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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
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

  • 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:

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Naturalizations

Newspapers

Occupations

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.

Gillingham published sketches of Philadelphians involved in the pottery,china, and glass making trades:

  • Gillingham, Harrold E. "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.

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

  • 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 ($).
  • 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

The 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:

  • 1800-1801 - "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 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.

 

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