General:

Ancestry.com

Provides census records.

FamilySearch

Researchers can search for marriage, birth and death records for free!

Philadelphia- and surrounding area sites and resources:

Philadelphia City Archives

3101 Market St., 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2807

Birth & Death Records 1860-1915; Marriage Records 1860-1885

Marriage Record Office

Rm. 415, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Marriage Records after 1885

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Useful for research are maps, business and city directories, newspapers, government documents, index to ship photographs, ethnic guidebooks, government documents, and collective biographies.

National Archives Mid-Atlantic Region

900 Market St. (entrance on Chestnut Street between 9th and 10th), Philadelphia, PA 19107

Research center with U.S. census, military – WWI and WWII draft cards, ship passenger lists, federal court records, including naturalizations, 1798 Pennsylvania window tax. Access to Ancestry.com.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the most complete and professional genealogy centers in the nation – and the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Montgomery County, PA

Chester County Historical Society

Bucks County Historical Society

Delaware County Historical Society

Philadelphia City Directories from 1785-1867 are available online.

Pennsylvania/ Delaware Resources:

Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records

State Department of Health, Central Building, 101 South Mercer St., P.O. Box 1528, New Castle, PA 16103

Birth and death records for all Pennsylvania counties since January 1906.

VitalRec.com

For birth and death records for all Pennsylvania counties for events that occurred before 1906.

The Pennsylvania State Archives

350 North Street, Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108

Wilmington’s Irish Roots

Sacramental records for Catholic parishes in Wilmington, Delaware. Families from southern Chester County, PA may have gone over the PA/Delaware state line.