December 2014 Update
Public Access Computers and Microfilm are still not available at Townsend Road. Renovations for these services should be completed in March, 2015. We’ll post updates to Facebook and our website as the renovation schedule develops. Please e-mail Philadelphia.email@example.com if you want to join our mailing list, or if you have questions.
Workshops are also postponed until renovations are completed.
First Friday Roundtables will continue. These are now independent, and are hosted by the Independence branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia located in Center City.
In the interim:
The Research Room is open, for researchers using non-digitized records, by appointment only. Call 215.305.2044, or e-mail Philadelphia.firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your research. For basic genealogy research:
Many of NARA’s microfilmed records have been digitized and are available on-line. See our Digitized by Partners page for information.
Some of the most frequently used genealogical databases are free at home and public libraries, including Family Search and Fold3; as well as NARA’s own AAD. See our What You Can Find Online page for more information on these.
Ancestry.com, a subscription service available for free at NARA sites, is also available at Family History Centers and many public libraries. Check your local branch library for information. You can Find a Family History Center near you here.