Roots & Branches: Genealogy at HSP

Welcome to Our New Blog: Roots & Branches

Monday, 6/18/12
Topics: Genealogy


Did you know that HSP is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation?

Sure, we hold many national treasures, from drafts of the U.S. Constitution to the earliest surviving American photograph. But we also have excellent collections on local and regional history, and we collect genealogical materials from Pennsylvania and every other state east of the Mississippi River. The Society is also one of the nation's leading repositories of ethnic and immigrant studies materials, after our merger with the Balch Institute in 2002.

We've launched this new blog, Roots & Branches, to help highlight genealogy and family history at HSP.

We'll be writing about Society resources that may be helpful to genealogists, publicizing new items in our library, and discussing other happenings at HSP that we think will be of interest to community and family historians. We also hope to begin a conversation with you, our reader, about tackling this kind of history and how to do it better.

To begin, I thought I'd highlight some of the genealogical resources that currently exist on HSP's web site.

If you're new to researching your family tree, you may want to start with this overview of getting started on your family's history.

We also offer subject guides on specific genealogical topics, including:

* family history and genealogy resources at HSP;

* deciphering what you'll find in collections of family papers;

* vital records at HSP, including cemetery, church, baptismal, and Bible records, family histories, and much more;

* Jewish resources at HSP, including genealogical, synagogue and cemetery resources;

* African American collections, from the colonial era to the present;

* ethnic history resources;

* federal Census records;

* land records;

* military records;

* Philadelphia city directories; and

* Philadelphia neighborhood history.

We look forward to sharing more with you in the weeks and months ahead!


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