William Penn faced and understood persecution. For him Pennsylvania was a noble experiment
where all peoples and religions would be respected and protected.
This image shows the Quaker Meeting House near Philadelphia that William Penn attended.
If you have Philadelphia ancestors you are in luck.
Not only are you rooted in one of the most historic cities in the world - but you
also have access to a great wealth of genealogical and historical records.
Please use this page as an initial guide to genealogical research in Philadelphia.
If, after conducting your own investigation, you feel you might benefit from professional
assistance visit PennsylvaniaResearch.com.
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The keeping of vital records (birth, marriage and death) was not a reliable function
in Pennsylvania until 1906. Several counties and cities – including Philadelphia
– starting keeping records earlier in the 1860s, but in most cases researchers must
rely upon alternate sources.
Church records exist for Philadelphia from the laste 1600s forward. A small sampling
of available preserved records can be found on this page of our main site, PennsylvaniaResearch.com.
This list includes Christ Church (pictured on the right), construction on which was
completed in 1744.
Philadelphia Church Records:
A Fertile Resource for Genealogy and History Research