Here’s a recent address for the Philadelphia Mission.
We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Inside its building in Center City Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has records predating Philadelphia.
Twenty-one million documents and 600,000 books, some dating back 350 years, cram its shelves.
They cross-check Family Search’s databases to select unique family history books — books that exist only at the Historical Society — and check for copyright restrictions.
After scanning, the digital pages go into the cloud where other Mormon missionaries use their home computers to index all the names, dates, and locations.
“That’s a treasure book, it contains family members that are close to me.
It’s here, and probably nowhere else.” Twenty-five percent of the books in the Historical Society’s family history archive are unique, not existing in the Family Search database.
LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.They depend on Skype, and the support of the local Mormon community, to keep them going.The rigors of digital scanning is not so demanding that they can’t do a little digging on their own. “I happened to find my 12th, 11th, and 10th great-grandfathers in one of the books that we did a week ago,” said Jerrol Syme.“Back in the ’40s or ’50s, we received all of the photo morgue of the Philadelphia Record.In that record, there are 90,000 photographs of WWII veterans, that were sent to local newspapers to indicate training, promotions, where they were stationed, and when they were injured or died,” said Talbott.“I have to re-remember all the spreadsheet and Windows applications I was hoping to put in the back of my brain and never use again,” said Jerry Syme, a retired Air Force colonel who was once a nuclear missile launch officer.The Symes left behind their house in Mapleton, their eight children and 30 grandchildren, to spend a year doing volunteer work in Philadelphia, where they know nobody.Hundreds of thousands of Mormons around the world are volunteering their time toward a single mission: to amass the largest genealogical database in the world.Two of them are Jerrol Syme and his wife, Margaret, from Mapleton, Utah.Talbott is looking forward to that volunteer army tackling photographs and hand-written documents, which are extremely labor-intensive to index.There are hundreds of thousands of pictures in the HSP archive, which cannot be automatically read — as printed documents can — by optical character recognition software.