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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[National_Archives_at_Philadelphia|National Archives at Philadelphia]]'' <br>  
  
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=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:'''<ref name="S1">Source 1.</ref>&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov]]  
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'''E-mail:'''<ref name="NAaPh">[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ The National Archives at Philadelphia] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 19 December 2013).</ref>&nbsp;&nbsp;[mailto:Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov]  
  
'''Address:'''<ref name="S1" />  
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'''Address:'''<ref name="NAaPh" /> <br>900 Market Street&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(entrance on Chestnut Street)<br>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-4292<br>  
  
900 Market Street <br>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania <br>19107-4292<br>(Entrance on Chestnut Street,<br>between 9th and 10th St.)
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'''Telephone:'''<ref name="NAaPh" />&nbsp;&nbsp;215-606-0100 <br> '''Fax:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;215-305-2038<br> '''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="NAaPh" />&nbsp;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.&nbsp;Closed Sundays and [http://www.archives.gov/news/federal-holidays.html federal holidays].<br> '''Directions, map, and public transportation:'''<ref>[http://www.recreation.gov/recAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;agencyCode=70908&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;recAreaId=10013 NARA's Mid Atlantic Region - Center City Philadelphia, PA] in ''Recreation.gov'' (accessed 20 December 2013).</ref> The facility is located on the ground level of the Nix Federal Building. Enter on the Chestnut Street side between 9th and 10th Streets.  
  
'''Telephone:'''<ref name="S1" />&nbsp;&nbsp;215-606-0100 <br> '''Fax:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;215-305-2038<br> '''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="S1" />&nbsp;Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Second Saturday each month, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.&nbsp;Closed Sundays and Federal holidays.<br> '''Directions, maps, and public transportation:'''<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ Directions] at the National Archives Mid-Atlantic Region] (accessed 25 September 2012).</ref> The facility is located on the ground level of the Nix Federal Building. Enter on the Chestnut Street side between 9th and 10th Streets.
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:*[https://goo.gl/maps/2zMfD '''''Google map''''']
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:*'''''Subway:&nbsp;''''' Market-Frankford Line. Exit at 8th Street. <br>  
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:*'''''Bus:&nbsp;''''' 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. <br>
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:*'''''Rail:&nbsp;''''' All SEPTA regional rail lines and the New Jersey PATCO line have stations on Market Street between 8th and 11th. &nbsp;Transit contacts: <br>  
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::*''SEPTA'', Southeastern SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority 215-580-7800 <br>
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::*''NJ Transit'', New Jersey Transit 973-762-5100 <br>  
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::*''PATCO Speedline'' Delaware River Port Authority of PA and NJ (DRPA), (856) 772-6900<br>
  
Subway: Market-Frankford Line. Exit at 8th Street.  
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:*'''''Car:&nbsp;''''' There is pay parking in the vicinity.<br>
  
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.
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::*''From the north:&nbsp;'' 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. <br>
 
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::*''From the south:&nbsp;'' I-95 north to Exit 22. Left at 6th St. and proceed as above. <br>
Rail: All SEPTA regional rail lines and the New Jersey PATCO line have stations on Market Street between 8th and 11th.
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::*''From the east:&nbsp;'' Benjamin Franklin Bridge to 6th St. Proceed as above. <br>
 
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::*''From the west:&nbsp;'' 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. <br>
Transit Contacts: SEPTA, Southeastern SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, 215-580-7800
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NJ Transit, New Jersey Transit, 973-762-5100
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PATCO Speedline, Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (DRPA), (856) 772-6900
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Car: 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.  
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From the south: I-95 north to Exit 22. Left at 6th St. and proceed as above.  
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From the east: Benjamin Franklin Bridge to 6th St. Proceed as above.  
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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.  
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There is pay parking in the vicinity.<br><br>  
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'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
 
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
  
*[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ The National Archives at Philadelphia Home]<br>  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ The National Archives at Philadelphia Home] what's new, press releases, events, collection descriptions, FAQs, finding aids, new accessions, forms and services.<br>  
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/ The Archival Research Catalog (ARC)]  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/index.html Resources for Genealogists] getting started guide, available records, online catalog / databases.
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/databases/ List of databases] Free subscription databases are available such as: Ancestry, Fold3, HeritageQuest through ProQuest.<br><br>
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*[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/ Access to Archival Databases (AAD)] a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic records. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/ Archival Research Catalog (ARC)] the online catalog of over 63% of NARA's nationwide holdings. Searches by keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/ Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)] American history and government, archival administration, information management, and government documents for archivists, librarians, and the public.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/databases/ List of databases] Free subscription databases are available such as: Ancestry, Fold3, and ProQuest.
  
 
=== Collection Description  ===
 
=== Collection Description  ===
  
[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ Collections]: The National Archives at Philadelphia maintains the historically significant records of the Federal Agencies and Courts, in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, dating from 1789 to the present. These historical records, as well as select federal bankruptcy records, are open to the public.  
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Collects the [http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ 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,<ref>William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 95. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref> 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,<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/public/family-history.html Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 20 December 2013).</ref> court records including bankruptcy, civil, criminal, and courts of appeal.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/research/court-records/ Court Records] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 20 December 2013).</ref>
  
 
=== Tips  ===
 
=== 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.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ Access Requirements] at the National Archives Mid-Atlantic Region] (accessed 25 September 2012).</ref><br>  
 
*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.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ Access Requirements] at the National Archives Mid-Atlantic Region] (accessed 25 September 2012).</ref><br>  
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/start/online-tools.html Online Research Tools and Aids]<br>
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/start/online-tools.html Online Research Tools and Aids] including online catalog, microfilm catalog, AAD, ALIC, ''Guide to Federal Records'', and NARA publications.<br>
  
 
=== Guides  ===
 
=== Guides  ===
  
*Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, ''The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches'' (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988), 32-34. ({{FHL|630522|item|disp=FHL Book 977 A3sz}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17738169 WorldCat entry]. Describes each field branch collection, microfilms, services and activities. Each of 150 record groups of the archives is also described.<br>
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*[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/holdings/index.html Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives at Philadelphia] record group level descriptions of archival holdings including agency administrative history.
*[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/public/family-history.html Family History Research at the Archives Facility Guides]<br>
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*[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/public/family-history.html Family History Research at the National Archives at Philadelphia] available records, records request process, photocopying, family history workshops.
*[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/holdings/index.html Archival Holdings Guide]<br>
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/ ''Federal Records Guide''] Search NARA's holdings of federal records at a very high level, to identify which record groups may have material about your research topics. [http://www.archives.gov/san-francisco/finding-aids/record-groups-alpha.html Alphabetical index] to the ''Federal Records Guide''. [http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/tools/record-group-clusters.html Record Groups by topic clusters] in the ''Federal Records Guide''.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/chinese-americans/guide.html Chinese Immigration and the Chinese in the United States] including U.S. District Courts, census, customs, immigration and naturalization, public health, and U.S. Marshalls.
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*Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, ''The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches'' (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988), 22-24. {{WorldCat|17738169|disp=At various respositories (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|630522|item|disp=FHL Book 977 A3sz}}. Describes each field branch collection, microfilms, services and activities. Each of 150 record groups of the archives is also described.
  
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
{''&nbsp;'''List''' (link to a Wiki article for) '''at least one or more other repositories''' that collect overlapping records, or similar family history material including central repositories, affiliated or branch repositories, higher level jurisdiction repositories, parent or daughter jurisdiction repositories. Also list neighboring repositories with similar records. Please briefly explain how each substitute repository is related.''}
 
  
 
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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*[[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives I]], Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service &amp; pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html 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.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives at College Park, MD] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
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*[[Pennsylvania State Archives]], Harrisburg, indexes and original sources of {{FHL|221762|item|disp=''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.<ref name="DB97">Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.</ref> <ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/research_topics/3162 Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives] in ''Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission'' (accessed 23 December 2013).</ref>  
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*[[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.<ref>[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/genealogy_and_local_history/8730 Genealogy and Local History] in ''Pennsylvania Department of Education'' (accessed 27 December 2013).</ref>
  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*[http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/ National Personnel Records Center], St. Louis, MO.,&nbsp;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.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/ National Personnel Records Center] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>  
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*[[Library of Congress]], Washington, DC, is 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. The [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ Local History and Genealogy Reading Room] has moved to the '''Main Reading Room''', but services remiain unchanged.<ref>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/lhgcoll.html The Collections] in ''Local History and Genealogy Reading Room'' in ''Library of Congress'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
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*[[Family History Library|Family History Library]], Salt Lake City,&nbsp;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.<ref>Based on updated statistics from [[Family History Library]] in ''FamilySearch Research Wiki'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref>
  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
  
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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>
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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;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/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>
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*[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://secureprod.phila.gov/wills/marriagerecordinfo.aspx Register of Wills], Philadelphia, wills 1692-present, and marriages records.<ref>[http://secureprod.phila.gov/wills/marriagerecordinfo.aspx Marriage Records] in ''Register of Wills'' (accessed 23 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/Inventor/graphics/agencies/A005.htm City of Philadelphia Department of Records] deeds 1952-present, mortgages, and partnerships.<ref>[http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/Inventor/graphics/agencies/A005.htm Archives] in ''City of Philadelphia Department of Records'' (accessed 23 December 2013).</ref>
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*[[Historical Society of Pennsylvania]], Philadelphia, has early Quakers, Germans, Scots-Irish and other ethinc groups in PA, NJ, DE, and states east of the Mississippi River, Balch Institute passenger arrival lists, huge manuscript collection including many indexes, and Philadelphia neighborhood records.<ref name="DB95">Dollarhide and Bremer, 95</ref>
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*[[Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania]], Philadelphia, has great online indexes to books, periodicals, family folders, genealogies, and research aids for Pennsylvania and surrounding states.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://www.librarycompany.org/ Library Company of Philadelphia] has huge German-American collection, Pennsylvanians in the Civil War, and early Philadelphia documents as if it were a second city archives.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://www.freelibrary.org/ Free Library of Philadelphia] very large book collection, periodicals, genealogies, city directories, maps, family folders, vertical files, manuscripts, and Pennsylvania histories.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://www.library.upenn.edu/vanpelt/ University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center], Philadelphia, many manuscripts, newspapers, county records, ethnic sources, denominational records, and county histories.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://library.temple.edu/collections/scrc/urban-archives Temple University Urban Archives], Philadelphia, churches, fraternal groups, unions, guilds, clubs, businesses, and societies especially related to the growth of Philadelphia and vicinity.<ref name="DB95" />
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*[http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/index.htm U.S. District Court Clerk, Eastern District of Pennsylvania], Philadelphia, court records.<ref>[http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/index.htm Office of the Clerk of Court] in ''United States District Court Eaastern District of Pennsylvania'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.americanswedish.org/ American Swedish Historical Museum], Philadelphia, Swedish heritage in the Delaware Valley.<ref>[http://www.americanswedish.org/frames.htm About the Museum] in ''American Swedish Historical Museum'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://chhist.org/collections/aboutcollections.htm Chestnut Hill Historical Society], images, maps, real estate atlases, deeds, diaries, genealogies, and oral histories of the western-northern most part of Philadelphia.<ref>[http://chhist.org/collections/aboutcollections.htm CHHS Collections] in ''Chestnut Hill Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.germansociety.org/library.html German Society of Pennsylvania], Philadelphia, church history, genealogy, immigrants, immigrant aid records, German newspapers, old GSP memberships, and German-American periodicals.<ref>[http://www.germansociety.org/GenealogicalResourcesHorner.pdf Genealogical Resources at the Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library] in ''The German Society of Pennsylvania'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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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>
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*[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>
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*[http://www.history.pcusa.org/resources/genealogy/ Presbyterian Historical Society], Philadelphia, national archives of the Presbyterian Church (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>
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*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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*[http://www.erhs.info/index.html Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (ERHS)], Lancaster, Reformed Church records and genealogy resources including parish registers.<ref>[http://www.erhs.info/page4/index.html Resources] in ''Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[[Franklin and Marshall College Library]], Lancaster, "Hessian" (German) soldiers in the American Revolution, history, government, Pennsylvania-German culture, U.S. Civil War.<ref>[http://library.fandm.edu/archives/genealogy.php Genealogy Resources/Church Records] in ''Franklin and Marshall College Library'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/collections/quaker/ Haverford College Library], Haverford, Quaker Collection of diaries, photos, family papers, meeting and organizational records; 35,000 books, 2,400 linear feet of manuscripts.<ref>[http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/collections/quaker/ About the Quaker Collection] in ''Haverford Libraries'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.jgsgp.org/index.html Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia], Melrose Park, Jewish genealogy research manuals, society newsletters, regional cemeteries, and [http://www.jgsgp.org/Documents/ResourceGuidev5C.pdf resource guide] for south PA, NJ, and DE.<ref>[http://www.jgsgp.org/Pages/library.html The JGSGP Library] in ''Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia'' (accessed 24 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.lmhs.org/Home Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society], card index to over 800,000 persons, genealogies, local histories, biographies, directories, passenger lists, census, deeds, obituaries, surname files.<ref>[http://www.lmhs.org/Home/Research/Genealogy/Genealogy_Resources Genealogy Resources] in ''Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society'' (accessed 24 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>
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*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]].
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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>
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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>
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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>
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*[[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>
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*[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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*[[Library of Virginia]], Richmond, has historical maps, land patents and grants, Dunmore's War, and Blandford Cemetery Survey, government publications, newspapers from 1736, state records, manuscripts, archival records, rare books, prints and photographs.<ref>[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/using_collections.asp Using the Collections] at ''Library of Virginia'' (accessed October 2012).</ref>
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*[[Virginia Historical Society]], Richmond, county records, militia lists, bounty lands, tax lists, genealogies, newspapers, Bibles, and index to 10 million documents about Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.<ref name="DB113">Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.</ref>
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*[http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/default.asp Handley Regional Library], Winchester, VA, records of Germans and Scots-Irish who traveled the [[Great Valley Road]] from Penn. to Virginia, including manuscripts, newspapers, biographies, and histories.<ref name="DB113" />
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*[http://www.wvculture.org/history/archivesindex.aspx West Virginia Archives and History Division], Charleston, manuscripts, biographies, county histories, and tax records,<ref name="DB117">Dollarhide and Bremer, 117.</ref> family folders, birth, marriages, deaths, maps, naturalizations, newspapers, periodicals, photos, directories, and county court records.<ref>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/archivesindex.aspx West Virginia Archives and History] in ''West Virginia Division of Culture and History'' (accessed 21 December 2013).</ref>
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*[http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/index.aspx Archives of Ontario], Toronto, births, marriages, deaths, wills, land, naturalizations, passenger lists, maps, cemeteries, church, court, military, hospital, schools, city directories, and voters’ lists.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/tracing/the_records.aspx Records] in ''Ontario Ministry of Government Services'' (accessed 29 December 2013).</ref>
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*[[Library and Archives Canada]], Ottawa, national collections including genealogy and family history, portraits, biographies, censuses, citizenship, ethno-cultural groups, immigration, land records, maps, military, roads, canals, and railroads, settlement, births, marriages, deaths, and divorces.<ref>[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/index-e.html Discover the Collection] at ''Library and Archves Canada'' (accessed 6 August 2013).</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, is 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. The Local History and Genealogy Reading Room has moved to the Main Reading Room, but services remiain unchanged.[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).


 

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