One of the most historic cities in the country is the City of Philadelphia, and this episode covers the treasure trove of documentation our ancestors left here. Joshua Blay, Registrar and Collections Manager for the Philadelphia City Archives, gives you a thorough look at all they have for genealogists.
The City of Philadelphia, Department of Records, City Archive is the home of all the city’s records, with documents going back to 1683.
- How to access commonly used genealogical records of birth, death and marriage in person and from all over the world.
- What to expect when you research deeds and naturalization records.
- Where to go to get probate records for Philadelphia.
- The geotagged photo archive you can access from home.
- And some treasures they have!
Listen in and you’ll feel comfortable making your first visit to the Philadelphia City Archive!
City of Philadelphia, Department of Records Archives (main web site) www.phila.gov/records
PhillyHistory.org – Photo archive from the Archive and maps searchable by exact street address (geotagged) and keyword
A Short History of Centennial Hall from the 1876 Centennial Exposition – now the home of the Please Touch Museum, children’s museum (archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)