Roots & Branches: Genealogy at HSP

2/11/13
Author: Chris Damiani

At some point we've all been watching our favorite TV program when a commercial for Ancestry.com appears. Someone's talking about how easy it was to type in a name and (through the magic of the internet) hundreds of little leaves appear. Suddenly this person can track their 10th great grandfather to sailing with William Penn on the Welcome. Ok I embellish a little, but while researching a family tree may be that easy for some, for most of us it takes quite a bit more research.

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2/7/13
Author: Dana Dorman

Check out HSP's "New in the Library" blog for an update on the latest set of genealogy-related titles added to our collection.

Topics: Genealogy
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1/25/13
Author: Cary Hutto

Several months back, I discussed a recently processed collection, the Vauclain family papers. Well, HSP's archives have been abuzz with processing projects of late, and a few new genealogical collections have recently been made available since then. Here's a sampling with links to our online catalog Discover

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1/17/13
Author: Keith Lyons

In February, HSP will continue its series of genealogy workshops with two new programs. These workshops will be held on Wednesday evenings and begin at 6:00 p.m. They are all open to the public and cost $15 each but are FREE for members. So if you're not already a member of HSP consider joining today.

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1/10/13
Author: Dana Dorman

Check out HSP's "New in the Library" blog for the latest list of genealogical and family history titles added to our library.

Topics: Genealogy
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12/11/12
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

If you hit a dead end in your genealogy research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, try your luck at one of over 100 small archival repositories and historical societies in the Philadelphia area!

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11/28/12
Author: Dana Dorman

HSP's "New in the Library" blog has been updated with the latest set of genealogy-related titles that have been added to our collection. Click here for the latest list of additions of resource guides, family histories, and more.

Topics: Genealogy
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10/31/12
Author: Dana Dorman

Following up on Sarah's post about cemetery records last month, I thought I'd highlight another helpful source for family history research: undertakers' records.

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9/20/12
Author: Keith Lyons

This October HSP will be celebrating Family History Month with a series of three genealogy workshops. These workshops will be held on Wednesday evenings and begin at 6:00 p.m. They are all open to the public and cost $15 each but are FREE for members. So if you're not already a member of HSP consider joining today.

Topics: Civil War, Genealogy
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9/14/12
Author: Sarah Newhouse

When archivists and records management types talk about documents, we often talk about their "life cycle." The life cycle of a document can be a complex system of users, creators, and formats, but at its most basic, the life cycle has two parts: 1) useful to original users for the original purpose and 2) not useful to original users for the original purpose. When a document enters the second phase of its life cycle -- its afterlife -- it becomes potential archival material.

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