Roots & Branches: Genealogy at HSP

3/3/15
Author: Vincent Fraley

Every year, millions of people around the world comb through books, scour newspapers, and thumb through manuscripts searching for information about their family’s history.

What starts small often becomes enormous. Many now-avid genealogists recall their humble beginnings – the discovery of a trunk full of photographs in the attic, or a question about a great grandparent’s country of origin.

For many, these humble questions blossom into a lifelong pursuit connecting them to a growing community around the world.

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2/12/15
Author: Dana Dorman

HSP is hosting a two-day conference on March 6 and 7 to help researchers learn new ways to discover and celebrate their family history. Space is limited, so register now!

Lecture topics will include resources from the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware Archives; colonial records in the Mid-Atlantic; Chinese genealogy; and more. Click here for a full schedule of events.

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11/20/14
Author: Dana Dorman

Join professional genealogist Frank Southcott for a free Irish genealogy workshop at HSP on Wednesday December 3 from 6-7 pm. Register now to save your seat!

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11/20/14
Author: Dana Dorman

HSP's Senior Director of the Library and Collections Lee Arnold and Assistant Director of Research Services Sarah Heim were recently interviewed by Philadelphia's WHYY TV in support of the PBS show, "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr."

Topics: Genealogy
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10/3/14
Author: Dana Dorman

In celebration of Family History Month this October, HSP is offering a full slate of genealogy workshops and events over the next few weeks!

Topics: Genealogy
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9/18/14
Author: Dana Dorman

If you've been eagerly awaiting your chance to appear on PBS and WHYY's Genealogy Roadshow, now's your chance!

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7/17/14
Author: Dana Dorman

The latest additions to our genealogical and family history holdings are described in a new post on HSP's "New in the Library" blog. Click here for the latest list of genealogy-related titles added to our collection.

Topics: Genealogy
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6/24/14
Author: Erin Shipley

Names, dates, and locations are oftentimes the only information known about an ancestor, even after years of genealogical research. It is exciting to learn the birth, marriage, death dates and locations of your ancestors. If you’re lucky, you might uncover their occupation or a document that includes their own signature. This is especially true of working class folks, who rarely left detailed records of their lives. But what about the personality quirks, likes and dislikes, talents, struggles, and aspirations of your ancestors?

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5/15/14
Author: Shannon Hadley

As a researcher for the Research by Mail service at HSP, I recently worked with a patron to locate the current burial location of his grandmother. The family knew the plot had been moved from its original Philadelphia cemetery due to redevelopment of the city block decades ago, but they were unsure where the new grave site was located.

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4/24/14
Author: Dana Dorman

Our newest genealogical and family history resources are described in a new post on HSP's "New in the Library" blog. Click here for the latest list of genealogy-related titles added to our collection.

Topics: Genealogy
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