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*[http://www.germantownhistory.org/ Germantown Historical Society] (Germantown, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill) manuscripts, maps, deeds, business records, newspapers, church and cemetery records, oral histories, and photos.<ref>[http://www.germantownhistory.org/library.htm Library and Archives] in ''Germantown Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[http://www.germantownhistory.org/ Germantown Historical Society] (Germantown, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill) manuscripts, maps, deeds, business records, newspapers, church and cemetery records, oral histories, and photos.<ref>[http://www.germantownhistory.org/library.htm Library and Archives] in ''Germantown Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia] ELCA archives for Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Upstate New York (excluding New York City) and New England. Includes clergy and synod papers, and some parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals, confirmations) (some in German).<ref>[http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia] in ''The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
 
*[http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia] ELCA archives for Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Upstate New York (excluding New York City) and New England. Includes clergy and synod papers, and some parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals, confirmations) (some in German).<ref>[http://ltsp.edu/lutheran-archives-philadelphia The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia] in ''The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
 
*Methodist Historical Center, Philadelphia
 
 
 
*[http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/ Presbyterian Historical Society], Philadelphia, national archives of the PC(USA).<ref>[http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/ Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society] in ''Presbyterian Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*[http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/ Presbyterian Historical Society], Philadelphia, national archives of the PC(USA).<ref>[http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/ Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society] in ''Presbyterian Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>  
 
*Repositories in '''''surrounding counties:&nbsp;''''' ''Pennsylvania:&nbsp;'' [[Bucks County, Pennsylvania|Bucks]], [[Chester County, Pennsylvania|Chester]], [[Delaware County, Pennsylvania|Delaware]], [[Montgomery County, Pennsylvania|Montgomery]]; ''New&nbsp;Jersey:&nbsp;'' [[Burlington County, New Jersey|Burlington]], [[Camden County, New Jersey|Camden]], and [[Gloucester County, New Jersey|Gloucester]].  
 
*Repositories in '''''surrounding counties:&nbsp;''''' ''Pennsylvania:&nbsp;'' [[Bucks County, Pennsylvania|Bucks]], [[Chester County, Pennsylvania|Chester]], [[Delaware County, Pennsylvania|Delaware]], [[Montgomery County, Pennsylvania|Montgomery]]; ''New&nbsp;Jersey:&nbsp;'' [[Burlington County, New Jersey|Burlington]], [[Camden County, New Jersey|Camden]], and [[Gloucester County, New Jersey|Gloucester]].  

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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 Chesnut 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, maps, 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.

  • 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 and Baltimore and other east coast ports, naturalizations, 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.
  • 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.
  • Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, indexes and original sources of Pennsylvania Archives, such as vital, military, naturalization, prison, land records, census, ships lists, and mine accidents.[7] [8]

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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. Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.
  8. Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 23 December 2013).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Dollarhide and Bremer, 95
  10. Search Court Records in The Philadelphia Courts (accessed 23 December 2013).
  11. Marriage Records in Register of Wills (accessed 23 December 2013).
  12. Archives in City of Philadelphia Department of Records (accessed 23 December 2013).
  13. Office of the Clerk of Court in United States District Court Eaastern District of Pennsylvania (accessed 24 December 2013).
  14. About the Museum in American Swedish Historical Museum (accessed 24 December 2013).
  15. CHHS Collections in Chestnut Hill Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  16. Genealogical Resources at the Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library in The German Society of Pennsylvania (accessed 24 December 2013).
  17. Library and Archives in Germantown Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  18. The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia in The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  19. Genealogy and Family History Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Presbyterian Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  20. The JGSGP Library in Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  21. Dollarhide and Bremer, 27.
  22. Dollarhide and Bremer, 55.
  23. Using the Collections at Library of Virginia (accessed October 2012).
  24. Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  25. Dollarhide and Bremer, 117.
  26. West Virginia Archives and History in West Virginia Division of Culture and History (accessed 21 December 2013).
  27. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).