Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Abstracts of marriages and deaths in the ''Philadelphia Repository and Weekly Register'' (1800-1801) have been published:  
 
Abstracts of marriages and deaths in the ''Philadelphia Repository and Weekly Register'' (1800-1801) have been published:  
  
:*'''1800-1801''' - "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 [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Historical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Magazine_of_History_and_Biography WeRelate].
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:*'''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 [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Historical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Magazine_of_History_and_Biography WeRelate].
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==

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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

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.
  • 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. For a history, read:

  • 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.

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.

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
Moravian
Presbyterian
Quakers
  • 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.[3]

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

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.[4]

  • 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,[5], the 3rd Pennsylania Regiment,[5] the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment,[6] and the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment.[7]

Naturalizations

Newspapers

Occupations

Colonial Philadelphia attracted clockmakers,[8] brickmakers,[9] as well as pottery, china, and glassmakers.[10] Many ships were built in Philadelphia in the late 1600s and 1700s.[11] Maritime trade was very important to this port town's economy.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] By 1838, there was general compliance. Registers of births and marriages began in 1860.[15]

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

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Pennsylvania Philadelphia Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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

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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "6th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "11th Pennsylvania Regiment," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Pennsylvania_Regiment, accessed 31 May 2012.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Harrold E. Gillingham, "Pottery, China, and Glass Making in Philadelphia," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 54, No. 2 (Apr. 1930):97-129. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Francis Olcott Allen, "Earliest Records of the Burials in Philadelphia from the Board of Health," Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Vol. 1 (Jul. 1897):225-250. For free online access, see WeRelate; FHL Book 974.8 B2p v. 1; film 1698098 item 2. Includes abstracts of the first year of burials (1803).
  15. 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.