Area Archives Offer Information For Family Trees

Posted: June 25, 1989

Tracing one's family usually involves delving into archives.

Jon E. Stein, president of the Philadelphia Jewish Genealogical Society,

recommends the American Jewish Historical Society in Waltham, Mass., and the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Philadelphia has the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies Research Library at 18 S. Seventh St., which has 60 memorial books from Eastern Europe on loan

from the Annenberg Research Institute, as well as immigration records and other publications.

Also in area is a Civil War library and museum at 1805 Pine St.; a library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia at 19 S. 22 St. with medical directories from the 19th Century; a Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Broomall; The Gratz College Library and a Holocaust Archive at Gratz; and the National Archives, Mid-Atlantic Region, in the old U.S. Courthouse at Ninth and Market streets.

In addition, the Free Library of Philadelphia has several departments of interest to genealogists, Stein said, and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and the Historical Society of Philadelphia operate a combined library at 1300 Locust St., with local birth, marriage and death records.

Also in this area, Rodeph Shalom and Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park have archives set up by professional genealogists. Other congregations are compiling congregational histories.

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