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CONTRIBUTIONS ARE NEEDED. Please donate any information that you have on PHILADELPHIA troops from the CIVIL WAR to this database. Any information on PHILADELPHIA Union Volunteers can be used. If I don't have the name of your individual in the database, please send me all the info and I will insert it. This would be most appreciated. Also, if anything needs correcting, please contact me. Thank you

I am your host, Kim Paterson, the volunteer for these PHILADELPHIA Genealogy Trails pages.
We gratefully accept contributions of raw data such as census information, marriage, birth, death record, obituaries, county histories, biographies, old newspaper items - anything that would help someone researching history or building their family tree!! Whatever format you have the material in will be accepted. The material can be historical or genealogical as long as it has a Philadelphia connection. This can be anything... from your own family information that you already have, or ... an obituary page from a newspaper, ...a news article from the past, ...a historical document that you have, ...whatever you want to contribute. Our goal is to keep genealogy free, and you, as a contributor, can help keep that goal. If you are in doubt, email me and I will respond to your questions quickly.

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NEW INFORMATION ADDED WITH DATE OF ADDITIONBIOGRAPHIES,
GENEALOGIES
& LETTERS
CHURCH HISTORIES
CEMETERIES
COUNTY ORIGINS FAMOUS PHILADELPHIANS
HISTORY IMMIGRATION MILITARY MISCELLANEOUS
NEIGHBORHOODS NEWSPAPERS QUERIES SURNAME LIST
  VITAL RECORDS    

The majority of my maternal family have been in Philadelphia at least since the mid 1700s. As a child, I loved hearing their stories and visiting the places of beautiful Philadelphia. It is how I became interested in its History and my own Genealogy.

The surnames of my Philadelphia families are:   BOUVIER, CLYMER, DANIELS, GOSLIN, LEABOURNE (ANY SPELLING), MARTIN, McCLOSKEY, McELVENNY,(ANY SPELLING) TALLEY
See the surname, Vital Records, and Queries pages for links to further information about these families.

I have put together a SURNAME list of all people being researched in the Philadelphia area (people that have let me know, that is).  It is a great way to find out if others are researching the same surnames.


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Philadelphia County is one of the three original counties, along with Chester and Bucks counties, created by William Penn in November 1682.

The counties adjacent to Philadelphia are:

  • Montgomery County (north)
  • Bucks County (northeast)
  • Burlington County, New Jersey (east)
  • Camden County, New Jersey (southeast)
  • Gloucester County, New Jersey (south)
  • Delaware County (west)
  • Not quite adjacent, but very close-by is Wilmington, DE

The Act of Consolidation, passed on February 2, 1854, in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States, consolidated all remaining townships, districts, and boroughs within the County of Philadelphia, dissolving their governmental structures and bringing all municipal authority within the County under the auspices of the City government. Additionally, any other unincorporated communities were included in this consolidation. In 1854 the City and all its townships areas merged into one City and County. Here are the Districts and Townships prior to 1854 and some of the neighborhoods that are known to this day:

BOROUGHS, VILLAGES, NEIGHBORHOODS

Aramingo Borough Bridesburg Borough   Chestnut Hill Francisville Frankford Borough  
Germantown Borough Manayunk Borough   Mt. Airy West Philadelphia Borough Whitehall Borough

DISTRICTS

Belmont District Kensington District Moyamensing District Northern Liberties District Penn District
Richmond District Southwark District Spring Garden District    

TOWNSHIPS

Blockley Township Bristol Township Byberry Township Delaware Township Germantown Township
Kingsessing Township Lower Dublin Township Moyamensing Township Moreland Township Northern Liberties Township
Oxford Township Passyunk Township Penn Township Philadelphia City Roxborough Township

Below are a few facts about Philadelphia

  • The motto:
  • Coordinates:
  • Nickname:
  • Country
  • State
  • It is both
  • Founded
  • Incorporated
  • Mayor
  • Area
    • - City
    • - Land
    • - Water
    • - Urban
    • - Metro
  • Elevation
  • Population
    • - City (2005)
    • ---City
    • - Urban
    • - Metro
  • Time zone
    • Winter
    • Summer
  • Website:
  • Philadelphia maneto -"Let brotherly love continue"
  • 39°57'12?N, 75°10'12?W
  • "City of Brotherly Love", "Philly", "the Quaker City"
  • United States
  • Pennsylvania
  • City and County of Philadelphia
  • October 27, 1682
  • October 25, 1701
  • Michael A. Nutter (D)
  • --
    • - City 369.4 km² (142.6 sq mi)
    • - Land 349.9 km² (135.1 sq mi)
    • - Water 19.6 km² (7.6 sq mi)
    • - Urban 4,660.7 km² (1,799.5 sq mi)
    • - Metro 11,989 km² (4,629 sq mi)
  • 12 m (39 ft)
  • --
    • - City 1,463,281
    • - Density 4,201.8/km² (10,882.8/sq mi)
    • - Urban 5,325,000
    • - Metro 5,823,233
  • From Greenwich Mean Time
    • EST (UTC-5)
    • DST (UTC-4)
  • http://phila.gov

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