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Genealogy Programs & Services


Rooted: Genealogy 101 will run for four Tuesday evenings (April 30, May 7, May 14, & May 21) from 6:30 PM to 8 PM on Zoom with additional asynchronous instruction. All sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants who cannot attend a class.


This virtual course will assist entry-level and early intermediate genealogists in developing research skills, finding and evaluating historical records, and placing your people into the broader story of history. Successful case studies will walk you through how it’s done and what to expect, while breakout sessions will facilitate discussion and collaboration. Walk away rooted in correct principles and practical strategies for tracing your family history!

Where are your people from? Join HSP in our monthly 2024 genealogy webinar series as we explore how to research ancestors from six of the most common historical migrant groups to Pennsylvania.  


Peopling Pennsylvania: Exploring Your Ancestors 

Individual Genealogical Consultations will help you figure out the next steps in your family history research. Designed for beginner and more experienced genealogists alike, these one-on-one conversations will provide you with the advice you need to develop a research plan. 60-minute appointments are available throughout the week, either virtually or onsite at 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Click here or email for more information. 

Let HSP’s professional genealogist research your family history in Pennsylvania and beyond, with specialized knowledge and access to millions of records. Upon completion of the project, you’ll receive not only personalized research, but a written report, copies of documents and/or photos found, and a tree and charts illustrating our findings. An optional, private post-project video call with the researcher to talk through the results will also be available.  More information available here.

If you are unable to visit HSP's library, HSP's Research by Mail service can help! For a pre-paid fee, a skilled staff researcher will work on your research topic and search through our extensive archives. HSP holds records for Pennsylvania, as well as for most of the colonies and states east of the Mississippi River. Frequently used sources include probate records, newspapers, church records, deeds, genealogical research files, and manuscript collections. Learn more here.


Rooted: Genealogy 101 

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June 4: Exploring Italian Ancestors with Melanie D. Holtz, 6:30 PM (ET) on Zoom  

September 24: Exploring Puerto Rican Ancestors with Elizabeth Murray Vargas, 6:30 PM (ET) on Zoom 

November TBD: Exploring Irish Ancestors 

For most up-to-date listings of all of HSP onsite and virtual programs, visit our Upcoming Events Page.

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