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Contents

County Courthouse

History

  • Much of Philadelphia County's functions cease to exist with Act of Consolidation, 1854. Further consolidations took place in 1867, 1895, 1937, 1951, 1963 and finally 1965.

Parent County

Phildelphia

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Many of the resources herein relate to the City of Philadelphia prior to the consolidation and do not include the other places within the County of Philadelphia prior to 1851.

Cemeteries

Church Records

Churches listed in the 1840, 1850 and 1856 M'Elroy's Philadelphia City Directory:
18th Street Methodist Episcopal Church
All Saints (Protestant) Episcopal Church
Arch Street Presbyterian Church
Broad Street M.E. Church
Christ Church
German Reformed Church
First Reformed Church of Philadelphia
First Baptism Church
First, Second and Third Presbyterian Church
Immaculate Conception Church
Logan Baptist Church Directory
Moravian Church
Old St. Paul's P.E. Church
Pennepack Baptist Church
Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
Reformed Presbyterian Church
Salem Reformed Church
Sarah D. Cooper M.E. Church
St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church
St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church
St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church
St. James of Kingssesing (Episcopal)
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
St. Mary's Catholic Church
St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church
Swede's Church
Trinity (Episcopal) Church, Oxford
  • 1644-1780 - Humphrey, John T. Pennsylvania Births, Philadelphia County, 1644-1780. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: Humphrey Publications, 1994-1995. FHL Book 974.811 K2hj.
Records taken from: Gloria Dei, Old Swedes, or Wicaco Church (established 1642); Philadelphia Friends Monthly Meeting (est. 1682); Christ Church (est. 1695); First Presbyterian Church (est. 1698); Second Presbyterian Church (est. 1743); Pennypack Baptist Church in Lower Dublin Township (est. 1688); First Moravian Church (est. 1742); St. Michael's (est. 1728) and Zion (est. 1766) Lutheran Church, Philadelphia; First Reformed Church, Philadelphia (est. 1727); St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Germantown (est. 1738); German Reformed Church in Germantown (est. 1727); St. Joseph's Catholic Church (est. 1733); Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford Township (est. 1698); First Baptist Church in Philadelphia (est. 1762); Friends Monthly Meeting, Pine and Orange Streets (records from 1730s); Scots Presbyterian Church (est. 1767); Personal register of Rev. Blackwell (records from 1750s); Northern District Monthly Meeting at 6th and Noble Sts. (records from 1750s); Southern District Monthly Meeting (records from 1730s); St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church (est. 1760); St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church (est. 1769).
Contains records of:
  • Philadelphia:
  • Apostolic: Fourth Reformed Church (Manayunk, Pa.)
  • Baptist: Blockley Baptist Church; Church of the Redeemer; Falls of Schuylkill Baptist Church; Fourth Baptist Church; Frankford Baptist Church; Penn Township Baptist Church; Roxborough Baptist Church; Second Baptist Church; Second Baptist Church of Philadelphia
  • Catholic: Church of the Evangelist
  • Cemeteries and Funerals: American Mechanics Cemetery; Andrew J. Bair Funeral Homes, Record Cards; Belvue Cemetery; Forest Hills Cemetery; Frank S. Whiteman Funeral Director; Genealogical Society Monument Cemetery; Genealogical Society Mount Peace Cemetery; George C. Toppitzer Funeral Home; Greenwood Cemetery; James H. Turner Funeral Director; James J. Nulty; John Kimmerle Funeral Homes, Record Books; Joseph J. Roberts Funeral Director; Kirk and Nice Undertakers, Record Cards; Laurel Hill Cemetery; Lebanon Cemetery; Mechanics Cemetery; Moore Undertaker; Mount Peace Cemetery; Mt. Carmel Cemetery; North Cedar Hill Cemetery; Oakland Cemetery; Odd Fellows Cemetery; Oliver Bair Funeral Director (1891-1913); Palmer Cemetery; R.R. Bringhurst and Co. Records; W.W. Bringhurst Funeral Home, Case Record Cards; Wackerman Funeral Home; Warren E. Titus Funeral Director; William H. Battersby Funeral Home; William Penn Cemetery; Woodlands Cemetery
  • Christian: Bible Christian Church; The Christian Weekly Newspaper
  • Church of the Brethren: Emanuel's Evangelical United Brethren Church; Germantown Ministry Church of the Brethren; Third Church United Brethren in Christ
  • Civil: Mayors Court Dockets
  • Congregational: Central Congregational Church
  • Episcopal: All Saints Episcopal Church; All Saints Episcopal Parish; All Soul's Church; Calvary Episcopal Church; Calvary Monumental Episcopal Church; Christ Church and St. Michael's Episcopal Church; Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal); Church of St. John the Evangelist (Episcopal); Church of the Advent; Church of the Ascension; Church of the Beloved Disciple; Church of the Epiphany; Church of the Holy Apostles; Church of the Holy Apostles and the Mediator; Church of the Intercessor; Church of the Redemption; Crucifixion Episcopal Church; Emmanuel Episcopal Church; Episcopal and Protestant Episcopal Church; Grace Church Episcopal Chapel; Grace Episcopal Church; Holy Innocents Church; Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; Italian Episcopal Mission, L'Emmanuello; Prince of Peace Chapel (Episcopal); St. Andrew's Episcopal Church; St. David's Episcopal Church; St. James the Less; St. John's Episcopal Church; St. Luke's Church; St. Luke's Episcopal Church; St. Mark's Episcopal Church; St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (Francisville, Pa.); St. Paul's Episcopal Church; St. Paul's of Chestnut Hill Episcopal; St. Peter's Episcopal Church; St. Stephen's Episcopal Church; St. Timothy's Episcopal Church; The Church of the Mediator; The Church of the Savior-Episcopal; Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Evangelical Lutheran: Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church; Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. John's Church Evangelical Lutheran; St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church; St. Marcus Mission Evangelical Lutheran; St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Evangelical Reformed: St. Mark's Evangelical and Reformed Church
  • Family Histories: Botsford Genealogy; D.H. Brown and Son; David H. Bowen; Hannah Benner Roach Collection; Kirk and Nice Undertakers, Record Cards; Old Philadelphia Families; Samuel W. Kehr and Son Wesley H. Kehr; The Bible of John Graves and Lydia Martin Graves; The Genealogical Society
  • German Lutheran: Persons reinterred in Greenmount Cemetery
  • German Reformed: German Reformed Church
  • Independent Christian: First Independent Christian Church; First Independent Church
  • Jewish: Chevra Bikier Cholim Cemetery; Congregation Rodeph Shalom; Mikveh Israel Jewish Congregation; Rodeph Shalom Cemetery Records
  • Lutheran: Emmanuel Lutheran Church; German Lutheran Cemetery; Memorial Lutheran Church; Saint Michaels and Zion Church; St. Andrew's English Lutheran Church; St. Michael's Congregation; St. Paul's Lutheran Church; St. Peter's Lutheran Church; Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Lutheran Episcopal: St. James Church, Kingsessing
  • Methodist: Bridesburg Methodist Church; East Montgomery Avenue Methodist Church; Methodist Midtown Parish
  • Methodist Episcopal: 18th Street Methodist Episcopal Church; A.J. Kynett Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church; Abigail Vare Methodist Episcopal Church; Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church; Boyertown-Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church; Christ Methodist Episcopal Church; Columbia Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church; Cumberland Street Methodist Episcopal Church; Eighteenth Street Methodist Episcopal Church; Eleventh Street Methodist Episcopal Church; Emory Methodist Episcopal Church; Falls Methodist Episcopal Church; Forty-Third Street Methodist Episcopal Church; Frankford Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church; Front Street Methodist Episcopal Church; Hancock Methodist Episcopal Church; Holmesburg Methodist Episcopal Church; Kensington Methodist Episcopal Church; Mariners Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church; Methodist Episcopal Church; Mount Hermon Methodist Episcopal Church; Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church; Nineteenth Street Methodist Episcopal Church; Norris Square Methodist Episcopal Church; Oak Lane Methodist Episcopal Church; Old St. George Methodist Episcopal Church; Orthodox Street Methodist Episcopal Church; Park Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church; Pitman Methodist Episcopal Church; Reed Street Mission Methodist Episcopal Church; Rohoboth Methodist Episcopal Church; Salem Methodist Episcopal Church; Scott Methodist Episcopal Church; Siloam Methodist Episcopal Church; Snyder Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church; St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church; Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church; Tioga Methodist Episcopal Church; Twentieth Street Methodist Episcopal Church; Twenty-Ninth Street Methodist Episcopal Church; Union Methodist Episcopal Church; West York Street Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Non Sectarian: Leverington Cemetery; Monument Cemetery; The Philadelphia Savings Fund Society
  • Other: Educational Home Church; Manayunk Sentinel Newspaper Excerpts; New Jerusalem Church of Frankford (Swedenborgian); Personal Records of Rev. L.O. Knipp; Philadelphia Inquirer; St. Sauveur Parish; Tabor Evangelical Church; Trinity Church, Oxford
  • Presbyterian: First Presbyterian Church of Kensington; First Reformed Presbyterian Church; Presbyterian Church; Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill; Presbyterian Church of Frankford; Roxborough Prebsyterian; Seventh United Presbyterian Church; Tioga Presbyterian Church; Trinity United Presbyterian Church; United Presbyterian Church; Wylie United Presbyterian Church
  • Protestant Episcopal: Church of the Messiah (Protestant Episcopal); Emmanuel Protestant Episcopal Church; Protestant Episcopal Church Records; St. David's Protestant Episcopal Church; St. Mary's Protestant Episcopal Church; St. Philip's Protestant Episcopal Church; St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church; Zion Protestant Episcopal Church
  • Roman Catholic: Ascension Church; Church of the Transfiguration; Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Cemetery; Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church; New Cathedral Cemetery; Old Cathedral Catholic Cemetery; Old St. Paul's Church; St. Anne Roman Catholic Church Cemetery; St. Dominic Roman Catholic Cemetery; St. James Church; St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church; St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church; St. Peter Claver's Roman Catholic Church; St. Peter's Chapel; St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church Cemetery
  • Society of Friends: Fairhill Friends Burying Ground
  • Unitarian: First Unitarian Church
  • United Church of Christ: Emanuel United Church of Christ; Salem-Zion United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist: Broad Street United Methodist Church; Central United Methodist Church; Emmanuel United Methodist Church; First United Methodist Church; First United Methodist Church of Germantown; Logan United Methodist Church; Richmond United Methodist Church; Ridge Avenue United Methodist Church; Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church; Somerton United Methodist Church; St. James United Methodist Church; Summerfield United Methodist Church; United Methodist Church; Wissahickon United Methodist Church

Many of the baptisms, marriages, and deaths Rev. Rogers recorded occurred in Philadelphia:

  • Rogers, William. "A Register of Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1772-1822," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Baptisms 1772-1822, Marriages 1772-1781, Deaths 1772-1775, Dismissals 1773, Excommunications 1773: Vol. 19 (1895):96-111; Marriages 1781-1793: Vol. 19 (1895):251-261; Marriages 1794-1798: Vol. 19 (1895):507-517; Marriages 1799-1801: Vol. 20 (1896):268-275; Marriages 1802-1804: Vol. 20 (1896):412-419; Marriages 1805-1809: Vol. 20 (1896):556-567. For free online access, see WeRelate.
Baptist

First Baptist Church

  • 1761-1803 - Marriage Record of the First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, 1761-1803 (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 9) at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.

Pennepack Baptist Church

  • 1689-1743 - "Records of the Lower Dublin or Pennypack Baptist Church. An Account of the Times of the Births of Children of Such as are Members of This Church," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 11 (1887):58-62. For free online access, see WeRelate.
Episcopalian

Christ Church

Registers begin in 1709.[1]

  • 1709-1760 - Hildeburn, Charles R. "Records of Christ Church, Philadelphia. Baptisms, 1709-1760," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, A Surnames: Vol. 12 (1888):362-365; B Surnames: Vol. 13 (1889):237-241; B-C Surnames: Vol. 14 (1890):427-433; C Surnames: Vol. 15 (1891):228-234; C-D Surnames: Vol. 15 (1891):354-360; D-F Surnames: Vol. 15 (1891):486-492; F-G Surnames: Vol. 16 (1892):111-117; G-H Surnames: Vol. 16 (1892):363-370; H-K Surnames: Vol. 16 (1892):449-456; K-P Surnames: Vol. 17 (1893):99-112; P-S Surnames: Vol. 17 (1893):214-229; S-Z Surnames: Vol. 17 (1893):352-370. For free online access, see WeRelate. Also available at Ancestry ($).
  • 1709-1806 - Marriages Prior to 1810 at Christ Church, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 2) at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.
  • 1709-1760 - Hildeburn, Charles R. "Records of Christ Church, Philadelphia. Burials, 1709-1760," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, A Surnames: Vol. 1 (1877):219-221, A-B Surnames: Vol. 1 (1877):350-353, B Surnames: Vol. 1 (1877):460-464; B-C Surnames: Vol. 2 (1878):97-101, C Surnames: Vol. 2 (1878):219-222, C Surnames: Vol. 2 (1878):336-339, C-D Surnames: Vol. 2 (1878):459-462; D-E Surnames: Vol. 3 (1879):102-106, E-G Surnames: Vol. 3 (1878):224-229, G Surnames: Vol. 3 (1878):342-346, G-H Surnames: Vol. 3 (1878):458-460; H Surnames: Vol. 4 (1880):113-116, H-J Surnames: Vol. 4 (1880):383-387, J-K Surnames: Vol. 4 (1880):501-506; L-M Surnames: Vol. 5 (1881):223-227, M Surnames: Vol. 5 (1881):343-348, M-P Surnames: Vol. 5 (1881):462-467; P Surnames: Vol. 6 (1882):239-244, P-R Surnames: Vol. 6 (1882):348-354, R-S Surnames: Vol. 6 (1882):475-480; S Surnames: Vol. 7 (1883):101-105; T-W Surnames: Vol. 7 (1883):221-227, W-Z Surnames, Addenda: Vol. 7 (1883):338-345. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  • 1711-1895 - Montgomery, Thomas H. "List of Vestrymen of Christ Church, Philadelphia," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 19 (1895):518-526. For free online access, see WeRelate.

St. Paul's Church

Registers begin in 1759.[1]

St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia
Established in 1761.

Tombstone inscriptions, which date from 1760, have been published:[2]

  • Bronson, William White. The Inscriptions in St. Peter's Churchyard, Philadelphia. Camden, N.J.: Sinnickson Chew, 1879. FHL Film 384857 Item 2.

For histories, read:

  • Gibbons, Hughes Oliphant. A History of Old Pine Street Being the Record of an Hundred and Forty Years in the Life of a Colonial Church. Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1905. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • Jefferys, C.P.B. "The Provincial and Revolutionary History of St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia, 1753-1783," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 47, No. 4 (Oct. 1923):328-356; Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan. 1924):39-65; Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr. 1924):181-192; Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul. 1924):251-269; Vol. 48, No. 4 (Oct. 1924):354-371. For free online access, see WeRelate.

All Saints Church, Torresdale

Established in 1772, but the earliest parish register entries are for 1799.[1]

German Reformed
  • 1748-1802 - Marriage Record of The German Reformed Church at Philadelphia, 1748-1802 (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 8) at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.
Lutheran
  • 1864-1923 - Reed, Luther D. Philadelphia Seminary Biographical Record. Mt. Airy, Pa.: Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary and the Alumni Association, 1923. Digital version at USGenWeb Archives - free. Alumni and graduates.
Moravian
Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church

St. Paul Presbyterian Church

  • 1906-1907 - Souvenir and Directory of the St. Paul Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia: Fiftieth Street, Baltimore Avenue and Catharine Street: Rev. J.R. Miller, D.D., Minister. Philadelphia: Ushers Association of the Church, 1906. Digitized by Ancestry ($).

Second Presbyterian Church

Third Presbyterian Church

Quakers

Early Quaker monthly meetings (with years established):

  • Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pa. (1682).
  • 1682-1775 - "Early Minutes of Philadelphia Monthly Meetings," Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1682: Vol. 1, No. 3 (Jul. 1897):251-298; 1686-1690: Vol. 2, No. 2 (May 1902):93-171; 1691-1699: Vol. 4, No. 2 (Mar. 1910):141-263; 1700-1704: Vol. 6, No. 1 (Mar. 1915):64-96; 1704-1708: Vol. 6, No. 2 (Mar. 1916):201-217; 1708-1711: Vol. 6, No. 3 (Mar. 1917):295-308; 1711-1715: Vol. 7, No. 1 (Mar. 1918):70-87; 1715-1719: Vol. 7, No. 2 (Mar. 1919):179-191; 1719-1725: Vol. 7, No. 3 (Mar. 1920):251-263; 1725-1732: Vol. 8, No. 1 (Mar. 1921):76-94; 1732-1738: Vol. 8, No. 2 (Mar. 1922):174-189; 1738-1742: Vol. 8, No. 3 (Mar. 1923):261-274; 1742-1743: Vol. 9, No. 1 (Mar. 1924):35-37; 1743-1745: Vol. 9, No. 2 (Mar. 1925):164-172; 1746-1749: Vol. 9, No. 3 (Mar. 1926):236-247; 1749-1750: Vol. 10, No. 1 (Mar. 1927):56-60; 1750-1753: Vol. 10, No. 2 (Mar. 1928):123-132; 1753-1754: Vol. 10, No. 3 (Mar. 1929):238-241; 1754-1757: Vol. 11, No. 1 (Mar. 1930):9-20; 1757-1759: Vol. 11, No. 2 (Mar. 1931):127-136; 1759-1761: Vol. 11, No. 3 (Mar. 1932):230-238; 1761-1762: Vol. 12, No. 1 (Mar. 1933):30-38; 1762-1763: Vol. 12, No. 2 (Mar. 1934):151-159; 1763-1764: Vol. 12, No. 3 (Mar. 1935):260-267; 1764-1766: Vol. 13, Nos. 1-2 (Oct. 1938):24-36; 1766-1769: Vol. 13, Nos. 2-3 (Oct. 1939):210-224; 1769-1772: Vol. 14, No. 1 (Oct. 1942):34-49; 1772-1773: Vol. 14, No. 2 (Oct. 1943):160-169; 1773-1775: Vol. 14, No. 3 (Oct. 1944):267-275; 1775: Vol. 15, No. 1 (Oct. 1945):99-102. For online access, see WeRelate (Vols. 1, 6, 7 no. 2, and 8 are free online, the other volumes are on subscription sites); the Family History Library has the complete collection: FHL Book 974.8 B2p.
Roman Catholic

Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Archives and Historical Collections
1000 East Wynnewood Rd
Overbrook, PA
(215) 667-2125

Area included in diocese: The City of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

The archives contains baptismal and marriage records created before the year 1900 for all parishes presently within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In addition to sacramental records, the archives retains a large collection of parish histories, nineteenth-century newspapers, city directories, Catholic directories, etc., all of which are open to the public. Sacramental records are private and research on them is conducted by archives staff only.

  • The History of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, 1976, James F. Connelly (editor).
  • Catholicity in Philadelphia, 1909, Joseph L. J. Kirlin

Newspapers: The Catholic Standard and Times

Earlier newspapers: The Catholic Herald, est. 1833 and The Catholic Herald and Visitor, est. 1857, microfilmed, not indexed, at the Ryan Memorial Library, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (same address as the archives.)

Swedes Church

Wicacoa Parish

Wicacoa Parish was located in what is now South Philadelphia. A 1754 membership list is preserved in Archivum Americanum at the Consistory Court of the Archbishop of Upsal in Sweden. A copy is held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.[5]

Swedes Church

The Swedes Church was organized in 1700, but registers do not survive before 1750.[1]

  • 1750-1806 - Marriage Record of the Swedes' Church (Gloria Dei), 1750-1810, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 8, Part 3) at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.

Court

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Philadelphia has been an important port since colonial times. It has been estimated that 3000 to 4000 Irish immigrants arrived at the port in the decades before and after the Revolution.[6]

  • 1682-1687 - "A Partial List of the Families Who Arrived at Philadelphia Between 1682 and 1687," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 8 (1884):328-340. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  • 1791-1792 - Kelker, Luther R. "Lists of Foreigners Who Arrived at Philadelphia, 1791-1792," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 25 (1900):187-194; Vol. 25 (1900):334-342. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  • 1819 - "Passenger List of the Ship Elizabeth, Which Arrived at Philadelphia in 1819," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 25 (1900):255-258. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found a:

For a history of Italian immigration into Philadelphia, read:

  • Dickinson, Joan Younger. "Aspects of Italian Immigration to Philadelphia," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 90, No. 4 (Oct. 1966):445-465. Digital version at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania website - free.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

Local men served in the Philadelphia City Militia. A guide at the Pennsylvania State Archives website identifies townships where specific companies recruited soldiers, see Revolutionary War Militia Battalions and Companies, Arranged by County.

Philadelphia men also served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment,[7], the 3rd Pennsylania Regiment,[7] the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment,[8] and the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment.[9]

Naturalizations

Newspapers

  • 1792-1904 - General Advertiser (Philadelphia, Pa.) is available online at Google News - free.
  • 1795, 1805 - Aurora General Advertiser (Philadelphia, Pa.) is available online at Google News - free.
  • 1719-1983 - Various Philadelphia Newspapers (Philadelphia, Pa.) are available online at [1] - pay site.
  • 1860-1869 - Various Civil War Philadelphia Newspapers (Philadelphia, Pa.) are available online at [2] - free.
  • 1864-1870 - "The Evening Telegraph" (Philadelphia, Pa.) is available online at [3] - free.
  • 1914-1921 - "Evening Public Ledger" (Philadelphia, Pa.) are available online at [4] - free

Occupations

Colonial Philadelphia attracted clockmakers,[10] brickmakers,[11] as well as pottery, china, and glassmakers.[12] Many ships were built in Philadelphia in the late 1600s and 1700s.[13] Maritime trade was very important to this port town's economy.[14]

Seybolt compiled a list of schoolmasters in eighteenth-century Philadelphia:

  • Seybolt, Robert Francis. "Schoolmasters of Colonial Philadelphia," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Oct. 1928):361-371. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Between 1750 and 1800, many Philadelphians received training in Europe to become doctors.[15]

Probate

  • 1705-1708 - Corbit, William F. "Abstracts of Wills Recorded in Philadelphia," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1705-1708: Vol. 15 (1877):191-204. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Taxation

The list of names of individuals who paid the 1709 poor tax has been published. The list covers individuals who paid the tax (rather than the names of poor folks):

  • 1754 - Savery, William. "List of the Taxables of Chestnut, Middle, and South Wards, Philadelphia, 1754," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 14 (1890):414-420. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  • 1769, 1774, 1779 - Proprietary, Supply, and State Tax Lists of the City and County of Philadelphia: For the Years 1769, 1774 and 1779. (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 14). Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Google Books - free.
  • 1779-1781 - Proprietary, Supply, and State Tax Lists of the City and County of Philadelphia: For the Years 1779, 1780 and 1781. (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 15). Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1781-1783 - Supply, and State Tax Lists of the City and County of Philadelphia: For the Years 1781, 1782 and 1783. (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 16). Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1798 - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at Ancestry ($).
  • 1809 - Shoemaker, Thomas H. "A List of the Inhabitants of Germantown and Chestnut Hill in 1809," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 15 (1891):449-480; Vol. 16 (1892):42-63. Shoemaker annotated these lists, further indentifying many of the individuals who paid taxes. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Vital Records

Philadelphia began keeping a burial register in 1803.[16] By 1838, there was general compliance. Registers of births and marriages began in 1860.[17]

1803 and 1807 burials were published in Volumes 1 and 2 of Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. For online access, see WeRelate.

Indexes to the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates 1803-1915 can be searched on FamilySearch Historical Records. The certificates are not digitized. The Family History Library has films containing the certificates

Birth Records
  • 1808-1915, 1967-1981 - Philadelphia Birth Index 1808-1915 and 1967-1981 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[18] Refer to the link in the endnote for a breakdown of batch numbers.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:.

Marriage Records

Information on how to obtain a copy of the actual marriage record can be found here.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:.

Death Records

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:.

Vital Record Substitutes

Abstracts of marriages and deaths in the Philadelphia Repository and Weekly Register (1800-1801) have been published:

  • 1800-1802 - "A Register of Marriages and Deaths, 1800-1801," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1800-1801: Vol. 23 (1899):98-103; 1800-1801: Vol. 23 (1899):241-248; 1800-1801: Vol. 23 (1899):360-367; 1800-1801: Vol. 23 (1899):522-526; 1802: Vol. 24 (1900):101-107; 1802: Vol. 24 (1900):207-211. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Societies and Libraries

Philadelphia Historical Society

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch.org Family History Library Catalog for the City of Philadelphia
  • Places in Time: Historical Documentation of Place in Greater Philadelphia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Philip Syng Physick Conner,"Registers of the Anglican Church in Pennsylvania prior to 1800," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 12 (1888):341-349. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  2. C.P.B. Jefferys, "The Provincial and Revolutionary History of St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia, 1753-1783," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 47, No. 4 (Oct. 1923):330; Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan. 1924):39-65; Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr. 1924):181-192; Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul. 1924):251-269; Vol. 48, No. 4 (Oct. 1924):354-371. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  3. William Wade Hinshaw and Phyllis J. Selby, The William Wade Hinshaw Index to Pennsylvania Quaker Meeting Records (Kokomo, Ind.: Selby Publishing and Printing, 1990). Vol. 3. FHL Book 974.8 K2w v. 3
  4. William Wade Hinshaw and Phyllis J. Selby, The William Wade Hinshaw Index to Pennsylvania Quaker Meeting Records (Kokomo, Ind.: Selby Publishing and Printing, 1990). Vol. 7. FHL Book 974.8 K2w v. 7
  5. Charles J. Stillé, "Archivum Americanum in the Consistory Court of the Archbishop of Upsal," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 15 (1891):482, 484-485. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  6. Edward C. Carter, "A 'Wild Irishman' Under Every Federalist's Bed: Naturalization in Philadelphia, 1789-1806," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 94, No. 3 (Jul. 1970):331-346. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  7. 7.0 7.1 John B.B. Trussell and Charles C. Dallas, The Pennsylvania Line; Regimental Organization and Operations, 1776-1783 (Harrisburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1977). Digital version at Family History Archive.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "6th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "11th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  10. Carolyn Wood Stretch, "Early Colonial Clockmakers in Philadelphia," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 56, No. 3 (Jul. 1932):225-235. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  11. Harrold E. Gillingham, "Some Early Brickmakers in Philadelphia," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 53, No. 1 (Jan. 1929):1-27. For free online access, see WeRelate.
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  13. Harrold E. Gillingham, "Some Colonial Ships Built in Philadelphia," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Apr. 1932):156-186. For free online access, see WeRelate; Louis F. Middlebrook, "The Ship Mary of Philadelphia," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 58, No. 2 (Apr. 1934):127-151. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  14. Marion V. Brewington, "Maritime Philadelphia 1609-1837," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 63, No. 2 (Apr. 1939):93-117. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  15. Whitfield J. Bell, "Philadelphia Medical Students in Europe, 1750-1800," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 67, No. 1 (Jan. 1943):1-29. For free online access, see WeRelate.
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  17. Returns of burials for the Public Ground in 1803 and 1805 are incomplete; there are no burial records for 1804. Between 1806 and 1834, approximately 90,000 Philadelphia burials went unrecorded, see: James V.P. Turner, "Genesis of the Board of Health and Vital Statistics in Pennsylvania," Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Jul. 1897):193-197. For free online access, see WeRelate; see also FHL Book 974.8 B2p.
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