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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906
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Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
United States
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Location of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
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Record Description
Record Type Birth
Collection years 1860-1906
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City of Philadelphia, Department of Records, Pennsylvania.



What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index and images of birth registers from the Board of Health in the city of Philadelphia. It includes birth returns filed by physicians, midwives and area hospitals or other facilities. The collection includes records from 1860 to 1906.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Date of Registration
  • Date of birth
  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Place of birth (ward number and street address)
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Name of physician and their residence

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births Digital Folder Number List.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of birth

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information to find other vital records such as marriage and death
  • Search for military records
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Search for land and probate
  • Search church records for additional information

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Pennsylvania.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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