Become a Member Today!

When you become a member, you will receive many benefits, including access to the Society’s nationally significant collection of more than 21 million records spanning over 350 years of history.

HSP is also proud to announce its newest member benefit: acces to three new genealogical databases, as part of its Genealogical and Biographical Database Project. These databases contain collections rich in information on individuals, including the records of:

  • Philadelphia Home for Infants collection
    • This collection includes records not only of the Philadelphia Home for Infants, but also the Children’s Aid Society, the Union Temporary Home, and the Children’s Bureau.
    • The collection includes annual reports, board minutes, case histories, financial records, scrapbooks, articles, reports, publications relating to child welfare, and a few photographs. 
  • Philadelphia Job Placement Office collection
    • The Philadelphia Placement Office register contains the daily entries of a Philadelphia employment agency from 1898 to 1901.
    • The 2,647 entries, listed chronologically over the course of 300 pages, convey a wealth of information about potential employees and employers. A typical entry includes the name, street address, and type of work or type of worker sought by either the employee or employer. Beyond this basic information, entries often provide ages, previous work experiences, family facts, and personal observations written down by the agent of the office.
  • The Home Missionary Society collection
    • ​The Home Missionary Society of the City of Philadelphia (HMS) was a Methodist organization that formed in 1835 to meet the spiritual needs of Philadelphia.
    • This collection contains one volume of visitation records from the HMS. The volume contains over 5,000 entries from 1883 to 1889 that document visits made to the homes of Philadelphia residents in need of assistance. In each of the cases, it was the woman of the household who was interviewed by the HMS to determine the needs of the family or individual. The HMS provided coal, groceries, cash, and apparel to thousands of people during this six-year period.

These new databases, the first in a series of databases under development, are now available online for HSP members.

This means that HSP members will be able to access records from churches, parishes, cemeteries, burial grounds, undertakers, and funeral homes – all from the comfort of their own home. Become a member today and start exploring! 

Levels of Membership

  • $75 Researcher
  • $130 Patron
  • $250 Patron Plus
  • $500 Contributor

Click here to learn more about membership benefits.

You may also choose to download our membership form which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader and fax to (215) 732-2680 or mail to: Membership, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Questions? Please call 215-732-6200 ext. 235 or send an e-mail to

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