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Government Publications, Laws, and Case Reporters

There is no other area of genealogy in which DOING YOUR HOMEWORK is more important than research using government documents, laws, and case reporters. The indexing systems used in these documents are unique and sometimes unusual. Most of the material listed below can be found at the Free Library of Philadelphia Government Publications Department (GPD), the Free Library of Philadelphia Social Science and History Department (SSH), or the Jenkins Law Library (JLL), 841 Chestnut Street, Suite 1220, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 574-7900. Actual court records are NOT within the scope of this research guide; talk to a Federal, State, or Local archivist about them.

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The most common uses of government documents, laws, and case reporters
Federal Documents
State Documents (Pennsylvania)
County Documents (Philadelphia)
Small Political Subdivisions of Philadelphia No Longer in Existence