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Researching Your Irish Family

Irish family history has always been described as difficult because of the absence of 19th century census data.  In this video recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on December 3, 2014, professional genealogist Frank Southcott looked at the importance of basic family research in the United States and explore the various alternative resources to develop the Irish family in Ireland. 

Timothy Matlack: Scribe of the Declaration of Independence

Not everyone knows that a Philadelphia brewer penned the most famous document in American history. As an assistant Secretary to Congress, Timothy Matlack engrossed the Declaration of Independence. But how was it that a beer-bottler, infamous for cockfighting, once confined to debtor’s prison, was given this responsibility? In this video recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, author Chris Coelho discusses Timothy’s life, the first Matlack presentation in the Philadelphia area in over 100 years.

Stories from the Archives: Frances Harper - Abolitionist

Tiffany Player, PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses an early black female abolitionist, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and her work during the 19th century.

Traditional Irish Music by Blackthorn

John McGroary, Michael Boyce, and John Boyce of Blackthorn performed traditional Irish music after the Leaving the Emerald Isle event on 11-11-14 at HSP.

Leaving the Emerald Isle

During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, this panel of experts examines the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.

Genealogy 101: Colonial Records at HSP

This October, HSP held a series of Genealogy 101 sessions that detailed useful resources in our archive when conducting research on your family history. This session, Head of Research Services David Haugaard guides you through Colonial Records here at HSP and elsewhere.