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					Genealogy @
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
       The study of one’s family history has become the avocation of
       thousands of Americans. The interest itself is not of recent
       developnent, but is inherent in human nature.
                                                   Donald Lines Jacobus
                                                                                    Overview
VISITING HSP                                                                               Visiting HSP
                                                                                           Navigating HSP
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has more than 21 million manuscripts,               Surfing HSP.org
and 600,000 printed items documenting 350 years of American history. Their
collection includes the holdings of The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Go to www.hsp.org for details.            What types of records are available?

NAVIGATING HSP                                                                                  Church Records
                                                                                                 Newspapers
When visiting HSP, your first stop should be the Reference Desk (after signing                  Burial Records
in and placing your items into the locker). They will assist you with navigating                    Diaries
the vast collection of microfilms, manuscripts, family histories, and books. Take                  Journals
time to browse the manuscript catalog (PC-1). Search this index of 1 million                    Census Records
manuscripts for your ancestor to find letters, minutes, diaries and more.                        Family Trees
                                                                                                     Wills
                                                                                                Manumissions
                                                                                                    Deeds
                                                                                                  Indentures
                                                                                                 Tax Records
                                                                                                   Abstracts
                                                                                                    Letters
                                                                                                  Scrapbooks
                                                                                                   Minutes




                                                                                    Shamele Jordon
                                                                                    sjordon3@verizon.net
Surfing HSP.org
                                     SOCIAL NETWORKING
                                                                                   VIEWING
                                     HSP has embraced social networking
                                     and media. The website provides          MANUSCRIPTS
                                     links to their Facebook, Twitter and            Using
                                     YouTube pages.
                                                                                  Finding Aids
                                     SUPER SEARCH
                                     Use the robust search tool located at
                                     the top of most pages. This tool can
The website of HSP contains both     search the website, collections and
history and genealogy. You can       HSP Journals. The collections search
view digital collections, finding    will search Discover, the online
aids, articles, events, and blogs.   catalog. HSP Journals are searched
BLOGS                                via JSTOR.

There are at least nine blogs        ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES
which provide insight into the       Surfing HSP will provide access to
mystique that is HSP. Archivists,    the small but growing digital            The textural records of the
project managers, assistants and     collection, finding aids, events and     Historical    Society    of
others document progress of the      news. There is a wide variety of         Pennsylvania are viewable
various projects. Learn about new    genealogical events. Sign up for         in the Research Room. Use
collections, history, events, news   eNews to receive event notifications.    finding aids to learn
and more.                                                                     detailed       information
                                                                              about the collections. This
                                                                              includes:
                                     Discover the collections, books and
                                     more using the online catalog.              Background
                                     Search in a variety of ways (simple,         Information
                                     advanced, alphabetical browse and           Descriptions
                                     browse. If a collection has an online       Detailed Inventories
                                     finding aid a link will be provided in
                                                                              Finding aids are available
                                     the search results.
                                                                              at the Reference Desk and
                                                                              some are available online.

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