Roots & Branches: Genealogy at HSP
Roots & Branches: Genealogy at HSP
Genealogy is tough stuff. Ancestry.com ads betray the craft and creativity involved in doing what, at the end of the day, is no less than reconstructing past lives and families.
What is more intangible, after all, than a previous day? Let alone the folks who lived through them?
(I'm sure any physicist readers will likely have a rejoinder, but hey - I went to library school. Cut me some slack.)
“When I talk with a genealogist, I seem to sit up with a corpse,” Ralph Waldo Emerson spat in 1855.
The 'Sage of Concord' may not have been a fan, but I'd argue that the study and tracing of lines of descent is certainly more scintillating than a cadaver. That it is now a $1 billion+ industry speaks for itself.
Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) for a free workshop on March 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. exploring a new digital resource available for genealogists researching African American ancestors.
HSP is pleased to announce the addition of two new databases to its HSP Encounters system: the Russian Brotherhood insurance claim records (1900-1953), and the Philadelphia public school records (1835-1907), the first of a twelve-volume set.
To genealogists and family historians, these new databases are a boon for historical research into the experiences of their ancestors living in Philadelphia at the turn of the 20th century.
Below is a sampling of some of the new genealogical and family history books recently added to HSP's Library. Check them out on your next visit, or click the links for further information via HSP's online catalog, Discover.
HSP's Historian and Head of Reference Services Dr. Daniel Rolph recently featured several "hidden gems" from HSP's collections in the International Society for British Genealogy & Family History's latest British Connections newsletter.
To mark this week's release of the FREE J. G. Brill Company Photograph Index – a new, web-accessible database containing information on 12,578 images produced by the J.G. Brill Company – HSP takes a closer look at the story of the trolley and undercarriage manufacturer. The database is freely available to the public, click here to begin exploring.
Inspired by the 2016 launch of HSP’s Tavern and Liquor License Records database, Roots & Branches latest blog series, Genealogy by the Glass, explores stories of alcohol production and consumption from Philadelphia’s 300-plus-year history, highlighting lesser-known collections for genealogists researching tipplers, tavern owners, brewers, distillers, and winemakers in their family histories.
Sherri Broder’s study of family life among Philadelphia’s Victorian era poor, Tramps, Unfit Mothers, and Neglected Children: Negotiating Family Life in Late Nineteenth Century Philadelphia, provides an insightful exploration into the meaning of family, the definition of family roles, and the variety of narratives used to define family life.
This year's Family History Days brings together professional genealogists and family historians from around the world to help beginner & seasoned researchers alike find their story. In the weeks leading up to Family History Days on March 18 & 19, we'll be spotlighting several of the event's featured speakers.
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About Roots & Branches
Roots & Branches is our blog about genealogy and family history. Here you'll find posts about new resources in our library, upcoming events and workshops at HSP, and much more. We look forward to helping you learn more about your roots!