William Penn faced and understood persecution. For him Pennsylvania was a noble
experiment where all peoples and religions would be respected.
This image shows the Quaker Meeting House that Pennsylvania founder William Penn
The Quaker Influence
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The keeping of vital records (birth, marriage and death) was not a mandated 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 at our main site PennsylvaniaResearch.com.
This list includes Christ Church (pictured on the right) construction on which was
completed in 1744.
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Philadelphia Church Records
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