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Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives
3/26/14
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As part of HSP's Ancestry Day on March 14, 2014, Aaron McWilliams discussed the types of records available to genealogists at the Pennsylvania State Archives. Mr. McWilliams is a reference archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives. He has appeared on WITF’s Radio Smart Talk and NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” McWilliams worked previously at the Maryland State Archives and as a professional genealogist.

Finding your Family History in Greater Philadelphia
3/26/14
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As part of HSP's Ancestry Day on March 14, 2014, professional genealogist Sandra Hewlett discussed the wealth of libraries, archives, and historical societies in the Greater Philadelphia area. Included in the discussion were the resources available at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Archives, Chester County and Delaware County Archives, county historical societies, and other local repositories that might have the piece of your family story for which you been searching.

A How to Guide to Genealogy at HSP
3/26/14
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HSP is one of the largest family history centers in the country with genealogical material from every state east of the Mississippi River and more than 10,000 published family history titles in its library. Resources include wills, deeds, genealogical scrapbooks, church records, and census records. Learn about the family history resources available on-site at our library and online at hsp.org. On March 14, as part of HSP's Ancestry Day, Senior Director of the Library Lee Arnold discussed how to best use some of the genealogical sources we have in the library.

Stories From the Archives: John Bartram
7/31/13
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John Bartram was one of the earliest botanists and naturalists in North America.

Stories From the Archives: Early Pennsylvania Politics
6/17/13
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Whereas modern politics is filled with transparent rhetoric, politics of early colonial America was much more opaque. Director of Research Services David Haugaard discusses letters from the late 17th and early 18th centuries that give a glimpse into early political life in Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit the Digital Library. Stories From the Archives is a video series in which an HSP staff member highlights one of his or her favorite items from the collection.

Family Legacies: Genealogical Resources for Chinese Americans
5/6/13
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Jeanie Chooey Low, author of China Connection: Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America, discussed techniques for interviewing family members and deciphering gravestone inscriptions. She also looked at U.S. 20th-century immigration and naturalization case files, how to find and visit ancestral villages, and how to research war and census records.