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*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596 Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records], Philadelphia, birth and death records 1906-present. Order in-person, [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_certificates/14121/birth_records_-_by_internet/556818 order online] through VitalChek, or [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_certificates/14121/birth_records_-_by_mail/556813 order births by mail], or [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/death_and_fetal_death_certificates/14122/death_records_-_by_mail/556827 order deaths by mail].<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596 Birth and Death Certificates] in ''Pennsylvania Department of Health'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596 Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records], Philadelphia, birth and death records 1906-present. Order in-person, [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_certificates/14121/birth_records_-_by_internet/556818 order online] through VitalChek, or [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_certificates/14121/birth_records_-_by_mail/556813 order births by mail], or [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/death_and_fetal_death_certificates/14122/death_records_-_by_mail/556827 order deaths by mail].<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/birth_and_death_certificates/11596 Birth and Death Certificates] in ''Pennsylvania Department of Health'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref>  
*[http://www.phila.gov/records/archives/archives.html Philadelphia City Archives] births 1860-1915, marriages 1860-1915, divorces 1851-1975, deaths 1803-1915, naturalizations 1800-1933 (except 1905-1913), house deeds 1683-1952, tax lists, prisoners, mayors' warrants, cemeteries, constables, streets and city directories.<ref name="DB95" /> <ref>[http://libwww.freelibrary.org/explore/shell.cfm?topicTitle=Genealogy&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;template=genealogyhand.cfm Genealogy 101] in ''Free Library of Philadelphia'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref>  
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*[http://www.phila.gov/records/archives/archives.html Philadelphia City Archives] births 1860-1915, marriages 1860-1915, divorces 1851-1975, deaths 1803-1915, naturalizations 1800-1933 (except 1905-1913), house deeds 1683-1952, tax lists, prisoners, mayors' warrants, cemeteries, constables, streets and city directories.<ref name="DB95" /> <ref>[http://libwww.freelibrary.org/explore/shell.cfm?topicTitle=Genealogy&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;template=genealogyhand.cfm Genealogy 101] in ''Free Library of Philadelphia'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[http://www.phila.gov/justice/orphans/ Clerk of the Orphans' Court], Philadelphia, marriages 1885-present.<ref>[http://www.phila.gov/justice/orphans/ Clerk of the Orphans' Court] in ''City of Philadelphia'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[http://www.phila.gov/justice/orphans/ Clerk of the Orphans' Court], Philadelphia, marriages 1885-present.<ref>[http://www.phila.gov/justice/orphans/ Clerk of the Orphans' Court] in ''City of Philadelphia'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[http://www.courts.phila.gov/departments/prothonotary.asp Office of the Prothonotary], Philadelphia, divorces 1875-present, and Court of Common Pleas records, Municipal Court records, and Orphans Court records since 1874.<ref>[http://www.courts.phila.gov/casesearch/ Search Court Records] in ''The Philadelphia Courts'' (accessed 23 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[http://www.courts.phila.gov/departments/prothonotary.asp Office of the Prothonotary], Philadelphia, divorces 1875-present, and Court of Common Pleas records, Municipal Court records, and Orphans Court records since 1874.<ref>[http://www.courts.phila.gov/casesearch/ Search Court Records] in ''The Philadelphia Courts'' (accessed 23 December 2013).</ref>  
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*[http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/friends-historical-library.xml Swarthmore College Friends Hisorical Library], Swarthmore, has 45,000 books, 60,000 photos, and 9,000 volumes of original Quaker meeting records, plus local history of the Mid-Atlantic states.<ref>[http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/friends-historical-library.xml Friends Historical Library] in ''Swarthmore College'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/friends-historical-library.xml Swarthmore College Friends Hisorical Library], Swarthmore, has 45,000 books, 60,000 photos, and 9,000 volumes of original Quaker meeting records, plus local history of the Mid-Atlantic states.<ref>[http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/friends-historical-library.xml Friends Historical Library] in ''Swarthmore College'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*Repositories in '''''other surrounding states:''''' [[Delaware Archives and Libraries|Delaware]], [[District of Columbia Archives and Libraries|District of Columbia]], [[Maryland Archives and Libraries|Maryland]], [[New Jersey Archives and Libraries|New Jersey]], [[New York Archives and Libraries|New&nbsp;York]], [[Ohio Archives and Libraries|Ohio]], [[Virginia Archives and Libraries|Virginia]], [[West Virginia Archives and Libraries|West Virginia]], and [[Ontario Archives and Libraries|Ontario]].  
 
*Repositories in '''''other surrounding states:''''' [[Delaware Archives and Libraries|Delaware]], [[District of Columbia Archives and Libraries|District of Columbia]], [[Maryland Archives and Libraries|Maryland]], [[New Jersey Archives and Libraries|New Jersey]], [[New York Archives and Libraries|New&nbsp;York]], [[Ohio Archives and Libraries|Ohio]], [[Virginia Archives and Libraries|Virginia]], [[West Virginia Archives and Libraries|West Virginia]], and [[Ontario Archives and Libraries|Ontario]].  
*[http://www.hsd.org/library.htm Historical Society of Delaware Library], Wilmington, colonial records, newspapers, church records, state records, Revolutionary War records, Civil War records, Delaware histories, and genealogies.<ref name="DB27">Dollarhide and Bremer, 27.</ref>
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*[http://www.hsd.org/library.htm Historical Society of Delaware Library], Wilmington, colonial records, newspapers, church records, state records, Revolutionary War records, Civil War records, Delaware histories, and genealogies.<ref name="DB27">Dollarhide and Bremer, 27.</ref>  
*[[Maryland State Archives]], Annapolis, colonial and state records from 1634, county probate, land, and court records, church records, newspapers, 130 card indexes to deeds and early settlers.<ref name="DB55">Dollarhide and Bremer, 55.</ref>
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*[[Maryland State Archives]], Annapolis, colonial and state records from 1634, county probate, land, and court records, church records, newspapers, 130 card indexes to deeds and early settlers.<ref name="DB55">Dollarhide and Bremer, 55.</ref>  
*Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives, New Brunswick, New Jersey, town records, manuscripts, letters, diaries, newspapers, photos, biographies, histories, family folders, Bibles, census, cemeteries, genealogical collections.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 77.</ref>
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*[http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/scua.shtml Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives], New Brunswick, New Jersey, town records, manuscripts, letters, diaries, newspapers, photos, biographies, histories, family folders, Bibles, census, cemeteries, genealogical collections.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 77.</ref>  
 
*[[New York State Archives]], Albany, has manuscripts, vital record indexes, land grants, maps, military, court, alien depositions, prisoners, Erie Canal passenger lists, wills, estates, and state censuses. Colonial, state, county, and town records.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.</ref>  
 
*[[New York State Archives]], Albany, has manuscripts, vital record indexes, land grants, maps, military, court, alien depositions, prisoners, Erie Canal passenger lists, wills, estates, and state censuses. Colonial, state, county, and town records.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.</ref>  
 
*[http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/ Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County], good genealogies, local history, early Ohio records, Inland Waterways Library, Ohio River (and tributaries) boat traffic from Pittsburgh to Louisville.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.</ref>  
 
*[http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/ Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County], good genealogies, local history, early Ohio records, Inland Waterways Library, Ohio River (and tributaries) boat traffic from Pittsburgh to Louisville.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.</ref>  

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National Archives at Philadelphia
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Contents

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov

Address:[1]
900 Market Street     (entrance on Chestnut Street)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-4292

Telephone:[1]  215-606-0100
Fax:  215-305-2038
Hours and holidays:[1] Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. Second Saturday each month, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Closed Sundays and federal holidays.
Directions, map, and public transportation:[2] The facility is located on the ground level of the Nix Federal Building. Enter on the Chestnut Street side between 9th and 10th Streets.

  • Google map
  • Subway:  Market-Frankford Line. Exit at 8th Street.
  • Bus:  Many SEPTA and NJ Transit buses stop in the vicinity. For routes that stop at the main entrance, SEPTA buses #9, #21, #38, and #42 stop at 9th Street and Chestnut.
  • Rail:  All SEPTA regional rail lines and the New Jersey PATCO line have stations on Market Street between 8th and 11th.  Transit contacts:
  • SEPTA, Southeastern SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority 215-580-7800
  • NJ Transit, New Jersey Transit 973-762-5100
  • PATCO Speedline Delaware River Port Authority of PA and NJ (DRPA), (856) 772-6900
  • Car:  There is pay parking in the vicinity.
  • From the north:  I-95 south to Exit 22 (I-676 West/ Independence Hall/Callowhill St. exit), right on Callowhill St. at bottom of ramp. Left on 6th St. to Walnut St. Right on Walnut to 9th. Right on 9th to Chestnut St.
  • From the south:  I-95 north to Exit 22. Left at 6th St. and proceed as above.
  • From the east:  Benjamin Franklin Bridge to 6th St. Proceed as above.
  • From the west:  I-76 to Exit 344 (I-676 East). I-676 east to 8th St./Chinatown exit. Right on 8th to Walnut. Right on Walnut to 9th. Right on 9th.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Collects the historically significant records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, starting in 1789. Also United States federal censuses and indexes 1790-1940,[3] passenger arrival lists for Philadelphia 1800-1945 and Baltimore and other east coast ports, naturalizations 1790-1990, military pension and bounty land warrants, World War I and II draft registration, early federal history, diplomacy, military history, Chinese-Americans, World War II homefront, National Park Service, merchant marine, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, federal tax evasion and smuggling cases,[4] court records including bankruptcy, civil, criminal, and courts of appeal.[5]

Tips

  • Valid official photo identification, such as driver's license or passport, must be presented to the guard at the door for entry. In addition, visitors and their belongings are subject to being scanned and searched. All belongings are to be stored in a free locker near the entrance. No food is allowed, unless attending a scheduled workshop.[6]
  • Online Research Tools and Aids including online catalog, microfilm catalog, AAD, ALIC, Guide to Federal Records, and NARA publications.

Guides

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at Philadelphia, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[7]
  • National Archives II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.[8]
  • Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, indexes and original sources of Pennsylvania Archives, such as vital records, military records, naturalization, prisoners, land records, censuses, and ships lists 1728-1808. Also, unfilmed transcripts from many historical societies and courthouses.[9] [10]
  • State Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, indexes and surname files, histories, atlases, land records, maps, ship lists, church and cemetery records, censuses, regimental histories, ethnic and religious groups, newspapers, obituaries, naturalizations, and city directories.[11]

Similar Collections

  • National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO., has millions of military personnel, health, medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services starting with World War I, and federal employee records.[12]
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.[13]
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.[14]

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The National Archives at Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 19 December 2013).
  2. NARA's Mid Atlantic Region - Center City Philadelphia, PA in Recreation.gov (accessed 20 December 2013).
  3. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 95. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  4. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  5. Court Records in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  6. Access Requirements at the National Archives Mid-Atlantic Region] (accessed 25 September 2012).
  7. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  8. Information for Researchers at the National Archives at College Park, MD in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  9. Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.
  10. Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 23 December 2013).
  11. Genealogy and Local History in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 27 December 2013).
  12. National Personnel Records Center in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  13. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in Library of Congress (accessed 31 December 2013).
  14. Based on updated statistics from Family History Library in FamilySearch Research Wiki (accessed 31 December 2013).
  15. Birth and Death Certificates in Pennsylvania Department of Health (accessed 27 December 2013).
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 Dollarhide and Bremer, 95
  17. Genealogy 101 in Free Library of Philadelphia (accessed 27 December 2013).
  18. Clerk of the Orphans' Court in City of Philadelphia (accessed 27 December 2013).
  19. Search Court Records in The Philadelphia Courts (accessed 23 December 2013).
  20. Marriage Records in Register of Wills (accessed 23 December 2013).
  21. Archives in City of Philadelphia Department of Records (accessed 23 December 2013).
  22. Office of the Clerk of Court in United States District Court Eaastern District of Pennsylvania (accessed 24 December 2013).
  23. About the Museum in American Swedish Historical Museum (accessed 24 December 2013).
  24. CHHS Collections in Chestnut Hill Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  25. Genealogical Resources at the Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library in The German Society of Pennsylvania (accessed 24 December 2013).
  26. Library and Archives in Germantown Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  27. The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia in The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  28. Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Presbyterian Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  29. Resources in Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  30. Genealogy Resources/Church Records in Franklin and Marshall College Library (accessed 24 December 2013).
  31. About the Quaker Collection in Haverford Libraries (accessed 24 December 2013).
  32. The JGSGP Library in Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  33. Genealogy Resources in Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  34. Friends Historical Library in Swarthmore College (accessed 24 December 2013).
  35. Dollarhide and Bremer, 27.
  36. Dollarhide and Bremer, 55.
  37. Dollarhide and Bremer, 77.
  38. Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.
  39. Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.
  40. Using the Collections at Library of Virginia (accessed October 2012).
  41. 41.0 41.1 Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  42. Dollarhide and Bremer, 117.
  43. West Virginia Archives and History in West Virginia Division of Culture and History (accessed 21 December 2013).
  44. Records in Ontario Ministry of Government Services (accessed 29 December 2013).
  45. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).