.
Phone: (215) 545-0391
Website: http://www.genpa.org/
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
Website: http://www.hsp.org/
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
Website: http://www.archives.gov/midatlantic/public/index.html
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
Website: http://www.phila.gov/phils/carchive.htm
Vital records from 1860 to 1915, deeds before 1952, naturalization records from Philadelphia county courts, early Philadelphia tax records. City directories.