Genealogical & Historical Societies
- Kay Haviland Freilich, CG. "Genealogical Research in Pennsylvania," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 90, Number 1, March 2002. Pages 7-36.
- Ellen Thomas Berry & David Allen Berry. Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1987.
Information is being extracted from Birth registers, 1860-1903, for the city of Philadelphia and added to the to the International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch.
Images of marriage indices for Philadelphia from 1885 until 1951 are available at the new pilot FamilySearch site FamilySearch - pilot site. Images of the actual marriage registrations are not available on-line.
Deaths in the city of Philadelphia from 1803 until 1915 may be found at the new pilot FamilySearch site Philadelphia City Death Certificates. This searchable database includes images of death certificates, undertaker's certificates, cemetery returns, physician's certificates, and body transit certificates.
Obituaries and other newspaper articles are available from the Free Library of Philadelphia. Send a request by e-mail to erefNEWS@excen.library.phila.gov or by mail, including a stamped self-addressed envelope, to Free Library of Philadelphia, Newspapers & Microfilm Center, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Two obituaries may be requested at a time. Your request should include the person's name, exact date of death or exact date of burial. Be sure to request a check of newspaper articles, if the deceased died in some newsworthy way. For example, a request for the obituary for William Mahlon Kiefer, died 20 July 1946, resulted in two obituaries and copies of the newspaper articles covering his fatal accident.
Philadelphia city directories were published from 1795 to 1935.
The Free Library of Philadelphia will search city directories for a fee. Requests are limited to one name per request. You may specify up to 10 directories to be searched, not limited to consecutive years. Send a request by e-mail to erefNEWS@excen.library.phila.gov or by mail, including a stamped self-addressed envelope, to Free Library of Philadelphia, Newspapers & Microfilm Center, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
City directories are also available on microfilm through Family History Centers.
The 1890 Philadelphia city directory, including scanned images, is available for free at Old Directory Search.
Additional city directories are available at the subscription websites of Ancestry and Footnote.
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