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2014 Genealogical Workshops

Don’t Forget our Genealogy Roundtable.
Held the First Friday of every month from 12-2!

Located on Chestnut between 9th and 10th Streets

All events are free and held from 12:00 to 2:00

Please register:
By calling: 215-606-0112
Or sending e-mail to:

February 19
Following Families to Freedom
The records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (RG 105), commonly known as the Freedmen's Bureau, contain a wealth of information for tracing African- American family history, as well as understanding the larger picture of post Civil War changes. Join staff member Ashley Stevens as she leads you in an exploration of these materials.
March 19
Researching Your Irish Roots
Over 30 million Americans claim some form of Irish ancestry. In addition to discussing the varieties of records available for genealogical research, this class will highlight historical patterns of Irish immigration, the significance of names in Gaelic culture, and the importance of geography when researching Irish records.
April 9
Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives
The Pennsylvania State Archives holds a wealth of resources for those researching their family history. Learn about county records, state censuses, military rolls, land warrants and patents, maps, colonial ships' lists, naturalization documents, vital records, occupational records and many other helpful materials available at the State Archives. Through an engaging presentation illustrated with original documents, staff member Jonathan R. Stayer will offer suggestions for maximizing use of the Archives website and related digital resources.
May 21
Beginning Genealogy from Generation to Generation
Have you ever wondered about the history of your ancestors? Or perhaps heard family stories of those that came before you and wanted to know more? Avid Genealogist Allen McClain will give a presentation on “Beginning Genealogy”. This presentation will give you the foundation and resources to get you off to a solid start. Though this presentation will be geared towards beginners in African American research, genealogists at any level and any research interest are welcome to attend.
September 17
Maps and Genealogy
Knowing the different types of maps available for use in tracking down your family is essential to understanding your family’s place in history. This workshop by staff member Jefferson Moak explains the uses of different types of published and unpublished maps, including land ownership maps, real estate atlases, fire insurance maps, government surveys and manuscript maps.
October 15
Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center (PAHRC)
Each person has a unique and fascinating story to tell - a story of ancestors and a legacy of family tradition. Clues to this family history can be found at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center (PAHRC). Genealogical resources held by PAHRC include sacramental registers (baptismal and marriage records), parish histories, parish calendars, city directories and newspapers. Although the sacramental registers themselves are considered confidential and are not open to researchers, a staff member will conduct research for you. Parish histories, newspapers and directories are open to the public. You will also learn how to maximize your results, and minimize costs, as you use the resources of the PAHRC.

National Archives at Philadelphia
Our entrance is on Chestnut Street between 9th and 10th streets.

Valid official identification, such as a driver's license or passport, is required for entrance.

Exhibit Openings

April - December 2012

  • Documented Rights Part II, is now open. This nationally touring National Archives exhibit examines the evolution of our "inalienable rights", through the documents of seminal court cases - from the Amistad through Wong Kim Ark.
    You can find an online version of the full exhibit here.

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