Roots & Branches: Genealogy at HSP

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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8/14/12
Author: Cary Hutto

Earlier this year, HSP received into its collections the Vauclain family papers and genealogical research files (Collection 3666). Philadelphia-born Samuel Matthews Vauclain Sr. (1856-1940) worked with Philadelphia's Baldwin Locomotive Works from the 1890s until his death. He presided as president of the organization from 1919 to 1929. Samuel Sr. and his wife Anne Kearney had several children, including Samuel Matthews Vauclain Jr., who later worked for Baldwin. Samuel Jr. married Mary Hilda Canan in 1906.

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8/3/12
Author: Jackie Taddonio

New in the Library has been updated with guides, biographies, and family histories that have recently been added to our collection. Please note that many of our new books are sent to the bindery before they are available to researchers. Click each title to view the current status of each item.

Topics: Genealogy
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7/17/12
Author: dhaugaard

As a genealogical researcher, I always feel disappointed when I have worked for a client for two hours or more, and I have found little, sometimes nothing, in the way of new information. That’s not exactly true, since I will provide (as part of HSP’s Research by Mail service) a detailed list of what I have looked at, which does provide a service—these sources don’t need to be looked at again. Still, it is a little frustrating.

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7/12/12
Author: Jackie Taddonio

The library recently added three new titles to our Reference collection for genealogists. Two books on heraldry came to HSP as a donation, while the third item relating to immigration and naturalization in Pennsylvania is a recent purchase.

Please see this post  for more information about these items, or take a look through our New in the Library blog archives for previous genealogy additions.

Topics: Genealogy
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