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Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats
6/26/15

In a lecture recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Journalist Peter Binzen and his son, Jonathan, will discuss their new book, Richardson Dilworth: The Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats.  Binzen knew Dilworth well, covering him for many years as a reporter. A politician and liberal reformer, Richardson Dilworth served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1956-1962.  Among his many achievements, his vision for the city shaped much of what we recognize about Philadelphia today: Independence Mall, Society Hill, SEPTA, and the public park system.

Breakfast for Beginners
6/26/15

As part of Family History Days, GSP staff members Carol Sheaffer and Nancy Nelson discuss  the best ways for starting your family history.

Genealogical Databases at HSP
6/26/15

As part of Family History Days, HSP Staff members Kaitlyn Pettengill, Weckea Lilly,  David Haugaard, and project volunteer Ellen Bateman discuss the new online Genealogical Databases (Encounters) now available to HSP members.

Urban Maps and City Directories: Correlating Family History into Space And Time
6/1/15

Philadelphia has been widely documented with maps and city directories over the years.  However, we often take our city directories, find a name and address, and then move on to census or other family data without correlating that information to the geography of the land.   This presentation by Frank Southcott, recorded during Family History Days, helps understand the importance of extracting and correlating all the data maps and directories provide.

Family History In China Today: Cultural Heritage, Economic Development, Pop Cultur
6/1/15

China has a long tradition of kinship studies, including the compilation of genealogies.  During the Cultural Revolution, Mao had many such records burned and ancestral temples destroyed because they glorified individual families and harkened to the “feudal” past. Since China’s reforms from the 1980s, there has been a outpouring of work on family history and genealogy in new ways. The uses of Qian family history today may shed light on contemporary Chinese society, economy, and state. Presented by Dr. Cecilia Chien on March 7, 2015 as part of Family History Days.

Colonial New Jersey Research
6/1/15

In this lecture recorded at Family History Days on March 6, 2015, Joe Klett will provide an overview of genealogical resources at the New Jersey State Archives relevant to the colonial period, including records of the East and West Jersey Proprietors. He also discussed proprietary-period New Jersey geography, which is the topic of an upcoming publication he has prepared for The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey.

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